Why am I so stoked about 30-day challenges for kicking off your New Year Resolution (other than the fact that I’ve turned taking challenges into a routine…this year alone I’ve strengthened my core, meditated my way to a few moments of bliss, and drank some extra water)?
It’s because of Matt Cutts’ “Try Something New for 30 Days” TED talk (3:27). It opened my eyes to the possibilities of trying something new for 30 days.
Not 5 days, not 10 days, but 30 days. In fact, he spent a whole year taking his own advice and pursuing a bunch of different 30-day challenges himself (including no Microsoft software or operating systems for 30 days − woah!).
As a Challenge Connoisseur myself, I’ve got a few tips for you no matter which challenge(s) you choose:
- Print Everything Out Ahead of Time: It is so much easier to skip a day if you have to put prep work into it on the day of. So I like to get everything ready ahead of time as much as possible. I find this ups my success rate monumentally.
- Keep it in Front of You: Either digitally keep the challenge within eyesight, like as an image on your desktop, or physically keep the challenge in front of you by printing it out and taping it to your bathroom mirror.
- Write Down Your Purpose for the Challenge: If you’re clear on why you want to take the challenge, then committing to it is much easier to do. Write this down on the challenge printable you’re keeping on that bathroom mirror.
Alright, here’s my list for you!
My Fave Free 30-Day Challenges to Kick Start Your New Year Resolution
Challenge #1: 30-Day Debt Busting Challenge
Well of course I’m going to start you off with my own free financial challenge! I’ve put together a 30-Day Debt Busting Challenge for you over on my Pinterest page. Scroll all the way to the bottom, and each day come on over to get your money mindset shift, a debt-free inspiration story, and your debt bustin’ challenge.
Challenge #2: 30 Days of Yoga Camp with Adriene
I’m on Day# 5, and am absolutely in love with this series. Every time I do this I feel some yoga + energy bliss.
Challenge #3: Natalie Jill’s 30-Day Fitness Challenge on Youtube
I discovered Natalie Jill this year, and what I love about her is she makes exercise look incredibly fun, plus she shows you how to do it all from home. Two wins in my book.
Challenge #4: 30-Day Love Challenge
Looking for ways to reconnect with your loved one? The Dating Divas have put together a free love challenge with tons of free tips + printables to help you shower your loved one with…well, love, everyday for 30 days. They’ve also got a handy-dandy supplies list in case you want to print + gather supplies ahead of time.
Challenge #5: 30-Day New Mom Self Care Challenge
This challenge helps new mothers pick non-overwhelming self care items, as well as helps you build routine self care into your new hectic life.
Challenge #6: 30-Day Push Challenge
This is a goal challenge. So if you’re looking for a push in helping you achieve your goals, look no further (currently there’s a wait list you can sign up for).
Challenge #7: Jennie’s 30-Day Creative 2030 Challenge
Spend 20 minutes a day for 30 days creating something you’ve been wanting to do (especially helpful for all those projects you’ve pinned on Pinterest to complete “some day”). Comes with a free workbook you download.
Challenge #8: 30-Day No-Fail Money Challenge
Jackie’s got your back with this no-fail money challenge she’ll send each day to your inbox for 30 days.
Challenge #9: 30 Days of Gratitude Journaling
You don’t have to only journal your gratitude in November. Choose to do so in any month of the year! Text My Journal offers 30 days of prompts to get you focused in on all the good in your life.
Challenge #10: 30-Day KonMari CashOut Challenge
After reading the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, my natural organization geek was super inspired. However, I did get some heartburn. The author wants you to rid your life of these items as quickly and easily as possible. So she usually talks about dumping them into trash bags and throwing them away. In this post I show you how to reap the most amount of cash for your items instead of just ridding yourself of them as quickly as possible. So far I’m up to $71 back from sunk costs.
Challenge #11: Skinny Mom’s 30-Day Self Love Challenge
Grab the free printable and tape it to your bathroom mirror so that each morning for 30 days you know exactly what you are to complete. The first sheet is for if you want to complete the challenge publicly, and the second page is for completing it just for yourself.
Challenge #12: 30-Day Relationship Challenge
Print out the calendar and for 30 days, lavish the one you love with some extra attention.
Challenge #13: 30-Day Vocabulary Challenge
Are you a word nerd like myself? Jillee put together a 30-day list to tack onto your fridge of 30 new vocabulary words you can learn.
Challenge #14: 30-Day Minimalism Challenge
Anushka has 30 steps to take in order to increase the minimalism in your life (ha! I could definitely consume more minimalism).
Challenge #15: 30-Days to Create Your 10-Year Plan Challenge
Not sure where your life is headed in the next 10 years? If you’d like to steer it with intentional direction, check out Nikki’s challenge. She offers 8 free worksheets to help you through the first 8 days.
Challenge #16: 30-Day Take-a-Risk Challenge
Feel like you’re playing life a little…safe? Print this challenge out and each day take on a new risk. But don’t worry, there’s nothing too crazypants here. Think things like “introduce yourself to your neighbors”, and “dance like no one is watching.”
Challenge #17: 30-Day “Finish What I Started” Challenge
Oooohhh…as a serial completer, I’m in love with this challenge. Jessica has figured out she has 72 unfinished projects, and decides to do something about it (all while finding, “that sweet spot between doing what I HAVE to do and doing what I WANT to do”). There aren’t prompts with this one. However, what if you chose to finish one thing each of the next 30 days that has been left uncompleted in your life?
Well, you’ll give yourself the gift of completion, as Anna Kunnecke taught me in her free Queen Sweep challenge I took (told you I take part in lots of challenges each year!).
Challenge #18: 30-Day Life Makeover Challenge
Each day for the next 30 you will get an affirmation + a simple mini-lesson to increase your inner peace and self confidence. “The first 15 days are focused on creating inner peace and the last 15 days are for cultivating more confidence and self-love.”
Challenge #19: 30 Days of Motivated Mornings
The goal here is for you to wake up 30 minutes early each morning for the next 30 days, and use that time to get your motivation groove on. There’s a small list of ideas for you to do in order to feel more motivated the rest of your day, such as using that 30 minutes to read a book or taking the time to blow out your hair (yes, TEG…you got me on putting my hair in a top knot most every morning. And by “most” I really mean “every”).
Challenge #20: 30 Days of Trying Something New
What if you simply committed to trying one new thing a day for the next 30 days? For me, that’s trying a new recipe from my recipe binder (filled with ripped out ones from magazines + printed ones off of Pinterest), driving down a new street on the hunt for a Vietnamese Temple only slightly visible from the main road (and actually finding it!), and riding a mechanical bull for the first time at a Halloween festival right down the street from where we live.
It keeps life interesting, for sure!
Challenge #21: 30-Day Meditation Challenge
When typing this one out, I accidentally typed “Medication Challenge”…which is funny because if you take this challenge for the next 30 days, you might be able to skip out on some medication in the future!
Challenge #22: Tim Ferris’ 21-Day No-Complaint Challenge
Okay, so technically this one isn’t 30 days long. But you could easily extend it to 30 days (except not entirely because of how hard it is going to be to complete…wait, was that a complaint? Oh boy.).
Challenge #23: 30-Day Networking Challenge
Are you networking skills a little rusty (er, non-existent *raises hand*)? Download this printable filled with 30 days of networking activities.
Challenge #24: 30-Day 64-Oz. Water Challenge
You’re looking at a chronic under-drinker (me, not you!). Other than those 10 months when I was pregnant, my water intake is usually well below what it should be. No, it’s not supplemented by other liquids like caffeine…it just doesn’t happen. So this water drinking challenge is one I’ve got my eye on.
Challenge #25: 30-Day “Me-Time” Challenge for Burned Out Moms
Oh this one resonates, especially when I was deep in the infant stage about eight months ago. What I like about her ideas for how to take the me-time is that they aren’t extravagant. Because the fact is, when you’re home with a little one, time is a luxury. Think things like just standing outside in the sunshine (I used to do this myself when I needed a few minutes!), or taking an extra long shower (it was not long after out little guy was born that I figured out showering was my new oasis).
Challenge #26: 30-Day Smoothie-a-Day Challenge
Smoothies are something that always appeal to me…but I normally don’t ever get around to making them. Maybe a challenge would help me with that?
Challenge #27: 30-Day Cleaning Challenge
What if, instead of feeling overwhelmed with “Spring Cleaning”, you set out to complete just one cleaning task per day for 30 days? Well, hopefully your house would stay shiny and decluttered so you didn’t have to restart again on Day 1 of the next month.
Challenge #28: Nanowrimo
Have you heard of this movement to write an entire book (at least 50,000 words) in just 30 days? While you can run this on your own, the entire community gets together and does it for a specific month each year. Check back to the link above for when it will be held in the coming year.
Challenge #29: 30-Day Read More Books Challenge
I have a bad habit. My husband calls it my two-year reading list. The fact is, there are so many books that I take out of the library and actually read, that books I purchase or am gifted often sit on my book shelf for about two years before I get around to reading them.
If you’re looking to turbo-boost your own reading this year, then check out this challenge.
Challenge #30: 31 Days to Positively Improve Your Financial Life
PT Money has a killer list of 30 (actually, 31, but we’ll pretend the last one’s just a bonus) steps to take in order to improve your financial life. And if you actually accomplish all of them in 30 days, well I think you deserve some honorary personal finance degree. You can download a free PDF by subscribing.
I didn’t post 30 different 30-Day Challenges to overwhelm you, but rather to give you a long enough list that you can pick something with complete and utter conviction and delightedness *clasps hands* to actually go through with it. After all, just completing one of these challenges will change your life.