Motivational thought instead of post ;)

Hi guys,

Today I have had a lot of unexpected appointments and events. I am starting this post on my way to work and today I haven’t got time (and head) to sit in the morning and write a proper post. But as I promised to myself to stick to my schedule, I’ve decided to write at least an explanation. So you know that I haven’t disappeared.

But just not to leave you without nothing, I am going to share one thought with you. I hope it will motivate at least some of you: if you think that it is as bad as it can’t be any worse and you are thinking to give up – don’t do it! You never know what life is going to throw at you. And maybe next day, you will get news, that will change everything. Just keep going and take an action, to be able to see a better tomorrow and never loose hope.

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

Daria

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Motivation and will-power. What is more important?

Hi guys,

Today I am going to talk about will-power and motivation. This is something, what every productive person should be working on. But before I will get to the right topic, I will tell you what will-power and motivation mean according to me.

Will-power is a level of determination in the process of achieving something. It might be your goal, getting rid of bad habit, increasing performance at work… As stronger your will power is, as more likely you are going to overcome difficulties on your way. I have heard opinion, that will-power and motivation is the same thing, however I believe, that motivation is some kind of picture showing result of your work. For example, you might be working 16 hours a day, because you want to be reach. And in this case being reach will be your motivation. On the other hand, if so long work hours will make you extremely tired, but any way you are going to push yourself; or everyone tells you that this way you are not going to become reach, but even if you believe it sometimes, you still keep going – this is a will-power in my eyes.

So these is the difference. In this post I would like to tell you, why improving will-power might help you and why motivation can work against you sometimes.

Let’s start from this second one. Having some reason to work toward your goal is very important. It can help you beat procrastination (when you’ll be asking yourself, why should you do this particular activity, you can just picture this brand new car, you have always dreamed about). But sometimes it can make you lost. Imagine situation, when you have decided to save money for a new car. But instead of thinking how to earn more money, or where possibly could you cut your costs, you keep thinking about this car instead. How nice you would feel driving it, which places would you be able to visit, etc. And because of it, you are not getting closer to your goal.

On the other hand, when you are determined and you use your will-power to picture your motivation and quickly come back to following your goals, you are more likely to achieve it. Just because you are taking some actions to get there. And even, if one thing you kept doing didn’t work, you will quickly imagine this car and right away start thinking about other option to save enough money for it.

I used example with the car, but it could be anything. You might dream to become a doctor. But if you don’t have enough will-power to spend some time on preparing to your exams, your chances are very low (at least I hope so, because who would like to be checked by doctor without a basic knowledge 😉 ).

But in that case, why do you need motivation at all? It seems to be quite harmful, doesn’t it? Well, as I mentioned before, you would like to make sure that you know where you are going. You need something to remind yourself, why this hard work now is worth it. You might also consider that your journey will not always be as easy. And having this motivation will be life-saving in that moments.

And this is it for today’s post. I hope it is helpful for you and as always, I will be happy to read your opinion in the comment section.

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

Daria

What helps me to stop smoking?

Hi guys,

Today is my day off again, as my schedule changed again. And although I have to work during the weekend now, it is more convinient for me to have a Friday for me. First of all, I can get all my things in hospital and other offices sorted, without neccesity of taking a day of, but also it is better for me to have some time to work on my projects, while other people are in work (this is because me and my husband are renting just a room in a shared home, so sometimes it is getting a bit loudly). I don’t mind having people around when I do my work, but recording when there are a lot of sounds in the background is quite annoying (especially, that my microphone is not very professional).

And, as I usually do, when I have a day off, today I have spent eight hours working on my computer and getting my stuff done. But, because I started at 5am (I haven’t started my challenge again; simply something woke me up early), I was done by 1pm. And I realised one thing: if I can put all my heart into something, I really can succeed. Today I realised, that since my post about leaving smoking (so almost two weeks) I haven’t stop smoking (it woud be huge lie), but I reduced amount of cigarettes to just one before going to bed. And although going through the day is being very hard sometimes (especially during day off, when I have to keep distracting myself from smoking), I am able to manage it. In the evening it’s much harder, as need for nicotine keeps me awake, that’s why I decided to keep this one cigarette a day in my routine.

But what is the greatest thing in all this situation, is that even smoking this cigarette doesn’t make me break my rule all the way. And even though I will still need to get rid of it as soon as my brain will get used to much lower intake of nicotine, I count it as a huge achievement.

As I have tried a lot of things to stop, and it didn’t work for me, I will give you some advise, which might help you (remember, that every one is different; but it will not harm to try): if you are trying to stop, try to keep one cigarette during the day. The one, which is the hardest to get rid of (like in my case, before bed; but it might be different time for you) and any time when you want to smoke other time than this agreed one, just simply tell yourself: “Look, there are only X hours left, after you can smoke”. Next time, simply: “Ok, last time it was X hours, now is X- (whatever it is). You did so great, just let’s do something, so time will pass” and so on. And make sure you have some hard candy by you or any other snack of your choice. While talking to yourself (it sound a bit mad; but my dad used to say: sometimes I have to talk yo myself, otherwise I would never talk to anyone on my level 😉 ), just put a candy in your mouth and try to get distracted by anything.

And it is not proven by medicine, for me smoking so much as I did and one cigarette now, is like going from the Earth to the moon and back. Just unbelievable! And as this small success will become normal for you, getting rid of one cigarette a day will be easy. You already eliminated so many, didn’t you?

It works for me. Just knowing, that I am going to smoke this one time a day, makes me more calmer. And I believe, that sooner than later, I will be able to say with huge pride: “I stopped smoking by myself”.

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

Daria

How to work on personal project, when there is so much to do? (6 steps I’ve taken)

Hi guys,

Today, I would like to focus on how can you do some stuff on side, if you have full time job, family to look after and many other things to take care of. For me, it seemed to be impossible at some point. I usually came back from work and the only thing I wanted to do is to take shower, eat something and go to the bed. But still, I needed to cook, do some cleaning and when I was done with it, it became insanely late already.

Basically, at the moment I am starting my job at 2 pm and I am done by 10 pm, so when I am home, it is easily 10-11 pm. And this was my excuse for not doing anything after that. Of course, in the morning I couldn’t do anything, as I had to prepare food, so it wouldn’t take me too long to cook in the evening and generally get ready for work. And in the evening I used to make sure that food is ready, take shower and just go to the bed. At least this is what I believed at that time.

So now I would like to share with you some steps I have take to change this situation.

STEP 1: Track how do you spend your time and determine where it goes

This might seem easy and pointless. But it isn’t. If you will be honest with yourself, you might realise that you have a lot of time spend on activities, you are not even aware of. When I first started tracking, I decided not to see results for one week. And when seven days passed, I got shocked. Each day I have spent at least 2-3 hours watching next episodes on Netflix or YouTube; I was sitting and doing literally nothing for at least half an hour each day. And although amount of this time spent at not being productive was so huge, I wasn’t aware that I am doing this at all. And I haven’t even mentioned how much time I have spent on scrolling through my social media…

Step 2: Minimise an amount of time spent on unproductive activities

Tracking my time helped me also determine, when I am wasting hours out of my time. And I simply made sure that I have some productive tasks scheduled for this part of the day. I also make sure that there will be a reminder refreshing my memory. There is still problem of procrastination, by having my phone screaming to me, that this is time to get work done, I am forcing myself, to shorten my Netflix session (usually, one episode does pretty well as well). And to reduce time spent on scrolling through my social media, I have scheduled a time for this particular activity. I have also removed spamming and not really useful users and simply stopped following them. So my news feed became much shorter and my scheduled time is more than enough to go through it.

Step 3: Find some time for activities you reduced

This have been mentioned in previous step, but for me it turned out to be very helpful to reduce time spent on other activities instead of eliminating them completely. I had an attempt to stop doing them, but usually I used to fail. Having this scheduled time for these activities just make me stick to the new way of living.

Step 4: Sleep less

And this will not work for everyone. If you already sleep only 4 hours, this advise is completely reversed for you: “Sleep more!”. However, if you are like me and you like to sleep for 12 hours each day, consider reducing it to 8 hours. I did it and I have gained 4 hours of awake time each day. And guess what? I am still rested. But remember, don’t reduce it too much. Being sleepy will reduce sharpness of your brain and it will make it harder to stay focused. This way, even if you’ll get this extra hours, you are most likely to get much less work done too.

Step 5: Try to prepare meals for at least two days

This was just amazing for me. Cooking bigger amounts of food doesn’t take much more time, but saves you a time the next day. This way, instead of spending one hour each day on cooking, you are going to spend one hour every other day. This is definitely a good deal.

Step 6: Take an advantage from your commuting time

Are you travelling to work by train, or just walk? You can always find some podcast to listen on the way. This will not slow you and at the same time, you can get skills which will help you in things you want to do as your personal project.

And these are all advises I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed it and that they will be helpful for you. If you have any other advises, I will be happy to read them in the comment section.

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

Daria

Work with what you have and look for opportunities

Hi guys,

Today is a very exciting day for me, as my first video has been scheduled! It is not perfect (especially that I can’t speak English properly while I am stressed; and quality of montage… well) and I have been thinking for a long time to reschedule it for the next Sunday, just to make it better. And I almost did it, but as I was about to go for it, when I have got notified about this post. I commented on it and as I posted my opinion, I have realised, that “girl, something goes wrong!”

Basically that post is about ideas and taking actions for them; and costs connected to both of this things. And I understood, that I am waiting with my upload for a better time, till video will be perfect. But I forgot, that perfection will come with the experience. And how am I going to get experience, if I am not going to start?

So yesterday, for the last time I have rescheduled my video and this time I have actually uploaded it. And this is how the idea for this post has been born.

Having an idea and taking action towards it, are two things needed at the same time. You can have an idea and keep waiting till something happen, till time will be better and finally till you will become perfect. But reality is harsh. This perfect moment might never come. You want to invest first to increase quality of your product, but you have to save some funds for it, but are you sure, you’ll be able to do this?

I have decided, that it might not happen in my case. There is always a lot of things to do, a lot of spending and finally not enough time in one day, so now I know, that good time will never come. So I just started with what I have. Quality of my videos? I can always correct it after, when I will be able to afford for microphone I want or for better software to record my video. Now I have what I have and I am going to make a good use of it.

And this is my advice for you. If you have an idea, Just try to start. Maybe it will not be perfect at first, but go for it. If you will keep pushing it away, this great idea might never be seen by the world. Do you want to take this risk?

And today’s post is very short, I know. But for now I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria