Last year I was inspired by Joe Rogan’s #SoberinOctober challenge with his friends. I felt inspired to create my own for November, last year this was my first 30 day challenge to myself.
November is almost upon us again. I haven’t planned what I’m going to do yet, but I would like to review what changes, good habits and behaviours are still in affect from last year’s self imposed challenge. These 30 items, some were just a little bit of fun, some created limits and acts of mindfulness. Importantly, they were meant to remove distractions and allow me to focus on what was important to me. How did I score?
Last year’s November challenge list (shorted, but full list here - ):
coffee - TODAY - Only 1-2 a month. WIN
to eating carbs - TODAY - I have cut down and I deliberately buy small ice-cream portions instead of convincing myself a larger tub at a better price is better ‘value’. What is the value really? WIN
to sleeping after 10pm - TODAY - I’m even aiming for 9:30 where work allows me. HALF
to eating sugar - TODAY - I barely eat even dark chocolate, i’ve switched to Cacao! WIN
to shaving - TODAY - I’ll do November again. WIN
to gaming unless on the MTR - TODAY - I have a kindle and actually read more than I did last year. I have discovered BOOM Beach though.
to missing the gym (12 sessions in the month) - I need to get my ass back in the gym. - TODAY - I actually quit the gym (due to expense, rather than laziness) and it’s even harder to be self motivated doing stuff at home. FAIL
to not creating a schedule - a proper schedule will allow me to fit my life changes in*. - TODAY - I never created a schedule that worked. FAIL
to spending any money unless it is transport or food related - TODAY - I’ve increased my saving by 100 US Dollars a month. Up to 900 now. I have wasted other money though. Saved $4000USD, a huge WIN.
to saving articles instead of reading them. - TODAY - I am saving less, but not saving enough. HALF
to porn - TODAY - Of course FAIL.
to masturbation, only sex - TODAY - Of course FAIL.
to saying no to things (especially to Rea) - TODAY - This double negative is hard to shake, but important I keep it for next year. I say no to Rea a lot, I'm making an attempt at making up for it. This one is for you again Rea x. FAIL
to Facebook for the whole month - TODAY - Bitch, I DELETED FACEBOOK! WIN
to Twitter for no longer than 30 minutes on desktop. - TODAY - Couldn’t delete the app because I needed the login details for another App (Periscope). HALF
to WhatsApp on my phone - TODAY - Deleted WhatsApp for personal use! WIN
to Reddit for no longer than 30 minutes on desktop - TODAY - I did delete the app, but then I brought it back and in the last month, I’m forever using it, but I did unsubscribe from half the reddit groups I was in. Let’s remember to be mindful again. HALF
to Facebook messenger - TODAY - Deleted! WIN
to Dating apps - TODAY - Deleted! WIN
to swearing - TODAY - I still swear. FAIL
to eating out unless Saturday (because of schedule) - TODAY - I have cut back a lot. HALF
to less than 4 swim sessions in the month - TODAY - FAIL
to using the phone when walking - TODAY - I barely do this anymore and get annoyed at others for doing it. WIN
to buying of plastic bottles - TODAY - I don’t buy plastic bottles. WIN
less than 5 mins of meditation for five mins a day - TODAY - FAIL
less than 5 mins of stretching every day - TODAY - FAIL
going without a day telling Rea I love her - TODAY - I do say it more often just on principle. WIN
less than 4 Mandarin classes in November - TODAY - I am learning Mandarin, it took me a while to get back on track however. HALF
effort spared in trying to write down my dreams - TODAY - I didn’t write down a single one. FAIL
electrical products after 9pm - TODAY - Life has a way of saying no and you keep checking things or watching one more video. FAIL.
WINS = 12 FAILS = 11 HALVES = 6
In this quick summary there were some big wins to be had, I removed a lot of time wasting distractions from my phone, and made huge savings when it came to holding on to my money for those rainy days. I definitely made plenty of refinements, not so much huge changes. I do feel my time wasn’t entirely co-ordinated as well as could be. Twelve ‘wins’ isn’t good, it’s a decent start. I think this time I should get 2/3rds of what I set myself as a ‘win’.
I didn’t ask anybody to join in with me last year, some viewers from Periscope were inspired and did set themselves little challenges, I hope to get more people to join in this year and will be telling viewers on Periscope.
I’ll be creating a new list for next month soon and posting it here.