Personal Reflection

Trying To Live A Little More

I haven’t always been easy on myself.

Right now more than anything, I want to live more, live better. I don’t want to be too hard on myself like I have been in the past. It’s not helpful.

I’m an all or nothing type of person though. Because of my goals, I have to make sacrifices. I don’t mind giving certain things up, but I can’t do everything. That doesn’t stop me from trying though.

Hopefully, as I grow older, I get better at not expecting too much of myself every single day. I’m all for pushing my limits, but at some point, I just can’t push any further.

This year, during my recovery, I really had to listen to my body. To be honest, I think I’ve strayed away from that. So going forward, I will strive to be nicer to myself.

Somehow, I’ve has the discipline to keep up with many of my daily habits. Still, it’s not the end of the world if I miss a day.

I’ve been so hard on myself. I feel like a failure if I don’t read, write, blog, etc. I should probably refrain from that way of thinking. Instead of telling myself I have to do X, Y, Z every day for the rest of my life, I should tell myself to do the best I can.

I don’t enjoy spreading myself too thin. I’d rather do a few things well instead of doing a lot of stuff poorly.

At the end of the day, I need to give myself more credit. I’m doing just fine.

Productivity

The Most Difficult Thing About Working From Home

Obviously, I can’t speak for anyone else. But as someone who has worked from home for a while, I find self regulation the hardest part.

I need enough discipline to start and not to stop when I get distracted. So even though I love working from home, it’s still challenging.

I don’t like when people breathe down my neck. That said, I do like when others offer structure. I need deadlines to work effectively.

I enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working from home. I can create my own schedule. I’m able to work when I want to rather than when I have to.

Being able to work from home means I don’t need to leave the house every day. Then again, sometimes I want a change of scenery.

As a writer and blogger, I can do what I need to from almost anywhere.

Self discipline isn’t some innate skill. It takes time and effort to build. But being able to work independently is important.

I think working from home has advantages and disadvantages, just like everything else in the world. It’s not for everybody, but because I’m such a homebody, I can’t complain.

Personally I work best when somebody gives me specific instructions beforehand. And then gives me space to do the assigned task.

Everyone’s different, but having both structure and freedom is what I strive for.

Blogging

Blogging Requires You To Have

  • Time. And a whole lot of it.
  • Dedication. What is quitting?
  • Passion. If you don’t love what you’re doing, why are you doing it? If you aren’t passionate about blogging, you’re better off spending your time doing something else.
  • Discipline. Even on bad days. Especially on bad days.
  • WiFi. Or an Internet connection. Can’t publish a post without it. 
Blogging

Procrastination At Its Peak

I’ve been putting off a blog article I’m supposed to write for three weeks. I’m not usually this bad. It has to be something in the air. What else could it possibly be?

My calendar is full of arrows because I keep postponing. Taking a month to write one quick post is a new record for me.

The topic isn’t the problem. My discipline, or lack thereof, is.

Is it safe to blame this cursed education system? There are only so many hours in the day. And one-third of it is spent at school.

Writing

You Know You Are A Disciplined Writer When

You know you are a disciplined writer when your desktop is 99 percent Word documents and 1 percent Internet browser.

Writing

Cold, Hard Truths About Writing

I have conjured another list. This one is about the truths I have discovered during my time as a writer.

  1. It is not always fun.
  2. There is work involved. This is usually enjoyable and pleasurable but sometimes the work can be daunting and scary.
  3. Writing is difficult for most people. Even the greatest writers struggle with it.
  4. There are many things to learn along the way, making writing a life-long journey full of growth and development.
  5. The writing career/lifestyle is not suitable for everyone. It requires passion, dedication, discipline, and a good work ethic.