100 One Month Challenges That Will Make Your Life Better

We are the product of our habits. We know that habits are tiny things we do unconsciously because, well, we are habituated and conditioned to stay in our comfort zones.

But we also know that small changes oftentimes lead to massive growth over time. The key is consistency though. And, consistency comes from building a habit.

Read next: 12 Challenges in 12 Months: A Happy New Year

Our habits (good or bad) are products of time and repetition. So what could be better if we can gamify habit building?

One Month Challenges Ideas

So, let’s get started. There are so many fun and cool things you can try for a month. Just say to yourself that you can do anything for a month.

I’ve divided this massive list of monthly challenges into 8 categories:

  • Mental Strength
  • Travel and Lifestyle
  • Health and Fitness
  • Relationship
  • Professional
  • Financial
  • Creative
  • Spiritual

Mental Strength

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  • Wake up at 5 am daily for one month straight
  • Take an ice bath or cold shower for a month
  • Abstain doing something (a guilty pleasure you love) for a month
  • No screen time after 9 pm or 2 hours before bed for a month
  • Train your brain with brain games or solve one Sudoku every day for a month
  • Learn a new word every day for a month
  • Listen to an audiobook or simply read for 30 minutes each day for a month
  • Don’t complain about the things you have no control over. Bonus point for not complaining about anything at all for a month.

Travel and Lifestyle

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Each day in a new opportunity to be the best version of ourselves. Sometimes, I have nagging thoughts like, “If you knew how to… you’d be happier” or “If you just kept a journal, you’d feel better!”

  • Don’t use plastic for a month
  • Organize your handbag or laptop bag
  • Write a diary entry cataloging your day
  • Write a letter or postcard and mail it
  • Release one item (declutter, give away, toss) daily
  • Organize one small area of your life weekly – no more than 30 minutes
  • Write a daily to-do list first thing in the morning
  • Lightly tidy your home
  • Make your bed first thing in the morning
  • Eliminate plastic bags or bottles with reusable

Health and Fitness

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Instead of making a huge commitment that might be too big to accomplish, try to improve your health within the boundaries of your current schedule.

These ideas shouldn’t take more than 10 – 30 minutes per day or week (depending on how you structure your challenge) and can improve more than just your physical appearance, but the health of your whole mind and body.

  • Floss once daily for a month
  • Brush your teeth twice daily for a month
  • Keep a food journal
  • Home-cook one meal
  • Drink eight glasses of water
  • Drink one less cup of coffee
  • Go vice-free (alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, etc.)
  • Stop counting calories
  • Avoid weighing yourself
  • Stretch when you wake up or before bed
  • Walk or bike to work or a close regular errand location instead of driving
  • Track your heart rate when you exercise and get it to 75% of its max BPM per day
  • Try an app like Eye Exercises to strengthen your eyesight

Relationships

  • Surprise your partner each day for a month
  • Make love with your partner each day for a month
  • Call your parents and/or children daily for a month

Professional

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It’s easy to get comfortable once you’ve settled in at your workplace. You get to know your core group, you have your favorite spot for lunch, you get into the rhythm of having tons of work on your plate and everyone around you being equally as busy.

When thinking about how you might improve your work self, ask: “What is missing from my daily experience at work?”

  • Thank one co-worker, client, or partner every day
  • Avoid social media entirely during work hours
  • Listen to a career-relevant or educational audiobook during your commute
  • Wear an outfit or accessory that makes you feel like your best, smartest self
  • Brainstorm ideas or solutions for a work problem for 5 minutes
  • Avoid work emails before and after hours
  • Leave your work at work and don’t take it home
  • Journal about your daily work experience
  • Make a list of your professional profiles and resume and update them
  • Have lunch with a co-worker or superior

Financial

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Do you want to take control of your money and financial situation?

  • Track your spending and categorize your purchases daily
  • Put your spare change in a jar and count it at the end of the month
  • Pause clothing shopping for 30 days
  • Set and stick to a budget
  • Research a topic related to personal finance for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Brainstorm 5 new ways to improve your financial health
  • Avoid buying a to-go coffee (and instead bring one from home)
  • Learn about retirement accounts and set one up
  • Bring your lunch to work instead of going out
  • Assess your monthly subscriptions and see what you can downgrade or cancel altogether

Creative

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How fun would it be to spend time learning a new creative activity like knitting, painting, or ukulele?

  • Make a highlight of the day video for a month (hint: Casey Neistat)
  • Take a photo of someone you don’t know every day (hint: Humans of New York)
  • Write a blog post each day for a month
  • Write down 10 ideas (for anything) for 30 days
  • Write a poem or haiku each day for a month
  • Dance to at least one song each day for a month
  • Practice your handwriting by writing a page each day for a month
  • Learn, practice or play a musical instrument for a month
  • Learn a new craft like knitting or embroidery by doing it for a month
  • Learn a new language by practicing daily for a month

Spiritual

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  • Practice mindfulness meditation for a month for at least 20 minutes
  • Send gratitude notes or emails or text to one person each day for a month
  • Write your blessings or gratitude in a dairy for a month
  • Journal each day (morning or before bed) for a month
  • Enjoy a morning cup of tea or coffee in silence
  • Set a daily intention or mantra
  • Do a random act of kindness each day for a month
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