A brane new year is about to begin. Time to think about those tiresome New Year’s resolutions. How about we try something a little different this year and launch a Once-A-Day (or Once-A-Week) Challenge?!
The start of a new year is the perfect time to commit to a 365 Day (or 52 Week) Challenge. Imagine a year from now being able to say that you did something every day for a whole year! There are so many great ideas for challenges that you can start in the new year, so we decided to put together a list of ideas to hopefully inspire you to take a challenge for yourself! We’ve even included some free printables at the bottom of this post to help you keep track of your challenge!
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Whether you’re looking to improve your health, improve your relationships, or improve yourself, once (or several) of these year-long challenges will help you achieve your goals!
- Document the year by taking a photo every day.
- As an alternative, use photo prompts like Project Life 365; take a picture that represents the topic for each day.
- Take a photograph of something that you’re grateful for every day for a year.
- Write in a journal every day for a year.
- Write one page of your novel every day for a year.
- Write one blog post every day for a year.
- Walk 10,000 steps every day for a year.
- Go for a walk every day for a year.
- Create a spending plan and track what you spend every day to make sure you’re sticking to it.
- Drink 8 glasses of water every day for a year.
- Do oil pulling every day (read about the benefits of oil pulling HERE)
- Do dry brushing every day (read about the benefits of dry brushing HERE)
- Commit to cooking one homemade meal every day for a year..
- Floss daily for a year.
- Eat breakfast every day for a year.
- Eat a lunch you brought from home every day for a year.
- Practice the piano (or your instrument of choice) for thirty minutes a day, every day for a year.
- Read a new poem every day, and write down your thoughts about each one.
- Write a poem every day for a year.
- Read from the scriptures every day for a year.
- Look up a new word in the dictionary every day for a year.
- Start a gratitude journal, write down one thing you are thankful for every day for a year.
- For the artistically inclined, draw a new sketch every day for a year.
- If you don’t draw, choose a theme and make something creative every day for a year.
- Meditate for 10 minutes every day for a year.
- Talk to someone new every day for a year.
- Do a Random Act of Kindness every day (for ideas, click HERE.)
- Make your bed every day for a year.
- Spend 10 minutes tidying up a different room in your home each day for a year.
- Organize & declutter by disposing of, recycling, or donating one item a day for a year.
- Read your child a bedtime story every day for a year.
- Wake up at the same time every day for a year.
- Go to bed at the same time every day for a year.
- Shut off your electronics half an hour before you go to bed every day for a year.
- Eat three servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables every day for a year.
- Make yourself a cup of tea every day (for the break and the health benefits!)
- Make a list of 20 small things that you enjoy doing, and make sure that you do at least one of those things every day in 2015.
- Try making a new recipe every week for a year.
- Cook with a new ingredient every week for a year.
- Eat only vegetarian meals one day every week for a year.
- Go somewhere that you’ve never been in your area (buildings, shops, parks, etc.) every week for a year.
- Meet up for coffee or lunch with a friend or relative every week for a year.
- Call a long distant friend or family member every week for a year.
- Do a fun activity with your family every week for a year.
- Take a self portrait picture every week for a year.
- Organize, decorate, or spruce up some area in your home every week for a year.
- Put a certain amount into your savings account($5, $10, 25, $50, whatever you can afford) every week for a year.
- Watch 52 films in 52 weeks.
- Write a handwritten “thank-you” note to someone once a week for a year.
- Learn to code by taking on a coding challenge once a week for a year. Click here for 52 Weeks of Code challenges.
- Read 52 books in 52 weeks. Choose a subject you want to become an expert on and choose 52 books on that one subject.
Of course, pretty much anything you want to accomplish in the next year can be turned into a daily or weekly challenge. Here are a few tips to give yourself the best chance at success:
- Make sure you choose a project that’s important to you so you can keep your motivation high for an entire year.
- Don’t make it too ambitious or you’ll probably start out strong and then fizzle out after a few weeks/months.
- Find a way to hold yourself accountable. Print out one (or both) of the following Challenge Charts to keep on track!
What do you plan to do every day/week in the new year?