Sunday, 23 April 2017

30 Day Challenge: April Review & May Announcement

Dublin, Ireland

So this month of April my goal was to work on my self -discipline so that I can finish the things I start in good time. I wanted to work harder at contacting people for Faking Adulthood Now podcast, doing background research, working on my business plan and creating quality blog content that I'd be happy to put my name on. In other words I just wanted to up my whole game.

It started off slow and slippery but I've gotten there in the end. The last few blog posts I've written were a much higher standard than the usual rushed and written the night before or day off ones I usually throw out. I gave myself time to write out ideas and structure posts so that I wasn't going off on unnecessary tangents. I gave myself ample time to take images and edit them so that I could have everything scheduled a day or two before the post was due. For example I'm writing the first draft of this post on Wednesday 14:30pm and it's not published till Sunday! A perfect reason why you should join the Albatroz & Co weekly newsletter that's sent out every Friday so that you never miss out on the things that happen behind the blog( see what I did there? )

I'm really happy with how this challenge went although the perfectionist in me still thinks I could've done better. For May's challenge I'm actually going to keep going with this one. I'm changing jobs in two weeks and that means adjusting to a new routine so I am going to need to kick myself up the bum and adapt. 

This is a really short post I know,surprisingly for once, I don't really have much to say so I suppose this is more of a quick catch up and to impart some little changes I made to help up my game that some of you may find useful. See you all again Wednesday evening!

1) The Five-Minute Rule

I heard of this rule when I was in sixth year. It's purpose is to help you start an unappealing task. Basically, if there is something you need to do, such as studying your least favourite subject, you set a timer for five minutes and after then if you aren't making any headway, you move on to something else. More often than not, after five minutes you'll be so stuck into the task you're doing that you don't even notice.

2) Pareto Law a.k.a 80/20 rule

This law basically says that 80% of your results comes from 20% of the work you put into it. This was also another piece of advice we got whilst sitting our Leaving Certificate Exams. I think some teachers might've been worried or somewhat scared by their sleep deprived teenage students who displayed signs of mental instability and cried themselves to sleep every single night. This advice might have been their way of telling us to tóg a bog é ( Anyone not currently studying higher level Irish read: Take It Easy). 

I basically used this law to stop myself from wasting too much time on any one task. Usually setting a time limit, an hour, day or week did it for me. If needed I schedule in some extra time for a task if I am not sure how time consuming it will prove to be.

3) Prioritize with Stones and Sand in a Jar

This should come as a no brainer but have you ever heard of the stones and sand in a jar story? There are many different versions out there but they all basically come down to one formula. The stones are the most important things in life such as family, friends, and work and the sand is some of the less important stuff like buying a 2017 car because your 2015 is old, right down to catching up on all the Game of Thrones episodes before the new season launches. If you fill the jar with the sand, there will be little space for the big stones but if you put the stones in first, the sand just falls into place. 

The same theory applies to the tasks you have to accomplish. Start with the big things first and if those big things don't appeal to you, go back to point number 1.

4) Make Plans And Follow Through

Make plans, even if they don't happen, make them. If there's a friend you haven't seen in a while, ask them to lunch. Take your s/o on a date. Go byob bowling with our friends and eat McDonald's at 1am in the morning because you are an adult who can do whatever the heck they want. Make use of your time. Chances are if you are making that effort to put plans in place you will make it happen, you might have to reschedule once or twice but you will have that burrito date with Susan!

By making plans you also give yourself something to look forward to, and plans build up to achieving goals if done wisely.

5) Me Days Are Golden Days

I have a friend who to me is the Queen of me days. If she has a day off work she would rather have the day to herself and not see a soul and be completely happy. We should really be following her example because she's doing it right. 

If you don't get many days to yourself or like me can't spend a day doing nothing, plan a Me night. Paint your nails, do a face  mask, watch Mr. Wright or Clueless, or John Tucker Must Die or whatever movie makes you feel like building a fort and eating endless bowls of popcorn and maltesers.

A big part of the challenge to up my game was knowing that game. Me nights/days were where I journaled and tried to gather my thoughts, see where I was at with my various projects and plan my next moves for world domination. You can't move forward and up your game if you don't know what position you're playing. Take time for yourself, turn off your phone, tune out the world and be hella selfish!

That's really all I did for this months challenge and it's added up to a lot so I'm hoping it will help be readjust when I change work and routines in two week's time. For those of you reading this thinking 'I need to get my shit together before I can think about upping my game' I read a post a while ago that I think you may find useful.

For the month of February I set myself the challenge to get my shit together and after completely that challenge I came across a blog pot from Laura of 'How To Get Your Shit Together' blog ( it's quite literally in the name people). The list of tips and advice she gives is pretty straight forward and worth the read. You can check that out here. In the mean time, I am going to go eat some nachos and watch Mr. Wright because you guessed's my me night!

Till next time my pretties xxx

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