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How often have you said “I wish I could…” but then you just never get around to doing it? This seems to happen to just about everyone. I recently came across a very interesting TED talk by Matt Cutts called “Try Something New for 30 Days”.

I encourage you to take the 4 and half minutes to watch the video (embedded below) since the idea here is very helpful. His proposition is that it takes 30 days to form a new habit or break an old one, so why not use 30 day challenges to make your life exactly what you want it to be? Matt started biking to work, became a better photographer and wrote a novel using the 30 day technique.

I personally tried this for the past 30 days and have found it to be very beneficial. There’s a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time now, but I just never got around to it. Each day before I started work I decided to take 5 minutes to read the book. I did not finish the book in the 30 days but have made great progress, about 9 chapters into it currently. I’ll continue this habit as it’s a very nice one.

Another goal I’ve had is to be able to do one handed pushups with ease. With this goal in mind I’m building a quick exercise program focused on getting me to this goal. I wouldn’t recommend trying to do more than 3 goals or so in the 30 day period since you could quickly overwhelm yourself.

You can also used this same idea to break bad habits. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to cut back on your caffeine consumption. You could use this 30 day challenge to cut back one cup of coffee or can of soda from your normal diet.

To help keep you motivated and make it easier to get started I’ve created a template spreadsheet for you to track your progress. The download is available to the right of this post. Simply put your goal at the top and each day when you complete the goal place an ‘X’ on that day. You can easily track your progress. If you’re anything like me you’ll also start coming with new ideas that you’ll want to implement in the future. Place these ideas in the convenient box off to the right and then you can update your goals for the start of the next 30 days.

What do you think of Matt Cutt’s idea? What goals do you plan on starting with?

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