For the past couple weeks I have been having a lot of trouble deciding on a new year’s resolution and no, the irony is not lost on me. In one of my research sessions (YouTube binges) I stumbled across this video about a guy named Matt Deutsch who challenged himself to master a new skill every month for a year.
Feeling inspired by this concept, I decided to do something very similar. Rather than simply having a one-month time limit on challenges, I decided on a ‘by the end of each month’ challenge. This way I can incorporate skills that take a longer time to build and not feel like I’m “cheating” if I give myself a head start.
So, without further ado, here is my “new year’s resolution”/Skills of 2018 Challenge:
By the end of…
January: Learn how to whistle.
Current Skill Level: Can breathe.
February: Solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 30 seconds.
Current Skill Level: Never solved a Rubik’s Cube without a computer or removing stickers.
March: Hold a 10-minute conversation in Mandarin.
Current Skill Level: Can speak <20 words in Mandarin.
April: Complete every “very difficult” Sudoku puzzle from 7Sudoku.
Current Skill Level: No idea how Sudoku works.
May: Draw & write an acceptable 10-page manga with varying characters and detailed settings.
Current Skill Level: Can draw stick figures with smiley faces.
June: Go on a weekend cycling trip, including at least 10 hours of cycling.
Current Skill Level: Exhaustion and sore muscles after less than an hour.
July: Get 6-pack abs.
Current Skill Level: Never go to the gym.
August: Crochet a hat, gloves, and scarf.
Current Skill Level: Had to Google “difference between crocheting and knitting” just now.
September: Fold 30 different origami designs from memory in one sitting.
Current Skill Level: Can make a boat.
October: Homebrew a drinkable beer.
Current Skill Level: Have a general idea of how beer is made in factories.
November: Become proficient with Excel and create new VBA automations with ease.
Current Skill Level: Know very basic Excel functions. Understand the concept of macros.
December: Film, edit, and produce a 20-minute documentary.
Current Skill Level: Can take nice pictures with my phone.
I’ll be writing occasional updates when I complete a monthly challenge or when I’ve made good progress. Watch out for new posts!