Think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life, and try it for the next 30 days.
Matt Cutts, a Google software engineer, wanted to make some change in his life. In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed, he would commit to making a change for 30 days, about the amount of time that it takes to add a habit or subtract one. Some of the changes he made were biking to work, taking a picture a day, avoid watching TV and minimize his sugar consumption. What he found was that time didn’t just fly by unnoticed – his days were more memorable. As he completed more challenges that grew more difficult, his confidence grew. Making a change can be overwhelming, but the key is to start small. Small, manageable changes that fit into your lifestyle are more likely to be sustainable, and if you tell yourself that you’ll start off by only committing to 30 days, there’s a greater chance that you’ll be able to stick it out. Anyone can do something for 30 days, and by the end of that time you might find that it’s not only easier to continue that habit, but that you like what it adds to your life.
The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try, and give it a shot.
Game Plan: Choose something that you’ve always wanted to do. Make a SMART goal (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound – 30 days!) and commit to it for one month. Maybe it’s writing a book, waking up earlier every morning to practice yoga, walking 10,000 steps each day, staying away from fast food, or minimizing time spent on social media. Choose something that works for you and is something that you want to do for yourself. Make it your own happiness project.