Have at least 1 hour of ‘working for your future’ every day

Hi guys,

Today I would procceed to explain my 2020 resolutions. As you’ve already seen by the title, I am going to handle in this post having a 1 hour of work for the future. But before I’ll explain why I’ve decided to have this resolution, I’ll try to explain you what I actually mean by working for the future.

As I mentioned in my very old posts, my my goal is to have a passive income, which will allow me not to have to work any more. I don’t intend to stop working in the closest future, but I just want to have this possibility if I want.

To create a passive income, you could have to ways: you can invest money, which is not an option for me (at least not at this point of my life) or invest time for working on such projects, which will keep bringing you money afterwards, without you spending time on them any more. As I am going for this second option, I work on certain projects, which I call projects for the future.

So why I made it as a 2020 resolution? Answer is simple: because I started working on some projects in 2019, but I haven’t been consistent. There were days (before my son was born) when I’ve spent 8 or even 10 hours in one day working on it, but after it has been left for months and months. This way of handling it was a huge time wasting. When I returned to work after very long break, I had to spend at least 1 hour to figure out what have I done so far, go through all my notes I’ve made on the way. Spending just an hour every day, will not allow me to forget about my progress, so although I work just 1 hour a day, it is a very productive hour (it depends on the fact, whether my son sleeps for the whole hour, but any way, my son will be priority no matter what).

Also, having to be focused just for 1 hour doesn’t seem as hard, as if I were to schedule 5 hour in one day a week. And any way, if I can work longer, there is no problem with that either. 1 hour is just minimum of the effort I intend to make during 2020.

That’s it for today’s post. Please keep your fingers crossed that I will actually manage to make this resolution happen. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

Keep your bullet journal with you at all times and set it up before you are going to use it.

Hi guys,

Today I will continue my little series about New Year resolution. As you must have seen in the title of this post, I will explain why I’ve decided to include keeping my set up bullet journal with me where ever I’ll go.

Let’s get right into the topic. Firstly, why bullet journal? And answer for that is very simple. As the idea of bullet journal is that you are designing it by yourself, it gives me flexibility to include everything I need in one place. Also, I can alter the amount of place needed each month for my planning accordingly to the amount of things I have to do. Thanks to that, I can’t run out of the space and be forced to keep writing my important things in random places and have to look for them when I need it. On the other hand, there is no waste of space when I don’t need as much space as I could have in pre printed planner.

Another advantage in my opinion is that process of setting it up itself is very relaxing. This year I’ve decided to make my bullet journal very colourful, with a theme for each month and a lot of doodles. This way I hope to practice drawing (at least exercise my hand to be able to make decent simple pictures). This was one of the reasons, why I went for a traditional journal, instead of any app (they are apps for bullet journaling available too, if you are more of I-keep-everything-online person). The other reason is, that I am not relying on battery level in my phone. I don’t have to be worry that, if app I am using will disappear from the market, all my schedules, plans, etc. will be gone with it.

Very important thing in my opinion is the fact that drawing and playing with colours in my bullet journal really boost my creativity, which is very important for me now, as I am working on my own apps. It will require a lot of decisions to be made, problems to solve and ideas, which will allow me to make my app a decent product. Creativity will be very appreciated, when I will run over a difficult problem.

Also by setting it regularly, I hope to work on my responsibility. As you might have noticed, there are a lot of things ‘I will do’ and I mostly end up not even starting them. Having this one thing I have to do on a monthly basis, is a beginning of working on my personality. But this is a subject for another post.

Let’s get into the part of keeping my bullet journal with my all the time. There are a lot of situation in my life, when idea comes to my mind. Although, I do all my best to remember it, I tend to let it be replaced by every day things. Having my bullet journal with me, will allow me to record everything and think about sense of it whenever I’ll have some time to spare. This way, I hope to be more focused on present, instead of trying to think about the future. Having it set up upfront will make prepared for anything popping out throughout the day (hopefully).

I hope that this short post explained you the reason, why having bullet journal on hand is so important that it became my 2020 resolution.

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

Daria

Have a list of projects, but focus on maximum two at the time

Hi guys,

Today I would like to explain you one of my 2020 resolutions. It might seem obvious for some of you, others might be thinking why this kind of resolution? So let me explain you what have made me to make this decision.

If you have read my oldest post, you might realised that I’ve been trying to get a lot of things at the same time. Because of this my to-do list has grown to huge sizes. There was no chance to complete even half of the task I had, although I haven’t got a child at the time. It was just too many things I’ve been working on.

And the biggest problem was that I still kept having new ideas and wanted to incorporate them in my over filled schedule. There was always something I potentially could do. The only problem was time, so I kept ending up not focusing on any of my projects properly and not getting anything done. I’ve always had the feeling that I will miss great opportunity, if I will not at least try. And this circle was going on continuously.

That’s why one of my New Year resolutions is to have a list of projects, but focus on two at the time. This way, I will not forget about any ‘great’ idea, but I will have to complete at least these, which might be useful or provide my development. When I complete one thing (or after three monts I’ll decide that it wasn’t the best of the ideas), I’ll pick another project to focus on.

At the moment, I am working on two projects: I am setting up my YouTube channel (I know, I keep talking about it for a long time, but now you know why it never worked) and I work on my app (well, actually it will be just a website at first; as it will start running, I will work on a mobile version of it).

Having just two important things, I can each day include at least a small task bringing me closer completing them (and I can actually manage to get these tasks done). This small change has made me much less stressed and motivated to work towards my goals.

And new ideas? There are plenty of them. But now they are out of my mind in my bullet journal waiting for their turn.

With this thought I would like to finish this post. I wish you a very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.

Daria

2019 review – what have happened and how it has changed my life

Hi guys,

Or maybe better welcome again? I haven’t been posting for a long long time. And here I am. With new energy and ready to start all over again.

Was it a burn out? Definitely not. There were just a lot of circumstances, which made me extremely drained and posting would make my plate over filled. I needed to put my life together first, just to be able to come back once and for good. And I can’t say I did it already, but I hope I’ve gotten on a right path finally.

But what have actually happened? Why I couldn’t find at least a bit time to say that I am alive, that everything is going on well? Let’s be honest. I could find a time for this, but before informing you, I wanted to think what to do first. No more promises, just actions. So before I’ll let you know about my plans for 2020, I will quickly give you some insight into my 2019. Here are some of the main events that changed my life:

My son was born

This is probably the most life changing thing that could ever happen – new addition to the family. This small human being, who becomes your bigger love since the day you are pregnant, the most energy draining ‘chore’ you have, like an 24 hours 7 days a week job. No holiday, no doctor’s leave.

At the end of the day, you start thinking that you can’t do it any more and again there is a crying coming from the cot. You take this little guy, who wraps his hands around your neck and fall asleep momentarily. You put him back into the cot, with “sshhhh” sound and you get a smile in a sleep. And for this one little smile, it is all worth it.

Of course, don’t get me wrong. Maternity does not contain only hard things (I mention them just to show how easy is to forget about them). There are much more good moments. First smiles, first laugh, first word… There are the times when my baby falls asleep in my arms and I can’t stop looking at his perfect face, although I am drained myself. Small little hand going in your direction, when he see you after a long time (five minutes in the bathroom is already too much 😉).

All parents out there have a clue how my child changed my life. How many new responsibilities are you getting with just a tiny human. But at the same time, my son became my biggest motivation. He is the one, who makes me get up from bed each morning; he is the one, for who I am ready to hustle, as long as I will be able to spend time with him; and finally, he is the one, who’s future matter to me.

I have moved – twice

For those who have been here for longer, you knew that I moved the home in February. However, we had to move right before Christmas too, as our old place have been sold. This was a great challenge. Especially with the little one, who finally could enjoy presence of both parents for the entire days.

I started a full time job

Also, if you have read my old posts, you know that when I found out that I am pregnant, I’ve lost my old job (officially not lost, but got my hours reduced to 3/week). So I’ve started to work during the weekends through agency and stopped whren my son was born. Having him in a NICU, we both could not work. My partner took off (unpaid), had to wait till I return to work till my son is a out of hospital and at least a bot older. But when he was around 4 months, there was no choice. We were simply not managing it. I had to go back to work in the weekend (which haven’t helped much, but was better than nothing) to finally find a full time job, which is perfect, because I work when my son is sleeping any way.

I took a gap year in my university

This time I already had too much on my plate. I was working full time at nights, looking after my son during day time. Losing two of those days each week, were just too much for me. I was missing this little guy too much. And I don’t think it was easy for him either. Yes, I am in my gap year.

Our finances went on minus

Yes, this is a hard thing. Having baby born comes with many new spending which you can’t think beforehand (especially if this is your first baby). Being unemployed and with my husband not working for good 1 month (when my son was in hospital and a bit after), forced us to borrow some money from our friends, so we could make it. We are still paying it back, but slowly getting to the point, where we are ok.


And here is the time to come to my 2020 resolutions. There are only few of them, so I can focus on them and actually be able to say that I did it. Let me just put them in a bullets today, as times goes, I will explain what some of them means to me and how I think it will help me:

  • Get debt free
  • Have list of projects, but focus on maximum two at the time
  • Keep your bullet journal with you at all times, set up it before the time, when you are going to use it
  • Have a 1 hour of “working for your future” every day
  • Spend as much quality time with your son, as it is possible
  • Set up a routine, which is working for everyone at home and stick to it
  • Save at least £5000 by the end of 2020

These are all of my 2020 resolutions. Some of them are obvious, some will be explained in following posts. I hope you enjoyed this post. Since now, there will be one post each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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

Daria