What Happens When You Try Something New For 30 Days?

I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days. – Matt Cutts

Back in 2011, Matt Cutts, a software engineer at Google, presented a TED Talks on the importance of trying something new for 30 days. He notes that it takes 30 days to make, or break, a habit.

Life can be so overwhelming, yet at the same time, incredibly monotonous. Most of us are creatures of habit who find ourselves perhaps in the same routine day in and day out. We go to school or work, take care of errands, eat dinner, sleep, and back at it you go. We have all some how convinced ourselves that it’s too hard or there’s not enough time to do what we really want – read a book, learn a language, create the DIY projects you looked up on Pinterest, or a whole slew of other possibilities. If we’re stuck in monotony, how are we bettering and improving ourselves?

If you take a time out from life and ask yourself who you want to be next year, 6 months from now, or even one month from now, I’d imagine many people would say they wish they had accomplished what they didn’t have the time for today. It wouldn’t be that they wished their email inbox was at 0.

If you start creating new tasks for yourself now, in 30 days, you would have formed yourself one really cool habit – What would you like to have accomplished? This new habit will influence your lifestyle and set an entirely new path for your life!

My “something new” is to write one blog post daily. I just started this blog and would be shortchanging myself to not keep it updated. I started this site because I needed a creative outlet where I could share my thoughts. I was feeling overwhelmed with so many thoughts on life and how I want to live mine, I thought – why not just put it out there for the world to see? Perhaps it could help someone else identify ways they can improve their lives too.

What do you commit to doing for the next 30 days?

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