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Jenny Zurawell

Open Translation Project, TED


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Alright everyone, what big and crazy or small, sustainable things will you try for 30 days?

Matt Cutts said, "Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days. It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit ... from your life."

What will you do?

This conversation is open for 30 days ;)

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    Jul 2 2011: My plan, starting today (since July has 31 days): Eat a different kind of vegetable every day. Potatoes count.
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    Jul 25 2011: Has anyone done the Tumblr 30 days writing challenge? It starts by writing 15 facts about yourself, concludes with 'What have you learned about yourself in the last month?' on day 29 and 'Who are you?' on day 30. Recommend it to anyone who wants to gain insight into themselves or simply writes for fun. This is the greatest thing about keeping a blog: writing your diary with the desire to be overheard.
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    Jul 2 2011: I am going to try and learn a new word everyd day for the next 30 days , i think this is a pretty good idea.
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    Jul 4 2011: appreciate each moment with my 1 yr. old (Play more!)
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    Jul 10 2011: Day 23. Hi, today I decided to check a older one, but one of the best ever!!! http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html
    still rocking my mind!!!
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      Jul 11 2011: It's one of the "10 must watch" according to TED on Facebook.
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        Jul 12 2011: Nice....indeed!! Tell me about another one in this list, maybe there is something to see!! ;)
  • Jul 4 2011: Appreciate more.

    By appreciating what I have more, I decrease my want of new material goods. This means I'm less likely to buy stuff, which, in general, is better for the planet.

    By not increasing my wants I also save my money to grow my company, which will donate money to green causes.

    Increasing appreciation is also scientifically proven to make us happier. Happy people probably tend to help others become happier, and all these people, because they are happier, are more likely to think about saving the planet, which will also, most likely, help save the planet.

    PS: This thread rocks!!!!
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    Jul 3 2011: I'm going to use cash for my purchases for the next 30 days.
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      Jul 2 2011: Hey, I liked that one. I´m gonna try to listem to a new TED talk every day, and leave a comment here!
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    Jul 24 2011: I'll learn how to draw caricatures ????:)
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    Jul 11 2011: no TV for 30 days. It's been a week s far and i really don't miss it!
  • Jul 11 2011: My blog partner and I do something new every month. At the beginning of a year, we come up with 6 new things each, then we have to try all 12 over the course of a year. It is great, because you get to try things you may never have thought of yourself, and you have someone to do everything with. We blog for fun and for accountability. This month is "Memorize and recite a classic poem." Check out what we are up to at www.goodluckwiththat1.blogspot.com
    It's fun to see what other people are doing for 30 days here too.
    thanks! Melissa
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      Jul 12 2011: That's a great project and fun to read! What was the most interesting/challenging/fun experience so far?
      • Jul 13 2011: Hi Simone. I replied, but the comment ended up a few comments above this spot. Hope you find it and thanks again for checking out our blog!
      • Jul 13 2011: Thank so much, Simone! Sometimes it is the anticipation of something I am afraid of, like our up coming backpacking month. But so far, one of my favorite months was Yoga month, where I discovered a love for Bikram yoga. It was inspiring, motivating, life-changing and totally a surprise. One of the most challenging was making my own dress, from a pattern. I hated the sewing, but that was over a year ago, and I still get compliments on the dress whenever I wear it.
        Thanks for checking out my blog! And so glad you enjoy reading it...
        You could memorize a poem with us, I find the hardest part of that so far is choosing one and sticking to it.
        -Melissa (I copied and posted it here, so hope you get a chance to see it!)
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    Jul 10 2011: i am an english learner, speak english fluently is one of my dream, but sometimes learning english is boring, i can't keep study every day . after watching this i want to join the 30-day plan, i'll study english two hours every day for a month.
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      Jul 11 2011: Why not just commit to discussions on TED for an hour a day, every day. We will all help you and it will be more fun!
  • Jul 8 2011: Everyone should try incorporating exercise into their daily routine (if they are able) such as to and from work, or part thereof.

    This is truly sustainable. Going to the gym is often predicated on availability after all the 'important' stuff, like your career, is taken care of. I get the train to work but have to walk to the station first. The upshot? You feel better, fitter and are therefore more likely to commit to 'that gym membership' later. Looking back at my youth I feel bad that I could even get out of bed before 11am - now I get up before five to make the walk and feel better for it! Who would have thought...

    I am constantly disappointed by people I know who drive their cars short distances purely out of habit, like 200m to get milk. If you're able then make it a habit, not a chore!

    Humans were never meant to be so reliant on technology, such as cars... We have to take into account this basic, everyday fact to begin to be truly sustainable once more.

    One last point: don't rest from your fitness routine on Saturday or Sunday. These are perfect days to exercise as they are 'days off' to most people. Instead, have a rest on Tuesday and Thursday when your middle of the week morale is at its lowest and you actually could do with an early night...
    • Jul 11 2011: Your final suggestion made me think, because I am one of those who have a rest during the weekend instead of during the week.

      Let me just share with you something about your idea about having to drive 200m to get something: I believe that some people are convinced that sports and exercise should be done strictly at gyms and using any sort of exercising equipment or machines. This leads to a hardness to realise that exercise is not using equipment, but to move, to walk, to run, to pick something and leave the other side of the street.
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    Jul 6 2011: I have two ideas:

    1) Get my TV connected to the internet, and watch a Ted Talk each day with my family.

    2) Measure my waist each night. If it is above target, the next day is a low carb and exercise day. Set reasonable targets.
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      Jul 11 2011: From a fitness and health stand point, there are many things wrong with your second challenge. I do not say that to be negative, but informative. If you would like I would be more than willing to explain the reasons to you and help you develop a better plan.
    • Jul 11 2011: Your idea number 1) seems very pedagogical.
      In my opinion it is very important to at least keep in mind that television is not only for silly or addictive entertainment, but is a tool to learn and improve. I am considering this idea as well...
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      Jul 12 2011: Number 1 rocks!!!
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    Jul 6 2011: I'm doing Bikram yoga this July! On day 6 now. :)
    • Jul 6 2011: Hi Rhea, what is Bikram yoga? Sounds new to me. :)
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  • Jul 5 2011: Give a praise everyday
  • Jul 3 2011: I have two projects for the month of July:

    1. Go to a place I've never been before and I probably would never get to if it wasn't for the "project" every day.

    2. Pretend that my current job is my dreamjob. (It isn't, but I am curious if that change of attitude will have an impact.)
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      Jul 10 2011: Sophie, how is it going so far? I am really interested in your second project, have you already felt an impact based on your change of attitude?
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      Jul 11 2011: Sophie,
      I am also interested in how the positive attitude is working out. I ask because I have been doing the same thing and it has made it easier to get out of bed in the morning, I get on with my collegues alot better and I achieve so much more in the day. I might even say I have become dedicated and loyal to my work place.
  • Jul 28 2011: Pic or video of the most creative moment of the day, people solving problems or accomplishing something in a different way! Lets see if I/they are up for the challenge!
  • Jul 27 2011: I joined Weight Watchers with my wife. My next goal is to learn to play the guitar.
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    Jul 15 2011: i started not visiting any kind of fun web site cause i waste my time on there.... its day 3, working totally fine! LET'S KEEP OUR MOTIVATIONS!!
  • Jul 14 2011: It's just a small thing but I have a bad track record of keeping at things so baby steps. I'm doing 30 sit ups a day for 30 days. I'm on day 6 so far.

    At the same time I'm watching at least 1 TED talk a day for 30 days. But that's not hard.

    My first TED comment Woo :D
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    Jul 13 2011: Thanks to a friend, Bob Merckel, a group of 30 Dayers have just started here:
    We are walking, looking, writing, swimming, running, taking photos, meditating, giving up bread... and generally being wonderfully conscious : )
    Big thanks to Matt Cutts.
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      Jul 13 2011: So... After checking your profile Adam, I must say that I find both of your comments FUBAR...

      Edit: What's funny is that I only thought him a fool, now I see he is a powerful one! :P
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    Jul 11 2011: I have started positive thinking in all aspects of my life. Any time I feel a negative thought popping up to spoil my day I simply turn it around and find the positive in any situation even if it is that something has been a learning experience.
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    Jul 11 2011: Starting this Thursday, on my twenty-third birthday, I will start on a 30 day journey to try something new every day for 30 days.
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    Jul 10 2011: I completely forgot about this... http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself.html

    Edit: This short talk is about keeping your goals to yourself, Derek says that you'll have a smaller chance of achieving them if you talk about them... What's everyone's thoughts on that?
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      Jul 11 2011: I am not sure what to think about this Jimmy. I remember considering it when I saw the talk. I wonder how much actual research went into his assertions. I do see his point but I also think that confiding in others helps to cement our resolve if we are really interested in doing it but teetering.
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        Jul 11 2011: Yeah, I'm a bit skeptical towards the amount of research that went into it as well... I've also been thinking that there might be a huge difference between simply saying it and putting it in writing on TED.

        Might there also be a difference in what people can prove and what they can't? Will people who say that they will quit smoking have less chance then people who say that they are going to write a novel?
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          Jul 13 2011: The evidence on smoking is clear. People who keep trying eventually win the smoking battle. I think that once you start writing, especially with the broad base of knowledge that you have gained, you will be successful, if not in 30 days- eventually. Believe in yourself!
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        Jul 13 2011: I quit smoking 3 years ago, it took a lot of mental preparation though...
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      Jul 12 2011: Keep all your things to yourself! Naturaly, things come up! I totally agree......Now, about the smoking and novel thing, I have no ideia dude! :)
    • Jul 12 2011: I believe it is a matter of how you get things done and your self discipline. Some people keep their goals to themselves but are slack about holding themselves to it. They wait for when things are a bit better before they start or they tell themselves they can't/shouldn't for various reasons.

      It would be best to try both methods. Some of us feel we haven't accomplished much on our own thus having someone hold us accountable would be better. Though, as he said in the talk, you can't just say your goal; you have to ask them to hold you accountable and know they are someone who will be positive/encouraging (a negative comment near the start will really kill your drive). And vice versa: if you normally tell others your goals but don't do much then keep it to yourself and hold yourself to it
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    Jul 10 2011: I've started running. As a child, I despised it and assumed that state was permanent. Turns out that I LOVE it!!!
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      Jul 11 2011: I have started running more frequently now also. I have to remain fit for the job that I do however I found it very difficult to motivate myself to run alone in my own time. Just recently I decided that I was going to run a half marathon this year and a full marathon next year and I now find myself actually WANTING to go out for a run after work.
      I think that this shows us that if we have a goal to achieve we will always be motivated towards that goal.
      This might help anybody who is struggling to stick at something for 30 days!
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        Jul 11 2011: Yes, it's rather amazing what happens when you do something new - something that you have some good reason to want to do - for a few days and it starts becoming a habit. Today while out for what has now become my daily run (I actually really do more of a run/walk/run rhythm to get my body to agree to this big change), I was amazed to find that I'd run really far without needing to take a break. I'd started thinking about something that distracted me and when I came back into the "real world" I was amazed to find how far I'd gone without noticing or struggling! I'm just loving it.
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          Jul 11 2011: I find that audio books have that same effect
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    Jul 9 2011: Meditation, something that I have been on and off about for the past 6 months, but this will be the month that it sticks. Here's to getting 10 minutes each day of meditating in. Good luck to the rest of you, I read many great ones!