Most times, I have rarely found the time to do anything that is not directly work-related. I am not complaining. It only makes me realize that sticking to my routines, values, and things I believe in should be resolute.
And I have been as resolute as I can. Fortunately, I have found a few tricks to keep me on point with my agenda. Here are a few tips I would suggest to keep you on your toes and most importantly your schedule.
1) Never miss
Never miss an activity even just once. Missing it once would turn into missing it once in a while. Before you know it occasionally turns into missing it all the time. I am culprit number one on this flaw.
There might be so many excuses I might give. Some examples are
- the lights are off.
- I feel tired.
- I feel sleepy.
- I do not feel like it
Check out this YouTube video and you should feel motivated.
2) Look forward to the feeling of being fulfilled
I am happiest on those days I can complete 100% of all activities I planned to do. On the other days, I hit 50% and less, then I feel horrible. I remember one term in secondary school when everything went like clockwork. I knew where I was supposed to be and what I had to do.
In retrospect, this was by far the best term academically in secondary school. If for nothing else, the “good” feeling of accomplishing all you set out to do is worth it.
I already feel fulfilled for sticking to my schedule of writing this blog post.
3) Set alerts
Sometimes, you may honestly forget. If that is the case, then set reminders. I use a lot of reminders. Possible tools you can use are.
- and yes even Google Calendar.
I hope I can reach that stage where I do not need alerts.
4) Use your energies wisely
There are lots of things you can do in a day. Do what makes the most sense to you, and makes you happy. I love this quote below
“Anything thing you love doing is worth doing more, moderation is for cowards”.– from the Movie Lone Survivor
Spend your time at the right time and place and with the right people. life is short. You don’t have a lot of energy to waste.
5) Do not give up
When you miss an activity (and there will be many of those times), don’t give up. There is a popular quote that says.
Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does any one else.
Every time you fail, you know another wrong way of doing something, and you learn from that. With time and enough effort, what was once difficult for you would become effortless.
6) Reward yourself
This is a recent addition. You should look forward to something. That something could be the carrot to get you learning. Whatever you reward yourself with must make sense to you specifically. Also, the reward should complement the effort involved.
It need not be financially huge. Possible rewards are.
- A glass of juice at the end of a lesson
- Watching a movie at the end of the week’s lessons
- And many more.
Be creative in how you choose to reward yourself.
Well, that is what was on my mind and heart. I feel privileged to have been able to share that with you.
We will talk again soon. Until then, take care and keep learning.