New Year Challenges: 50+ Daily & Weekly Challenge Ideas

Instead of resolutions, try one of these new year challenges.

While there’s nothing wrong with making New Year resolutions, some people find more success with New Years Challenges. The main difference between a resolution and a challenge (at least as I see it) is specificity — a resolution to “get in shape” is overly vague, while a daily challenge to walk 10,000 steps is specific and accomplishable.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to kick off a daily or weekly challenge. Imagine a year from now being able to say that you did something every day for a whole year! If you’re not ready to commit to a whole year, use the daily challenges to inspire your own 30-day new year challenge ideas, or keep scrolling to explore monthly challenges.

Whether you’re looking to improve your health, review your diet, get healthier, improve your relationships, or improve yourself, these new year challenge ideas will help you conquer your goals. Imagine what you what you could achieve by next January — and what you could have to celebrate!

New Year Challenge Ideas

Try a 30-day new year challenge, like getting outside every day, putting a few dollars away, or even making your bed every day.

Daily Challenges & 30-Day Challenges

Any of these daily challenges would work as a 30-day challenge. You could even pick several challenges to take on back-to-back and transform your life throughout the year!

  • Document the year by taking a photo every day.
  • Follow daily photo prompts (such as those from Project Life 365) and take a suitable photo for each day’s prompt.
  • Take a photo of something that you’re grateful for every day.
  • Write in a journal every day and reflect on your day and goals.
  • Write one page of a novel every day — you’ll make great progress!
  • Write one blog post every day for a year.
  • Walk 10,000 steps every day — think of all the calories you’ll burn!)
  • Go for a walk every day for a year to improve your fitness.
  • Create a spending plan, then track your spending 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 (after learning about the benefits of oil pulling).
  • Do dry brushing every day (after learning about the benefits of dry brushing).
  • Commit to cooking one homemade meal every day (or every week).
  • 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 per day, every day.
  • Read a new poem every day, and write down your thoughts about each one.
  • Write a poem every day for a year.
  • Read from your scriptures every day for a year.
  • Look up a new word in the dictionary every day to boost your vocabulary.
  • Start a gratitude journal and write down one thing you’re thankful for every day.
  • 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.
  • Talk to someone new every day for a year.
  • Do a Random Act of Kindness every day.
  • Make your bed every day for a year.
  • Spend 10 minutes tidying up a different room in your home.
  • Organize and declutter by disposing of, recycling, or donating one item a day for a year.
  • Read your child a bedtime story.
  • Wake up at the same time every day.
  • Go to bed at the same time every day.
  • 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 (whether for the break or the health benefits!)
  • Make a list of 20 little activities you enjoy doing, and set a goal to do at least one of those things every day in 2024.
  • Spend 5 minutes in the garden every day, whether pulling weeds or just enjoying the plants.
  • If you have a baby or grand-baby, take a photo of them every day — you’ll be amazed at the change!
  • Want to make or break a habit? Commit to at least 21 calendar days of taking the stairs, ditching cigarettes, or otherwise working to make or break a habit.
  • Learn to code by taking on a 100-day coding challenge.
  • Give someone a compliment every day for a year.
  • Put an encouraging note in your kids’ lunch boxes every school day.
Accept a weekly new year challenge like meeting with friends once a week, writing a note once a week, or reading a new book every week.

Weekly Challenges

  • Make a new recipe every week for a year.
  • Try something new by cooking with a new ingredient every week.
  • Eat only vegetarian meals one day every week for a year.
  • Write a love note to your significant other every week and leave it somewhere it will surprise them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Have a family dinner at least once a week with everyone at the table together.
  • Take a self portrait every week for a year.
  • Organize, decorate, or spruce up some area in your home every week for a year.
  • Put some amount of money ($5, $10, $25, $50 — whatever you can afford!) into your savings account every week.
  • Watch one movie you haven’t seen every week.
  • Write a handwritten thank-you note to someone once a week for a year.
  • Read (or listen to) one new book per week.
  • Create your own new year fitness challenge by doing a workout of your choosing every week. There are plenty of free workout and yoga videos you can find online, and the workouts don’t have to be super long!
  • Make time for an outdoor adventure every week — it would be an ideal time for practicing mindfulness, which can help you to improve your mood.

Almost anything you may want to accomplish in the next year can be turned into a daily, weekly, or 30 day challenge. If you do decide to take on such a challenge instead of a New Year’s resolution, here are a few extra tips that will give you the best chance of succeeding:

  1. Choose a project or goal that’s important to you so you’re less likely to lose steam and quit before you finish.
  2. Choose attainable goals — no amount of determination will help you do the impossible!
  3. Track your progress and hold yourself accountable — the printable Challenge Charts below can help!
This 365 day new year challenge chart will help you keep track of your progress.

Daily Challenge Chart

Use this free printable chart to track your progress with any daily challenge for an entire year.

A printable calendar with the words 365 day challenge chart for New Year Challenges.

Download The Daily Chart

If you decide to take a weekly challenge, this 52 week challenge chart will keep you focused.

Weekly Challenge Chart

Use this free printable chart to track your progress with any weekly challenge for an entire year.

A printable 25 week challenge chart.

Download The Weekly Chart

What sort of new year challenge would you embrace this year?

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  • Great ideas! Have been a daily Bible reader for quite some time, and highly recommend it to gain knowledge and grow spiritually. I now want to do the “clean out something” weekly or monthly idea! That will keep a big block of cleaning/organizing tasks up to date and off my loooong list of to do’s for spring and fall cleaning!!

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  • I have committed to doing several of these things this year. I plan on using your charts to help keep track and I have written them down to keep myself accountable.

  • Thanks for some challenging ideas. Love your helpful charts. I have some ideas that I would like to try–thinking about starting Yoga. I will let you know what happens. Happy New Year

  • Thanks, Jillee!! You have such wonderful advice, tips and ideas. I’m going to give your idea of daily and monthly to-do list a go. It can only improve my life. Thanks again.

  • This year I’m going to commit to using up all the odds and ends of cleaning supplies that I already have and then before buying a new item checking online to see if there are homemade alternatives that would work just as well (saving me money, healthier for the environment, etc.). Your blogspot will be the first place I look as that is how I happened onto your site in the first place. I’ve made your recipe for powdered laundry soap and it’s a winner. Keep those kinds of things coming!

  • Thank you so much for the charts. That will help me be accountable. Appreciate your website so much. God’s blessings to you and your family.

  • Great ideas! I always say I need to try new recipes and add more veggies into our diets. Maybe this will be the year!

  • I have the same resolution every year – clean out ONE closet, dresser or cabinet each month. Vacations, illness and visitors can throw off schedules and once you’ve missed a day or a week, it’s easy to quit. Once a month is a lot easier and sometimes I end up cleaning more than one.

  • This is neat idea. I think I’m going to try a grain free diet for a whole year. I tried eating gluten free, and there was is a little bit of difference in my digestive system but still issues.

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