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Learning From My Mistakes - Working to Achieve My Dreams
The problem was, I did not make any plans for last week. I drifted again. No direction. Just did the things to meet the deadlines and nothing more. A failed week, perhaps. But as Natalie Gulbi says...
"When you fail you learn from the mistakes you made and it motivates you to work even harder. "
And that's what I'm doing this week... work even harder.
Hello, wonderful people of readcash. It is September 21. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we realiz>"e those mistakes on our own, sometimes we need someone else to point out the mistake(s) we did. If we don't recognize our mistakes, then we are failing ourselves. We are missing the chance to learn from our mistakes and improve ourselves.
I will share with you today the actions that I am taking to make a the last ten days of September as productive as I can. And I will share some of the topics that I plan to write and some of the things that I need to do in the remaining days of the month.
I have mentioned in my other posts that I am now exploring Zoho Notebook as my alternative app for Evernote. (I need to write about these two apps). With the Zoho app, I can create colorful notebooks for different subjects. And in each notebook, you can create different notes. The notes can be linked with other notes if needed. And you can add text, audio, images, and checklists. (Yeah, I really need to write about the Zoho Notebook app).
Since the classes have resumed, I now have some other things to do outside of my writing and posting activities. So managing my activities is a necessity. I admit that I'm never good at organizing my activities. I was used to my happy-go-lucky lifestyle for decades. I go where my feet will bring me. Even when I draw sometimes, I would just let my hands draw without really thinking of what I wanted to draw. (Wierd, huh?). Living for each day and not thinking of tomorrow.
But, where did it get me? Not that my life is miserable right now, I'm contented with my life. I always am. But there is something lacking. What about the future? What about the future of my family? I need to give more than what I am giving them now. I know I can.
To do that, I need to be organized. And that can only be done with proper planning. No one can build a tower without a blueprint. And that's what I am doing. If I wanted to achieve my dreams. I need to make plans. I need to make plans in accomplishing smaller tasks that will lead me to achieve my bigger goals.
I have had this plan for many years now. My frustration was, I could not find the right means to get to my dreams. I even tried selling real-estate properties and insurance policies... but selling is not just my thing. It's my biggest weakness
Moving Forward, I finally found a way to earn from my passion... or passions rather. Illustration, graphic designs, photography, and writing.
Going back to my plans...
Before I drift out of topic, here are my plans.
In my Zoho Notebook, I created several notebooks. One for the topics I wanted to write, different notebooks for things that I am studying (e.g. using Instagram and Pinterest for marketing), and a notebook for this month. And I will be making a notebook for each month.
In the monthly notebook, I create weekly notes with my weekly goals, including the topics that I wanted to write.
Then I created a daily note which is linked to my weekly notes.
In the daily notes, I divided my day into four. My morning tasks before breakfast. Then set of tasks after breakfast and before lunch. Then afternoon tasks. and lastly evening tasks.
In the early morning tasks, I included my morning prayer/meditation and exercises just to remind me. I should set some time for my mental, physical and spiritual development too. And during the day, I have set aside some time for my kids too. But when they start bugging me... most of the time, the rest of my schedule will be put on hold.
At the moment, I don't want to cram up my schedule with too many tasks to avoid stress. And for now, I allow or forgive myself if I can't strictly follow my schedule. Just like, I intended to write this article yesterday afternoon. But it took me longer to finish the previous task so I did it today.
Some of my tasks for the next ten days.
Write at least 7 articles. Plus one fiction.
Study how to use Instagram and Pinterest for social media marketing
Based on my life goals, I created smaller goals which I plan to achieve within a year. Then divided them into smaller parts as my monthly goals. Then cut them down further into smaller parts for my weekly and daily tasks.
These plans will set me in the direction where I wanted to go. But it would take discipline to stay focused in that direction. There will be distractions and other factors that might take me out of focus. I have to consider them and make the necessary adjustments so I can stay in the right direction.
I don't know what the future holds. But adding a little faith, I know I will soon achieve my dreams.