Why to plan, If I am going to change them over the time?

Hi guys,

Last three posts have been about planning for the New Year: setting your goals and working on them to actually achieve them. This topic is very long and we touched it just a bit. To go very deep into it, we could spend hundreds of posts on explaining various ways of planning for different people. As I’ve mentioned before, each of us is different. All of us are at different stage of life, experiencing different responsibilities, having different priorities, facing various difficulties… All of this makes different solutions more suitable for each of us. As I am not an expert, I don’t want to tell you what you should do and I am not able to give you any direction, which will lead you towards your goal for sure. In my opinion, there is no one solution, which will be perfect for everyone.

However, today I would like to focus on something else, which is actually connected with planning. As I was going to bed last night, I’ve decided to watch something on YouTube, before I will fall asleep. I saw an episode of a of Mateusz Kupilas’s podcast. He summarises his 2018 year. But he said very important thing (which will not be quoted here, just paraphrased). He said, that he never found himself in a situation, when at the end of the year, he thought that he from the past was right, while planning this year. That his goals and things he wants to achieve changed over the year. (If you are interested, here is a link toΒ Mateusz Kupilas’s video, which is in polish and maybe I don’t know where to look for but I couldn’t find subtitles).

So after hearing such statement, there is one question popping up into the head, which is: “If everything change, what is the point of planning ahead?”. In mentioned above video, this question is answered too. The whole point of planning is actually quite crucial, as it is a kick start for our action.

And I can agree with that completely. Of course each of us is going to keep changing. Each event happening in our life makes us a bit different, some situations change our priorities. We are getting older too. This makes us more experienced, we are more likely to think about settling down (no matter what that means for us). As we go we can realise, that what we wanted so much at the beginning of the year, might loose on it’s importance as we go. Or it might be same important, but there is something else being more important and will be better to focus on it at first.

That’s why it is important to look at your plan as at something which is going to change. If it will not, you know what to do. Otherwise, you can just adjust it a bit to your needs. Make sure that it will not put your down. After thinking a bit on this subject, I see my plan as a map shown on GPS. As you travel, it might change proposed way, as there might be some accident, or maybe it will find some solution, which will lead you quicker and easier to your destination.

That’s why, it is very important to me to plan my goal and some steps to achieve them. As I go, I might realise, that steps I need to take are not the best for me for some reason, but at the same time I might find the other way to achieve my goal. And if it will be more convenient at that time, of course I am going to go for it. Any way, I will get to the same point, eventually.

Before I’ll end this post, I would like to share one more advice (or maybe not advice, you can decide how are you going to look at this), but try to make your life as constant search. I’ve learnt this from my experience. If you think, that something is not for you, just change it for something else. Look for other solutions, for small things you might change. And I can promise you, that you will end up with ideas, which are meant for you. They will cause a drill each time, when you’ll think about them. The only thing is, that you have to give them a chance, see if after going through the rough time (which will most likely come, when starting new things), that this doesn’t mean that this is not for you. Very often beginnings are hard, what is going to happen after is important. But remember also, that each experience will teach you some lesson. Even if this lesson will be that this particular thing is not for you.

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

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Happy New Year! And 2018 resolutions :)

Hi guys,

As this end of the year was just crazy, full of unexpected events, guests and many, many beautifull moments, I’ve decided to take break (well, not first time, any way). People, who I haven’t seen for ages came to share this special time with me. Huge surprise, but how amazing at the same time!

Any way, today, while everyone is getting ready for New Year’s party, I’ve decided to use this time to write something for you, guys. First of all: Happy 2018 Year! I wish all your dreams will come true this year and I hope that this 2017 year, we are saying goodbye to, left some great memories in your hearts.

Tomorrow, we are going to start with new, blank page to write on. When I was a child, I liked to think about new year like this. Everything what have been good in all years was kept in memory, but all bad things have been forgotten. That time I was writting in my journal. Everything what happened each day, used to be documented. And by everything, I mean everything. I went to school – in my journal; I ate chocolate bar for snack – in my journal; even I thought at some point of the day, that it would be nice if it were snowing – guess what? – I can read it now, in my journal πŸ˜€ So unexpected, isn’t it πŸ˜€

I’ve lost my point: every year I used to buy new notebook to write in, so for me new year really meant a new blank page (or better notebook). Every 1st of January, when I used to sit behind my desk to tell about everything what happened, there was nothing to come back to. No bad bad things, only good things in my memory. Believe me, amazing feeling!

Nowadays I don’t have journal (well, I have my bullet journal, but let’s be honest: I use it more as a planner, than a place where I can just write every single detail of my day), but I found my old ones. And in the begining of each of them, there is some short summary of my previous year’s resolutions and new year’s resolutions. Every year very ambitious (like for a child), but what is most important, at the end of almost every year, they were just done. In all of my summaries it was written: this was something I wanted to do in the beginning of 2000 year and I’ve done it in this month. Unbelievable!

A the moment, I still do my resolution list, but let’s be honest, by the end of the year I don’t even have an idea, where this list is gone. So today, I am going to share with you some goals for 2018 year (I have another, bit bigger list in my bullet journal, but forgive me leaving my personal goals in secret πŸ˜‰ ).

2018 resolution list:

  • Keep my schedule of blog posts

As you might remember, I introduced my schedule some time ago and so far following it was just a fail. Huge fail! So at the end of the year I want to be able to say: Hey, for the whole year I kept publishing my posts ON TIME!”.

  • Bring projects from my head into the reality

You might know about some of those projects, as I wrote about them in my very first post. By now, I have few new one, being ideas in my head. Some of them where supposed to be ready by now… well.. This year, I want to work seriously hard and handle maximum two big projects at the time. And what really important, I want to have plan: my projects divided into small tasks with deadlines. Hopefully, before 2018 will end, you will already know, that some of them are actually done.

  • Start doing my university assignments when they are posted, not week before deadline

Yep, even if I know, that something will take a lot of time, I procrastinate it a lot, so when I am starting, I have only little time to finish it (be honest, not as well as I wish to) and only if I will not sleep for at least two or three nights providing my organism with huge ammount of coffee. Well, this new year I want to change it.

  • Last, but not least is to be more consistent

This is the harder one for me. I like to start a lot of different things, but quite quickly I am giving up. Even before I am able to judge, whether this particular activity is right for me or not. This was always a big challenge for me, but since this year, I want to make sure, that whatever I will start doing, I will do it consistently for at least half year.

And those are all my resolutions I want to share. There are some more, but as I said before, they are very personal.

So again, I wish you a happy New Year. I hope it will be much better than 2017 (even if 2017 was perfect, it can always be better πŸ˜‰ ). Now I wish you great new year’s party. I hope you will enjoy it and stay safe.

I’ll see you in brand new 2018 year.

Daria

P.S. I will up date post after New Year with New Years cover photo πŸ˜‰

3rd day: or just a little part of day

Hi guys πŸ™‚

3rd day already finish. Or better to say, part of the day. Why? As today so many unexpected things have happened. Starting from one hour overtime. I know, that everyone may feel not well in the morning and just call to inform about his or her absence in work. But five people at a time?! This was horribly hard day in work. Luckily 5:30 came, I was still alive, so what wrong could happen?

Well, after coming home I wanted to warm up my food and my microwave just wasn’t working, so I took my bike quickly and I went to buy new one, which is going to be delivered tomorrow evening (maybe it wasn’t so big disaster, but like some people says: “without phone I am like without hand” – at least in my back home we are saying like this, I am not sure if this does exist in English – my family without microvawe is like without hand).

When I returned home again, I just couldn’t resist and I took a nap. Short, but it helped me a lot. That’s the reason, why today I’ve started my personal work late and why this post showed up late as well. And this turned my whole day into just few hours.

So today I won’t be writting too long, as tomorrow we have short of stuff as well and I suppouse I am going to need some sleep πŸ˜‰

So let’s go to my activities πŸ™‚ First thing is: I was being active, as I went to work and to the shop by bike (shop is around half an hour away from my place, I hardly got there on time πŸ˜‰ ) so I think I can easily mark it as checked πŸ˜€

I wrote my review as well – finally. So my website’s content – checked πŸ˜‰

And I’ve done my next HTML lesson – checked πŸ™‚

Unfortunately I haven’t read even one chapter today and I don’t think I will, but plan for tomorrow is ready, hanged on my cork board, so I can’t do anything else as mark it as checked πŸ™‚

Ok, I think I am going to finish for today, as it has gotten late already. I hope tomorrow, there won’t be any surprises and with this hope I wish you all good night and productive day after πŸ˜‰

Daria

P.S. Today I am not going to make summary, as I was trying to write everything in one place, so let’s hope you’ll like it as well. And if you have anything you do, when something unexpected happen, please let me know. I will really appreciate this πŸ™‚

2nd day: little steps are counted, aren’t they?

Hi guys,

Another day. I can’t even believe, how helpful this blog became for me. Even if only few people visited it and very likely most of those few will never come back, still it’s so motivating. First thing I do after wake up is thinking what I am going to do.

Even today, for instance, I woke up and I was thinking: “Daria, today you just rest, don’t do anything, you are tired, aren’t you?”, but just one minute after another thought came into my mind: “Ok, but what are you going to write about in the evening? That you were laying in bed all day?”. It made me move straight away. Great feeling. I haven’t had to force myself. And it doesn’t matter, that working haven’t been as easy and quick like yesterday (when, obviously, I had much less time then today, as today was my day-off in job). It doesn’t matter, that when I’ve started, at least hundred times I considered coming back into my bed. Why? Because I managed to beat my laziness, which today was very hard enemy of mine.

I suppose my achievements won’t throw anyone to one’s knees, but I feel proud of what I’ve done, anyway πŸ˜‰ No matter what people will tell, I thing that little tiny steps are better than standing in one place without moving πŸ™‚

So today I couldn’t force myself to start jogging or going by bike anywhere. But I took long walk instead. I’ve sorted out my shopping on the way, but still I haven’t chosen to go by bus. It took me around an hour and half altogether, so I think being active – checked πŸ˜€

I’ve done one HTML lesson, which isn’t very impressive (especially that they are very basic classes, just to remind myself what I’ve been learning at school), but at least I haven’t leave it completely. So learning HTML – checked πŸ™‚

Next thing, which is not going to be checked (at least not today), but I think it’s huge step to actually start working on this goal is, that I’ve finally found my Arabic teacher! So even if I haven’t started yet, I am happy about that. And I can’t wait to have my first lesson πŸ˜‰

And one thing, I am disappointed about today, is that I haven’t write review of book I finished yesterday, but simply I haven’t got enough time for this. But at least, I put all my thoughts about it in my head in right order, so tomorrow, after my work I am going to sort it out as a first. So this isn’t checked yet, but let’s hope it’s going to be tomorrow.

What I’ve forgot to mention yesterday and have been done today as well is plan for next day – checked πŸ™‚ I was thinking if there is really any point to keep planing, but what I’ve realized today is, that it is saving huge amount of time, especially during so lazy days, like this today one. Normally, just to gain another hour (or two) of sitting and thinking what to do (read: sitting and doing nothing). Today I couldn’t use this excuse, as everything was clearly written, so the only thing I could do, was to actually start working πŸ˜‰

And last thing I’ve done today (to be more precise: I am doing at the moment) was writing this post. So the only think I can do is to mark it – checked.

Whole this day is making me a very happy πŸ™‚ Before, if I decided in the morning about staying in bed, this exactly what was taking place. That’s how a lot of my days was being wasted. Today it wasn’t very productive time, but some of my stuff are already done. So no matter how I am going to call this day in the future, for sure it won’t be “another wasted day” πŸ™‚

I think this is going to be end of this post, as I am getting a little tired. The only thing I am dreaming about at this moment is to go to bed and read one, maybe two chapters of next book and sleep straight after.

That’s why I wish all of you extremely productive days and having all your dreams becoming a reality. But for now I wish you good night (or day if there is brightly behind your window) and I can’t wait to write you about my next day πŸ™‚

My only request is, if you are having any ways to get some motivation and they are working for you, please let me know in comment below πŸ™‚ I will be very happy to try it myself πŸ˜‰ Again have a good and productive time πŸ™‚

Daria

 

P.S. What I’ve decided I won’t keep my timing as I promised in my first post. But not because of laziness, but what I’ve realized today, sometimes at 11 pm I still think like do something (like doing plan for next day, for instance πŸ˜‰ ), so post is going to appear every day, as it was said, but without any time precised. When I will feel, that I am not going to do anything else this day, I will be sitting in front of my screen and produce post for you. Just not to lose my do-it-now attitude πŸ˜‰ And I think, that any way time, when all work is done is the best time, so my summary will contain everything what have been done πŸ™‚

P.S.2 If we are talking about summary…

 

Today’s summary:

Being active: checked πŸ˜€

Learn HTML: checked πŸ™‚

Today’s post: checked πŸ™‚

Plan for tomorrow: checked πŸ™‚

Read book: checked (not yet, but I am going to read straight after publishing this post)

 

Stuff done, but not checked:

Arabic teacher: found

My dreams and plan how to make them happen

Hi guys,

It’s just happening! All my goals (without those too personal, of course) and everything what I am going to do to actually achieve them in one place! This is one of my dreams becoming reality.

So maybe short explanation: why on the internet? why not in any kind of notebook, file on my computer or anything like that, what I can keep for my personal use only? Answer for those question is very simple: because I need motivation. Even for such simple thing like tracking my goals progress. I use to have a lot of tries to have them written anywhere and any time I do something, I can just come back to them and mark what have been done. I’ve really tried. But always something happened. I’ve left my notebook in random place (like my friend’s home) and all my goals stayed there for quite long time. I had an excel file, but when my computer died, my file was gone as well.

So maybe all that list weren’t necessary? Well, they were. At least for me. It’s very motivating, when you have every goal, dream and habit you want to implement into your life in one place. That gives you some kind of peace of mind and let some thoughts like: “Ok, there is ton of work to be done, but I’ve done this, so I am one step closer” come into your mind. This is some kind of motivation on it’s own. You see how every activity you do, brings you closer to become who you are.

Ok, I’ve explained, I hope. And I don’t want to make my first post too long, so let’s talk about my actual goals. Most of them require long time to actually achieve them, but no mater what result it would be, I think it is worth trying.
1. Design my own website.

So this is kind of goals which doesn’t want to leave me, no matter what I do. I already have some clue about topic and form of my website, where I am going to upload reviews of book (you don’t know yet, but reading is my passion). But before I’ll start I need to learn some stuff and improve the other. Here is a short list:

  • learn HTML and CSS (as these are the programming languages I am going to use, at least in the beginning)
  • code my website
  • improve my English skills (as you could already realize, I have a lot to do about this)
  • prepare content (just read books and keep writing reviews – what is actually great, as same time I am going to improve my English skills – everyone wins).

2. Release my own app.

This is something what appeared in my head not too long ago, when I realized that most of apps I am using, are not good enough. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t thing they are bad. A lot of them are just great. The only thing is, that I would add some features, which I would use or just remove some which I don’t need. So I thought: “Daria, why cannot you just make your own one?”.

But for now, I am going to leave details about this, as first I will try to work on my website. When it will be launched, I’ll start going into my own app πŸ˜‰ One thing at the time πŸ˜‰

3. Learn Arabic language.

This is another dream of those never going away from my head. It’s hard to explain it, but Arabic language always attracted me. Even if I hadn’t had too much contact with this language, I think the way it sounds is beautiful.

4. Become more active.

This is something connected with well-being. All my previous goals require from me huge amount of time spent in sitting position. Well, let say I wouldn’t like to wake up one day realizing that I am not able to walk for longer than 15 minutes without being breathless. It would be scary for me. So I decided some jogging or bike every day won’t harm me, will it?

5. Post every day on this blog.

This is idea of having this blog. As to write anything here, I have to do something to have to write about (what means: get closer to make my dreams become a reality).

I’ve gave myself a deadline, so I would like, that every day at 11 pm (according to London’s time and of course except today, which appeared much earlier) I will upload new post. So it will give me some time after my work, to do anything I can write about.

I would like to make this blog look more my way. But as this is my first blog in my life, I just need to look little bit deeper into it. Tomorrow I’ll try to take some shots and at least use my own pictures instead of those, I am using at the moment.

Those are my five main goals at the moment. I have some more, but I need to to be realist: with my university starting after around 1 month and my work, I won’t have as much time as I wish I had. Every goal, which will be achieved or activity which will become my habit will be replaced with next one.

I hope you like this post. Please leave any suggestion or opinion in comment below. And I’ll see you tomorrow in next post.

Daria.

P.S. Today I’ve done some activities, which made me a little closer, but I’ve decided that my tracking I’ll start tomorrow, as this post became quite long already. I realized, that I forgot about one of the most important habit I want to implement into my life which is to make plans for the next day. So I’ve done one for tomorrow πŸ˜‰

Have a nice evening πŸ™‚