Category Archives: Motivation

Reflection: Your Greatest Ally

Self-reflection-quoteTime certainly flies when one is having fun; unfortunately, after the smoke clears it is then we realize that we missed a spot. That “spot” could beĀ  career goal, a life decision, or your morning coffee. All jokes aside, it often helps to reflect on our day, week, month or year. It helps to keep us on track and offers fuel for improvements or changes that we need to make in order to achieve our goals. Here are some steps we can take to help us reflect on our goals, no matter how small:

CREATE A JOURNAL

We often “discover” people’s greatness through literature. What if these people didn’t keep a record of their existence and what they have been doing? The idea is for you – in the future – to look back and identify your achievements and for you to alter your non-achievements (note I did not use the word “failure” – goals may be delayed for various reasons). And if you find that a particular goal does not fit into your present situation, work on developing a new attitude for achieving new goals.

LIFE IN PICTURES

For the people who cringed at keeping a written journal, here’s where your selfie comes in! šŸ™‚ Create a catalogue of photos that demonstrate your many achievements and those that also capture your disappointments. A bad grade? Take a pic and use it to motivate you to get a higher one next time. A bad review at work, take a pic of your evaluation and use it to motivate you for the next review. You get the idea.

TALK WITH FRIENDS

There is nothing more exciting than meeting up with good friends (I Reflectdo so at least once a year – they live abroad, unfortunately) and sharing what you all have achieved since the last meet-up. Sometimes, this method can be a little daunting, as our human nature causes us to feel as if we have fallen short (and that’s okay!), but like I said, use this as a motivational strategy.

BE GRATEFUL

In all your reflection, there is always something to be thankful for; be it the ability to say you are one year older (omg, I’m gonna be 30!), to write two sentences for that book you hope to publish, or the ability to afford yourself the opportunity to visit with the people that matter to you – THAT is a step in the right direction… reflect on these things and be grateful for these privileges.

tumblr_mwb6oefsK81sawza0o10_500I use all four strategies (most recently, the “Life in Pictures” has become a favourite) to help me get a bearing on where my life is. For crying out loud, I’m almost 30 (I’M ALMOST 30!!! *cue panic attack!), and there is still a lot more that I hope to do with my life. I try not to reflect on what my friends have accomplished as everyone develops and works at a different pace, instead I focus on my own dreams, my own accomplishments and work to either improve on them or start a new life goal.

 

Jodi-Ann is an Educator and Environmental Professional in Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

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The Science of (non) Productivity

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Happy New Year, my readers! Yes, I know I’m late, but I beg your forgiveness as I struggle to be a more productive force in my own life. I will explain below (Side note: To save you all the trouble, I don’t have any new year’s resolutions):

Recently, I found that I have been going to bed later than usual. While I still get things done, I noticed that my reaction time (to assignments and requests) has been delayed. So I sat down [my reason for the late greetings šŸ™ ] and spent a little time to assess reasons for my newly found lack of productivity.

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Technology and it’s detriment

There are so many reasons for wanting to be productive. This includes, but is not limited to: a job, school, family life, or just trying to gain new knowledge. Unfortunately, there are various… “obstacles…” if you will that stand in our way and defeat us before we even finish a productive thought. And one of our greatest enemies, unfortunately, is the very technology that we idolize and depend on to make our lives better. So I conducted an experiment.

I put my phone away for one week. Yes, I put the dreaded thing down and refused to check Whatsapp, Facebook, and other social media platforms for a week. I noticed:

1) More time to accomplish tasks (we often check social media with the hopes of looking and then leaving; however, someone might send a message, or there might be a video of interest. “One minute” of social media gets translated into 30 minutes of pure loitering).

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2) More rest (when I get in, I normally check my feed and respond to messages. In doing so, other conversations may start and other things of “interest” might pop up in my feed. Again, another 30 minutes to an hour has been lost).

3) Overall, more productivity (yes, I actually achieved more in one week than I would have in approximately 3 weeks).

Now, I am notĀ telling you that you should throw out your phones and your computers; just highlighting that various technological

I call it Faasbook (faas is term used in Jamaica to refer to someone who is inquisitive. e.g. You too faas = you are much too inquisitive).

I call it “Faasbook” (“faas” is a term used in Jamaica to refer to someone who is inquisitive. e.g. You too faas = you are much too inquisitive).

variables contribute to our productivity (or non-productivity, depending on how you look at it). So create a way (a schedule perhaps) that dictatesĀ how much you get done in a particular time. I didn’t die without my phone (see, I’m writing a blog), and I think I can keep this up for a while! Will update you all on my progress!!

Nuff Love!

 

Jodi-Ann is an Environmental StudiesĀ POTENTIAL GRADUATE in Nova Scotia.

Goals and You

ziglar7I was asked by a friend to discuss how I managed to be so “successful” at such a tender age. I must say that success is not necessarily measured by wealth, it is also measured by one’s level of satisfaction, and the goals that one has achieved. So here goes:

Having a clear idea of where you want to be is often a very helpful tactic in reducing dissatisfaction in one’s life. It can also prove to be very stressful if you don’t seem to be achieving your goals. I spoke earlier on setting realistic goals, but did not mention the timelines by which these goals ought to be set.

TRY NOT TO RUSH

Goals don’t just fall out of thin air; certainly, achieving them doesn’t happen this way either. Sit and think about where you hope to be and develop a 5- or 10-year plan by which you hope to achieve this end. You can’t sit everyday and want to be a “Millionaire” and hope to do this in one year (unless you spend a great deal of money gambling and widen your “chances” of winning).

CREATE TIMELINES

Within your 5- or 10-year plan, there should be smaller timelines Achieving-goals-quotescreated to help you get a better idea of where you are. This way, if things aren’t going according to plan, you can make changes accordingly (please note that it is also okay to change your objectives). For example, my 5-year plan saw me completing my Master’s in Oceanography. Within one year of that plan, I found out I wasn’t able to do that. I had to go back to the original plan and draft a completely different objective. So far, so good.

LEAVE ROOM FOR ERRORS

We’re humans; we’re not perfect. As much as we’d like to be, we just aren’t. If you stumble at all along the way, assess the damage and work on the repairs. Too often we make mistakes or lose sight of our goals; then we give up. There is no entrepreneur that hasn’t gone through a period of defeat. Trial and error are used by even scientists, just to ensure that Motivational-quotesthey get it right. It should be no different with goals. There is so much we can do, but we can never know what works, until we give it a try. If that fails, try, try, try again (I remember that quote from kindergarten).

STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

This is still one of my greatest fears. My comfort zone is a nice, cozy place and I have problems stepping away from it. Every now and again, I am prompted to do so in honour of achieving my goals. It is never fun stepping out, but it feels really good knowing that I have achieved so much by doing so. Think about how far you will have to go to achieve your goals, then go for it.

I never said that achieving one’s goals would be easy. After all, it quote_good-life-15538took Sir Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg several attemptsĀ andĀ years to make it to where they are now. While the former is my favourite, there are several lessons to be learnt from Mark Zuckerberg as well.

Hope this helps, guys! Nuff Love! ~JGIC

Jodi-Ann is an Environmental Studies major in Nova Scotia, Canada.