Friday, January 6, 2012

*A New Year* guest post by Jocelyn

Jocelyn is such a great example to me in just about every form.  She's the kind of girl who does exactly what she sets out to do-and somehow makes everything fun in the process.  She also lives in my old stomping grounds in Pennsylvania so I have quite the soft spot for her... Here's hoping she'll send me a tastycake;)

Some people do great with yearly goals.

Others just take it one day at a time.

But I have found that I am most productive when I take life on in 30 day increments.

This Ted Talk by Matt Cutts called "Try Something New for 30 Days" explains it very well:  Most people can try anything for 30 days.  Doing something for 30 days sort of makes you an "expert" in something fairly quickly.  And if you don't like something, you don't have to waste a whole year figuring it out.

Here are some examples of personal goals that I have taken on in 30 day portions:

One month, my kids and I served someone once a day for 30 Days straight.

Last year, I spent 30 days writing letters thanking people who have mentored me in my life.

I also read the entire Book of Mormon in 30 Days, and gave away 30 copies of The Book of Mormon in 30 Days.

I even spent 30 days in May of last year doing only things that I like doing for a change.  I called it The Month of Me, and it was very enjoyable and rejuvenating!

Of course, you can also subtract things from your life for 30 days and see how it goes, like the time that I gave up knuckle cracking for an entire month while I lived abroad.  My mom  told me that it was too gross a habit to inflict on my host family.  So, I struggled every night to keep from cracking my knuckles.  (I shared a room with my host-sister!)  At the end of the 30 days, I was habit-free, but I had a lot of  pent-up emotions!

So how about it?  Are you ready to try something new for 30 days?

Do you have a goal that seems too hard or that you have already failed at pri?  Or just want to try something different?  

Give it a whirl for 30 days and let me know how you do!  You might just find that you can do just about anything for 30 days!


Christina said...

Great ideas, Jocelyn. 30 days definitely seems doable!

Sue said...

You're right, Jocelyn. Breaking it down to 30 days makes it more workable!


likeschocolate said...

I like this concept because it makes something that seems so daunting when you look at it at a year increment seem not so hard.

heather said...

I like this idea. I'll have to think of something.... :)

Jen said...

I'm SO with you on this method. I know I can accomplish something if I have a reasonable start and end time. 30 days is perfect!

Cherie said...

This is a great idea! I think 30 days is doable to try most anything. Especially just to see if you like it.
Nice post :-D

Yvonne said...

I love that idea. Thank you. I'm going to give that a try. It just makes it feel like it's not so overwhelming.

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