Last updated on May 6th, 2020 at 06:40 pm
This year seems to be racing. Nobody knows where it’s going, but it surely is passing me by like never before. Days, weeks, months have gone by in what feels like a blink of an eye and it’s all pretty blurry. Wait what happened last week? Was it Easter? It was a big fat blur. So let’s start a 70-day challenge. It’s a little less than 70 days until the middle of the year today. Let’s do some things we actually intended to have achieved when we first went into 2020 with hopes and big dreams. Nobody expected the big beating that this year has been. So far.
We don’t know how long this season will last and we don’t know what the actual game plan is, but we have to take care of ourselves – of our mental and physical health.
Let’s find ways to make this time more memorable (in a good way), let’s learn some new things and accomplish good things because before we know it, this season will be in the past. We need to make a choice whether we’ll remember it as a depressing season, or a season of opportunity and growth.
Why Start A Challenge?
If you have something better to do – don’t. I, personally need it. In the last few weeks, I kinda feel as if I’ve overdosed on media and negativity. I’ve been consuming more content than I did for the last 5 years combined. News, movies, Youtube clips…mostly news.
I need a challenge. I think we all need a good challenge. A few years ago I did a 66-day challenge to build some habits I really wanted to have in my life. And I didn’t notice it back then, but that challenge helped me so much. That challenge was the reason I was able to change my life in so many positive ways last year. I had developed the habits…It wasn’t obvious when the challenge finished, but I was changed. I had more self-discipline and was more positive and responsible.
This time it’s 70 days. However many days you want it to be beyond 2 months. Doesn’t matter when you do it. It could be now, it could be next year. Whenever you decide.
What’s The Challenge?
The challenge is to work on key areas in your life and accomplish a goal or two you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year.
Here are the 5 areas to wok on:
- eating healthy
- work and money
- personal development & self care
Here I’m gonna share my own goals within these areas
We’re lacking movement even more now and as we know from everywhere – exercise is important for your physical and mental health. I want to have more energy and feel good about myself – drink water, exercise, eat healthy (less bread and no cheese), get enough sleep and make a done list at the end of the day. So we’ll be starting a fitness challenge as well. I find myself CRAVING Pilates and barre workouts, so I really feel like I want to explore these more. They need no equipment, are effective and there are so many resources online. Every week for the next 4 weeks I’ll be sharing an at-home workout plan.
I guess the good news is, now we all have a little bit more time to be cooking. And why not cook some healthy recipes and see how you like eating clean for a week? Healthy food is again important for your physical, but also mental health. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water too – I seem to have forgotten that water is also an option when you’re thirsty.
Don’t know about you, but I’m being pretty inconsiderate and annoyed with the people I love. I know it comes from being together all the time (that’s by choice, but after a while, you go crazy) and from not having time for myself and my goals. It also comes from not being present and living in the “online” world. So the two things I’ll do here: 1. I’ll find ways to be on my own (maybe wake up earlier than everyone else and create a morning routine) 2. Don’t use my phone and computer when I’m around people I love and really be present and engaged in our conversations.
Personal development & Self care
I want to read and listen to more positive books and media. Also at the beginning of the year, two of my goals were to learn Spanish and learn how to play guitar. I don’t need to go to courses or look for teachers. I can do both from home online – I’ll need to figure out the time and go for it. Oh, and I need a guitar. As for self-care: I count doing my laundry, cleaning up and getting dressed in the morning right there. It’s sad, but it’s self-care redefined.
Work & Money
My goal here is: stay creative, not workaholic. I am working from home, so this year wasn’t a huge change for me in that area. If you’ve been working from home for a while, you’d know it can consume a large part of your life and can steal your inner peace sometimes. You just need to get one more thing done…and then you’re sitting there for 10+ hours in physical pain. My goal is to focus and do more of the things that keep me creative, happy, satisfied in my work and things that bring me results. Because unfortunately without results, at some point, you stop wanting to be creative and are simply stressed out. So for me that’s creating more recipes and recipe videos, writing blog posts and engaging with you (I’ve done a pretty horrible job at this one).
Set Your Goals
Now it’s time to set your own goals within those areas and write down the tasks that go with that goal. These days I’ll be creating a workbook to help you if you need any help – I’ll let you know when it’s ready.
I hope you’re up for the challenge I’ll be back on Wednesday with the weekly workout plan!