Who wants to take on a 1-month personal challenge?
This post originally appeared on the Monthly Experiments Project.
Hopefully, you do. Because that’s what this month’s experiment is all about!
In case you’re new here, every month I take on a personal experiment and write about my results. I usually pick an experiment I want to do at the beginning of the month, and write a post about it, and invite you to join me.
But this month, instead of focusing on my own experiment, I’m going to be helping other people (like you!) with their own experiments.
So, basically, this month, I’m leaving the experiment idea up to you.
If there’s something you want to change, something that hasn’t been working in your life, or something you’ve always wanted to try, now is the perfect time to try something new for a month. If you want to create a new habit that will help you reach your longterm goals, this is a great excuse to make it happen.
And, for this month, I’m going to be coaching and supporting anyone who decides to participate.
How This Will Work
Right now, we’ve got a small private Facebook group of experimenters who are participating in this challenge, and you should definitely join us (more on how to do that in a minute).
Here are the rules:
- Choose an experiment.
- Do it for a month.
- Let me know how it goes.
Pretty simple, right?
If you like the idea of doing a 1-month experiment, but you aren’t sure what to do, here’s a quick list of ideas based on my own favorite experiments.
- Start waking up early. (This is one of the most powerful experiments we’ve done.)
- Write something every day.
- Create a mindfulness practice.
- Work on a secret project.
- Take the No Excuses Challenge
- Spend a month sticking to a fitness program.
- Start a new blog.
- Practice a musical instrument.
- Meditate for 5 minutes every day. Or two minutes.
- Stop eating sugar.
- Talk to a stranger every day. Or high-five a stranger, if you’re feeling bold.
- Spend 10 minutes a day decluttering your home or office.
- Or you could finally do that one thing you’ve been wanting to do for a long time.
Really, it doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as you stick with it for a month.
Taking on an experiment or personal challenge is a great way to push yourself, cultivate more discipline, and have some fun.
Of course, if you have a more serious motivation for taking on a personal experiment, that’s great. Experiments are a great way to change habits and grow into your better self.
How To Join Us
I mentioned that there’s a private Facebook group for this experiment. I created it because I wanted a place for this community to interact and get support and advice and accountability. It’s very small right now, but so far it’s going well. People are encouraging each other and sharing their progress. It’s really inspiring, and I’d like to figure out a way to grow that community aspect more in the future.
If you want to join the private Facebook group, let me know in the comments here and I’ll send you an invitation. Or you can add me on Facebook and I’ll add you to the group.
Of course, you don’t have to participate in the Facebook group. You can also just send me an email, or leave a comment below to make your commitment.
Or you can tell your friends by tweeting your commitment to this challenge. Click here to tweet. (Thanks for the support if you do decide to share this publicly!)
Sound good? Let’s do this!