The Gist: Try something you’ve always wanted to do for 30 days, and you might surprise yourself.
“Thirty days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit…from your life.”
This 3-minute talk by Matt Cutts really speaks to me. You hear people say that they’ve always wanted to try something new but “just haven’t had a chance to.” I love Matt’s idea that “small changes=sustainable”. Give it shot for 30 days and see how it goes!
I’ve been adding small new habits to my life, and it’s been working out great! For example, a few weeks ago, I realized that I haven’t been taking the time out of my busy daily life to keep up with news around the world. So I started browsing news for ~15 minutes every day. Now it’s become a part of my routine—the 15 minutes allows me to get my daily dosage as well as preventing me from spending too much time online.
Another cool thing I’ve started at the end of March was to write down 3 happy thoughts daily. Probably a result of my near-graduation crisis, I found myself constantly stressing over the unknowns. I figured that physically writing positive things down would make me more appreciative, calm, and happier! Two months into it, I can say that it indeed is a great happiness-booster! It’s not about writing down your biggest achievements; it’s all in the little things. My 4/17/14 note reads, “I donated blood!! Saved 3 lives :)” “Hummus & spinach when starving is the best!” and “Telegraph (the hippiest street in Berkeley) is full of weird things, but it’s screaming Berkeley, and I love that <3” This habit makes me notice the lovely things in my life that I otherwise wouldn’t notice.
You may also discover a newfound passion. I started taking weekly salsa dancing classes when I studied in England last year, just for the heck of it. Guess what, I fell deeply in love with it and never stopped since. Now I’m an avid salsera that regularly attends classes and frequents salsa clubs!
People sometimes find excuses to put things off. But as the cliché goes, a year from now, you will wish that you started today. The best time is now!