Is there something you’d like to change about your life? A habit you can’t break? Are you on a quest to be a happier person?
Regardless of your goals, you can design a 30-day challenge to enhance your life.
You can do anything for a whole four weeks! All you need is a goal and the motivation to get started. By sticking to a challenge for an entire month, you’ll find the motivation to enact positive change.
There are several monthly challenges you can experiment with. Keep reading for ideas!
1. Wake up Earlier
Do you have a habit of sleeping in? Stop hitting snooze and set yourself up for success by waking up earlier.
Yes, sleeping in feels great, but what if you had extra hours to accomplish a goal during the day? Think about it: if you wake up just 30 minutes earlier every day, that’s three and a half hours of extra time each week!
Try waking up earlier for 30 days to see how you feel. You’ll be tired at first, but it’ll be easier every day. If it becomes a habit, with all of that extra time, work another challenge into your life, such as a fitness routine.
2. Give up Social Media
It’s easy to become addicted to social media without realizing it. 5-10% of us are clinically addicted.
You might experience withdrawal if you’re a heavy social media user. You could feel anxious or even depressed.
But stick with it! You’ll appreciate the little things you’ve been missing.
Put down your phone and start paying attention to what’s around you. You’ll most likely be in a much happier state of mind.
3. Do an Exercise Challenge
Do you struggle with creating a workout routine that you can stick with?
Gradually add exercise into your life by taking part in a fitness challenge. Any amount of physical activity will make you feel better, giving you more energy and a positive outlook.
Decide what kind of challenge you want to try, then write out your goals and results each day.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas:
- Ab exercises
- Jumping rope
These are popular challenges, but the ideas are endless! Design a fitness challenge that will work for you. At the end, do something fun and reward yourself with a coin, similar to these military challenge coins.
4. Deny Yourself of a Guilty Pleasure
Would you be able to walk into work each morning without a cup of coffee? Can’t say no to dessert after dinner?
If giving up a guilty pleasure seems impossible, maybe you should try saying “no” to it for a while.
If, at the end of the challenge, you still want to treat yourself, that’s fine! But maybe you’ll indulge in moderation.
Plus, think of the money you’ll save!
5. Don’t Spend Money Unnecessarily
Do you purchase fun items for yourself regularly? Is there something more substantial you’d like to buy, but don’t have the money?
Try to go an entire month buying nothing new. You must buy the essentials but cut back on clothing, technology, decor, and other tempting items.
If you find that you have a lot of extra money at the end of the month, you might catch yourself surprised by your average spending and cut back. Use the extra money to start a new hobby or save it for a more substantial, meaningful purchase.
6. Implement a Bedtime Routine
Experts recommend that healthy adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
Are you laughing? You might stay up later than you should!
If you spend time at night watching television or scrolling through social media, you might put off going to bed. Attempt to set an alarm to go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual for one month.
Come up with a relaxing bedtime ritual to put you in the mood for sleep. You can empty your mind by making a to-do list for the next day or meditate to release any stress.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try tensing your toes. This trick seems silly, but by squeezing and then relaxing your toes, you’ll feel calm.
Your body will use this extra sleep to function better the next day.
7. Meet Your Financial Goals
Next month, challenge yourself to save money.
If you need inspiration, come up with a plan for how you’ll use the money you’re suddenly saving. Change your phone background to a picture of what you want so you’ll be reminded each time you contemplate an unnecessary purchase.
There are several ways you can save money over 30 days. Start using cash instead of credit or debit cards or put away a certain amount each day. How you customize the challenge is totally up to you!
Experiment With These Monthly Challenges
Whether you’re looking to save money or improve your health, take the first step.
A 30-day challenge is less daunting than imagining a long-term goal without a plan. These monthly challenges will help you learn about yourself and how you can implement strategies to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
Start experimenting with challenges now and create a plan to improve your life in only a month’s time.
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