Are you also tired of New Year resolutions? Want something better? Read on!
Around Christmas I was looking back on 2012 and (inevitably) thinking of the new year and what it would bring me professionally. And I remember not really feeling like making any New Year resolutions, because, well, they never seem to work out the way you want. A year is just too long: anything might happen that can change your plans.
Inspired by Matt Cutts and his 30 Days Challenges, I’ve decided to have a go myself, instead of setting any specific (and year-long-lasting, doomed-to-failure) New Year Resolutions. The challenges I have in mind are similar or the same to some Matt completed: Some of them are about doing something regularly, others are about not doing something, and others still are about using the 30 day period to achieve a specific goal.
So I followed the link, and read a lot of Matt’s blog posts about his challenges and experiences. And the more I read, the more I thought: now that’s something worth trying! Indeed, a month is of course a much better period to set a goal than a full year. Besides, a month might be a good fit if you want to change a habit (though it might be too short…).
Challenges? What challenges?
What challenges to take on is a personal thing of course, but here are some I came up with. I might drop some of them, add others, depending on whatever I feel like. Some of these are challenges I found at Matt’s web site (I never said anything about being original, right?).
- Read 10 books in 30 days.
- Meditate 15 minutes at the end of each day.
- Go to the gym twice a week (currently I go only once a week). Okay, let’s make it 10 times in 30 days.
- Do abdominal exercises each day: they come with my visits to the gym, but as mentioned above, that’s only once a week. I can always use more of them 🙂 .
- No news (no watching, no reading, no nothing) for 30 days.
- A week without internet (a month seems too much for this one 🙂 ). This would have to be on a holiday…
- No twitter for 30 days (am I really writing this??).
- Watch an educational video each day. I’ve a backlog of several conferences and other stuff, so this could be a good opportunity to reduce that backlog.
- Learning for my SAP HANA certification. This would include the videos from http://www.saphana.com/ and playing around with my AWS instance, which I still have to set up.
- Comment on at least n blog posts each day.
- Rate at least n blogs discussions each day.
- Answer to at least n discussions each day.
Lots of things to pursue over the next months as you can see. And I’m sure there are more/others.
But where to start, if at all?
Because January had already started, I decided to wait for a while, meanwhile collecting some challenges that might work for me (see above), and then after a few weeks decide whether to pursue this project or not. And now it’s Feb 2nd, and I’ve decided to give it a go!
The first challenge I’ll take on is to do the abdominal exercises each day. Lucky me: I went to the gym today, so ‘ll start tomorrow 🙂 !
After that, I’ll try something different each month. Next thing is probably the HANA certification.
If you decide to join me (with your own challenges of course) I’d like to know about it. So please leave a comment, or even better: write your own blog post about it.
If you have any suggestions for me, for example regarding the SCN related challenges, please add them also in the comment section.
I’ve not decided yet whether I’ll continue blogging about this, but we’ll see how it goes.
Thanks for reading!