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TRY! 35 Ideas For Doing Something New & Different In Your Life

DO SOMETHING NEW
After posting “Five Reasons Why Trying Something New Will Change Your Life,” I received many requests for suggestions on “new things.” Here’s a starting point for anyone looking to move outside their comfort zone and trying something new or different.

Sure, many of you will have already experienced some of the suggestions on this list, but the idea here is to get you thinking—a starting point. Others may find a dozen or more items on this list as great ideas. So find something here that might stimulate you and get you started.

  1. Take a class on a subject unrelated to your career, community, or family—something you’ve always been interested in, but never made the time to pursue.
  2. Go to a new restaurant, preferably an ethnic restaurant and try something different on the menu.
  3. Take a yoga class, if you’ve never done.
  4. Meditate.
  5. Get a massage. It surprises me as how many people I meet, mostly men, who have never had a professional relaxing or therapuetic massage.
  6. Go to work differently: ride your bike, walk, take a train, use Uber or carpool.
  7. Cook something at home you’ve never tried.
  8. Learn to play an instrument or take singing lessons
  9. Go see live music—a genre you’ve never seen or listened to much before
  10. Start a blog—if only for yourself
  11. Take up and master a hobby or craft you’ve always wanted but always found an excuse not to; perhaps sewing, woodworking, or a restoration project (furniture, car or motorcycle)
  12. Learn a new language
  13. Travel to somewhere you’ve never been
  14. Go on a camping trip; sleep under the stars
  15. Volunteer for a local organization or at a local hospital
  16. Go to a local Toastmasters meeting
  17. Change the furniture around in your office, bedroom or home
  18. Plant a garden—even a patio planter garden
  19. Stand up paddle boarding —it’s so popular and great workout
  20. Attend a local “Meetup” in a subject area that interests you but not related to your work or home life. Remember, the idea here is to try something new — different
  21. Go to a different grocery store than you are used to
  22. Change phones—using Android? Switch to Apple, or vice versa
  23. Take a new and different physical fitness class: spin, kickboxing, boxing, Pilates, cross-fit
  24. Get out on the water—take a canoe trip, learn to sail, go fishing
  25. Ride a motorcycle
  26. Learn to ride a bike —a unicycle
  27. Play a board game with your family, partner or with friends
  28. Learn to drive a shift-drive car—stick shift
  29. Try a new sport; tennis, lacrosse, badminton, others
  30. Create art: paint on canvas, sculpt with clay or paper, draw or sketch with pencil, ink or charcoal
  31. Learn to juggle
  32. Raise chickens, ducks, or doves
  33. Photography and/or video; learn to edit
  34. Take dancing lessons: tango, swing, two-step, other
  35. Write a story, poem or article; for yourself or submit it to a website or newspaper magazine

Have an idea that should be added to this list? Please comment with your ideas below and keep the conversation lively and interesting. No matter what, try something new and different—do something you’ve never done today!

33 Comments

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    • AllanAllan10-05-2016

      This is so true. I think often people get caught up, moving faster and faster with each passing day. It’s important to slow down—even stop—and find something new to see, do, taste, experience or try!

    • natalie naoumnatalie naoum04-18-2021

      the problem is i’m 23 years old and i studied alot of things in the college in four years , i’m a dancer , working in a place and i have my own busniss , doing sport ( almost every thing ) , i see frinds all time doing a greet things with family going to a difrint resturant riding a bike playing a lot of games with peoples that i konw , volntered in a cancer hospital , i know a lot of people and i did the most things you write up .
      for that i need to try new things i feel so boaring .

      • natalie naoumnatalie naoum04-18-2021

        and i forgot to tell you that i speak 4 languages for i cant learn anything else , i learned a lot of things , now i need a break from learning .
        i need to do new things without spending a lot of money , i’m waiting for your’s ideas
        thank you .

        • allanallan06-10-2021

          Learning isn’t always something quantifiable. You can learn to be more patient, caring, passionate, and compassionate, for example. These things don’t cost any money. You can learn how to make pretty things from paper as the Japanese do with origami. What about planting a garden, even an inside house garden? As a dancer, you can learn new and different dances. Natalie, I’m sure you can put your mind to it and find something to inspire you. You are just 23 years old and have a whole life to live of discovery. Go for it!

      • allanallan06-10-2021

        As I said in your other comment, there’s so much and I’ve given you some new ideas!

    • RaychelleRaychelle06-17-2021

      I really love trying new things when I saw this I was overjoyed. Thanks

      • allanallan06-30-2021

        Thank you Raychelle! I’m so happy you enjoyed the article and wish you luck in the future! cheers!

  2. rimpyrimpy12-01-2016

    Hii Allan, This post was very nice. I loved it . made my day 🙂

    • allanallan12-01-2016

      Thanks Rimpy! So glad you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more like it!

    • RaychelleRaychelle06-17-2021

      Very nice of you.

  3. Stevie leeStevie lee04-19-2017

    Great article, Allan and I live by trying something new every few weeks.
    2 things I’m looking to try and increase visibility is house swapping and kick scooting (commuting to work).

  4. BhagyashreeBhagyashree04-22-2017

    Thank you for your amazing ideas I will definetly try to do something new to make my life having some new spark in it rather than the same routine thanks !!!!!

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  8. MridulMridul12-31-2017

    Trying to learn a new language is one of the best things to do. People should take one of the said resolutions on the new year. Happy new year.

  9. Dr. AmerDr. Amer04-30-2018

    Try to always smile even if you are stressed or worried, and laugh even if you sad or angry.

    Try to change the worse then the bad, and then the good to excellent.

    “Change is a non-ending journey, change carries the burdens of the past to penetrate the boring walls of the present, to take you to the hopes of the bright future. Then returns after a while to carry the worries of the past again to continue the change journey.” Dr. Amer Al-Waieli

    • allanallan05-02-2018

      Absolutely Dr. Amer — good words! Thanks for participating!

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