I don’t know about you, but New Year’s resolutions just don’t work for me. After a couple of weeks, they’re gone. And almost a full year is a long time to be without clear goals.
Then I learned about 30-day challenges. I’m never going back to New Year’s resolutions. To be able to have a fresh start every month is perfect!
That doesn’t mean that my 30-day challenges have perfect results every month. But they often have amazing results. And they’re the most effective form of goal-setting for me.
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Why I like 30-Day Challenges
If you aren’t familiar with 30-day challenges, check out my post and the embedded video in “What Do You Want to Change?”
I can usually do something for at least 15 minutes a day for a month. And that’s what’s required in most 30-day challenges. And I love that I can have a new challenge every month. Even if it’s related to a previous challenge, I can add a new twist to keep it interesting.
My First 30-Day Challenge for 2018
As a blogger, I take lots of photos (especially for my LivingMontessoriNow.com blog). I also take lots of family photos. I’ve gradually become more comfortable with manual settings and natural lighting. I still have so much more to learn about photography in general, but I need to especially focus on an area that drives me crazy each winter. That’s taking photos with the short winter daylight hours. I sometimes lose my natural lighting before I’m finished with the photos I need to take.
So I want to check out photography courses and products that will help me use professional-looking lighting even at night. I’ll still try to take photos with natural lighting, but it would be awesome to have the choice.
Some of the 30-Day Challenges I’ve Enjoyed Previously
My favorite 30-day challenge was one my daughter, Christina, led. It was her 30-Day Challenge: New Workout Every Day. I especially loved that 3-days each week were dance workouts … my favorite type of workouts. Christina was a World-level- and then professional ice dancer, so she has lots of experience with dance (as well as other types of fitness).
Here are some of the other 30-day challenges I especially enjoyed:
- Education Challenge
- Using New Digital Tools to Achieve Goals
- Olympic Inspiration Challenge
- Nutrition Challenge (I’ve done a variety of these by setting my own goal, which was first to include fruits and/or vegetables in at least 4 meals/snacks each day and another month being vegan, which permanently changed my diet)
- Weekly Meal Planning
- Working on Photo Albums
- Fitness Challenge
- 30-Day Exercise-a-Day Challenge (different than the 30-day new workout every day challenge)
- 30-Day Healthy for the Holidays Challenge
My Latest Tool to Help Me Achieve My Goals and Be Successful in my 30-Day Challenges
Don’t worry. it isn’t too late to set goals and challenges!
Christina told me about the Commit30 Planners. Now Christina, her husband, Tom, and I are all using them. They’re beautiful and especially designed for people using 30-day challenges! The 2018 planners are on sale, and it isn’t too late to get started! Even the undated planners (perfect for starting any time) are on sale, so this is a great time to get one!
I hope you’ll join me in a 3o-day challenge starting January 1! 🙂
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