How to maximise yourself?
To the ones waiting for the second part of the Morocco guide, you’ll have to keep waiting till Wednesday. I thought I’d talk with you today about productivity and maximising your strengths. It’s funny how something that seemed like fluffed up hype a year ago, is something you do and believe today – motivation diaries, audio books on self growth and online learning courses. I call it evolving and and to be honest, I’m pretty proud of myself for it. I thought I’d share some things I appreciate in my life or help me appreciate my life more.
1. From January 2015 I started filling in a Q&A a Day: 5 year journal, and even though I often forget to grab a pen and write it down every evening, I answer the questions how the day was according to the date. Fun fact, mostly I’m looking at my pictures from my phone to remember what I did during the day. I always remember the feelings I had, so cheating a bit, yes, but in a month or a year, it won’t matter but the thought counts. Anyways, I answer the question and if I have room left, I also write down if something memorable that happened that day. That’s how I know that on 11th of November last year I had my grandma’s 80th birthday party and visited some friends in Tartu after that or that on 30th of October 2017 I applied for my internship in Alicante. The questions are so diverse and vary from ‘What did you have for breakfast?’ to ‘Can people change?’. I have filled it in for almost 4 years now and it’s so amusing to see my life and perspective change. Apparently there’s also one for couples which you can fill in together and for mothers etc. Such a perfect gift for a person who is a bit nostalgic about past and wants to see where she/he is coming from sometimes.
2. Bullet Journal is ‘is an analog system created by Ryder Carroll, a Designer based in New York. In his words, the Bullet Journal is meant “to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future. It’s an amazing system that keeps a record of everything you could ever want to toss at it. It can be your task manager, sketchbook, journal, idea catcher, and much more!’ (source) I became intrigued when watching Sorelle Amore’s video and it was the first time I ever heard of it. Yes, I know. I have lived under a rock regarding my productivity and organising my life.
I have always been a organised person regarding my school notebooks and calendars, but I always felt that the printed ones had something missing or something that didn’t fit, so I lost my interest in actually using them. Thus was my new bullet journal a perfect outlet, to design everything as I wanted it to be. Also, lists work for me and I’m eager to cross everything off.
But what’s in the pages before the calendar ones?
- birthday tracker
- want vs need
- books, shows, movies I want to read or watch
- blog ideas (oh I have so many!)
- want to see or experience (again, I have so many ideas and then I forget and later I’m trying to figure out why I never manage to cross thing off my bucket list)
- goals for my 26th year around the Sun (I started it in October, so made sense)
- general To-do list (that I should do, but I don’t have a due date)
* for every month I have a monthly overview, gratitude/day overview page for every date and monthly trackers where I have a month’s view and circle every day I filled my little goal (e.g. worked out, posted on IG, learned something or did something educational etc.)
3. Skillshare is something that came to me through Instagram. Many influencers were sharing their link for 2 months of free usage of the app. I never mind paying for something I value and actually use, but I’m always hesitant to try something that doesn’t have a free trial period. Anyone else like that? I feel I have rather specific expectations usually (as with calendars). There are also some free courses without the premium membership, I think, so you can check it out. I think it’s freaking amazing way to learn for 12€ a month as many courses as you want starting from calligraphy and water colouring (which I totally want to learn one day btw) to marketing, investing and video editing. Pro tip for premium membership owners – you can download the courses and listen to them offline. That’s something I usually do in the plane when I’m not too tired.
What have I liked and can suggest?
– Sean Dalton for editing, composition and how to earn as a travel photographer, also he connects it with Instagram and has a separate course on it also.
– Dana Malstaff for social media strategy, productivity and entrepreneurship
– Edin Chavez for (landscape) photography and editing in Lightroom, as he’s really through and I had no idea about landscape photography. He also has courses about making money online and blogs (definitely will check it out myself)
Do you want to know about any of these topics more? How do you keep track of your learning and goals? Do you keep an diary or think every 1st of January what you want to accomplish during the year?
Again, if you have any ideas which could prove useful for me, let me know. I’m thinking of making a post in couple of weeks of people who are/have been influential for me and might be useful for you as well. What do you think?