Every month, I take up a few activities that I feel passionate about and decide to do them every single day of that month.
This is part of ‘The Power of Everyday’ project where I investigate the value of focussed and deliberate practice on the mind , body and soul.
Last month, I had the following activities that I promised to do every single day of the month-
1) Practice Yoga Every single day (19/30)
2) Daydream and Journal about it (19/30)
3) Practice Ear training for 10 mins everyday (6/30)
4) Write and Publish a Blog everyday (14/30)
5) Celibate (30/30)
As you can see in the brackets above, apart from staying celibate, I had quite an abysmal record with the other activities. Much of it can be attributed to bicycling in a challenging part of the world. I could not blog for 8 days straight because there was no internet connectivity in the Laddakh Region. And on most days, I bicycled for 10-11 hours a day in the mountains leaving me completely exhausted to do anything more.
But I learnt a lesson in the process.
There is grace in confronting your own failures.
By writing about where I failed and why, I am reflecting on how I could avoid the situation in future.
Even if three people read this blog entry, I am accountable to them after all !
But what gives me happiness is the fact is that I am excited to start the new month with the next edition of ‘The Power of Everyday.’ I have the company of a few friends who have chosen to take up this consistency challenge and commit to doing a few activities close to their heart every single day of July 2018.
Now, without further ado, I must share my daily goals for this month.
July 2018 Goals
1) Wake up before sunrise and write a Haiku (succinct poetry) about it every single day
2) Write and Publish a blog post everyday
3) Refrain from anything that comes with packaging and collect all the plastic that you produce in the month
4) Practise Yoga Everyday
6) Be acutely aware of your posture and correct yourself as you realise there’s scope for betterment
I have chosen the goals for the month mindfully this time around.
Three of the goals (celibacy, posture correction , packaging free existence)
Are awareness based goals. I don’t need to do anything new to accomplish this. Just a mindful existence will ensure I comply to these goals.
The other three goals (Yoga, Blog writing , Haiku at sunrise) are creation based goals. I will have to invest time into doing these things every single day.
This month I have a good balance between the awareness based and creation based goals.
It has always been a wish that more people take up this experiment with me. If you have a habit in mind that you’d like to form, take it up as a daily goal in ‘The Power of Everyday’ project.
I’ve had friends take up a few projects of their choice last month and they have learnt a lot about themselves and the process of cultivating habits in the process.
Would you like to join us?
Leave a comment below with your goals for the month in July 2018’s Power of everyday experiment.
I promise you,
There’s great learning in the exercise.
I’ll share my progress on the 11th and 21st of July and have a concluding post on 1st August where I share what I learnt from the experience and announce the goals for ‘The Power of Everyday’ project for August 2018.
Looking forward to hear about your goals for July 2018.