Some Long-Overdue Updates

There was a time when I wrote and published posts here every week, but the last time I wrote to you was more than 6 months ago. I don’t really know how, but I still get people coming to this site every day, reading about personal experiments or how to change habits. Not as many as before, but it’s nice to know so many people out there are interested in their own growth and change.

Some of the people I’m closest to are going through pretty big life changes right now. Quitting jobs, starting businesses, ending or beginning relationships, moving. It makes me happy, being around change. The energy is sort of infectious, and I can’t help but get a little swept up in the momentum.

Sometimes I find it hard to keep up my own momentum over long periods of time. I’m prone to taking on too much at once, and end up working in fits and starts. Maybe I have ADD. I don’t know. This project is a good example. It’s never been my main gig. I run a business, technically two businesses, that I spend most of my time working on and in.

I still love this community and this project. I’ve still been doing experiments, but I’m long-overdue for an update. So, here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

Business

I’ve always hesitated to write about my other ventures here. I don’t remember exactly why, but it felt like too much business talk would distract from the things you experimenters are working on in your own lives.

Most of you who I’ve talked to over the years, at least those of you who are doing your own personal experiments, are trying to make lifestyle shifts. Waking up earlier, eating better, exercising more consistently, showing up more in relationships, creating more art… that sort of thing. But I know a lot of you are also working on businesses, starting your own blogs or websites, growing your own communities, offering your services for money.

For entrepreneurs, the distinction between business and lifestyle is pretty moot. I started this project five years ago because I was a workaholic and I wanted to stop working late.

I don’t know why I ever thought it would be wrong to write about business here.

So, that’s one thing I’m going to start doing differently. I’m going to start writing more about entrepreneurship.

Some of the most popular posts I’ve ever shared have been about business:

  1. I know several people who have read and followed The Two Most Important Rules for Entrepreneurs to build successful companies.
  2. Back in 2013, I challenged you to build a new lifestyle business. I took that challenge and ended up creating a business I still run today.
  3. We hosted a Secret Project Challenge back in 2014 that resulted in several of you creating new businesses. Some of my favorite stories are from experimenters who surprised their family members with news of their new venture.
  4. In 2015, we launched the Personal Experiment Challenge and many of you created new businesses alongside your peers who were changing personal habits.

The point is, I’m going to start sharing more business and entrepreneurship posts here. It’s always felt a little strange to keep those worlds apart, so I’m going to combine them and see what happens.

Adventure

If you’re one of the few people who follow me on Instagram, you’d know that travel and adventure are really important to me.

And apart from a few mountain climbing stories, this is another part of my life that I’ve largely kept off of this blog. Like with business topics, I’m not totally sure why. So, that’s going to change too.

A lot of the challenges and experiments I take on are related to travel or fitness in some way. I spent a month in China earlier this year, which was really wonderful. Last year, I spent a month in South America. I try to work when I travel, but I’m not as good at it as I could be. So, that’s something I’ll be working on and sharing more about.

Mental Health

Someone once said that being an entrepreneur is 100% about managing your own psychology. I think that’s true.

We’ve done some mental health related experiments before. We hosted a big mindfulness challenge a few years ago and had people all over the world committing to meditate every day. That was a lot of fun. I’d like to do more experiments like that.

This project is essentially about change and growth. We have some simple beliefs. When you treat your personal growth as an experiment or a challenge, you’re more likely to be successful. Change becomes fun instead of hard.

But of course, any kind of growth or change can also bring discomfort. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t know that, and if you didn’t have goals that stretch you to do more than you have before.

Many of the changes you will try to make may bring on fear, anxiety, stress, depression, frustration, disappointment. I’ve struggled with all of those things. A lot. So, we’re going to talk about them more. I’ll share my struggles with depression and fear and that little strategies and experiments I’ve used to push through them.

Creativity

There’s a magic in creating something new in the world that didn’t exist before. Art, businesses, communities. All of them started from nothing. A lot of them started as experiments. So, we’re going to talk more about creativity here too.

The last time I shared something here, I was writing about disappointment. Since then, I’ve been disappointed in not sharing more regularly with you.

I’ve been busy making things and taking on my own experiments and challenges. I’ll share more about them in the coming days.

Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll stick around.

 

January 2016 Update

IMG_1975Wow, it’s been a while since I published anything here. (This is becoming my default opening line for blog posts.) 🙂

I should probably do a 2015 recap post at some point. It was a big year for me with a lot of ups and downs, and lots of lessons learned (hopefully). Honestly, I can’t believe how fast the year seemed to fly by. I accomplished a few of my goals for the year, but slipped up on more.

Anyway, now the calendar says 2016, and I’m sure a lot of you will be thinking about your goals for the new year.

If you’re into making New Years Resolutions, you might want to check out the post I wrote back on January 1st, 2013 about how to make resolutions that stick.

I’m making a few resolutions this year. One of which is to actually stick to a writing and publishing schedule on this blog. I used to have a pretty solid writing habit, but I’ve been really inconsistent lately. It’s kind of funny because I talk so much about writing and habits, you’d think I would have actually figured that one out. My first experiment of the year is going to be to write every day (again). This will be Round 3 of that experiment.

I’m hoping to follow in the footsteps of one of the Monthly Experiments community members, Bradley Charbonneau, who has written and published something for more than a thousand days in a row.

I’ve got a few other key habits I want to rebuild, but of course I’m going to be taking them one at a time. I’ll announce some more of my goals for the year soon, and also catch up a bit with writing about the experiments I did last year.

Monthly Experiments Podcast

In the meantime, if you want to hear the origin story of how and why I started doing Monthly Experiments, I was interviewed for a really cool podcast a few months back. It was a fun experience, and I shared some things that I haven’t talked much about here on the blog before.

If you want to give it a listen, check out my episode of Challenge Your Thinking with Dr. Linda Tucker.

Ok, I’m going to wrap up there for now.

A few questions…

Are you making any New Years Resolutions? Are you taking on a personal experiment for January?

Let me know in the comments, and/or hop over to the Monthly Experiments Facebook community and say hi there.

Happy New Year!

 

What to Expect in 2012

Hi there. This is going to be a quick introduction post so you know what to expect in 2012 and beyond.

My name is John Muldoon. You’ll get to know me a lot better as this site comes together. What you need to know right now is that I’m an entrepreneur living in the San Francisco bay area.

I’m starting this site for a few different reasons.

Taking Control

I don’t know about you, but my life can get pretty crazy at times. Between running a business multiple businesses and trying to have a life, things can get unbalanced pretty easily. Many of the experiments I have planned are about getting back some sanity, about taking control of a hectic schedule and having more fun.

Better Habits

You’ve probably heard people say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. That sounds great, right? I mean, if we can reprogram ourselves with better habits in less than a month, why wouldn’t we? That’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to take things one month at a time, and design our experiments around a better habit that we’d like to make permanent. I say “we” because I hope you’ll be excited about challenging yourself to make a change for the better–I hope you’ll want to join me.

One of the first challenges I’m going to do is to Stop Working Late. My work hours have been out of control lately, and every time I pull an all-nighter, I feel like shit the next day. Not just physically, but emotionally. During the Stop Working Late challenge, I’ll have a rule that my computer has to be shut down by 5:00 pm everyday. Working late simply won’t be an option. Stopping work at 5:00 might not sound like a big challenge to some of you (congratulations!), but I often work from sunrise to midnight. I’m really excited about this and I’ll write more about the experiment in an upcoming post.

Fun

I’ve always loved a good personal challenge. My idea of a fun vacation it to go mountain climbing. I like to push myself and discover more about my limits. It’s fun to set a goal and then meet it. This site isn’t just going to be about serious stuff like business and fitness. I’ve got some fun challenges planned that I think you’re going to like. I could even see some people wanting to follow along. The more the merrier! It would be great if we could all use this site to support each other as we push ourselves.

I’ll post another update soon.

I can’t wait to get to know you all.