Bit of Inspiration: 30 Day Challenges

Recently on Google+, I came across a post by +DaveDelaney titled What can you challenge yourself to do for 30 days? He was inspired by a TED talk given by Matt Cutts called Try Something New For 30 Days. It’s a brief message about setting things in motion to make positive changes in your life, to accomplish goals. To do this you break it down into a 30 day challenge. For 30 days you do something. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top crazy. It’s not about that, it’s about giving your life real meaning for the next 30 days. Matt Cutts talks about how it makes the 30 days seem like more than just passing time. He shares some of his own experiences trying something new.

Personally, I have decided this is something I want to take part in. There is a big list of things I want to accomplish and that can’t happen if I don’t set things in motion. Using the 30 day challenge it will allow me to do just that. Start something and accomplish it. I think Dave Delaney’s post on Google+ came at a good time for me, as I have recently moved to a new apartment and it feels like a new start for me. A time I can refocus my energy and find a little more meaning in something for the next 30 days.

I will start on August 1, 2011 with one or more challenges. As I write this I am still pondering what I want those challenges to be. A few ideas I have already are as follows, some are a bit predictable and some a bit different:

A photo a day with my iPhone
Learn a Spanish Word a Day
Write a Blog Post a Day
Begin Running Again
Read a Bit Each Day of Scott Kelby’s Lightroom and Digital Photographer Books
Learn Something New About InDesign Each Day

So there you have some of my own ideas. On August 1st I will update this post with the challenges I have decided to take on. Is anyone else up for trying a 30 Day Challenge?  I would love to hear what you plan to do or if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear those too. So join me and let’s make Matt Cutt’s TED talk really start something for us all. Make the next 30 days really count!



The Author of this post is Jake Van Ness

Jake is a Print Specialist and Design Consultant at Prepressology, as well as an avid photographer living in the beautiful Adirondacks of Upstate New York.

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