If you are looking for one last challenge to accomplish a monumental task before the end of 2012, now is chance. We all know that the month of December is crazy–holiday parties, family, vacation time (making it harder to transact business toward the end of the month), etc. So, why not challenge yourself to accomplish (or at least start) one more big project in November, before the December madness arrives?
In the past week, I’ve learned about three November challenges. Perhaps these will give you an idea on what you wish to accomplish.
- National Novel Writing Month. Melissa Sachs mentioned National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) in several recent Facebook posts, so I had to learn more. Participants in #NaNoWriMo attempt to write a 50,000 word novel (approximately 175 pages) in the month of November. You can read more about the project here.
- Three Book Diet. Chris Brogan introduced the Three Book Diet (#3bd) in a blog post last week. As noted in the blog post, we read many books a year but implement very few ideas. With the Three Book Diet, you select three books that you’ll read multiple times (at least twice) between 11/1/2012-11/1/2013 (so, this challenge would last beyond November 2012). If you are like me and keep a running list of business books you want to read, participating in the Three Book Diet is a great way to commit to reading at least a few of those books and committing to implementing ideas shared in those books! If you need ideas for books to select, review Cordell Parvin’s list of books he recommends to his coaching clients.
- Hard Core Turkey Challenge. I’m a member of Exhale, the home of the original barre/core class known as Core Fusion, and the studio recently launched Hard Core Turkey Challenge. With this challenge, members are encouraged to take 14 classes in 21 days (which is 14 classes between November 1 and Thanksgiving).
Still looking for an idea for your challenge? Improve your LinkedIn network – here’s a post I wrote last year about a LinkedIn Challenge.
My November challenge is to spend time each day working on the 2nd edition of The 6Ps of the Big 3 for Job-Seeking JDs. While speaking at law schools last month, I realized the book is now two years old and needs to be updated with the new tools available for job seekers. My “writing time” will be from 6-7 am on weekdays and 10 hours on weekends. Each Sunday in November, I’ll blog about my progress and preview a new tip or resource that will be included in the 2nd edition. Stay tuned and good luck with your November challenge!