Power of believing in yourself

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about believing in yourself. I think that this is an important part of success. Especially that doing something different might make other people want to advise you and convince about pointlesness of your plan. They will find a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t do, what you intend to. They’ll point out everything that can go wrong and some of these black scenarios might scare you to death.

You can even know some people who tried to go similar way, but they failed. However, the most important word here is ‘similar’. Even if you are following their steps quite closely, you are completely different person: you might be in the different stage of life, your values are not the same either and, what the most important, your goals and dreams might lead you towards different place. Moreover, even if all above are same for both of you, still you are different person. And what a lot of people forget, in everything you do, you are leaving part of yourself (how ever weird it sounds). That makes everything you do very unique.

The only thing, which can help you stay motivated is believing that you can success. It is also important to hear what people around you have to say, as they probably don’t want anything wrong for you. While listening to their reasoning, just try to determine whether disadvantages, they are presenting to convince you, are really disadvantages in your opinion. As I have met a lot of people who were saying that they wouldn’t be able to work in a way I do, as they are tired enough after their regular job, while for me it is not a problem at all.

But let’s focus on believing in yourself. If you analysed all pros and cons of the project you are working on from your point of view, you are able to know what you might lose. You should remember that all kinds of bussinesses are connected to some kind of risk and if you are ready to take it, just go for it. Even if you fail, you’ll learn something for the next time. And this might be the most valuable lesson in your life, which can turn your life for 180°.

This is the reason, why I am starting so many projects (not all of them I am sharing here), which teach me something new. Although, they are not very beneficial in financial meaning and they might be seen by others as time-wasting, they have got me ready to start working on the biggest of my projects so far. And still I have a lot to learn, a lot of mistakes to do and tons of hours of work in front of me, but this experience I’ve gained (and I am still gaining), will make it much easier than it would be otherwise. The only thing keeping me motivated is a fact that I truly believe in success. And I know that one day my projects will allow me to take my son, who is going to be born soon, for holiday without worrying about finances. I think this will compensate me all this time I am spending on work now.

And with this thought I am going to leave you today. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

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Shall I write about something, I have just started learning about?

Hi guys,

Today I would like to share with you one thing. I am not sure, if you are interested in this topic, but my friends asked me about it multiple times. This question is:

How can you give advises to people in any topic, if you are not specialist yourself?

And this is actualy quite valid question, as I can’t say that I am any kind of educated person (in the topic of motivation or time management). However, if you’ll look at my about page, you’ll see that I have never said so. I keep researching different techniques, trying them to share with you what have been working for me. I have never said that I am the author of any of them (I adjusted some of them to my needs, but only minor changes have been made).

Having said that, I am not saying that the way I am working is the only and the best possible; this is just the one which is working for me.

Why am I writting about it here? Well, one of the things which was stopping me from starting this blog more than a couple years ago, was the fact that I wasn’t sure, if I have knowledge to write about anything. The only aspect of it, which I haven’t thought at that time, was that learning proccess is the best time to share your knowledge. Why? Being specialist could make it harder. Simply, you might not remember that things which seem to be a basic knowledge for you, might not be seen in such a way by your readers, who are just starting an adventure with particular topic.

And that might make your articles less understandable than you would like them to be. At leat for people who are new to the topic. Of course, there are a lot of specialists who can present a topic in an easy way, but it is much harder. Being a beginner yourself, helps you determine what was unclear for you and, provided that you have researched it well and tested, you are able to explain basic concepts it in more details.

Also, writting about things, which you have just learnt, is profitable for you. It’s great way to test your knowledge, as if you are able to explain some topic to other people, means that you really understand it. Having questions from other newbies in the topic, might show you things which you haven’t read about or you didn’t fully understand.

All this makes your learning proccess much more efficient and, at the same time, you are helping others, who like you are just starting. So if you are held by the fact that your knowledge is not sufficient, just ignore it and keep going for your idea. In the worse case scenario, you’ll force yourself to understand the topic better and your knowledge will have solid basis. You don’t lose anything, so why not to try?

I am going to leave you with this thought for now. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Is technology our ally or enemy?

Hi guys,

Today is the day, when I have more stuff to do than I possibly can. Everything because of multiple appointments, I have in the morning, and uni (where I have no choice, but be late). In days like this, I really appriciate technology. Simple tasks, like writting this post and replying to my emails are possible just because I have my phone with me. And sorting my tasks, by categories, where I can just see everything what I can do on my phone (I have written about this here) makes my life much easier.

However, sometimes technology might make our goals be forgotten. I don’t know what about you, but I am a bit addicted to my phone. And I don’t talk about working on my tasks. The biggest problem is that I am getting distracted very easily by all apps like facebook, whatsapp or YouTube (I’ve removed netflix from my phone and cancelled my subscribtion, as it used to be a time killer for me). What we need to remember as mobile users is that all these apps are made to catch our attention and hold us there as long as it is possible. This is how money is earned (well, sad thing is that we aren’t the one who does earn it) in todays world. Attention of people is a way, how you get opportunity to attract new customers to various companies and earn some commission, to get some income from add banners or to market your own product.

That’s why it is very important to be aware, where our attention is driven. All this distractions aim to take our time, leaving us with sense of achieving nothing.

So what technology really is? Well, it depends on how we are using it. It might become our worse enemy (I’ve heard stories, where mothers neglected looking after their children and did put their lifes in great risk just to use their phone or laptops), but only if we will allow it. If we are able to limit spending time on distractive apps and use our devices for things we actualy need to do, technology will become our best friend helping us to achieve our goals.

And this is it for today’s post. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

What app do I use to stay organised and why?

Hi guys,

As I promised in my last post, today I will introduce you to an app I am using to plan and organise my tasks. But before I’ll move to the right topic, I will explain you what I have been using before and why I had to look for some online tool to handle all my projects.

As you might have noticed, I mentioned not too long ago that I am carrying on my planning in bullet journal. So far it was the most suitable system for me, as I could include in my each month set up as much or as less as I wanted. Moreover, it helped my creativity, as I used to make sure that my layouts are not only very useful, but they look pretty too. However, I found just one problem with bullet journal, which is I couldn’t use it anywhere I wanted. As I am commuting a lot, I needed something to allow me to add, check and edit my tasks for example in train, what happened to be impossible with my bullet journal. There where also some smaller issues, like I went for a meeting with my friends, but traffic jam made them late. As I haven’t planned to do any work, I haven’t taken my bullet journal with me, so usually I have wasted this time of waiting. Sometimes I had a new thing to do popping up into my head, but my notebook have been left in the classroom (for example when I was in uni), so I had to note it in my phone and transfer to my bullet journal later. But what made me sure that I have to look for some other way, was the fact that my schedule became very unpredictable. As I am finding out about my shift at the same day when I have to go to work, I can’t really treat my plan as something impossible to change. I needed something what will allow me to reschedule my tasks as many times as I want, without making my plan hard to read and understand.

All this made me look for a tool available on my devices like phone and computer. While searching for my perfect solution, I came across a lot of various planning apps. Some of them were free, some paid, there were a lot of good ones, but any of them seemed perfect for me. Always something was missing. I’ve tried few simple ones, which were just simple to-do list, where you add tasks and tick them as they are done. However, I couldn’t divide my tasks into categories; other apps offered this, but there was limited amount of projects I can add or limited amount of task I can have in one project.

I don’t remember any app which would allow me to assign tasks to different categories. This turned out very helpful for me, when I discovered Nozbe (although, it took me two weeks to figure out how they are going to work best for me). I am simply using them to mark places and tools I need to finish each task. Some of my categories are Home, Uni, Pen&Paper, Computer, etc. As I can assign multiple categories to one task, whenever I am waiting for someone or something unexpectedly, I am able to ask Nozbe to show me these tasks, which I can complete (or at least work on) at the moment.

The other good thing about Nozbe, is that it is very easy to change deadline for your task, or even remove it completely. There is also option to send a task to a special email created for you and from any device connected to the internet, you can add tasks to your app (I haven’t tried this option yet, but I’ve seen peoples opinions, that it is extremely useful for them).

Nozbe allows also to work in group. As more people are going to use it, as more expensive is subscription (free subscription allows you to have just five projects for one person). It has also a very fair price. After using it for a month (exactly 30 days of free trial), I had no doubts that this is what I need.

If you want to try Nozbe for free for one month, you can register here. Please, keep in your mind that, if you decide to purchase it after one month, I will get some commission out of your purchase, but it will not affect your price. So I would be very grateful, if you would like to support me this way. What I forgot to tell you, each user becomes Nozbe affiliate automatically, as application produces a link for you to share it as I just did. I found this option as I was going through Nozbe menu to describe it for you as well, as I can.

After a month, I will review this app one more time, after testing all options Nozbe has to offer (maybe except group work, as all my tasks are being performed just by me at the moment) and I’ll let you know whether I changed my mind.

But for now I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Finances while working on your own project

Hi guys,

Today, I would like to talk about the ways, how to manage your finances, while you are working on your personal projects. As we all know, working on something own might take a time, before we’ll see any kind of incomes. At the begining, more likely there will be a lot of investments and costs we need to cover. At the same time, we still need to live somewhere, eat, etc. All this require us to have a lot of money and time to earn this money.

Taking all this on acount, I decided to share some tips with you, regarding managing your finances, while you are trying to get an income from your personal projects. Here are some of the ways you can manage it:

Prepare yourself beforehand

If you have an amazing idea in your mind, you can approximate your living cost for the time you’re going to need to complete your project. More or less. Try to reduce level of your living and save as much money as you can. As you have some savings, which will last you let’s say for two months, take a holiday in your work and spend this time on your project.

This tip require from you a lot of self-awareness. You probably won’t be able to go for coffee every day, but instead you might start preparing your own coffee at home. Maybe this t-shirt you saw last time in the shopping centre is not neccessary spend at the moment? Most likely clothes you have already in your home will last you for some time? Or maybe even you have too many of them and you might consider selling them online, to get some extra cash? Here your creativity will come in handy. As longer your savings will last, this longer you will be able to fully focus on your project. And hopefully, by the time you’ll run out of money, your new business will start bringing some incomes. If not, you will be at least way ahead, when you need to return to work, than you would be without this break. Provided, that you’ve really spend this time on work.

Work in your free time

This option is the easiest one, as you are still having incomes from your regular job. But at the same time it is probably the most exhausting. You might be really not in mood for working on your project after eight hours spent in your regular job. This will require from you a lot of self motivation and ability to fight with your procrastinating nature.

Especially in this case, you might want to be more aware about your breaks and holiday, just not to burn out. If you want to see post about taking holiday, here you can find it.

You should also remember to be patient. This way you might not progress as quick as you would like to. And you have to make sure that you are very organised. You can use simple planner to manage all the things you want to do, or you can try some kind of application managing your tasks (I am recently using Nozbe, which you can get here; I am going to write about this app in my next post as I am using it for one last month and it turned out to be a life changer for me).

You can build a business around your project

What I mean by that, is that you can provide some services or smaller products connected to your project’s topic and keep selling them. It is probably the most riskfull option of all three presented in this post. Having this done will help you market your project better when it’s ready, as you will have a social proof. If services or products you provide are good, people will feel more confident to get bigger and maybe more expensive product from you. However, finding first customers for whatever you can offer might be challenging. And still, having some savings could be a good idea in this case.

These are all of my tips for today. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Appriciation and a success

Hi guys,

Today, I would like to talk about appreciation. A lot of us, can’t really get anywhere, because we are focusing too much on the stuff we don’t have. Instead of being gratefull for the roof over our head and food on our plates, we tend to get jelous that other people have better home, car or technological gadgets. In reality, we can’t get all this stuff, if we are not able to be happy of what we have.

You might ask why? Well, answer is quite simple. Life will never be easy; having money will sort some of our problems, like rent and bills. However, it will create some new one. One of the common problems is worrying about losing your wealth. There is a saying, that as higher you climb, as more painful it will be when you’ll fall.

I heard stories about people, who after getting rich very quickly, became scared to leave their property, as they were worried that someone can rob it while they’re gone. They stopped believing their family members and friends. They thought that each person is trying to steal money from them.

That’s why it is very important to treat material goods as a tool, but focusing on things, which are much more important in life. Money is important nowadays, but if you lose it, there are multiple options to get them back. However, if you lose people around you, getting them back as your allies might be impossible.

The other thing connected to having a lot of money is a mindset. I know people who started earning more than they used to, let’s say for the purpose of this example, they doubled their incomes, but at the same time they doubled cost of their life style also. Although, they were supposed to get their finances straight after rise of their salary, they have exactly same problems, except that they have to face them in let’s say bigger home. Instead of staying in same, or just a bit better level of life, where they are able to get rid of their debts and maybe save some emergency funds before they start living better, they do it the other way around. It might be good option for some people, but before you make the decision, make sure you’ll analyse it first. Just to be sure that it is not worth it to appriciate your salary’s rise, as a way to get peace of mind and start thinking about renting bigger home when your debts are sorted, so you can start with the blank page.

And with this short thought I am going to finish today. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Breaks and productivity

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about having a break. So far, I’ve been giving you tips on how to plan, stay productive and creative, etc. However, huge part of productivity is having breaks and holiday. We are not machines, who can work constantly. We would simply burn out very quickly. That’s why we should be including breaks in our schedule.

Ok, but sometimes having a break might seem impossible. This stress connected to busy schedule, deadlines being always just around the corner.. all this can make it impossible to rest, as our mind is still thinking about all this things. Sometimes, this is even the reason of all these sleepless nights and days passing by in zombie mode. All this make us very frustrated and is slowly bringing our motivation level towards the bottom. You must agree that it is very hard task to stay on the top of things, when we are exhausted.

That’s why it is very important to find time for resting and holiday from time to time. No matter how much packed is your schedule, it should be your priority to squeeze at least one hour for yourself each day. Time, when all your tasks stop existing, but there are only you, your family and friends instead. And maybe some netflix session from time to time 😉

This might seem impossible at some times, but as you include these breaks in your schedule, you’ll be able to enjoy your free time without feeling guilty.

And now, let’s talk about holiday. Like a proper, at least couple of days off, where you go somewhere out of the town, or just stay at home, but forget that you have anything to do. And as having a couple of hours just for yourself might already seem to be quite impossible, holiday require some preparation in advance. First of all, you might try to squeeze as many extra tasks before your time out, so there are as less deadlines hanging on you as possible.

If your project requires you to do something regularly (like posting something on your website, preparing some courses, etc.), make it in advance and schedule for the right time. Also, if you have some projects which must be ready around your holiday time (like school assignments, work projects, etc.), get them done before, so you can have less on your mind during your break.

And the most important thing, if you are able not to take any new challenges for some time, just don’t take them. As you return, there will be a lot of time for this and your holiday will be fully yours at the same time.

This is what I would like to share with you in today’s post. I hope you enjoyed it and as always, I wish you a very productive day. I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

How to plan, when so many unexpected things happen?

Hi guys,

Today I would like to tell you about time management, when your daily routine is full of unexpected events, so you can’t really predict what is going to happen. I’ll explain it on my example: since I’ve started working, I never know when my shift is going to happen, as at the moment I am working through agency. This means that I will get a message each midday, whether I can go to work or not.

That makes me unable to plan what I intend to do today evening (especially that I will be in university till 4:30; having a shift tonight means that I have to go to work straight after).

And there might be many more situations of this kind. You might have children, who are unpredictable; you might have some health issues that make you unable to know, how are you going to feel each day, etc. In fact, as many people in the world, this many possibilities.

So if you are in this kind of situation, how can you achieve your long term goals? We already know, that incorporating tasks from you plan into your schedule is impossible, isn’t it? Well, not really. You just need to be a bit more clever than all these unexpected events. Let me explain, how am I trying to cope with this.

First of all, I always make sure that I plan two days at a time, and each of these days doesn’t have too many tasks scheduled. Seeing just two things to do is going to make you more likely to actualy do this. The other thing is, that I am trying to schedule for these days tasks, which I will be able to do in as many places as possible, or in the place, where I have to be any way.

For example, this post is a task, which I can write while I am commuting, at home or in uni. Or even during the break at my work. That makes it a perfect task for today. Similarly, as I am going to be in university any way and I will have my computer with me, I am able to work on some parts of my assignments. That gives me few tasks being checked today.

Similarly, if I have no work today, I’ve already scheduled some tasks for tomorrow and I can work on them instead. Having two light days of tasks ticked as done, gives me one quite productive day. And as soon as I’ll finish my day, I can plan next day again.

This way, I am not the most productive person in the world, but at least I am taking an advantage of all the available time I have. Although, I move towards my goals much slower than I wish to, I am still closer than if I would decide that I have no time and simply gave up.

This is the only tip I will share with you today, because I am taking advantage out of only this one. As I will try some more, I will let you know.

For now I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

How to overcome obstacles on the way to success

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about struggles on the way to achieving your goals. It might seem, that successful people’s life is easy. That everything comes right to them. However, in reality this is not the case. There is one main difference between people who manages to get everything and those who don’t. This difference is, how they see all these obstacles appearing on the way.

I can use my example as the way you shouldn’t do. I am trying to fight against it, too. When there is any problem to be faced, I am usually giving up (fortunately only for a while), instead of looking for some solution. I simply loose all the will to do anything. Sometimes my to-do list cause this kind of chain reaction. Especially now, when I found a job, which is kind of perfect for a time being, as this is the only I was able to find being almost 6 months pregnant. It does not provide any kind of development, but what I like about it, it is a night shift, so I am able to work, without resigning from my uni.

At the same time, having to work at night, attend classes and trying to keep up with my personal projects happened to be quite overwhelming. Being tired of pregnancy plays a role in this as well. That makes me give up very often. I just want to delete this blog and forget about my channel (which by the way has been left behind recently any way), till I will adjust to the new schedule. And this is very bad attitude, because this way I won’t be able to keep up with anything. Giving up is the worst thing people can do in any situation.

On the other hand, how would successful people look at all this? For them it would just be another challenge to deal with. A temporary difficulty. A way, to build stronger personality, to test their limits. And no matter, if they can manage, they will at least try to do their best. That makes them arrive at their goal at some point. Or, if they can’t help with everything, at least they are way ahead towards it.

And with this thought, I am going to leave you today. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

How to be creative? And what for?

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about creativity and it’s importance. I will also share some tips, how to train your creativity.

But before we’ll go to training, let me explain, why I think that creativity is important. If you’ve read my last post, about changes in job environment, you might know that with technological development a lot of professions might disappear. However, I do think that it doesn’t mean that skills you need to do these jobs will become useless. The only think is to find the other way to use them, in order to provide for yourself and your family. And here creativity will come in handy.

Even now, there are a lot of universities producing unemployed graduates with huge loans to be paid for their studies. Even if their job haven’t disappear, there are so many specialists in their field, that finding a good job is being considered something close to mirracle. And very often these educated young people are forced to take some low paid job, or to stay unemployed, hoping that they are going to be part of mirracle.

At the same time, there are some grduates with the same degree, who managed to create very well paid job for themself. They just used their creativity to fill a gap between what people need and what market has to offer to these people.

That’s why I do believe, that creativity is one of the most important skills (or maybe characteristics will be a better word) in today’s world.

Ok, but what can you do, when you are not creative at all? Firstly, I think that this is a pure lie. Each and every of us is creative. The only difference between people who succeed and these who don’t is what these people do with their ideas. One of the examples for that might be my friend. Around five years ago he wanted to write a story or, if it’d turned like this, a book. He had great idea, I had an opportunity to read some fragment and I really thought that it will be very good job. However, after few days, he decided that there is no point, there will be no one who would like to read it. And he gave up. But I still think, that only if he wouldn’t give up that time, now he would be a very good writer.

So this is the main point of this post: to realise, that all of us are creative. We just can’t believe that it would work, so we are leaving our ideas far behind, just wondering what would happen if we would try.

However, we are never so creative, that we cannot be any more. So I will present you some of my tips to boost your creativity (most of them I found on various YouTube channels and blog post, but as it was long time ago, I will not be able to mention where exactly).

First of these excercises is to create a problem each day and write as many solution to solve it as we can (I put my minimum as five). Examples of such problem might be: “I lost my job out of blue, what I am going to do?” or “I found that I no longer have place to live, what I am going to do?”. This examples are quite challenging, especially that you have to find five possible solutions to them. But you can choose something less depressing, like “I want to develop an application, what it will be?”.

Another thing, I do to feel more creative, is that I am writting all crazy ideas that come to my mind. Each of them will do, if only while having them I was thinking: “this is pointless”. And from this list I pick one and try to make it happen (by the way, this blog is one of these ideas and so is my YouTube channel). They not always turn out to be good ideas, but at least I tried.

And last, but not least, have a hobby which requires you to create something. It might be writting, painting, drawing, making movies, designing clothes, etc. You don’t have to show it to anyone, if you don’t want to. Just do it for yourself, and do everything crazy what will come to your mind with it. You’ll see the difference very quickly, trust me. And who knows? Maybe it will become one more skill to help you in the future?

And with this thought I am going to leave you today. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria