And the New 30 Day Challenges Are...

In July I started my first 30 day challenge in a long time:

  • On July 22 I made a resolve to take a video game “fast” for a month. The amount I was playing had been creeping up to the point where I played at least a little most every day. I thought this would be a good chance to work on my willpower, which has been somewhat lacking. I successfully completed this challenge.

In August, I started 2 more challenges, even while the first one was still underway (which may not have been the best idea):

  • On August 5 I made a resolve to write in my journal daily for 30 days. My writing over time has been very sporadic, and this seemed like what I needed to help it out a little. And even though some of the entries weren’t really worth much, I did complete the challenge with only 2 days missed. I call that a success, and I now write much more regularly.
  • Also on August 5, I decided to put myself on a paleo/primal diet (essentially no grains, legumes or vegetable oils and very limited starches and sugar (lots of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruits, and ample, natural fats, with limited dairy). I wasn’t planning on being particularly strict with it, but I fell into the rhythm of it, and I felt so good eating this way that I stuck to it pretty well. My energy level went up markedly, and I started exercising pretty regularly a few weeks into the diet because I felt good enough to do so.

After completing the last 2 challenges on September 5, I didn’t immediately start another challenge. In fact, I had a hard time deciding what do focus on next. I’ve been focusing on making small, managable improvements, and I didn’t want to take on too much. I finally decided on Friday (the thirteenth, my lucky day) what was up next.

  • Do something relating to permaculture every day, and document it. I really enjoy this type of activity, and it frequently serves as recovery time from other things I do, helping me to both calm down and get excited about something at the same time. The documentation doesn’t have to be formal—I just want to be able to look back and see what I’ve been working on and when.
  • Write a blog post every single day. I’ve struggled for years with writing consistently enough to become truly proficient, much less develop a following or figure out what people are interested in engaging about. Like my journaling, this is a challenge to create a habit going forward. I didn’t manage to complete the entry on the first day, so this challenge officially started on September 14. So far, so good.

So, with those 2 new challenges, you’re liable to see a lot more writing from me in the next 30 days, either here on on Entrepreneur Fathers or Terram Novam. That may be good, or it may be bad, but at least I’m still in motion (or again).