I want to try something new. Ideas?
September 14, 2011 10:25 AM Subscribe
What's a good habit to challenge myself to pick up/lose over 30 days?
posted by mccarty.tim to grab bag (14 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I just saw this TED Talk
about challenging yourself to try something new over 30 days for self improvement and making the time pass by more interestingly.
I like the idea, but I'm curious about what's a good idea to do on it. Thinking for myself, I realize I could:
- Write a program outside of class of some sort each day to develop my computer science skills
- Start exercising daily in some form (I've wanted to start weight training, but can't seem to find a gym in my budget, but for now, I could start biking/jogging regularly and/or do bodyweight exercises)
- Stick to an alternate diet, like ketosis/low carb or paleo, which I've been curious about trying. Hard, as I live with my family, but not impossible. I've tried vegetarian in the past over 30 day periods and I am ethically okay with eating meat. (Really not trying to derail over health/morals of meat)
- Photo a day, as suggested in the video, if only because it'd encourage me to get out of the house more to take interesting pictures.
- Teach myself the piano or another instrument with a certain amount of time devoted each day. Piano is more convenient as I have a decent keyboard in the house.
- Restrict my internet usage. I don't watch much TV unless I need to watch something while doing something repetitive with my hands (knitting, cherry pitting, etc), but I definitely spend more time than I should online.
But I'd really like to hear other people's ideas. It's interesting to think about what might be cool, but I want to hear from other people's experiences what's fun to learn/is fulfilling or useful to have learned or what life is much better with or without.
For some context about my situation, I'm a 22 year old male part-time (for this semester) college student, with not much spare cash, but enough for the occasional $100 project. I commute to school from my family's home, and work part time. But I do have enough spare time for hobbies and leisure.