If someone promised you that you could change your life in 30 days, would you believe them?
What daily habit do you wish you could adopt now that could put you on the path to positive permanent change?
What’s stopping you from doing so?
It’s currently just before dawn on November 1 here in Arlington, Va. October is finally finished.
In my life that means finally closing the door on an incredibly busy month at work, socially, and personally. Among many other things, I moved last month. My new place is just beginning to look and feel like home, although some unpacked boxes in the corner continue to mock me.
The point is, it’s now November.
Halloween is behind us, the leaves have changed colors, the weather’s turned chilly, and folks are slowly moving into hibernation mode – those last few weeks of the year marked by shorter days, travels home, and holidays.
For many of my friends, November is also a writing month. National Novel Writing Month (“NaNoWriMo”) challenges people of all ages to try to complete the first draft of a novel in November — 50,000 words in 30 days.
Users can record their progress via the site and receive daily inspiration from other participants around the world.
While I love the concept of NaNoWriMo (and, frankly, anything that encourages people to create rather than passively consume), my writing goal for this month is far less ambitious. I’m aiming for 750-800 words daily for 30 days straight, tracked via 750words.com.
The goal, of course, is for this daily writing to become a habit, something I will soon incorporate into my daily routine as naturally as brushing my teeth.
Until recently, psychologists believed it took an average of 21 days of daily practice before a new activity became a habit. New studies now show that time period is closer to 66 days.
Here, again, my goal is shorter — 30 days of focused practice in an attempt to become a more consistent writer.
My goals for November 2016 are the following:
- Write 750-800 words daily, with a goal of finishing 20 blog posts this month — published both here and to other sites.
- Daily physical fitness — whether it’s a full-blown trip to the gym, a run, or simply several sets of pull-ups and push-ups, I want to prove to myself that I can work out (in some form) every day.
- Home meals. This summer I ate out too much. I need to spend more time cooking and prepping meals at home — both to save money and reset my mind. Real life isn’t dining at restaurants or ordering take-out on a harried commute home. Bachelor that I am, real life is cooking balanced meals from fresh ingredients — savoring the process and saving money.
I’m ready for you, November.
Ready to live more intentionally by incorporating three small things into my daily routine — writing, exercise, and home-cooking.
It’s a new month — the opportunity for a new start.
How will you make the most of it?