The first day of summer has just come and gone, meaning you have an open schedule for 90 days to accomplish anything you would like until fall arrives and classes begin.
Sure, you could booze your days away by the pool–but if you want to do something more significant with your life and start this fall semester a better person, take a look at COED’s “90 Days To A Better Life.”
With hard work and dedication, all these things can be accomplished before September 21st.
COED’s 90 Days To A Better Life after the jump!
Volunteer at a Nursing Home
Life in a nursing home, even the best of nursing homes, is often confusing, frustrating, scary, and lonely.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 50 percent of nursing home residents have no close relatives, and 46 percent have no living children. (These two facts are a major reason why an estimated 60 percent of nursing home residents never have visitors.)
Nursing home volunteer opportunities can include spending time with a resident, playing cards, talking, taking a walk, or sharing a meal. You can also make visits during which you and the nursing home resident create and preserve memories through scrap-booking that will provide comfort for the resident when friends and family are absent.
Visit CharityGuide.org to learn more about the rewards of volunteering at a local nursing home.
Give Up Smoking
Smoking is an addiction and being tobacco free is a life long process, so if you want to quit smoking, it will take much longer than 90 days. That said, there are many things you can do to set yourself on the right path to living tobacco-free.
Smokefree.gov takes you through 4 steps to quitting smoking – “Thinking About Quitting,” “Preparing to Quit,” “Quitting,” and “Staying Quit.
If you follow the steps provided by Smokefree.gov, by September 20th you can be smoke free without the cravings.
Buy Cologne That Costs More Than $20…And Learn How To Apply
The best 2008 men’s colognes provide you with all you need to attract the right kind of attention at any event or casual gathering.
Sometimes we cheap out and buy the $20 discount colognes that can turn off the ladies. AskMen’s 2008 Men’s Cologne says “Burberry Summer” will run you $55 a bottle. We are not made of money but this problem is easy to solve. Grab an empty tomato jar and drop in you’re loose pocket change at the end of the day. By the 90th day you will have more than enough money to buy a nice bottle of cologne, and might even have enough left over to afford yourself a haircut.
Learn a Foreign Language Through Rosetta Stone
Learning a foreign is one of the best personal investments you can make. With their learning software, Rosetta Stone has simplified the language process to a ridiculous leve. With hard work and concentration, you can learn a language well enough to hold a full conversation with a fluent speaker in as little as 45 days.
Visit Rosetta Stone and choose from over 31 languages. Then after 90 days, book a flight and put your new skills to work.
Get Ripped Like Tyler Durden in Fight Club
So you saw Fight Club and you want to get ripped like Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden. Seems impossible–but it’s not as hard as you think. You will have to be completely dedicated throughout the 90 days. But if you can stay on track, you’ll see results after week one.
How To Be Ripped Like Brad Pitt From Fight Club in 12 Weeks is a free online instructional video series that will coach you on workout routines and offer healthy eating tips and cardio training tips.
Just a small waring: Having a ripped body like Brad Pitt doesn’t make you Brad Pitt.
Scuba Diving Certificate
This one is cool because you can put it to use on your next spring break trip to the tropics. Scuba diving offers a view of the ocean that few ever get to see.
If you’d like to become a licenced scuba diver visit PADI for a location near you.
Master a Video Game
This one is fairly easy. Spend a few hours a day cracking away and you could be a master at any game ever created in 90 days.
Once you’re really good, think about joining gaming competitions to hone your skills and possibly win some money while you’re at it.
Learn to Surf
Don’t we all want to surf? Something about the freedom of the rolling waves and controlling the board under you. Too bad it’s tough to just step into the ocean and hop up on the board.
To learn to surf you can go the online route and read about it or you can step out there and figure it out yourself. Either way, with 90 days of practice you should be well on your way to becoming a surfing god.
Cut 10 Strokes Off Your Golf Game
In the “real world,” Golf is an important networking tool… and it’s fun to play. You don’t need to be Tiger Woods, but you should be able to hit the ball straight and hold your own amongst colleagues. Even if you are a beginner, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to significantly improve your score and learn much about the game over the course of 90 days.
To do this you are going to need to find a buddy who has some knowledge of the game. This way, you can learn the very basics (i.e., how to hold the club, general swing mechanics). For the first three weeks START SLOW, hit the driving range and work on your short game. (Remember: Driving is for show but the short game is for dough [$].) At the end of the third week, begin hitting with your driver. Don’t over swing when using this club, you want to hit it straight not far.
By the end of the first month, you will want to step out onto a par-3 course (a shrunken version of a full size course where all holes are a par-3). Play the par-3 two to three times a week, hit the driving range 2 times a week for a month. At the start of the 3rd month you’ll be ready for the real thing.
Play the full course twice a week while still practicing at the range for the next month, and by the end of the 90 days you will be a semi decent golfer… guaranteed!
Remember: practice your short game at range, hit the driver straight, not far.
“You Suck At Photoshop” is a hilarious series of tutorial spoofs by fictional Photoshop Pro Donnie Hoyle that are actually quite informative.
Donnie’s unorthodox teaching style includes lots of abuse as well as over-sharing about his troubled marriage. In episode three, he shows us how to digitally remove the wedding ring from a photo of his unfaithful wife who can be heard yelling at him from the other room. (It turns out the series was made by Troy Hitch, Matt Bledsoe, two former ad guys from Kentucky.)
Train For A 10k
Whether this is your first 10k, or you are wanting to compete for placement, whether you are a beginner or an advanced runner, a good training plan is the best way to reach your 10k goals.
Try these free online training programs for the results you want.
Improve the Earth One Step At A Time
You can’t save the world in 90 days, and changing to a greener lifestyle can take a lot of time and effort. But if you do a few little things over the course of 90 days, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some examples:
Stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Stop buying bottled-water by using a reusable bottle, ride public transportation, and walk places more often–and, of course, turn off your lights when you leave a room.