A week ago I decided that I would do something new every month so I can learn, experience, and just try out something new. I started thinking about what I would like to do, taking into consideration things that I actually need to do and others that would be fun. I decided that since I will hopefully be away in Europe for the summer, that I would end my experiment in October since I would be leaving in November. So my plan looks a little like this:
April- Exercise and no sweets
WHY? I always say I’m going to exercise but I never do. It is something that is essential to health so I decided this should go on the list. An add on challenge is no sweets. I figured if this month ill be exercising, that putting no sweets here would be good, I want to see how good I am at resisting.
WHY? Okay, i’ve always found sign language very intriguing so why not?!
June- Italian and no shampoo/conditioner
WHY? Since I am planning a trip to Europe and my main stop will be Italy, I thought It would be necessary to learn some Italian before I went, so June will be my month to learn. The add on is to use NO shampoo or conditioner. This is to see if it has a positive affect on my hair. I’m hoping it does but maybe my hair will just look dry and matte and i’ll never want to try it again!
WHY? Brazil is one of those places on my dream list of places I want to go to. I then put Portuguese as a language I would like to learn.
August- Play piano and practice adult skills
WHY? I’ve been “playing” the piano/keyboard since I was 12. I though it was time I dedicated more time to improving my piano skills. I think learning an instrument, any instrument should be something everyone does. Now the add on for this week is “practice adult skills”, kind of an odd one I know. By this time I will be 19. I technically am already an adult. I would really just like to take this time to reflect on that and develop more skills of maturity when it comes to communicating and relationships with others. I don’t have anything too specific on this one but i’ll figure it out when the time comes!
WHY? Same as above, my trip to Europe will require I know some French.
October- Left hand writing and no social media
WHY? I honestly don’t know why I chose this. I mean, wouldn’t it be cool to write neatly with BOTH hands. I do, so I would like to see if it is possible to develop that skill. Maybe it is, maybe not, I haven’t done too much research on it. The add on for this month is no social media. I decided this because there have been times when I deactivated my Facebook or stopped using Instagram but only for a week or two maximum. I want to commit for a while and see what it is like not being “in the loop” of things all the time. Maybe i’ll find that I liked not using Facebook! I will clarify later on what social media I use that I will stop using.
There is no special reason as to why I decided to do this other that I thought it would be fun. Okay there is one reason. When I start something I tend to not finish because I either become unmotivated or I start thinking, is there even a point to me doing this? The idea of starting something new a month gives me a start and finish, I know what I need to do and there is an end in sight and a reason as to why I want to do it. If after the month is up and I really enjoyed the activity, it will be something that I continue. If I didn’t enjoy the activity so much, then I will just drop it and be happy with the fact that I tried it.
I want to be accountable that I keep up every month so I will update my progress continuously. The only time I won’t be updating will be the month of October were I decided I will not be using social media. I will update just before and right after though! I really look forward to this idea. Starting tomorrow I will be having some fun with motivation. I hope that this can teach me how important self-motivation is to complete a task, whether important or not.