30 Day Challenge Ideas to Help You Change Your Life

Why Make a List of 30 Day Challenge Ideas?

This is a post about 30 day challenge ideas (in case you couldn’t tell by the title).  I had a stroke last year.  That stunk, but I’m not complaining.  It was a big wake up call for me.  It lit a fire under my butt.  Other people have suffered much greater losses after having a stroke.  Mostly, my stroke left me feeling kind of beat up and with some issues getting my right arm and hand to do what I want them to do.  I’ve also had some speech issues and lost a bit of my hearing, but I’m getting around OK and that’s a good thing.  I’ve been taking a new look at life lately.

Challenge Yourself for a Month

I like thirty day challenges because the time frame is short enough that you can usually push through them even when you start to hit resistance. The honest truth is that I’ve spent a lot of my life reading books about self improvement and generally looking for ways to improve myself.  The problem is, a lot of my ideas have either stayed just ideas or have completely faded from my memory before I took action and brought them into reality.  I guess you could say that my little cerebral accident opened my eyes to how things can change in the space of a few heartbeats.  I had been meaning to get around to starting a list like this, so here it is.  Started with a new sense of urgency that I didn’t have a year ago!  I spoke to a bunch of people I know and asked them what they thought they “should” do as a thirty day challenge.  I thought that might be a good way to start this list.  Here’s what we came up with…

My growing list of 30 day challenge ideas (feel free to add suggestions in comments)

  1. 30 day art challenge
  2. Lose 30 pounds in 30 days
  3. Do the number one thing you think you need to do to improve yourself every day.
  4. Paleo 30 day challenge (you can pick the diet of your choice, but stick with it for the full month).
  5. Be thankful and write down what you are thankful for each day.
  6. If you have kids, do something enjoyable with them every day for a month.
  7. Tell someone why you are happy to have them in your life each day for 30 days.
  8. Face one of your fears every day
  9. Learn about a new plant every day.  Plant thirty new perennial seeds in a tray at the beginning of the month.  Learn about them while they are germinating and starting to grow, then plant them in your yard.  You’ll sound like a master gardener when people admire your garden next spring!
  10. Learn a new science fact every day.
  11. Learn a new magic or card trick every day
  12. Talk to a stranger every day.
  13. 30 day photo challenge
  14. volunteer somewhere
  15. Learn to sing
  16. Do yoga
  17. Follow a new beauty routine that helps you to feel better about yourself.
  18. Meditate
  19. Learn to touch type
  20. Learn 5 words in a foreign language every day.
  21. Ride your bike
  22. Learn and practice first aid
  23. Clean up something in your neighborhood.
  24. Take on a big outside project around your house and work on it every day for 30 days.
  25. Juggle
  26. Start a new business
  27. Bond with your spouse or significant other every day.
  28. Start a website or blog and work on it every day for an hour
  29. Spend 15 minutes each day teaching your pet a new trick or training it
  30. 30 day money challenge
  31. Watch something educational
  32. 30 day walking challenge
  33. 30 day no alcohol challenge
  34. Planking
  35. Take time to say a prayer every day.
  36. Laugh.  Do, read, or watch something that makes you laugh every day.
  37. Make someone feel special, appreciated, or noticed.
  38. Make a list every day of what you will get done
  39. Walk your dog every day
  40. Listen to a new piece of music every day (that you have never heard before)
  41. Marriage challenge
  42. Squats
  43. Go minimal for a month.
  44. Learn the names of the stars and constellations you can see from your front yard.  How many can you see?  Divide that by 30 days and get to work.
  45. Learn the names of all the people who live on your street.  Bonus points if you actually speak to them all during the month.  How many will you need to learn each day?
  46. Closely track where you are spending all of your money for the whole month.
  47. Walk around your neighborhood.
  48. Give someone a compliment
  49. Green smoothies
  50. Flat abs
  51. Question one of your core beliefs every day.
  52. Try a new recipe every day.
  53. Brainstorm.  For 15 minutes every day, write down (without editing) ideas that could improve your life or move you closer to your goals.
  54. See a new part of your town or city each day
  55. Eat a new food every day
  56. Say hello to someone new
  57. Break your home down into 30 small sections.  Seriously deep clean one section per day.  The size of these areas obviously depends on how big your home is.
  58. Improve a relationship
  59. Read a spiritual book passage every day.
  60. Give a hug.
  61. Check email only once per day
  62. Pack all of your lunches for a month (if you normally eat out at restaurants)
  63. Early morning thoughts… write them down and read them later.
  64. Find out something new about a person you already know
  65. Try a new fruit or vegetable
  66. Contact an old friend.
  67. Make a video record/journal of yourself every day for 30 days.
  68. Make a video for the people who are important to you.
  69. Clean up someone else’s mess (maybe along a nearby road while you’re walking)
  70. Write a book or a story.
  71. Get toned arms
  72. Learn about juicing fasts and maybe try one.
  73. Actually “do” one of those lifehacks you’ve been seeing for the past few years.  Do one every day.
  74. Take a “get rid of the love handles challenge”
  75. Sleep for at least eight hours every night
  76. If you work in a building with an elevator, use the stairs for one month.
  77. Avoid using contractions
  78. Do not use credit cards
  79. Talk to one of your neighbors every day
  80. No snack food
  81. Eliminate soft drinks
  82. Drink only water for 30 days
  83. Abstinence
  84. Do not ride in, or drive a car
  85. Work on writing a bucket list or list of goals.  Write down at least one new thing (with an explanation) every day.
  86. Don’t watch the news for 30 days
  87. Make your hobby a priority for one month
  88. Keep a food journal for 30 days (bonus: figure out how many pounds of food you ate and how many gallons of water you drank)
  89. Teach someone something new every day
  90. Perform a random act of kindness
  91. Visit someone who has been forgotten
  92. No judging people for a month
  93. Be mindful
  94. Take sugar out of your diet
  95. Read for a predetermined number of minutes every day
  96. Learn something new
  97. Keep a journal or diary
  98. Give up your annoying habit that you have been meaning to quit
  99. Write down your dreams
  100. Learn to play a new instrument
  101. No internet for 30 days
  102. No smart phones for 30 days
  103. Only say positive or neutral statements
  104. No complaining
  105. Watch the sun rise every day for a month
  106. Take a photo of something you normally ignore every day for a month
  107. Donate one thing per day that you don’t use anymore
  108. Learn something new in 30 days on a site like Khan Academy
  109. Learn to code
  110. Get a start on a long term creative project.  Check this r/sideproject on Reddit for advice as you are going.


Why Did I Write This 30 Day Challenge Post?

The goal and purpose of this post is twofold. It will be a list of cool things to learn, try, and do.  That’s the first thing.  The second purpose will be to actually serve as a record of my experiences as I take on each new skill, goal, task, etc.  I’m going to say up front that I don’t necessarily plan on trying everything on this list.  That’s where you can jump in if you are interested.  Feel free to make comments about challenges you have taken on, things you’ve learned, reasons why your procrastinate.  Whatever you want.

One of my first challenges was to make a post about why people should challenge themselves and push forward through resistance.  This site is a work in progress, but I DID get it started.  I hope you find something helpful here.  Please leave a comment and tell about what you plan on doing for the next 30 days!

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One Response to 30 Day Challenge Ideas to Help You Change Your Life

  1. Mamie Simmons says:

    very motivating. I will be blogging; trying to practice. Love your writing.

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