Try something new for 30 days
So roughly a month ago I saw TED talk entitled ‘Try something new for 30 days’ – Here is said talk:
As I mentioned in my previous post since getting to university I have been all for trying new things, but when there’s so much to try and plenty of work / revision to be getting on with. It’s easy to forgot to try new things and you end up slipping into the same old mundane routine. The approach that Matt puts forward is that the changes don’t need to be anything massive, just something simple to start off with, especially as it’s only going to be for a month. What is important is to choose a positive task that is small, repeatable and takes no more that 15 minutes of the day.
What I did last month:
I made that decision to keep a journal for 30 days, my main motivation behind this was that I am really bad at finishing projects – and journaling is a place where giving up happens alot. There has been countless times I remember starting a new journal, buy that new notebook, downloading yet another journal app in an attempt to actually keep a diary for a substantial duration of time. Before completing this challenge my best journal entry streak was about 10 day, another bonus to completing it was so that I could save the file and mark something as ‘finished’ which is a confidence booster and a real sense of achievement. In choosing journalling I didn’t want to make it too hard and a reflective process was quite a nice one as it gave me the opportunity to leave myself pointers to stuff that needed doing or attitudes that needed addressing.
What’s on the table this month?
As of a couple of weeks ago we entered into the month of May, which inevitably meant a chance to try something else new. This time I thought of something that I used to enjoy doing, which got pushed aside as soon as my life ended up ‘busy’. I have decide to set myself the challenge to read for at-least 15 min everyday, for the month of May. An added bonus is that I find reading especially helpful during exam time to reduce stress levels. Reading gives you a portal to another world, a comfortable place to escape to and forget all of the exam worries. The reason I love this approach so much is that it can be as simple (or complex) as you want to make it. More importantly that once you’ve given it a go you suddenly notice how much potential each month has when giving small nearly unnoticeable amounts of time each day.
Two pieces of advice, the first is probably stating the obvious: Follow the month, I started on April 1st so by the 30th I knew that I had reached the end of that month’s cycle and I was ready to try something new. To second that, stick to routine. Where possible fix your activity into your daily routine – I found whilst writing a journal for 30 days, that the best time was to write an entry just before going to bed while it was fresh. Finally to echo Matt’s final words: The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so I encourage you to try something new! Matthew Spear