On January 30th of this year, I posted my first official blog post stating that I would begin a 12 month life detox challenge.
And now, 11 months later, I am proud to share that I have succeeded in all 11 challenges so far.
Although I have one month left to finish the 12 month life detox challenge, Claire and I have decided to start our next 12 month life detox challenge on January 1st of 2018.
So for the month of January, I will be doing my last challenge of 2017’s 12 month life detox challenge, and simultaneously starting 2018’s 12 month life detox challenge.
Why do it so hard? Because my friends, life is just about doing things and if I’ve ever heard a question better than “Why?”, it’s “Why not?”.
While doing the 11 monthly challenges, there was a new idea that formed in my mind that I want to apply to the new challenge.
Doing a monthly challenge was great. It really was. I loved each and every challenge. However, I noticed that when I did one challenge, I would not get to do other important activities. For example, on the month of running, I would lack on meditaiton. On the month of meditation, I would lack on reading. It may be just pure greed to want to do it all, but I do believe that there are certain activities that are essential for maximizing my happiness.
So in order to gain all the advantages of the essential activities (namely exercise, reading, meditation), I will be doing these activities in smaller blocks of 15 minutes, but all of them in a day.
By having done these essential activities all in a day, I’ve noticed that the sum of the benefits from these activities is greater than if I had spent the time just doing one of these activities for the same amount of time.
And this discovery has led me to a new law that I am very, very interested in (meaning semi-obsessed with) these days.
The Law of the Normal Yield Curve
This is just a graph that represents the increase rate of y declines per unit of x as x increases.
I’ve found this to be applicable to a surprisingly large number of things in our lives.
This includes the mental benefits I get from doing activities such as exercise, reading, and meditation.
Therefore, I have concluded that it is more beneficial for me to do small blocks of many activities than a large block of one activity.
In essence, let’s say I can get out roughly 75% of the benefits of an activity in the first 15 minutes. Therefore, it’s better to do 3 activities and get 75% of the benefits of each than to get 100% of the benefits of just one activity.
In that same spirit, I’ve also decided to dedicate the year of 2018 to the study of foreign languages.
But to put the normal yield curve to test, I’d like to try studying three languages rather than just one.
Because, compared to studying just one language for a year, let’s say I can get 75% of the benefits within the first one-third of the time.
Then I’m better off studying three languages and reaping that same benefit from many languages.
Now, I want to make clear that this is just my own theory at the moment. This is why I am willing to put in my own time to test it out in real life.
But more than anything, it’s seems fun!
I’m also going to be including some new challenges every other month (on the even months) that I also feel will be beneficial to my life.
So all in all, here is my new 12 Month Life Detox Challenge for 2018:
- Do 15 minutes each of reading, exercise, and meditation every day.
- Study foreign languages every day. (1 Bravolol app chapter or 15 minutes)
Languages: Italian, French, German.
1 language for 1 month, then on the next month, move on to next language. Repeat cycle every three months. (I’ve got my reasons to changing languages every month rather than just study one language for 4 months, but that’s a whole other topic)
- New Challenges
- Month 2 February – Early Bird Challenge: Wake up every morning at 8am.
- Month 4 April – Stay Organized Challenge: Clean my surrounding everyday for 10 minutes.
- Month 6 June – Vegetarian Gluten-Free Diet Challenge: Vegetarian diet + no flour diet
- Month 8 August – No Alcohol Challenge: No alcohol/smoking
- Month 10 October – Cleansing Challenge: Look deep internally and express remorse/forgiveness for my mistakes and flaws
- Month 12 December – Mirror Meditation Challenge: Meditation while looking in the mirror at oneself
Once again, I will consider each month’s challenge a success if I am able to do the challenge every day, with 3 or less days that I miss the challenge per month.
If I succeed in all 12 challenges, I plan to give myself an overseas trip as a gift 🙂
What I hope to accomplish from this year’s 12 Month Life Detox Challenge:
- To make the essential activities of reading, exercising, and meditating into a strong solid habit that will last a lifetime
- To add new good habits to my life
- To learn 3 new languages to a basic conversational level, so I can tour all of Europe’s major wine countries and speak with the winemakers and locals about their wines in their language!
This year’s challenge is rather complicated and definitely a notch harder than 2017’s, but I believe in constantly challenging yourself.
So with that, Happy New Year everybody!
Hope you all have a wonderful 2018!