When I think about the goals that I have, I think of the big picture. This includes, but isn’t always limited to, major shifts and changes that I’d like to make in my life; to better myself, and my current situation. For example, a major goal that I am currently working towards is getting in better shape, losing weight, and being happy with how I look in my clothes. This goal requires a major lifestyle shift in my eating (eating cleaner, less processed and less fried foods) and my exercise regimen (from doing basically nothing, to working out 5-6 times a week) I have been working on this goal since about August when I got the OK from my Dr. to start working out after I had Sailor. Since August, I’ve been motivated and diligent and have accepted the fact that since this is a lifestyle, I can’t be perfect all the time, but then again, I wouldn’t want to. I like enjoying candy and french fries, I just can’t eat them all the time… anyway, you get the picture… I have several long term goals that I’m currently working towards, but how do you get motivated to work towards such a big picture goal? How do you get started? How do you not get overwhelmed?
One the strategies I’ve been playing around with are mini-challenges. A mini challenge is any period of time that you would like, although many tend to be 30 day challenges, where you challenge yourself to do something everyday for a set amount of time. (As I type this right now, I’m working on my 100 day challenge of blogging everyday!) Mini-challenges are fun because, although they totally can be, they do not necessarily have to be an action step towards a larger goal.
They can help you check something off your to do list: Scrapbook 1 page a day for 30 days (so I can finally get those baby books done!)
They can help you work towards a larger goal (an action step): Squat challenge (30 days of squats to help you work towards a fitness goal)
They can help you develop a good habit: Water challenge: Drink a minimum of 120 ounces a day (that’s about 3.5 Liters)
They can be eye opening and help you change bad habits: Plastic Challenge: Collect (literally or in photos) how much plastic you use every day for 30 days, then, for the next 30 days, try to give up all single use plastics!
Or, try these (since some of my major life goals are to Konmari my life, simplify everything, and turn everyone vegan!): Minimalism game, 60 day Minimalist challenge, The Emily Ley Simplicity Challenge, 30 Day Vegan Challenge, also this! Photo challenge. Or make up your own challenge! (It can be anything you want to achieve!)
You may not continue drinking 120 ounces of water a day after your challenge has ended, but you will almost certainly increase your intake compared to before the challenge; and who knows, you might stick with it! (Steve tried out vegetarianism as a 3o day challenge and never looked back… and now he’s vegan!)
Have you ever done a 30 day (or more/ less) challenge? How did you like it? Will you try one of these? If you want to track your progress, download the Goal Tracker Calendar! (shown in above photo) It’s the whole year, but you can use it for any individual 30 (or other number of days) period. The one above is my tracker for #100daysproject (my 100 days of blogging- which started on April 4, 2017.)