Hello! Yesterday I started with my first monthly challenge: Prep and Bring Packed Lunch. Yes I’m starting in November 2017. Don’t you think it’s better to do this now than wait for the New Year? Well early 2017 would’ve been ideal but consider this an early start for 2018!
What is this?
It’s simply doing one thing everyday for the entire month. Then after an entire month, you start another habit again for the next 30 days and so on. I’m sure you are familiar with these types of things as there are different versions of it. The one I did back in 2014 was inspired from Leo Babauta of zenhabits.
Does it work?
The annoying answer is yes and no. During the first time I tried it, there was this idea floating around that doing something for 21 days straight would make it a habit. According to a Forbes article, this is a myth but don’t be discouraged. The writer, Jason Selk, only brought up the reality that it may take more than those 21 magical days. So as to the question, it really will depend on various factors like motivation, life events, timing, interest. But starting is considered a step isn’t it? Then just make it work, work, work.
I can’t say my first try was successful but I wouldn’t call it a failure either. I found value in the exercise which is exactly why I’m doing it again. And ssshhh, at least I get a post out of it. My favorite among them, from March to December, was the July Challenge to read one Italian blog entry a day. This was altered to going on Duolingo to study Italian daily. It was fun especially that I really got to use it during my trip. I was not fluent but I could understand and was able to do simple transactions in the language.
Ready, Set, Go.
This time, I’m focusing on the habits I want to have hoping they will crowd out the bad ones. I started my lunch prep yesterday so I will post an update soon! If you’re interested you can totally do this on your own terms and identify monthly challenges that work for you! It could be taking a photograph, going vegetarian, flossing, wearing makeup, talking to a stranger. Maybe approach it as a fun thing like decorating for the holidays not training for the Olympics (unless, that’s your thing in which case you do you.)
Are there bad habits you want to lose and awesome ones you want to gain? What do you think of this as a personal project? I’m interested to know and to those who will be doing this (or at least to me), GOOD LUCK!