The pandemic has been a challenge for most of us, particularly for students. Most of the time is spent indoors. Day in, day out working and studying at the same desk with little on offer as a change during the weekends. Life has become monotonous and mellow, bland in a sense. Gradually, as things are opening up, we are developing our taste for life again. Meeting people and spending time in the sun, things feel like they are finally improving!
So why challenge yourself when this past year has been enough of a challenge already. Well, we have all become accustomed to life during lockdown and restrictions. These customs, over time turned into habits, which we must now break. As we close this chapter of #StayAtHome and begin the next one, we must be open to new possibilities. With change always comes a chance. It is in our hands whether we jump up and take it or not, and as a result miss out on new opportunities.
Some argue that starting a new habit only takes 21 days, add a couple more and this fits perfectly into exactly one month – the perfect time frame to build good habits. Now that we have the time set, we should try not to focus on breaking the old habits, rather focus on challenging ourselves to adopting new ones. New habits that will lead to the happy and fulfilled life every one of us craves.
So, what does a challenge look like? What challenge could break our habits that we formed during the last year. Let´s break down some possibilities.
Hopefully these examples give you some inspiration and motivation to start your own challenge.
If you´re not quite sure where to start yet, we are organizing our own challenge “ChallengeU”. This is a challenge to test your own abilities and challenge yourself working with a team. If you are interested, you can find out more about it here.
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