30-day trials

Steve Pavlina is famous for these. I actually started them about two years ago with NaNoWriMo. I’ve since written a script, improved my typing, and experimented with various caffeinated, power naps (to name a few).

This blog itself is a 30-day trial of me posting each day.

Here’s how 30-day trials work. You commit to doing something for 30 days straight. If you don’t like the results after 30 days, you’re free to quit – but not before.

Say you want to become an early riser (another Pavlinaism). You commit to waking up early for 30 days in a row. If you fail, you have to start again at Day 1. But if you complete the 30 days, you’re free to stop.

It’s a wonderful way to pick up a habit. And because it’s non-committal (except for the 30 days), it’s easier to get started. Thirty days sounds better than an open-ended forever.

Today is the first of September. Where are you going to be at the end of this month? What habit will you pick up?