1. Check out some challenges.
Not sure what you want to do? Check out the supplement “Challenge Possibilities” for some general ideas or one of the themed sets of ideas. If none appeal to you, grab your favorite search engine and find something that looks interesting. There are a lot out there, so be sure to include your interests in your search.
2. Start small.
Enrichment Project: 7 Day Challenge
Completing a short challenge helps you gain confidence that you can do a larger / longer one. Try following a challenge for a week. Track your progress and note issues each day. Address those that you find so that when you go for the 30 Day Challenge, you’ve worked out many of the kinks.
3. 30 days in small steps.
Choose a simple challenge and complete it. Start with small things that are easy to incorporate into your daily life. The easier they are, the more likely you are to do them. If you want to lose weight, start with 30 days of drinking the required amount of water each day. Then, add a short walk the next 30 days. Choose a challenge you can break down and add small pieces into your life helps build good habits and increases the possibility of you continuing.
4. Enrichment Project challenge.
Earning digital badges can be a great challenge! You learn new things for personal enrichment or to take back to your troop / group. A badge can be earned in as little as 3 hours. For this challenge, you could spend an hour a day and earn 10 badges – gaining the basic knowledge of things you might include in your meet ups, events or even day camps. Look through the possible badges you might earn.
5. The same or different.
Do you want to do the same activity every day? Adding more water every day is the same thing day after day. You can add variety by choosing a theme and doing different things. For example, you might want to be more fit, but are unsure of exercises you’d like to do so you challenge yourself to try something different every day until you find one or more exercises you enjoy.
To help you out, there are a few supplements with ideas you can incorporate into a 30 Day Challenge.
6. 30 Day Challenge.
Whether or not you chose to progressively get harder over the 30 days or just maintain the same activity, it feels great to make a life change. Pick a 30 Day Challenge and do it.
7. Improving your success.
Tracking your activities and addressing issues are ways to improve your success. Visualizing, meditating and making your challenge activity non-negotiable are other ways. Doing the work earlier in the day when your motivation is at its peak also contributes. What works best for you? How can you improve your success?
8. Adding a reward.
Your reward should reflect the effort you put into the challenge. Going out for a huge meal for just adding water to your diet is a little extreme if you’re trying to build yourself up for weight loss. Instead, you might schedule a couple hours to go down to the beach and watch the waves. Brainstorm rewards for your challenge.
9. Watch for pitfalls.
Not doing it for a single day may seem like a tiny step. If it stops you in your tracks, it’s no longer a tiny step. If you’re finding excuses not to do your daily challenge tasks, you will probably not make it unless you take drastic steps immediately. Keep track of the things that you notice are making you slide back to previous behaviors. Be aware of them so you don’t fall victim.
10. Find a partner.
A partner who wants to do the same challenge, or even a similar one, is a great way to add accountability into your challenge. You are more likely to do it if you have someone to answer to when you don’t complete your challenge activity.
For example, I have a partner for walking around the building during breaks when the weather is good. If I’m feeling lazy, she gets me going. I do the same for her.
11. Build a team.
A team is more than one other person doing either the same challenge or their own similar challenge at the same time. Share your goals and see if they align. What steps can you take to use the team to encourage and support each other? Would rivalry within the team by single or groups of members help push you to your goals?
12. Journal it.
Use a traditional or digital journal and track your progress. Note what you accomplished each day. Ask yourself how it makes you feel accomplishing the goal. Was there something more you could have done or something you could have done differently? A journal not only helps you identify issues, it gives you proof that you took and accomplished your challenge.
A journal might be a bit too much if you’re strapped for time. You can do audio clips of your daily thoughts or use an easy tracker sheet to give you a review of your accomplishment.
13. Do it again.
If you’ve done it once, you can do it again! You can do the same challenge, a more difficult one along the same lines or even try something completely new.
14. Change the time.
You can extend your daily challenge to other amounts if you have a specific goal in mind or want to do it longer. You might choose 60 or 90 days or even go for an entire year at 365 days. Decide if you want to take your daily challenge up and to what amount.
15. Challenge badge set.
The Enrichment Project has a series of digital badges featuring different timelines and challenges. The badge set for challenges includes:
- 1 Year Challenges
- 7 Day Challenges
- 12 Week Challenges
- 30 Day Challenges
- 100 Hour Challenges
- Youth Challenges
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- Tracking: My 2 Month / 8 Week Challenge
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- Tracking: My 3 Month / 12 Week Challenge
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- Tracking: My 12 Week / 84 Day Challenge
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- Tracking: My 30 Day Challenge
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- Tracking: My Basic Badge / 30 Day Challenge
- My Challenge Journal
- Challenge Possibilities — Possibilities for Personalizing Challenges
- <em>Challenge Supplement — Information about the Challenge Lists
- Challenge List: Arts & Crafts
- Challenge List: Brainstorm
- Challenge List: Cooking
- Challenge List: Disney
- Challenge List: Exercise & Sports
- Challenge List: Video Gamers
- Challenge List: Give It Up
- Challenge List: Gratitude
- Challenge List: Inspire Creativity
- Challenge List: Random Act of Kindness
- Challenge List: Lettering & Writing
- Challenge List: Look Inward
- Challenge List: Organization
- Challenge List: Reading for Adults
- Challenge List: Reading for Kids
- Challenge List: Self-Improvement
- Challenge List: Write Prompts – Personal
Sites to Explore
Because of the sheer number of possible links for this badge set, I am suggesting you search your favorite search engine or social media site to find what is there. Start with “challenge” and add specifics on your choice of topic or theme.
To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_30 Day Challenges_lrl