Since 2008 I’ve taken on a new experiment every year. I do them for three reasons: to learn something new, to meet new people and to get outside my comfort zone. My experiments range from intense physical challenges to year-long endeavors aiming to create a habit. Here’s a list of everything I’ve tried over the years:
2018: I’ve always appreciated the intensity of a good boxing match, so this year I am training to become an amateur boxer. I plan to compete in a charity fight by the end of the year. I am also continuing with my meditation practice.
2017: Set out to do 150 hours of meditation and 150 hours of yoga over the course of the year.
2016: Volunteered for a day / week with cancer-related charities and hospitals in Bucharest and London.
2015: Interviewed elderly people and asked them a set of ten questions about life. I posted some of the interviews on this blog, here.
2014: Trained my memory with a world memory champion for a year, in order to be able to remember anything. That was awesome.
2013: Tried to learn Mandarin. Failed miserably.
2012: Went to the gym every weekday for a year. This has become a habit and I now work out every morning.
2011: I read a book per week for a year. That was awesome, and I’ve tried maintaining the same pace over the years.
2010: Lived in London for £300 / month for three months, rent included (didn’t pay rent, actually, I crashed on friends’ couches).
2009: My challenge for the year was to win Seedcamp with Brainient and move to London. I managed to do both.
2008: Slept for 2.5 hours / day for two months during a polyphasic sleeping experiment. That was hard.