Several months ago, I was browsing the web and one of the blogs I normally read is by Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google.  He was blogging about his various 30 day challenges – why he does them, and what they are.  He even did a short TED talk on them here:

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

It had me pondering, what 30 day challenges would I like to do? I compiled a list of a few off the top of my head that I’d like to do, purely for fun, to either test myself, push myself, or benefit myself for 30 days (or more):

  • No alcohol for 30 days
  • No candy for 30 days
  • No TV for days
  • Sleep an hour less everyday for 30 days
  • Work an extra hour every night for 30 days
  • Run everyday for 30 days
  • Ride my bike everyday for 30 days
  • Write every day about something I like for 30 days
  • Setup an advertising campaign each day for 30 days
  • Change the world each day for 30 days – giving to charily, picking up trash, planting a tree
As mentioned in the speech, it can be something you add to your life like running or reading, or something you subtract like TV, candy, or alcohol. One of the things that makes the 30 day challenge even more appealing is that it makes 30 days memorable. Since time will pass no matter what, why not try something new that you will remember?  I think I will give some of these ago this year.  Why don’t you?