30 Day Challenges

As 2017 was wrapping up, I started thinking about what I wanted for 2018.

You see, 2017 was a GREAT year. I turned 50 and as noted on my home page, I made a point of making my birthday AND the year an EXTRAORDINARY one.

Now that the year was wrapping up (I’m a January baby), I wanted something new to focus on.

ENTER 30-DAY CHALLENGES!

I honestly don’t recall exactly how I came up with the idea. All I do know is that I instantly thought to myself “I can DO that!”

So here I am – partially through the year and on my 4th challenge!

Go, me!

CHALLENGE #1: LESS SOCIAL MEDIA

Ok. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a social media addict.

I find myself checking Facebook and Instagram multiple times a day; time seems to evaporate as I find myself mindlessly scrolling through posts.

I had to cut myself off of Pinterest due to the literal hours I would get lost drooling over recipes I’ll never make, pinning craft ideas that will never come to life, and on it went!

When I first considered this challenge, I immediately scratched off the possibility of removing ALL social media for 30 days.

That’s just wasn’t practical for me. I’m sure it’s similar for you.

I use social media to stay up to date on after school activities for my kids; keep in touch with family, friends, and so much more.

So I gave myself a daily time limit to use social media.

15 MINUTES A DAY

You read that correct. I allowed myself no more than 15 minutes every day.

I chose Facebook and Instagram as my social media “drugs of choice”.

Every day for 30 days, I would use the timer on my phone to track my time on social media. And when that timer went off…

TIME.

WAS.

UP.

I’d stop what I was doing and wave good-bye for the day.

The challenge was both hard and easy.

It was easy because I set some pretty clear guidelines to follow.

It was easy because I knew that I had to plan my social media time. That may sound odd to some, but it worked well for me.

It was hard because sometimes I found that even thought I *thought* I had started the timer, I’d discover that it actually hadn’t started. On those days, I’d have to take a guess as to how long I had been on Facebook or Instagram.

It was hard because I only had 15 MINUTES!

WHAT DID I GET OUT OF THIS CHALLENGE?

More time.

More time to spend with my family.

More time to read.

More time to spend with friends.

And so much more.

MORE CHALLENGES

Since this challenge, I’ve completed a

“No Refined Sugar” challenge (I can’t begin to tell you how hard this one was…) and a

“No Alcohol” challenge (Surprisingly, this was probably the easiest one so far. The fact that I waited until I returned from vacation to start it *may* have helped…)

And now I’m onto a “Daily Gratitude” challenge!

AND NOW I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

What challenge would you be willing to complete for 30 days? Is there something new you’d like to try? A new habit you’d like to form? A bad habit you’d like to break?

Share in the comments below!

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