65 Inspiring challenge ideas to improve your life…

You can make a massive difference to your life without having to spend lots of money in only 15 minutes per day for 100 days. This post presents you with 65 challenge ideas to inspire your life.

65 15 minutes x 100 day inspiring challenge ideas…

1. Learn a foreign language by practicing for as little as 15 minutes per day for the next 100 days.

2. Give a compliment everyday for the next 100 days.

3. Draw or paint a picture everyday for the next 100 days and build a portfolio.

4. Write in a journal for the next 100 days.

5. Exercise daily – doesn’t mean joining a gym!

6. *Give up alcohol for 100 days and research ways to detox.

7. Give up watching TV for 100 days and use the extra time to find a new hobby.

8. Listen to a different song everyday for 100 days.

9. Spend 3 – 15 minutes just focusing on your breath every day!

10. Take time out each day to observe your thoughts without judgement and note your mood.

11. Take a photograph & add some effects to it… every day for the next 100 days.

12. Work on writing a story or song 15 minutes per day for 100 days.

13. Grow your vocab – learn a new word a day!

14. Teach others something new every day.

15. Think of your worst habit that you’ve been meaning to ditch and work on giving it up over the next 100 days.

16. Do some gentle stretching exercises for 15 minutes everyday for the next 100 days.

17. Do some yoga everyday for the next 100 days.

18. Read an inspirational and motivational blog a day…extra kudos if it is in a language you are learning!

19. Write a blog post everyday for the next 100 days!

20. Spend 15 minutes a day repeating positive affirmations and practicing positive thinking.

21. Keep a laughter journal. Write down one thing a day that really made you laugh.

22. Work on those abs – Do 50 sit-ups a day.

23. Scribble or write some quotes on the back of a postcard everyday for the next 100 days.

24. Prepare or cook something healthy everyday for the next 100 days.

25. Cycle for at least 15 minutes everyday for the next 100 days.

26. Keep a worry journal, rate worries from 1 – 10 and write a solution for the main worries. Notice any patterns occurring? Note these down too, along with an action plan.

27. Write and reflect upon a gratitude list for the next 100 days.

28. What have you always wanted to do but never have? Write a bucket list and spend the next 100 days completing as many items from it as possible. #BucketList

29. Take up knitting or crochet. Random I know, but knit or crochet an item a day! Post your creations on Instagram or Pinterest with the hastag #15x100Challenge for extra credit and as a record of progress being made.

30. Don’t bitch OR moan or saying ANYTHING negative about people for the next 100 days!

31. Live on a really strict budget for the next 100 days and save some money!

32. Wake up at 5am to do 15 minutes meditation every morning for the next 100 days.

33. Spend 15 minutes every morning playing devils advocate with yourself to challenge your own beliefs.

34. Face a fear!  Push yourself out of your comfort zone and work on a phobia for the next 100 days.

35. Spend 15 minutes learning to love yourself.

36. Learn a new magic trick everyday for the next 100 days.

37. Plant a flower a day — in your garden or at random places.

38. Write a motivational quote on a sticky note everyday for you guessed it the next 100 days and pop them in random places, such as in library books or on trees!

39. Business owner? Work on your social media marketing for at least 15 minutes per day everyday for the next 100 days.

40. Get you and your friends to write down cool ideas for things to do and put them in a hat and pull out a different thing each day for the next 100 days.

41. Can’t draw? Then practice every day for the next 100 days record your progress in a sketchbook and post on Instagram, prepare to be amazed with the results!

42. Learn to play an instrument in 100 day, i.e. the ukulele, flute, guitar…

43.*Stop smoking over the next 100 days. If you need some support check out this awesome NHS site. #SmokeFree.

44. Learn something new over the next 100 days…

45. Make a patchwork quilt in 100 days.

46. Research a different culture, religion or philosophy every day for the next 100 days.

47. Read about a different period of history every day.

48. Do one thing each day that makes you feel inspired.

49. Revamp your house in 100 days.

50. Deep clean, sort and tidy your home by focusing on one small area everyday for the next 100 days.

51. Spend at least 15 minutes in nature whether it’s your garden, a park, the countryside or the beach.

52. Go caffeine free for 100 days.

53. Ditch social media sites for 100 days, or limit yourself to just 15 minutes per day.

54. Spend 100 days as a vegetarian or vegan

55. Do at least 1 random act of kindness everyday.

56. Visit a new website everyday.

57. Read a chapter of a book. Finished the whole book then start a new chapter of a new book!

58. Ditch your car and walk.

59. Be positive for 100 days straight even if things go wrong, focus only on the positives.

60. Change sleeping patterns i.e. go to bed earlier or wake up earlier and stick to those times EVERYDAY for 100 days (even weekends).

61. Spend 100 days fundraising for a charity or promoting a good cause.

62. Grow those brain cells… Do a brain training puzzle everyday,  like sudoku, crosswords or  Lumosity puzzles for 15 minutes per day, everyday for the next 100 days.

63. Reflect upon and write down something you love about your partner or a close family member every day and give them the list after your 100 day challenge.

64. Read or write a poem a day.

65. Dance or sing everyday — whether you’re good at it or not.

BONUS. DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for 15 minutes, everyday for the next 100 days!

Thank you for reading this post. I wish you all the best with whatever challenge you decide to do over the next 100 days. If you decide to try out any of the challenges mentioned then please keep in touch or share your progress on social media with the hashtag #15x100Challenge.  I’d love to hear how you get on.

On Twitter? Why not hold yourself publicly accountable and Tweet about the challenge you would like to do!

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If you have any ideas not on the list please let me know in the comments section below.


Language Learning Goals: July 2017 #Clear The List

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你好, Hola

So here is my goal round-up for July 2017. I am now in the final month of the Step Up Language Program, #SULP. I have been focusing mainly on Mandarin Chinese.  I have also been continuing to work on my side project Positively Productive, looking at how positive psychology can be incorporated into language learning to help achieve better results.

Last Month:

  • #SULP – Sadly I have slipped a little in my progress due to illness so I really so need to ‘step it up‘ for the final month.
  • I launched my own little business coaching motivation, self-esteem, and confidence back in April. It has really taken off and I have had to put a little waiting list in place. I am also doing some freelance consultancy and promotional work for some fabulous language learning products, websites, blogs and services. Thank you, everyone, for your support.

This Month’s Goals: 

  • Study Mandarin Chinese for about 40 minutes, 5 days per- week.
  • Learn 5-10 new Chinese characters per day. I am using Chineasy products to help with this.
  • Build vocab – Learn 5-10 new Mandarin words-per-day. I am using Language courses on Udemy.  To help me with this.
  • Get up to speed with my video updates for #SULP.
  • Help other language learners to the best of my ability. Providing free resources. I created a FREE PDF Planner to help people write down and review their goals. You can download it here. I’ll be using a copy of this too!
  • I have a Mandarin Meetup in my local community AND this month it’s our birthday! We are a year old!
  • Use ‘Hello Chinese’ / ‘Memrise app for at least 5-10 minutes on a daily basis.

Lesson Learnt

I did not meet my goals this month (apart from learning Chinese characters) so feel a little sad, but I am only human and prone to illness. Sometimes we need to take a break and that is okay. I have been studying various languages almost non-stop for nearly a year.

Join Clear the List!

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10 Reasons Language Learners Need to Blog!

Language learner? Here are 10 Reasons That you Need to Build a Blog.

Blogging is such powerful learning tool and I believe all language learners should blog! It’s now easier than ever to set up a blog just pop to the main WordPress site.

1. Accountability

Keeping an online blog with help with accountability.

2. Writing improves communication skills

Writing practice especially in your target language will boost both your skills and comfort level with revealing and relating their own thoughts and feelings.

3. Writing (and vlogging) will help you review and remember recently learned the material.

Isn’t it always easier to remember a website address to visit later if we write it down somewhere? A brief blog post focusing on what you have learnt that day is a great way to reinforce your target language learning and support long-term recall.

4. Writing helps native speakers/language tutors see progress being made

Writing a blog demonstrates that you understand x or y concept. Writing the blog or recording a vlog will help you (and your followers) review what you have mastered and where there may still be gaps.

5. Writing is essential for self-understanding

Writing can help you understand and make sense of your own experiences, locate contexts, and make (sometimes surprising) discoveries about thoughts and feelings.

6. Writing encourages creativity and exploration

Daily writing encourages a creative flow that can help explore possibilities, delve into problem-solving, and engage in storytelling.

7. Improved confidence levels

Positive comments from other language learners can really boost confidence levels. There may be the old troll, but the great thing is you don’t have to approve those comments just trash them!

8. Share Resources 

It is a fantastic way of sharing knowledge and resources. I have discovered so many awesome books and other resources by reading the blogs of others.

9. Peer Support

I learnt just as much from my fellow language learners than language tutors over the years. I find the stories of language learners inspiring and they help me with my own language journey.

10.  Digital Portfolios

Blogs may be used for digital portfolios and all the benefits this entails.Work is permanently stored, easily accessed and valuable comparisons can be made over time for reviewing progress.


[1] http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/pta_Nov_07_jm.pdf