Why it is important to make good choices? And what, if we didn’t?

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about choices. As everything we are doing is a result of decission we have made at some point, being able to make a good choice is a very important skill. Things we are doing at the moment might have huge impact on our future life, either positive or negative. However, it is very often difficult to detrmine which of the possible options is the best and whether it is going to bring anything good into our lives.

There are also things, we just can’t predict. I’ve heard very often, when after some let’s say car accident where someone died, person who survived is blaming him or herself for this death. Even if this was something, what wasn’t anyone’s fault. But they have these thoughts in their heads like: “If only I have choosen the other way” or “If only I would agreed to change place with her” and so on.

There is always this if. But as in case of accidents we was not able to prevent it (of course if we weren’t this drunk driver speeding 150 miles per hour), certain actions will most likely bring some kind of results, which at the time of making decissions, we might not be aware of.

The good example are people who decide to start their business and spend all their free time working on it. They resign from contact with their family and friends, just to achieve this one goal. However, when their business turn out to be a great success (or failure), they is no one around them to share the joy or there is no one to give them a shoulder to cry on. Everything started, when they decided that working is the most important thing which they want to spend their time on, while they weren’t able to predict that they will be left alone with whatever outcome they will get.

I would like to share with you some tips on making good decissions in life, but I don’t know any of them. The only thing I can think of is to do research and analyse, but again, everyone’s life is different. You have to take the risk (as long as it will be wise risk) and go for your goals. However, it is also important to be ready to pay for consequences of your choices. I think, this is what makes you an adult. Being able to say: “Hey, sorry it was my mistake, what can I do to fix it?”. This make you a responsible person, even if your soul seems to stop at the age of three 😉

I will leave you with this thought today. I wish you a very productive day with only good choices and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

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Where shall I take motivation from?

Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about days, when you just can’t do anything. Whenever you think about doing any work, you have a feeling that this is not the day. Everything seems impossible.

I think that these kind of days are happening to all of us. We are just humans and we can’t work day after day. That’s why it is important to take some breaks sometimes. However, if this happens to us every day for a long time, we should analyse what is causing that. There might be a lot of reasons for this, starting from tiredness, the nature of our tasks (they might be not something what we really enjoy to do), fear of failure (it is better not to start, if I might fail) or success (what will people think?) and in the worse scenario: it might be one of the signs of burnt out or depression. The last one is the worst, as it is a serious problem and it is very important to get help, if it is the case.

However, if you are sure that depression is not the case, there are some steps you can take to make yourself more motivated. First of all, is to determine what is causing this kind of behaviour. Maybe it is just tiredness and the only thing you need to do is to take some holiday (you can read here to see my advises before taking a holiday). Or simply one week of break from these tasks should do the job.

A bit harder thing is fear. Why so? To realise that you are afraid (whether of failure or success) might be very tricky. You can have that feeling without realising it. I used to be worried about failing. Although, I knew that every attempt of leaving my comfort zone will be connected with fear, I didn’t realised that it was keeping me away from work for quite long time. Similarly, applying for my uni two years ago made me feel same: “What if I will not manage language wise?” or “What if I will not be able even to get to university?” and finally: “What will people around me say? Will they make a fun of me?”. These were just some of the questions didding my head. And do you know what? None of them was valid. Ok, at the beginning it was a bit hard for me to understand what lecturers are saying to us. But eventually, I am able to follow their speach without special effort. Almost as English were my mother language. Well, it looks like practice really makes pefect and if I wouldn’t try, I wouldn’t know till now.

If your problem is the nature of tasks, this might be also quite hard to handle in some cases. But what you might want to consider, is to change subject of you actions. If this is not possible at the moment, just find something what you love to do and incorporate it into your schedule. I know, including more work, while you can’t force yourself to complete current tasks seems a bit weird. But remember, it does not have to be another task. Try to go for something what you actually enjoy doing. Maybe a netflix session? Going for a walk with your family? Choose what suits you the most and enjoy! Having something what you are looking forward to might motivate you to work. Any way, you’ll just finish these tasks and you are going to spend amazing time, aren’t you?

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

Daria

Why to delegate or automate your work?

Hi guys,

Today I would like to tell you about getting help. Provided that your personal projects are developing well, you are going to have more and more tasks. If you turn them into the bussiness, there will be a lot of accountancy job, bussiness management things, etc. Plus, there might be some regular tasks, which you can automate or delegate to someone, like sending out your products to your customers and dealing with problems connected to it.

But why do you want to do this? You need to remember that in any kind of bussiness, if you are not moving forward, in reality you are going back. Not being able to provide new services or products to your clients will eventually make you stay behind your concurence. Because in today’s running world people are looking for newer and newer things and solution each day, whatever you are offering to the market at this moment will get outdated relatively quickly (like other companies will have it updated or customers will already have your product, so they will not need to buy another one).

Getting rid of unneccessary tasks will give you more time for work that really matters. You’ll be able to upgrade your service or product or come out with the new one, what will provide for you and your family, when your old product will become outdated.

The other thing are preferences. I wish to be able to go for holiday with my family or just spend time with them without worrying about work. Having too much on your head might make it impossible. At the moment, all of my project are not considered to be my source of income, yet. They are in early development stage. However, I am already trying to determine, which parts of them I would be able to delegate or automate in the future and how am I going to do this. And of course, it does not have to be your way. I know people who just love what they do and money is just a by-product of something they would be doing any way. I enjoy spending time on my projects as well, but at the same time I wouldn’t like them to become something what I have to do. Also, I would like to be able to provide for myself without having to go to regular work, where my shifts are set and there are only limited days off.

So if you are like me, I highly recommend you to start thinking about delegating and automating your work at planing stage of your work. As some solutions might require some special steps, you need to take in advance, it might save your time in the future.

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

Daria

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

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