30 Ideas for a 30-Day Challenge

Day 30 of 30-day challenge

Day 30 of My 30-Day Challenge

This is Day 30 of the 30-day Challenge.  For good measure, I will post again tomorrow and actually complete a 31-day Challenge.  And then I’ll start all over again on August 1 with a new 30-day challenge.  I hope you will join me.  In fact, the purpose of this post is to help ignite some ideas for a purposeful challenge so that you can be on your way towards a good solid habit at the end of next month.  Ok. Ready?  I’ll keep the list short and simple, such as “Read.”  Bear in mind that for a 30-day challenge, of course, that will translate, “I will read every day for the next 30 days.”  But even better than that broad statement would be a statement like, “I will read for at least 15 minutes a day for the next 30 days.”  Or “I will read 10 pages a day for the next 30 days.”  You get the point.  The more specific you can be, the more beneficial your challenge will be.  If you simply say you’ll “read” for the next 30 days, you could get lazy and count reading a recipe.

Following are 30 ideas for a 30-day challenge:

1. Read

2. Pray

3. Floss

4. Walk

5. Drink X amount of water/day.

6. Read to your children.

7. Run

8. Strength train

9. Read the Bible

10. Journal

11. Practice a musical instrument

12. Paint or Sketch

13. Stretch

14. Sing

15. Work on a project (allot a few minutes a day to a large project such as cleaning attic, garage, pantry, closets, etc.)

16. Organize pictures

17. Write memoirs

18. Sew (or some other craft or hobby)

19. Cook a meal.

20. Practice/study foreign language

21. Get up earlier (be specific).

22. Go to bed earlier.

23. Watch less TV.

24. Yoga

25. Blog

26. Eat as a family around the dinner table.

27. Make bed

28. Connect with a friend.

29. Make X number of prospecting calls.

30. Connect with your spouse.

I’m sure you thought of other ideas as you read through the list.  What rings your bell?  What makes your mouth water?  I can vouch that a 30-day challenge that is committed to publicly (such as leaving a comment to this post stating what your challenge will be) is very powerful.  This concludes my 30th consecutive day of posting to this blog.  Prior to this, I had posted only 10 times during the previous six months.  The 30-day challenge, stated in a public forum, made the difference.

Are you planning on joining me in the next 30-day challenge?  Please state your challenge in the comments section.  I’m looking forward to cheering you on–and to being cheered on!  I’ll be stating my new challenge on August 1.

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15 Responses to 30 Ideas for a 30-Day Challenge

  1. Jonathan W says:

    Hm..I had a not-so-good first week of the challenge, so I’m actually going to extend my challenge an extra week to make sure it’s legit. 🙂
    I will gladly do another challenge- this has helped keep my challenge in my mind every day and to make it a habit.
    I think I’m actually only going to lightly modify my next challenge… I’m going to continue the running routine, which is great because the program I’m running has 4 more weeks to it (perfect timing), but instead of saying I’ll run every weekday, I’ll say that I’ll run every other day, and go to the gym on the remaining days. EVERY DAY. No weekend breaks. Every day will consist of one or the other.

    • Diane says:

      I think this a great challenge. It is more difficult to build a habit when you skip days. So even though you won’t be running every day, you will be setting in place a good, solid habit of exercise. Your mind will be programmed to “just do it” every day regardless of what “it” is. After the habit is solidified, then you can take a day a week off without any problem (and a rest day is recommended in the long run–just not yet!). At the end of August, you will be well on your way to that habit of exercise.
      Go for it!

  2. valerie says:

    Good stuff Diane. Right up my alley. Love it.

    • Diane says:

      Thanks, Val. I know it is because we’re cut out of the same cloth! Will you join me? I know you’re working on getting your Happiness Project up and running. Maybe it can be something that will work in both venues–30-day challenge/Happiness Project.

  3. Michael Callahan says:

    Im with Val, Diane, good stuff. Im going to take the 30 day challenge and Im going to endeavor to eat at least twice every day. I thought seriously about strength training but as you know one of my few faults is that I spend a little too much time in the gym. Seriously, Im going to get more consistent with my walking and walk every day.

  4. Jessica says:

    Hey Diane,
    My 30 day challenge is to journal everyday for the next 30 days. My journaling has been very hit and miss over the last couple of years. ( more misses than hits, but still there were a few hits.) Hopefully, this is just what I need to help make it a habit.
    Thanks for the challenge!

    • Diane says:

      That’s a wonderful challenge, Jessica. Journaling is so much more than just writing down the weather or what you did. It is a tool for self discovery. I’m sure it will be a very profitable challenge for you. Be sure to check in now and then to say how your challenge is going!

  5. Cindy Lofton says:

    Diane- my challenge is to drink coffee 5 x’s a day so that I will get more done and be more alert. Just kidding! I stated my August challenge in a previous post, but I will wake up at 5am every morning. I’ve been assessing my ‘why’ for doing this, researching the subject, creating a strategy for myself to help me get up and make my mornings more pleasant and productive, and it’s worked for the past 2 mornings! I’m really excited about this one.It’s overdue! I can see this whole 30-day challenge scenario happening a whole lot more for me b/c I want to build new habits in almost every area you mentioned above! This is very empowering.

    • Diane says:

      Great challenge, Cindy! I believe in mornings! From time to time, why don’t you pass along one of strategies for getting yourself out of bed. I’m sure that’s something we could all benefit from.

    • Carla says:

      I laughed so hard when I read your first line, Cindy, that I nearly spit out MY coffee!! 🙂

  6. Carla says:

    I’m glad you’re continuing the challenge, Diane. It inspires me to press on, too. As I look back, my challenge of running everyday was pretty unrealistic for this season. However, I managed to run about 2x/week, and that is building good things in me and my family. I plan to continue to strive for running 3x/week, which means I have to go to bed at a decent time (10) each night.

I love to read your comments!