The Spring Clean Challenge

I’m starting a spring clean challenge that I will do for 18 days. Bonus points for those who can figure out why it’s this particular number of days. The challenge points are:

1. Going to the gym every day for the duration.

2. Doing the Korean beauty routine every day.

3. Not buying any new books for myself no matter what happens.

4. Reading 40 pages of an Anthony Trollope novel.

I also have a bunch of other things in the challenge that I’m not ready to make public.

Every year, the end of the academic year has me bug-eyed and a mental wreck. I want to avoid it this year by concentrating my attention on something completely different. The challenge is aimed at distracting me to the point where I’ll forget to get overwhelmed by the end of the academic year.

9 thoughts on “The Spring Clean Challenge

  1. The challenge is 18 days because it is a countdown to your birthday, on which you want to feel rejuvenated instead of stressed going into finals and grading.

    I’m not sure why specifically Anthony Trollope is rejuvenating or gets you out of your head.

    I’ve never done a spring clean challenge but everything seems to be geared toward actual housecleaning which bores me insensate.


    1. And we have a winner!! 🙂

      No, I’m not going to actually clean anything. Whenever I try to, I just make it worse.

      As for Trollope, I know I can’t make him work-related. Other writers, there’s always danger.


  2. This is just a lazy couch potato commenting from the sidelines, but I find it strange how commonplace the phrase “going to the gym” is as part of stated goals given how inexact it is.

    Technically… I could form the intention to locomote towards any gym, take one step in its direction, and then just stop and curl right back into potato form – resting easy in the fact that at least I went to the gym that day.



  3. OK, I will do one.

    Lights out before midnight.
    Gym or equivalent every day.
    Time outdoors every day.

    Next 9 days, add:

    a. wash exterior windows.
    b. trim bushes and flowerbeds.
    c. tile sunroom floor.

    That means I will be renovated by April 27!

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  4. 18 = chai?

    I like Z’s idea of time outdoors every day — and I love this strategy of confronting challenges obliquely, that is, doing things that will have the intended consequence as a byproduct. I’m thinking that if I just commit to being outside for at least an hour everyday, I will HAVE to (a) walk to work, (b) spend some time doing yard work, or (c) take the dog for longer walks — any of which would be good.

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      1. Thank you! The older I get, the more interested I become in skin care. (I’m assuming this is a skin care routine).


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