25 New Things to Do Today
It's easy to get into the habit of doing the same things day-in and day-out. Here are 25 new things to try today to give your life a little bit of a shake-up! (See also: Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life)
1. Make Sure Everyone You Love Knows It
Do the important people in your life know how much they mean to you? When was the last time you told them? Whenever I let this slide I try to remember the season five finale of "Grey's Anatomy" that I randomly watched one day. As weird as it may sound, that episode reminds me why it's so important that loved ones know they're loved.
2. Get Prints Made of Your Digital Images
It seems like we're all taking pictures all the time (especially with Instagram's huge fame), but will future generations get to see these shots? Make sure your life's images don't get lost and forgotten. Fill up shoe boxes with photos so that down the road, your kids can go through and wonder about your life.
3. Call Your Mom (More)
She loves you and probably wants you to call way more than you do.
4. Run Through a Sprinkler
Nothing screams summer quite like running through a sprinkler. When was the last time you did it? This is a cheap idea, and it's a great way to feel like a kid again while doing something responsible — watering your lawn.
5. Say "Yes" to Everything for One Full Day
Pull a Jim Carrey in the movie "Yes Man" — see what happens when you open yourself to everything that comes your way. Do you find that you automatically say "no" to things without even really considering them?
6. Conquer Your Public-Speaking Fear by Trying Out Toastmasters
Speaking in public can be completely dreadful. What if that fear was removed or if became manageable? Try out Toastmasters.
7. At a Restaurant, Let the Waiter Pick Your Entire Meal
I once ate dinner at a restaurant in Montreal called O.Noir. There was not a single light in the place, and we ate in pitch-black darkness. All of the waiters also happened to be blind. Needless to say, it was an unforgettable experience. Apart from the obvious, one of the things that stood out was that they had a "surprise meal" option. You could say if you were vegetarian or if you had other dietary concerns or restrictions, and they would accommodate that, but other than that, your meal was a complete surprise. Letting your waiter pick your meal is a way to get a little bit of the O.Noir experience no matter what city you live in.
8. Sleep in the Buff
If you've never done this before, it is completely liberating to try. Just be sure to keep a robe handy in case the fire alarm goes off.
9. Take a Bike Ride Through the City on a Summer Night
Here in Denver there is an event called the Moonlight Classic where some streets get shut down and bicyclists take to the road at midnight. The Denver Cruisers also hit the road every Wednesday night throughout the summer. Maybe your city offers something similar? Don't forget a bike light.
10. Write and Send a Hand-Written Letter
Everything is email, text, and IM these days. Break out a pen, and put it on paper.
11. Give a Sincere Compliment to at Least Three People
Who doesn't love a compliment? I love seeing people light-up and smile when they're complimented.
12. Try Cutting Your Own Hair
Cutting your own hair can feel very scary and intimidating the first time, but after you do it once, you'll wonder why you haven't been doing it all this time. (If you mess it up, then I'm sorry, and tell your hair-dresser I'm sorry too. Hey, it grows back, right?)
13. Tip Big
If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you know what hard work it is. You come home smelling like spoiled food, and it's a funk that's hard to wash out of your clothes. People can be rude, and the hours are sometimes brutal. Make someone's day by giving them a big tip. Trust me, they deserve it.
14. Shoot a Roll of 35mm Film
It can be exciting to not know exactly how a picture is going to turn out.
15. Decide What Your Three Wishes Would Be If a Genie Asked
Just have fun with it.
16. Do a "No Spend" Weekend
If you're not up for an entire year of no-spending, you can still positively impact your financial life by cutting back, even if it's for just a short amount of time.
17. Buy Bright Red Lipstick or Grow That Mustache
My husband hates the bright lipstick I wear. I like it, and I feel good wearing it. Even if no one is a fan of your choices but you, that's OK. Go forward with pride.
18. Take a Technology Break
Whenever I go on vacation, one of my favorite parts is that I get a break from technology. It's okay to cut yourself off for a day or two.
19. Wake Up an Hour Early
As hard as it is for me to wake-up early, I always feel better when I do. There a peacefulness in those early hours.
20. Throughout the Day, Keep a List of Things You Are Grateful For
It's easy to take things for granted. Keeping a list and reviewing it at the end of the day keeps things in perspective. If you can't get yourself to write things down throughout the day, even just thinking about what you're grateful for before you go to sleep is a good habit.
21. Make a Recipe You've Bookmarked on Pinterest
If you're anything like me, when you look at Pinterest, you get motivated to make and do lots of things but also discouraged that you're not making and doing lots of things. How many times do you make something you've pinned? Practically never? Today might be a good day to give one a go.
22. Get a Cardboard Box, Fill It Up With Clutter, and Donate It
Clearing out unwanted and useless junk feels good. Plain and simple.
23. Spend 20 Minutes Watching Funny or Die Videos
Laughing is good for you, and there is a lot of funniness happening on Funny or Die.
24. Create an Alter-Ego for Yourself
Do you wish your name was Natasha or Sven, you ran 20 miles a day, always stood up for the underdog, and had the most magnetic personality ever? Why not create that dimension of your personality in your mind and tap into it when you need extra strength?
25. Make a List of 33 Things to Do Before Your 33rd Birthday
It doesn't matter if you're turning 33 on your next birthday, or 20, or 63. Whatever stage you're at in life, create a list of things that you hope to accomplish before your next birthday.
What do you do when you need to get out of a rut? What one are you going to try from this list?