The last year or so has been challenging I know. However, it can be easy to stay in that comfort zone and not move. There is a lot more people working from home, we are hardly going out and it can all feel the same right now. Therefore, I think it is essential to challenge yourself this new year!
Staying in your comfort zone is nice I know, but it is much more beneficial for us to challenge ourselves and push ourselves outside of those comfort zones. By challenging yourself you will do things that you never thought you could do, discover new passions and inspirations and grow in ways you never thought you would.
Of course you could stay in that comfort zone and live perfectly happily and that is absolutely fine. But I am here today to show you why you should take that leap and challenge yourself this year! Trust me you will so happy you did it.
10 ways to challenge yourself in the new year!
Wake up earlier in the morning!
The first way to challenge yourself is to wake up earlier. This one is going to be struggle for those working from home that may have given themselves a bit more time in the morning’s as you don’t have to commute anywhere.
However, now is the time to start waking yourselves up earlier again. But use that time wisely. Set an alarm for 6 am (or 6:30 am), go for a walk or just set looking at the window with a cup of tea/coffee, read a book.
This is actually a great way for you to slowly wake yourself up and begin your day in a positive way. Plus it will help with those productivity levels! It is amazing how something so small can have a huge impact on your day.
Learn a new skill
Maybe there was something you wanted to do in 2020 but never got round to it, or maybe there is something you recently discovered you want to do. Now is the time. Challenge yourself with learning a new skill, or something you have been waiting to do for a long time.
Learning a new skill is not only beneficial for us adults but it teaches us new skills, helps us manage mental health and might just be a nice distraction for you to do.
Learning new skills can be anything from a language, sport, crafting and so on. There is so much to learn and it is waiting for you.
Switch up your routine
A routine helps us stay focused, productive and motivated. However, right now we are all feeling this “same routine, same thing”. Therefore, I recommend switching that routine up and changing things around. This is a great way to keep challenging yourself this year, especially as the majority of time is spent at home.
Although we cannot go out and do things just simply changing your routine around can have huge benefits. It will make us feel like it is something new, it is exciting and fresh to do things a different way. So get your paper out and write down a new routine and reap those rewards!
Build healthy habits
I don’t mean start a diet that you don’t care about or go out and run 20 miles. But there are simple ways to build healthy habits in all aspects of your life.
For example, wake up earlier (as mentioned above), switch your phone on silent every night an hour before bed time, don’t look at your phone in the morning, make time for a walk/exercise, implement self-care into your life once a week. All of these are simple but great ways at challenging yourself to build those healthy habits!
Schedule a weekly debrief
This one can be implemented into your personal and work life. But schedule that weekly debrief with yourself to reflect on the week. It only has to be for 15-20 minutes but this gives you a great opportunity to look at your accomplishments of the week, what were the challenges and anything that needs to be improved.
This will keep you moving forward positively in both your personal and work life, and challenge yourself to deal with any problems and how to overcome them.
Set new goals if you achieve current ones
I have already expressed the importance of goals and provided tips on how to goal-set, but it is also important that if you accomplish a goal to bring in a new one. This will keep you having something to aim for/work towards and keep you motivated and productive in your work.
Again as I have mentioned it is important to set realistic goals, with a blend of long-term and short-term goals that will give you something to reach for in the future.
Volunteer for new tasks
If you are busy with work I don’t mean you need to go out and volunteer your time helping charities etc. I mean if you do want to do this then that is great too. What I mean is if you have time and you feel ok with the workload then volunteer for tasks that seem challenging or interesting for you.
This is a great way to challenge yourself this year but also learn new skills, sharpen skills you already have and engage with new people.
Do something creative
Schedule a bit of time for you to just sit down and get those creative juices flowing. You might find that you fall back in love with an old hobby, or find something new for you to enjoy.
It can be as easy as just doodling, reading, writing, playing board games. Just get creative and make sure you schedule time for that, it feel’s nice to make time for things we enjoy that is away from work and everything going on.
Make yourself vulnerable
2021 is the year to challenge yourself in many ways and one of them is to make yourself vulnerable. It can be speaking at an event, having a meeting with someone, attending an event just anything to challenge yourself.
Do this at least once a month where you feel completely exposed or uncomfortable, and even if you want to back out at the last minute just DO IT. This is a great way to grow and build your confidence. I have definitely been implementing this into my life for the last couple of months and trust me it has only had benefits for me.
Ask for help
Lastly a challenge in itself is asking for help. It is ok if you are struggling or you are lacking self-motivation. There are trainers, coachers or even therapy that you can look to for that extra support. Or even just turning to those around us already in our lives. We are only human and I truly believe that in order to be successful we have to work with and listen to others.
Therefore, if you need that extra support use 2021 as the year to challenge yourself and ask for that support.
There we have it my 10 ways for you to challenge yourself this year! Challenging yourself is never going to be easy, but if you are willing to try and give anything a go then you are already growing and doing better.
Good luck and let me know how you are challenging yourself this year? Or if you are going to do any of these challenges I have mentioned?
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x