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July’s challenge: Cross That Sh&t Off

How’d the use that sh&t up challenge work out for you? I did great! I didn’t buy any new lip gloss, lip balm or any of their relatives. I need to, particularly in the lip gloss category, and I’ve decided that instead of just bringing the new stuff in to add to the collection, I’m going purge the older stuff, too (did you know that Body Shop lip balm has an expiration date? Neither did I).  Not only will it make me seem like less of a lip product hoarder but they’ll be some justification as to why I buy something new.

Except this time, given how infrequently I go places that would implore me to wear lip gloss, I’ll only buy one color. Maybe 2. Definitely not more than 3.

I don’t know about you but I kind of liked having a challenge to work on during the month. It forced me to think about what I was doing in one area and then, by extension, made me more conscious of other areas of my life. I need that.

To keep the momentum going I’m instituting a monthly challenge here on DMS. On the first Monday of every month, I’ll issue a new challenge not only for myself but encourage you to join along. You can discuss your challenge in the comments, on your blog, on the DMS Facebook page5, or keep it to yourself and work on it privately (I totally respect if you choose this method). You can also ignore it, too, and just be a voyeur towards my progress. That’s cool.

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Punctuation error is not mine. Also on my to-do list: correct everyone’s grammar.

By now you might be wondering just what is July’s challenge? This month, I, along with you, will complete items on our to-do lists that we’ve been avoiding for whatever reason. The big item I’m working on this month is a book proposal, of which I have written approximately zero words. I know exactly why I haven’t and I need to get over it (I have a fear of success. We’ll talk about that on Wednesday). That’s what I plan on doing this month.

If you don’t have a neglected to-do list item, you can do any of the following:

  • Automate your savings or balance your checkbook or any other tedious financial task.
  • Do something that makes you uncomfortable. Take a group exercise class or join On Target Coach’s Winners Wake Up Early challenge. I know waking up at 5 AM makes me incredibly uncomfortable.
  • Try something you wouldn’t try under different circumstances. My friend Martin (of Studenomics) also writes a fitness site, Kettlebell Rebels, and he has a number of great ideas.
  • Contact a blogger whose site you like and would love to guest post on. Ask if you can. (I need to do this along with the book proposal).
  • Clean out a room or closet in your house that scares you and you know that and you’ve been not cleaning it out on purpose but it looks like Monica’s closet and you have to so you don’t die the next time you open it.
  • Get rid of a friend who treats your poorly or just isn’t a good friend but you’ve been hanging on the friendship even though it drags you down because it’s easier (Item #3 on my list this month).
  • Anything else you can think of that you need to do but haven’t.

This challenge is definitely harder than last month’s and it’s that way on purpose. I feel like if I can tackle these items, it’ll get my momentum going for bigger—and smaller—challenges.

So, are you in? What are you going to cross of your list this month?


  1. krantcents

    I am a big believer in lists. I use them to get things done and buy things. I may start a shopping list so I am organized or a to do list to get things done. To do lists usually are for things that I need to accomplish in a few days. My to do list may be daily tasks to complete to accomplish a long term goal too.
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  2. Brent Pittman

    Thanks for the mention. See you at 5 am!
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  3. KK @ Student Debt Survivor

    I have so many to-do lists I think it makes me ineffective sometimes (there’s so many things I don’t know where to start). It’s something I’m trying to get better about (prioritizing and trying not to overextend myself).
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  4. Tonya

    Great idea. Its funny how invigorating small victories can be. I want in! I probably will add more to my list but for starters:

    I am terrible about checking my emails frequently, almost obsessively to the point where it infringes on my time management abilities. So I will only check my e-mals once and hours.

    I also have picked up a Candy Crush habit. I will not spend any money on extra moves or any of the other paid special features.

    And lastly I will go to the grocery store with a budget and that amount of cash in hand. I will not allow myself to go over my budget.

  5. Pension Retirement

    I make lists all the time otherwise I forget half of what I need to do during the day. I can remember the important things, but if I don’t have a list of all the little stuff, it just slips my mind.

    I’m a big fan of checklists in particular. It’s amazing how much the research (yes university research) has shown how checklists can save lives and save time and money.
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  6. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    This month I need to touch up the paint on my bedroom ceiling that I’ve been putting off for a freaking YEAR. I also want to walk 20 miles in July – that means just a mile a day five times a week. Doable if I can get off of my lazy buttocks.

    I need to recommit to my clean out the pantry challenge too.
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  7. Debt and the Girl

    Lists help me sometimes where I am trying to get stuff done. The problem is though I keep them in my head and don’t write them done which I think may be defeating the purpose 🙂
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