Hi guys, how did you all get on with your January 10:10 challenges? I know some of you were focusing on cleaning and on mindfulness (both really great habits to build on!) so today, I wanted to write a little something to reflect on what I learned in my own meditation challenge, but also to encourage you to reflect on your experience too.
I’ve come up with 5 questions to help things along, but before we get into that, I wanted to talk about my new favourite habit tracking app. I’ve used HabitBull and other such apps in the past, but they never really kept me motivated or got me all that excited. But just before this challenge, I stumbled across Done. This app has a beautiful aesthetic and, although it took me a while to master all the touch commands, it worked really well as a tool for keeping me accountable. Plus, it can send you reminders at times you pick throughout the day so there’s no fear you’re going to forget, no matter how much you have spinning around in your noggin!
Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, on to the questions…
1. Of the 10 days, how many days did you meet your goal?
I did the full 10 days, which is practically unheard of for me, I’m usually rubbish at challenges like this!
2. What tools did you use throughout your challenge?
I’ve already mentioned Done, but the other app to rave about in this post is Headspace.
I’d always heard that students could get Headspace for free, but I never figured out how to link my accounts – now that I have, I’m head over heels in love, their meditations are so effective and there’s so much variety that you really can find one to suit any mood.
3. Do you think you’ll keep up with this habit now that the challenge is over?
I’m not going to say that I’ll continue to meditate daily, but I’ll definitely still meditate frequently.
If you saw my February Plan With Me you’ll know that yesterday I started my 28 day Yoga Challenge, so I’m considering trying to tack 5 minutes of meditation on to that so that I can really keep it as a part of my day.
If you haven’t tried Headspace, I’d highly recommend checking out the singles section, particularly Sleep – I have fallen asleep so fast and slept so soundly since I starting using this, it’s unreal. I’m hoping, in a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to coach myself through it without the app.
4. What did you learn from this challenge?
My main takeaway is that I have an incredibly active mind, I’m still working my way through the Basics pack but my goodness does my mind wander! Funnily enough though, when we finally get to the stage where he asks you to ‘let go of all focus’, I stop thinking about anything except the fact that I’m not thinking… so there might be hope for me yet!
I also learned that meditation definitely helps me with my sleep and just general feelings of calm, so it’s something I’d like to keep incorporating into my day, maybe even in a couple of 5-minute sessions rather than one big 10-minute chunk.
5. How are you going to reward yourself for completing your 10:10 Challenge?
I just placed an order on Amazon to get some more essential oils (I can do an essential oils collection post if you’d be interested), I figured that was a good tool for future meditations and just general relaxation.
I’m really going to try and link my reward to the challenge itself if I possibly can, to motivate me to continue with these habits!
Now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear all about your first 10:10 Challenge in the comments below and, due to popular demand, I’m making this a series, so make sure you mark February 19th in your calendar and get thinking about what you’re going to try!
See you in the comments!