Summer is almost over (let’s be honest) and your plans for ruling the world don’t work out as you planned? I definitely know that feeling. There is nothing wrong with being lazy, but if you want to take up some plans, here are a couple of ideas. What can you do in a month?

unsplash-logoJustyn Warner

Get sporty

I may be not the best person to tell you about it (since I exercise casually – and constantly telling myself it’s going to change) but 30 days is enough to start doing some cool exercises regularly. There are plenty of 30-day sport/exercise programs that you can find all over the web – for example DAREBEE.
I recommend to chose from something rather light – especially if you are a couch potato and your training is a classical DIY. It’s always better to get an advice from someone who knows anything about health and sport – if you have a chance to do so, then don’t wait too long. Remember to be kind to yourself during the whole process.

One of the DAREBEE’s training

Start learning a new language

Casual learning a new language which can transform into a new passion? Sounds like a plan. Previous name of this section was “Gaining a A1 level in a new language”, but after some research I discovered it doesn’t really work like that (or you would have to learn for hours every single day to achieve it).
The best way to start this adventure is definitely a stationery or online language course with a tutor who controls your progress.

You can start learning a new language with a mobile app – ex. Duolingo

Learn how to cook

If you constantly eating out or buying ready-cooked meals, it’s a sign to level-up your cooking skills. In 30 days you can learn from the scratch or just hone your skills in the kitchen. 
Becoming a better cook will surely be a budgetary relief and you will be able to spend your money in some other equally satisfactory way.
Learning how to cook will also allow you to eat healthier and cheaper, become more popular, find a love of your life… The list goes on and on. 
Here are some articles for inspiration:

Start a positive intervention

It’s time to get a little psychological. Science of wellbeing is developing in real time, but it is still not that popular. Positive intervention is a mental exercise that you can do to increase your wellbeing. 
There are at least a few ways to affect your wellbeing with intentional actions listed in S. Lyubomirsky’s book “The How of Happiness”:

  • Practising gratitude and positive thinking
  • Investing in social connections
  • Managing stress, hardship and trauma
  • Living in the present
  • Committing to your goals
  • Taking care of your body and your soul

I strongly recommend reading this book, because it’s well written and it contains generally interesting knowledge. Below you can see a live lecture of Sonya:

If you are interested in the subject of the science of happiness, you can also sign up to an online course – The Science of Wellbeing on Coursera.

Try a minimalist living

This is one of the hardest option. This 30-day challenge tests you on many levels but it’s something worth trying. During the span of 30 days you’ll get to:

  • Declutter your digital life,
  • Meditate for 15 minutes,
  • Learn to enjoy solitude.

The list goes on and on – check here 30-day Minimalist challenge and if you want to dive deeper into this topic check out the contact made by The Minimalists (Netflix movie, podcasts and books – they do it good).

Summary

Well this list is a nice firestarter if you are seeking ideas for something new. Of course most probably you won’t be speaking fluently in a new language and it will be difficult to transform from a couch potato into a man of steel. But this journey has to start somewhere, right?

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