My life, last year, was a bed of rocks-not roses.
I started the year as clueless as Alice in Wonderland, figuring out what next to do with my life after concluding a voluntary yet mandatory one year service to my country. I had some amount of money I gathered but didn’t know how to multiply, started a blog without purpose and failed bad…badly.
I moved far from home trying to sort out my life and ended up spending every single penny I had saved. It was a crazy hand-to-mouth experience that had me frustrated and depressed all the way. Finally, I found freelance writing but that is a story for another good day.
On the eve of the new year, for the first time, I made a resolution I intended to stick to. I promised not to do some unproductive things that made the last year taste like vinegar.
It’s not a gag, but if you don’t intentionally commit yourself to growth, your life won’t get better. You need a strong ‘why’ to stay committed to productivity and personal development. I woke up one blessed morning, stood in front of the mirror, and right there stood my why…
It was me, but not me. What I saw was the reflection of the woman I wanted to be, a strong image I’ve painted in my head and looked forward to.
I dashed to where my journal and pen were, and made a list of things I was doing that would stop me from becoming the woman I saw. I wrote down 5 unproductive habits I’ll stop for a very fine year and life.
Here are the 5 habits I promise to let go. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
1. Not To Be Broke
This right here is a tough one, and it’s always been top of my list for ages. Haha! I don’t even know how I pull it off whenever. Life could get crazy at times, I have so much today, and I wake up tomorrow… And poof, I’m like “where the hell did all my money go?.”
If you do your best to sustain yourself like me, I am giving you a virtual hug right now. No matter your level now, you are doing great…so let’s do more.
Not getting broke won’t happen by magic. I honestly wish I’m a part-time magician so that I can wave my wand and have all the cash flying around. But we can both agree that if wishes aren’t horses. So, what to do now?
The first way not to go broke is to find a way to earn-for me, it’s freelance writing; budget your spending, save some and invest more.
2. Not To Overfeed
Overeating, for me, is a thing. Like…”how would anyone want to score a goal like this?”
I know it probably sounds like some ridiculously crazy goal, but I’m on it. Don’t tell anyone.
So, most times, I find it effing hard to plan my day while working from home. Truth is, either I forget to eat at all, or I unleash my aggressive hunger on a meal, and feed myself till my belly begins to cry.
I find it hard to eat enough and not more…but lately, I’ve been holding the forth; winning in this war against overfeeding. I practice flat tummy workouts, and for general fitness. Trust me, exercise is a boost to life and business productivity.
3. Not To Wake Up By 9am Again
I said to myself “Sally, don’t ever wake up by this time again, unless, of course, you attended a vigil.”
I don’t know if I should pride myself on this because the downside isn’t pretty…
I’m a night owl: stay up all night, sleep at dawn and wake up really late in the morning. Even when I sleep early, I still wake up when my whole morning has almost passed away.
It boils down to discipline, right?
Here is the good news! I have been doing better. I’m an early riser now-7am sharp (my own definition please). Wake up, have my prayers, workout, bath, make breakfast, settle in, and still beat 10am. I’m friggin’ proud of myself right now. I wake up early, have my quiet time, read a while, workout, and still beat 9am…Ain’t I Superwoman?
4. Not To Procrastinate
I used to deserve an award for this, I’m gradually becoming a better person. Procrastination is not just a thief of time, it steals purpose.
You want to do this and that, but you’re feeling lazy and can’t get shit done when you’re not motivated. You zip it up and say ‘not today, maybe tomorrow.’
Don’t postpone your goals, and dreams, and life plans. What’s the point postponing anyways? The time won’t stop ticking. If it couldn’t wait for me when I was a little girl with a missing tooth struggling to pronounce ‘fluffy’correctly, I don’t think it will for you honey. In truth, it won’t for anyone.
If you want to start something, just do! Stop waiting for things to be perfect, or till you get a hyper-motivation. Motivate yourself, take the leap.
I waited too long to start a blog, discover purpose, or even say, “Hello there! I’m a Freelance Content Writer for hire“, but don’t be like that. We drag important stuff cause we think too much, just act.
5. Not To Wish More Than I Do
I wake up those times, feeling so elated in my spirit and wishing all my big fat dreams would come true. I understand how important it is to conceive your dreams in your mind, but wishing and wishing without acting gives no result.
Don’t just wish you had enough money to do whatever, make enough of it instead. Rather than fantasize the whole day (when you’re not a creative writer or artist), let those wishes push you to work instead.
I am still improving as my Rome won’t get built in one day. So, I want you to have a “why”, that is, what keeps you going; fight every goal-block, focus on self-development and smash your life goals.
What unproductive things are you stopping for a better life this year? Let me know in the comments.