How to prepare for the final quarter of 2018


There is only one week left of September...what the fuck?! How did that happen? I swear I was only dying in a heatwave last week. Well, maybe that's a bit over dramatic but you get my point. This year has been insane so far and I haven't been helping myself by being totally un-organised. I told myself a couple of months ago that I would create a plan for the final quarter of the year to avoid stress and panic, yet here I am rushing around with one week to go. Me...not organised...what a flipping shock.

It could have been worse though. I could have left planning until the last possible minute. Which actually wouldn't have been much of a shock either.

Organised or not, I am still going to make sure that the last 3 months of 2018 are about getting shit done. I know the next few months are the most stressful ones but I don't want to wait until January 1st to get my shit together, because let's be honest, I'd still be laying on the couch eating selection boxes by month's end.

You're probably wondering how I can help you because I sound like a train-wreck, right? Well, if you're an anxiety-ridden procrastinator who sucks at planning, then I'm your gal! I can show you how to start getting shit done in 4 easy-ish steps.
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Step 1:

LET'S GET MOTIVATED
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You didn't think I was just going to throw you into planning without giving you a little motivation did you? Because that's not my style. I don't know what it is about quotes, but they make me want to get off my ass and get productive. So here are my faves;
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Good, better, best.
Never let it rest.
'Til your good is better and
your better is best.

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- St. Jerome
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Failure will never overtake
me if my determination
to succeed is strong enough.

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-Og Mandino
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It always seems
impossible
until it's done.

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- Nelson Mandela
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It does not matter how
slowly you go as long
as you do not stop.

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-Confucius
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Set your goals high,
and don't stop
till you get there.

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- Bo Jackson
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You will never win
if you never begin.

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- Helen Rowland
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Accept the challenges
so that you can feel
the exhilaration of victory.

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- George S. Patton
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The secret of getting
ahead is getting started.

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- Mark Twain
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Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.

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- Arthur Ashe
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The will to win,
the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential;
these are the keys that will
unlock the door to
personal excellence.

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- Confucius
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I'd rather attempt to do
something great and fail
than to attempt to do nothing
and succeed.

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- Robert H. Schuller
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Either you run the day
or the day runs you.

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- Jim Rohn
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Are you feeling motivated yet?

Good, let's move on to the next step.

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Step 2:

FILTERING OUT THE
TIME-WASTERS AND NEGATIVE VIBES
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This is definitely the most important step to being organised, so if you take anything away from this post, let it be this. If you skip this step and dive right in to creating your plan, you will probably fail 2 weeks in. Why? Because you haven't filtered out your unhealthy distractions. They control your productivity, concentration and determination. To be able to get shit done, you need to take back control of your life and your time. You can do that by following my next 3 steps:

1. Free yourself and your life of negativity

This can be a difficult thing to do, especially if the negativity is coming from someone you love. Trust me, I've been there. It sucks to remove people from your life, but it's also necessary. If they're not loving and supporting you and your dreams, then they need to go. It's not fair on you to have a person whispering negativity in your ears and planting doubts in to your mind. It's ok to be selfish sometimes. You don't have to end things with bad blood, it can be a bitter sweet goodbye and then you both go your separate ways.

It's even harder to avoid negativity from strangers and society. Social media is flooded with negativity, and it's sometimes completely unavoidable. I'm a blogger, so I have to use social media, but sometimes I wish that I could just throw my phone away and never have to read a nasty tweet, or a judgmental Instagram post again. But since that isn't in the cards for me, I choose to ignore it instead. I know how difficult it is to build a social following, but popularity is not worth it if your feed is full of dickheads. Block them. You may lose a follower, but you're also removing negativity from your life.

There's a quote that I have always loved and it's one that I remind myself of everyday.

"Ask yourself if what you are doing
today is getting you closer
to where you want to be tomorrow."

2. Filter out the time-wasters

This step is all about breaking bad habits. We ALL have them. You need to filter them out and replace them with good habits and compromises. First I want you to make a list of your bad habits, those time-wasting activities you do that aren't getting you closer to your real goals.

Here's mine:

- Getting out of the shower and sitting on my bed, staring at all the wall for half an hour.

- Intending to watch one episode but binge watching 3 seasons in one day instead.

- Rewriting out lists because they're not "neat enough".

- Spending all day building a virtual empire on my ipad.

I have so many more but you get the idea. Now it's time to filter those time-wasters out and replace bad habits with good ones. For example, instead of me binge-watching for the entire day, I will watch an episode at a time when I wouldn't be productive anyway. Such as, when I first wake up and I'm having my morning cup of tea, or when I'm eating my dinner. That way I won't be using up any valuable time that could be spent productively.

You don't have to give up your daily luxuries. You just have to schedule them for a time that won't waste your time.

3. Worry less

I am a huge worrier. Honestly, I worry about everything. Even dumb, hypothetical things like, what I would do if there was a fire in my house because I left the oven on, even though I never use the oven. If you're a worrier like me then I have a the perfect solution for you: create a designated worry time.

It sounds ridiculous I know, but just hear me out. Worrying severely affects your productivity and your outlook on life, so in order to stay focused on your goals, you need to limit your worrying to a 10-20 minute session.

How? Well, schedule in a 10 min worry time every day at a regular time. Preferably, choose a time where you will be in total privacy, so that you can solely focus on your worries without the fear of being distracted. Throughout the day be sure to write down any worries that pop into your head so that you can revisit them during your worry time.

The first thing you should do when entering your worry time, is to separate your worries into two categories, 'real worries' and 'hypothetical worries'. Focusing on your real worries, you can begin to brainstorm ways to deal with them. Then I want you to think about your hypothetical worries, the worries that you have no control over, and how you can move past them or how you can learn to accept them. After you have made a plan as to how you will deal with your worries, I want you to end worry time.

Having designated worry time's has helped me dramatically. Instead of getting caught up or stressed throughout the day, I simply right them down as I go and tell myself that I will deal with them later on. Taking 10 minutes out of my day to only think of my worries, has allowed me to stay stress-free throughout the day, which in turn has helped me stay productive.

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Step 3:

SET YOUR GOALS
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It's time to set your goals for the final quarter of 2018. You will be a hell of a lot more motivated to be productive if you're striving towards something. I want you to make a list of all of your goals, whether they're for your personal or business life, and I want you to set your goals just a little bit more harder to reach. There is absolutely no point in setting yourself a goal that you already know is achievable. That won't make you want to get off your ass and get shit done. Frankly, it'll make you lazy, and you'll lose interest quickly.
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Step 4:

CREATE A PLAN
AND WRITE LISTS
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I never used to be the type of person who could keep a planner and stick to it. But lately I have been loving planning my weeks out. It has helped me stay focused and organised, which are two things I need to be for the next 3 months. I have a lot of exciting things lined up, posts I want to write, and personal days. I personally like to use the google calendar, because I can colour code the dates, which makes it super easy for me to see all of my responsibilities for the month.

As I plan my week around my boyfriend's day's off, I schedule those in first, followed by any commitments I have that week. From there I pencil in writing days, photography day's and a bit of me-time.

After filling my calendar, it's all about LISTS! Writing list's is one of my favourite things to do. So before I go to bed, I write a to-do list for the following day so that I can get started as early as possible in the morning.


Follow my step-by-step guide and keep me updated on how you're coping with the stresses of the final quarter.

Love, Han

xo

2 comments:

  1. Great post!! I can definitely relate to the worrying and time wasting activities! I’m intrigued to try your designated worrying time suggestion, at first I was like huh?! But it actually makes sense so thanks!! Really well written and informative ����

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    1. Thank you Molly! Worry time seems like a really weird idea but it worked so well for me. I'm glad you liked my post.

      Han, xo

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