I find it’s easier to do things to improve myself when I set some sort of timeline in place. I don’t want to micromanage it–that’s just frustrating–but instead I want to create habits. And when I want to create that habit, I find what I want to do and I try to do it every day for 30 days.
And since we’re near the beginning of a new month, I figure it’s perfect timing to implement this sort of thing.
So, beginning August 1, I’m going to focus on two personal betterment projects a month. They’ll be focused on things that improve creativity, knowledge, health. finances, or whatever else comes up. There are just a few rules as to what I’m selecting:
1) I can’t choose something that I’m already actively doing (like “write every day!”)
2) It needs to be something that doesn’t cost a lot of money (a small startup price isn’t unacceptable, however).
3) It doesn’t need to be fun, but it needs to be something I’d enjoy doing (or at least something I think I’d enjoy).
So for August, I’ve picked these two:
- No eating out. This includes snacks, lunch at work, or anything else that isn’t. “I brought this food from home.” I have a more detailed plan that I’ll write about in the coming days.
- Pick a language I know nothing about and study it. Not necessarily shoot for fluency–or even broken conversation–but learn what I can for 30 minutes a day over a month’s time. I haven’t picked out a language yet, but I have a few on my shortlist.
I have a bunch of other options lined up for the coming months. There are also the things I’m going to strive for any day anyways: Walk as much as possible, write, eat healthy, generate ideas, drink a lot of water, get a lot of sleep, and try to smile a bit. Life is all about taking steps in the right direction, and that’s what I’m going for. I don’t need to reach the end immediately.