Are failures pointless?

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about failures. What is my opinion about them and how to cope with their consequenses.

But before this, let me explain what is a failure in my understanding? I would consider anything as a failure, if two condition are met: I have to work on something myself and expectations I had before starting my job are not met at the end of it. What I mean by that? Let’s say, at the moment I am trying to set up my business and my expectation is that some day it will start being profitable. Now, if I want to decide whether it is a failure, I have to finish working on it. That means, if I will decide that my work is pointless and just resign and I will not get any profit out of it, I will say: “It was a failure”.

So let’s talk about the way, how to deal with it. To do so, I will take an example with setting up your company. So, you’ve spent a lot of time researching, preparing all resources needed to work, maybe you’ve created some product, stocked the warehouse with some materials to produce… so what now?

I can see two options, bad and good. Bad one is that you can just give up, forget and find a full-time job. Why is it bad? Because failures happen for some reason. They are a lesson you’ve got from life to learn from your mistakes. Giving up and forgetting means that you haven’t take chance of this opportunity. It is hard of course, but it will make you stronger and wiser, if you would like to try the other time.

Good one is to take an advantage of this lesson. Analyse problem and try to figure out what went wrong. If you would manage to figure out how to improve your actions next time (if you fell in debt, getting some full-time job temporary might be a good thing) and come up with another idea, you will be one step closer to succeed this time. Maybe you were just this only one step away when you failed?

And according to me, it is also a good thing, if you will learn your lesson, but decide that business is not your thing. I know many people, who wouldn’t start their business, just because they don’t want to cope with stress connected to it on a daily basis. And this is wise decission after all. If you were to do something you don’t enjoy and what exhaust you mentaly, it might be worth it to look for the other way and not to struggle.

I hope this post was helpful. This is it for today. I wish you very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

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How to get extra money from home

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about some ways to get money out of things, you already have in your home.

Although, working on your own business is a goal for many people, it usually takes a lot of time to set everything up, with small income or even no income at all in the beginning. At the same time, you still need to pay your bills and have something to eat. Or maybe you are working in full time job and work towards your business after you come back home, but you have some huge spendings ahead of you? Or you just want to finaly go for your dreamed holiday?

Whatever is the reason, extra money is always a good thing. Especially, if we can get it for stuff, we no longer use or just our abilities. Some of my ideas might be obvious, other a bit less, so let’s get right into the content.

Sell your clothes online

Let’s admitt it: all of us have at least one of these t-shirts that are folded neatly ib the bottom of the shelf, haven’t we? Or this pair of trousers from high school time, which will fit perfectly as soon as we lose some weight. I don’t want to be rude, but they probably will not. And not because I think you are fat or something, but just because our bodies change over the time, our taste also and it could happen that you will not like how they look on you any way.

Now it is the best time to get rid of them and earn some extra cash at the same time. Ready? Make some great photo shoots, upload them on some website (like ebay, shpock, etc. depending what works in your area) and let others use it. You need money any way, don’t you?

Use apps when you are grocery shopping

And I don’t mean filling up surveys, it will take some of your precious time. But let’s think what you have to do any way? Grocery shopping! What, if you have some app which will pay you some cash back? Well, here it is! There are multiple apps, which allows you to upload picture of your receipt and pay you small money for it (I use Receipt Hog, but I think it depends on where you live). Of course it won’t be huge amount and usually you have to reach some amount to be payed, but it takes just couple of minutes to do, so why not? Especially that you are grocery shopping regularly.

Create online product

Ok, this might sound weird. It takes quite a lot of time to create quality product. But here ONLINE is a key word. After spending some time creating it, you can just automate the way you sell it and get some extra cash each time someone purchases it. And it doesn’t have to be anything fancy: there could be printables, some ebook, maybe app… Whatever you are able to sell. The only thing you need is your computer… and some will to spend time on it πŸ˜‰ it is not quick, but will pay off eventualy.

Sell your crafts online

If you are arty person and create something all the time, maybe you should consider selling it online. Websites which work for clothes, usually work for other stuff too, so why not to make a use out of your hobby and declutter your home a bit at the same time? It is a win-win situation!

Keep putting change in the jar

Ok, this is not really getting an extra cash, but how many times did you loose coins out of your pocket? I do lose these coins regularly. Putting them in a jar, will save them. And belive me or not, but if you will fill the jar, you’ll have quite nice amount of money out of it. You can believe me!

And this is it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it! For now I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Responsibility in work world

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about a topic, which might seem not connected to any kind of productivity and motivation. However, as a person who is looking for motivation to work on my own service-related projects, I see it as a very important aspect of all I am doing. And this topic is: responsibility.

In our life we need to take responsibility for many aspects. As children, we take a responsibility for our grades, chores and behaviour; as adults we have bills to pay, possibly families to look after, work… This list might seem never ending. I personaly gained new responsibility recently, which is my son. Although, he is little now, I am already starting to thing about a plan to help him become the best version of himself in the future. All this can be a bit overwhelming. But today I would like to talk just about one aspect of responsibility, which is responsibility for your business.

It doesn’t really matter how big your company is, how many people you are employing and what your company does. Or it doesn’t even have to be a company, you could be a freelancer, or work for someone. Whatever you do, you should feel sense of responsibility for your work-related actions. I have met a lot of people for whos work is just a time spend in a work place and getting money for it. No matter, if they are doing any job or just playing around for all day. Also I saw businesses owners, for whom the most important thing is income, while quality of their products or services leaves a lot to improve.

So let’s make it clear, why responsibility is important in work world. To make it easier I divided it for three points of view:

Employee

If you are an employee, you might have a feeling that this is not your company, so you don’t need to care. The only problem is that this company is paying you for a work, which is required for company to survive. You still might think that it is not your problem, but when you look at your work place as like you would look for your source of income, you will quickly realise that success of company will help you keep your job.

Also there is another aspect: if you sign contract where you have specified to do certain job, but you are not doing it, means that you are steeling money from your employer. You are getting paid for something, you haven’t done.

Freelancer/one person company

Offering services or products to customer is connected to neccessity of providing the highest possible quality. First of all, you are responsible for your product. If customer will get hurt by your product (because for example some loose part), you will be charged for this. Second of all, if you will sell poor quality product to your customer, you might be sure that he will not come back to you (plus he will writte opinion about your product and get some other people to look for different source to get what they need).

Company owner

This includes same responsibilities as in case of freelancers, but additionally you are responsible for your employees safety and well being. First of all, you are responsible for making sure, that work is safe for people and take all actions to keep potential risks at minimum. But also you are responsible for their sustainance. Your bankrupcy means, that your employees will loose their jobs, they might be left with no money to provide for their families. Also delaying salaries might cause your employees to fall into debts, as bills need to be paid on time and everyone needs to eat.

This are all my thought in this topic. I hope you enjoyed it. As always I wish you very productive day and I will see you in my next post.

Daria

Turning hobby into the job – is it good idea?

Hi guys,

Today I will be talking about my thoughts about converting hobby into job (as you haven’t read it in the title of this post already πŸ˜‰ ). This might seem to be a perfect idea (at least to me it seemed to be so, till I started analysing it more), you are doing something what you love and you are getting paid for it. What can go wrong here?

And in some conditions it could be the perfect thing. But before I will explain to you what this conditions are, let me talk about possible dangers I can see in this situation.

Firstly, I understand hobby as something you do to relax and rest after all the struggles of everyday life. Some activity you do, to have fun, forget about your problems and everything what’s going on in your life. Considering hobby to be your source of income, you are adding some stress to it. You are not performing it just for sake of having fun, you need to be sure that it brings you money, so you can at least pay your bills and buy food.

The other thing is that you might work for someone and this will mean that you need to follow your boss’ vision on how to perform your thing. This could make you burn out quickly and simply – start hating your hobby. You wouldn’t like it this way, would you?

Even if you have your own bussiness, you still might find it difficult. Having your own company is connected to necessity of doing a lot of work not even similar to your hobby’s subject, like accountancy, book keeping, dealing with customer’s problems and taxes. All this might leave you with little time to actualy focus on your hobby and make you feel worse than if you were to work in someone’s company.

However, I can see two conditions, when having hobby as a job could work for me. First, is to set it up such a way that I can work on my own pace. Someone standing over my head and hurrying me up (whether boss or customer) would take all fun off of my hobby. It would turn it into normal nob-hobby job very quickly.

Second, is that I would like to have it as one of my sources of income, rather than the only one (or have a lot of savings, so it doesn’t make any difference any way). Again, just for peace of mind. So I don’t have to stretch myself too much to figure out how am I going to pay my rent or what am I going to eat for the entire month.

I believe that, if I would be able to find myself in the place, where both of this conditions are being met, this would bring a lot of peace of mind into my life. I know that money does not bring you happines and it is true. But they can ensure that you and your family have roof over your head, so it is worth it to carry about your incomes (and savings) at least a bit.

And this is everything for today’s post. I hope that you enjoyed reading it. As always I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

How to find hobby?

Hi guys,

Today I am returning after another break. It took me a lot of time to adjust to new routine, which becoming a mum forced on me. I thought I got it, but soon I’ve realised that “Naaah πŸ˜‰ “. Fortunately, it seems that we are getting there. I started to understand what each kind of my son crying means (yeah, children really have different kinds of crying, for different needs; amazing!) and life is starting to get a bit easier. At least till we’ll get to the teething stage πŸ˜‰

Although my son is the cutest human being to me and I could talk about him without any break (I know, I know… it sounds like every mother in the world), but he is not a subject of this post. Actually, I would like to talk about some aspect of life, probably every one had a problem with at least once. And this problem is: What to do?

Very often we hear from our friends or family members that they have an amazing hobby to spend time on. Even if we don’t know anyone with such hobby, we are bombarded with stories of successful people, who turned their hobby into work and they are earning money by doing what they love. I wouldn’t like to talk about my feelings about turning hobbies into job now (I might write another post on this subject, as it is actually quite interesting subject), but today I will focus on how to find a hobby, if we don’t have one. The way I will present to you just in a minute isn’t my invention (I actually saw itΒ here; video is in polish, but I will attempt to present you this idea).

Author of this video suggests to look around and find some interesting things, which could possibly become our hobby. We still are not sure, whether we are going to like it or not so we should give it a go and test it. If after 30 days of doing any particular activity we’ll decide that this is not your thing, you can simply leave it after this period of time and try another activity. However, if you will decide that this is something you really enjoy doing and you are looking forward to do it again, you spend more time on performing this activity while still looking for other.

Why 30 days? This time will allow you to decide, if you like doing something. Sometimes beginning is hard and as soon as you will start understanding basic rules of doing this activity, you are starting to enjoy it. Or some activity will seem to be perfect, but as soon as you will start learning more about it, you might actually realise that you don’t like to do it any more.

Why shouldn’t you stop searching? You have found your dreamed activity, so why should you? Well, you are right, but at the same time, you found it because you’ve tried. How do you know, if there isn’t any better activity? Or maybe you will like something as much as this first one? This way, you might be sure that you are doing things you have chosen, not because of someone advised you. You’ve tried it yourself, so you know that given activities are perfect to such unique human being, which you are.

I haven’t tried this technique yet. I’ve presented it today, but I will share my opinion on it after testing and when I’ll have some thoughts. I have already prepared list of potential activities I can try and wish me good luck πŸ˜‰

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

Daria

How do I plan and why?

Hi guys,

As I said last time, today I am going to share with you the way I am planning my tasks. I was supposed to prepare it for Friday, but my son decided that he is not going to sleep for longer than an hour at the time, so I was not able to finish it by then. Any way, here it is πŸ˜‰

If you are follower of my blog for a longer period of time, you could see my older post, where I explained it generaly. Tools I am using are Nozbe app and bullet journal. You might ask, why do I use both of them? Let me explain. First of all, I’ve been searching for a long time, before I found an app I really like. A lot of them, were good, but there was always some aspect missing, which for me was crucial. When I first came across Nozbe – it was just love from the first use πŸ˜‰ It was so simple to add projects, tasks within them, reschedule. It allows me to see my tasks by project or day, it automatically generates list of overdue tasks. There are just two words to describe it: almost perfect.

While I was searching for a perfect app, I’ve been using only a bullet journal. It was perfect way for me to plan, as I could include whatever spereads I need, assign as much space for each feature as I want and it lets my creativity live. However, there were things, which made me look for a new solution. One of them is the fact, that I haven’t taken my notebook with me all the time. When I went to shop or for a walk, my notebook stayed at home. As I thought about something I should do on any of these journeys, I could either go back home and note it, write it on any piece of paper (or my phone) or I would just forget it. As I am the person, who carry her phone always when she can, I needed an app allowing me to add tasks on my device. The other thing was rescheduling. As I started my work through agency, I couldn’t make my schedule strict any more. Very often I needed to reschedule some tasks, or move them from the next day to current one, if I weren’t going to work at that day. All this made my bullet journal looking bad and simply distracting me from actual goals and tasks.

So why Nozbe? Nozbe gave me a lot of flexibility. There are options to add tasks by sending email (I used it few times already, while visiting my family with my phone being dead), creating as many projects and tasks as I need, simply adding, removing them and rescheduling. But also it allows me to view them by projects, categories, or just days – whatever I need to see at the time. It also allows me to syncronize your computer, mobile phone and other devices, but also log in through internet browser on any other device, where Nozbe might not be installed. All this saves me a lot of times.

However, Nozbe doesn’t allow me to see what have been done at any period of time easily. They provide some general reports (if you wish them and they are being sent to your email for free), but they don’t serve me as I wish. Also, sometimes happen that my battery is dead and I have no other device available, that time my bullet journal plays it’s role. And of course, working on creative aspect of me is very important thing.

So how I make these two tools work together? Whenever I am on the go and there is new task to be done popping out in my head, I am adding it either to project called Inbox in Nozbe or to monthly master to-do list in my bullet journal. Every evening I am assigning each of these tasks to right date and in case of my app, to each project. If there are any tasks for the next month, I am keeping them in inbox (in case of bullet journal they are written in year at a glance spread) and when I am planning that month, it is when I am assigning them to right date.

Also, every Sunday, I am assinging tasks for the following week. As at the moment I can’t really tell how much time I am going to have each day, I am prioritizing 5 tasks which I have to do (in the worse case scenario, when my partner is back) and rest is being rescheduled for the other day. Fortunately, there are not that many days, when my son doesn’t sleep for at least three hours at the time, so mostly I am able to accomplish all or almost all what I plan.

It might seem a lot of work, especialy with setting up my bullet journal and planning every day. However, in reality, every day I spend up to half an hour on assigning tasks (except for Sunday, when it takes me up to one hour) and setting up my bullet journal is actualy great way for me to relax. Also, by doing it in advance, I don’t have to do all at the time and I can actualy have some days off too. So this doesn’t cause any stress to me.

I hope that this post explained, how do I plan and turned out to be usefull for you. I will tell you in more details about mh bullet journal itself, but that’s all for today’s post. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Life in 3-hours intervals and full of unpredictable events

Hi guys,

Today it is a week, since my son came home from hospital. I won’t lie, our family’s life turned of whole 180Β°. Trip for shopping or to the bank became the big adventure and really hard task. Sleep? Well, I used to complain about lack of sleep before, but now I just miss that time.

But the biggest change in my life is having to do everything in 3 hours intervals (as every four hours approx my son is waking up and feeding, changing nappies and just talking to him takes around 1 hour). This gives me six three hours slots, when I can get anything done. Usually, three of them are already booked for sleeping and doing some work around house, so I am getting nine hours in total to carry on my tasks. I am well behind with my tasks again and first few days I wasn’t able to do anything. I needed to adjust to the new situation.

But today I am going to talk about working in 3 hours intervals. Basically, there are no full 3 hours, as I need to eat also, have some tea or coffee. But just to make it easier, let’s assume for simplicity, that this is the case.

Being so time-restricted, I needed to start planning very well (post on how I do this will appear on Friday). I can’t afford just sitting and doing nothing, as I would wake up in extremely dirty home and with tasks to do from one year before (now it is just one month, but I started getting on top of it πŸ˜‰ ).

Generally speaking, having a plan in my situation (much more detailed than it used to be) is esential. I have been asked by my friends, why I am wasting so much time for planning though? The answer is simple, to be able to work more efficient, when I have a chance. Also, I have to be much more prepared for distractions and changes of plans. Sometimes my little one have a problem with digesting food he has just eaten, so he needs me to comfort him, while he struggles, sometimes he is not well.

Today’s post is very short and general, just to allow me to get back on track after another break. I hope you enjoyed it any way.

Also, as always, I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Three lessons I’ve learnt over the last week

Hi guys,

Today, I’ve decided to start posting again, but instead of sharing my tips on any subject, I will tell you what I’ve learnt during the last week. So let me jump right into it.

Lesson 1:

First thing I’ve learnt is that stressing out does not help you. And I knew it before (probably each of us did), but I am the kind of person who get stressed any way. However, when my delivery sterted, I managed to keep relatively calm. I mean, I was a bit nervous (even if it was amonth before the due date, I was sure my baby will be delivered that day), but I was able to think clearly and co-ordinate my dad and my husband, while we were leaving to the hospital. I can’t say, the one thing that saved me, was that I had no idea that my symptoms are not normal at all. This helped me and my baby to go through all this process much easier than we would otherwise. What does it have to do with productivity? Very often we are getting stressed and amount of things to do makes us feel overwhelmed. The truth is that stressing out will not help us. Actualy it will do completely otherwise. The best thing we can do, is to take any action to handle this hard situation. Stressing will waste our valuable time, we could use to make our situation better.

Lesson 2:

Another quite important thing is that you can go through much more than you think. Sometimes we are worrying about some situations which are going to be hard. We make up possible scenarios and try to predict how we are going to react. In most cases we include the worst possible options. But what I have learnt, even the worst scenario is something, which you are able to survive. It might be hard, sometimes you could thing that this is too much already, but remember not to give up. Eventually, you will sort out everything and you will be able to see, that in reality it wasn’t as bad and the whole experience made you stronger than you have ever been.

Lesson 3:

Last, but not least lesson is that your plans might turn out useless. Something can happen and you will have to leave everything what you wanted to do. But no matter what, you will be able to carry on afterwards. And that time, having your list with all this overdue tasks will be life saving. Just remember that some of the things might be already not worthed touching. Just spend some time to revise all the things you have to do and get rid of all this tasks, which are not important any more.

And that’s it for today’s post. I hope it will be helpful for you and there is some value you can carry on with. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Huge news!

Hi guys,

Today, my little boy has been born. 1 month premature, but healthy. The only thing is that he has to put on some weight, other than that he is just fine. As he will stay a bit longer in hospital, I am going to take a short break to be able as long as we need together. I hope you will understand that, as I haven’t got opportunity to make up my tasks yet, I will most likely not manage to keep any regularity.

I wish you a very productive day and I see you in my next post.

Daria

What I want to do before giving birth?

Hi guys,

Today is a very special day for me. I’ve managed to make up all my tasks (that’s why this post is being uploaded later that usually, but I hoped to be able to share this with you). It has been very hard two weeks and I will try and make sure that I will not get so behind any more (well, everyone is saying that my world will turn around when my son is going to be born and they are probably right). That’s why my plan for now is to prepare.

I don’t know if you remember my post about holiday where I shared some tips on preparing for taking longer break. One of the tips was to get some tasks done in advance. And this is exactly what I am going to do before delivery (which can actualy happen very soon). I have also realised that we are completely unprepared for a little human being to come, literally we have nothing. So this is the priority task for now: to equip our son properly.

I used to be very scared at the beginning, as even if I wanted a child very badly, I had doubts if we are able to cope with all new responsibilities. And I will not lie, I am still scared. I don’t think you can ever be ready for a baby. But having this small feet kicking me each day, seeing my bump moving as my baby is changing position and even playing with my son (really, it is possible to play with a baby in your tummy; I’ve never believed in that) makes me more confident. I know I won’t be a perfect mother, but the only thing I know for sure, is that I am going to do my best.

And just to ease my mind I want to have as much work done as possible. It will allow me to spend these early weeks of his life with my son, without worrying too much about things to do. Of course, I can’t do everything in advance, but at least I will sort out posts for this blog, so I can just have them ready to upload. Also episodes for my channel (with episodes is easier, as each of them is a next part of one series, so I just need to schedule them for each Friday). This will keep my projects going, without me spending time on them. When I will have holiday to look after my son.

So these are my plans for the next couple of weeks (or maybe a bit longer). I will prepare post about my planning schedule as well and it will be uploaded on Monday or Wednesday (preparing screenshots and pictures will make it a bit more time-consuming, but I hope you will like it).

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

Daria