Don’t Have Time?!

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Okay so this is going to be a pretty short blog post, I am currently writing this on my phone while I am cooking my lunch. As I mentioned a post or 2 again I am currently a very busy person trying to run this blog, studying 2 courses, trying to work overtime all while balancing the gym and my diet in there as well.
Because I am trying to balance this I am going to be putting this blog on hold for a little while BUT I am not going to say that I am too busy to do it! I hate that excuse, you are never too busy to do something, you have the same 24 hours in your day as everyone else and I guarantee there are people who use those 24 hours much more productively than you, the simple fact is its not a high enough priority for you at that moment.
While there is only so much you can do in a day the fact is that almost nobody is 100% productive and efficient, this means if something was a high enough priority then you could make time for it, the catch is.. This time has to come from somewhere, if you’re being as efficient with your time as you possibly can then that time has to come out of the time you would spend doing another task, for example if you wanted to hit the gym before work you might need to get an hour less sleep to do that.
As much as I enjoy blogging and providing (hopefully) helpful content, it is currently not the highest priority to me. Because of how busy I am, I am struggling to get everything done, this has resulted in me not getting enough sleep aswell as no longer reading which in turn has made me hit a bit of a creative wall. At the moment I am seriously struggling to think of new blog ideas, which is disastrous when you’re meant to upload two a week…
So for the time being, hopefully only a couple of weeks, I am going to stop with the blogging and give myself more time for other things as well as giving myself time to think of content for my blog.
If there is anything that can be taken away from this post, it is stop saying you are too busy to do something, truth is it’s just not a high enough priority for you at that moment for you to invest the time in it. On that note I will leave you with this:
“You define what is important to you by what you dedicate your time to. “
Thank you for reading this one, I am hoping to come back very soon once I have got over this creative block and find a better schedule to manage my time! Thanks again, I will be back soon. Ciao!
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Going Back To Basics

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Okay i’m not talking about going back to basics to the extent of that picture above but more going back to basics in terms of getting sh*t done. As of just recently I have been getting busier and busier but I am getting lazier and lazier, needless to say this is not a good mix. So to combat this I am going to go back to the basic productivity activities that I used to do.

Firstly I am going to start writing sh*t down again and making lists, as I’ve discussed before writing stuff down with a notepad and pen is the best way of getting yourself to be more productive, seeing that goal written down in your own handwriting can have a big effect on you not to mention it is incredibly satisfying to tick something off your to-do list.

It also allows you to plan out your day when you write things down because you’re not constantly thinking “I’ve got so much to do, I’ve got to do this and that” you just write it down and get on with it, this also makes it easier to think clearly as you have a clear mind.

Secondly I am going to start going for walks and listening to podcasts while on my walk again, this really helps me to clear my head and gives me some time out to think as well as letting me get in a bit extra exercise. One thing a lot of successful people share is they have dedicated time for themselves and allow themselves some time to clear their head.

Finally I am going to spend less time on Instagram as this seems to be eating up all my free-time at the moment so I will be setting out certain times where I can check social media. On that note I am going to leave this one here, so I will leave you with this:

“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.” – Jim Rohn

Thank you for reading this one, its a bit shorter than my normal post but that’s probably a good thing. Leave a like if you enjoyed it and I encourage any of you struggling with productivity to try out these tips as well. Hit follow if you would like to keep up to date with my blog as I post twice a week, thank you again and I shall see you on Tuesday. Ciao!

 

 

People Come & Go

This is probably the biggest lesson I have learnt in the past week, a key to being happy in life is understanding that people come and go. Not everyone in your life is going to be there till the end, truth is someone who is currently your best friend may not even be an acquaintance anymore in a couple of years… this is okay.

You will be much happier in life when you realise that this is a natural thing and there is nothing you can do about it, it’s just part of life. Things change, people change, situations change.

Nobody is going to be the same person throughout their entire life, sometimes people change and their friends are no longer the best people for them to be around, for example if you’re an alcoholic and trying to pack in the drinking, you’re not going to want to hang around with your mates who go out every weekend to the pub and get absolutely hammered and pressure you to drink, that’s just setting yourself up to fail.

This topic rings strongly with me at the moment because last week I met up with someone who I’ve been best friends with since I was 6, however since we live far away from each other we’ve only saw each other twice in the past 15 years (context: we used to go school together but she moved away and we kept in contact) and one of these times was last week.

We met up and we didn’t get on at all.. We could not have been more opposite, this resulted in us both leaving it drained, after a few days of not talking we had a chat and that was the end of our friendship, my friend decided that it wasn’t going to work and we both felt like we didn’t know the other person and so that ended our friendship. Just like that our close friendship came crumbling down.

This just goes to show how easily a 15 year friendship can end so easily but that’s okay, yeah it sucks that it’s over but when it happened I realised I could either be upset and make myself feel crappy, or I could just accept that it’s part of life and move on.

So like I said understand that you will not always have the same friends, people come and go and that’s just how it is, once you realise this and accept it it’ll save you a lot of heartache in the long run. Anyway I am going to leave this one as i’m rambling, so I will leave you with this:

“In life; People come and go. So, don’t waste your time holding onto people who have let you go”

Thank you very much for reading this one and I hope that it helps someone and prevents them from being as upset when a relationship or a friendship ends. Leave a like if you enjoyed it, massive thank you to everyone liking my posts! Comment to let me know your thoughts. I hope to see you again on Tuesday. Ciao!

 

Changing My Style

Good evening ladies and gentlemen! I fancied a bit of a different intro today instead of starting it off with “So” or “Okay” like I usually do. Yanno in about 3 months time I am going to be 22 years old… which is horrible to say out loud! All my life till recently I’ve been a ridiculously negative and miserable person, however as most of you probably know I am now making progress to becoming a more positive and happy being.

One thing I realised the other day when I looked in the mirror is I don’t like how I look, not in body but in my face/head. When I started thinking I realised I have been wearing glasses and had the same crappy hairstyle for about 16 years, the more I thought about this the more I wanted to have a change so that’s exactly what I decided to do. As of today I have a completely new hairstyle and tomorrow I am going into an opticians to look into getting contacts and you know what already I feel so much better about how I look.

I’ve shown a few of my friends my new look and they think it really suits me and already I feel much more confident and will hopefully even better tomorrow after I get my contacts and no longer have to wear glasses (all going well). But that’s not the only reason I wanted to change my look. Truth is part of me wanted to change my style because i’m not that same miserable f*cker that I once was, I am definitely not the same person who I was this time last year, not even remotely. I have changed for the better!

Now I am more confident, I have a better body and found a crazy passion in fitness and working out, I am constantly trying to better myself but learning more and reading, I am becoming a more positive person.

Maybe it’s time that you tried a different style or changed how you look or improve your body or your health. Do something that will make you feel better about yourself, your body, your life. At the end of the day we only get one life, why be miserable with it, live a life that you are happy with.

Not really sure if the message is completely clear in this post to be honest but hopefully it will inspire somebody to change their life for the better in some small way plus it is something that I wanted to discuss. Today’s quote is one of my all time favourites and it is something a lot of people need to start following:

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude” – Maya Angelou

Thank you so much if you read this one, it was a bit more of a personal one but hopefully you can take something away from it that will inspire you to improve your life. Please leave a like if you enjoyed it or a comment to let me know your opinion. Thanks again and I will see you as usual on Tuesday. Ciao!

Lack Of Exercise

So this has been abit of a weird week, for those of you who know me or read my blog regularly you probably know I have a keen interest in fitness and training, for the past 7 or so months I have been working out, for the past few months I’ve been completely committed to hitting all muscle groups once if not twice a week, as a general rule Wednesday through to Sunday are the days I train.

However this week has been a ‘deload week’ (A week where you decrease the weight or volume of your workout to allow a week for your muscles and joints time to fully recover), it is the first one I have ever done as it is something I only recently discovered and seen as I keep injuring myself just recently I thought it would be good to give my muscles a rest. I tried it on Wednesday and it was a horrendous workout, afterwards I felt like I hadn’t even done anything, this has resulted in me skipping the last 2 days of training which is not good.

What I was not expecting was the DRASTIC change in how I feel because I haven’t been training, these past few days I have felt horrific, I’ve felt lethargic, not wanting to get out of bed, struggling to write blog posts, I’ve not been reading, it has just hit me like a truck. This wasn’t even meant to be the topic of today’s post but I just couldn’t concentrate on the topic long enough to write a coherent blog post on the topic.

Reflecting upon this I think that I am going to have to get back into working out tomorrow and do a lot more research into a deload week, possibly consider lifting heavier so I at least feel something while i’m doing it. Honestly I don’t really know what the message is behind this blog post other than don’t skip training as it can apparently your well being quite severely.

Anyway i’m going to leave that one there as I need to head off to work and tomorrow after I’ve done some training I will get cracking on the blog post I was originally going to write today, make sure you tune in for that one on Tuesday as it will be a good one. But for now I am going to leave you with this:

“Focus on thinking forward. Second guessing your previous mistakes still won’t change them”

Thank you ever so much if you read this post especially since there wasn’t much advice given out on this one but I couldn’t leave you guys without some content to check out, I assure you normal posts will be resumed on Tuesday. Please leave a comment if you know much about deload weeks or if you have any advice to offer it would be much appreciated, just goes to show no matter how much you know you are still constantly learning. See you guys on Tuesday. Ciao!

My 2017 Goals

Well I said I would have a think about it and post my goals/schedule for 2017 so here it is, firstly i’d just like to say I am posting this so I am held accountable and to make sure I achieve what I set out to do this year, if you have goals I highly recommend you do something similar to hold yourself accountable.

My 2017 Goals:

  • Reach 25000 views a month on my blog
  • Clean up my diet
    • Eat healthier
    • Take multivitamins
  • Finish my college course
  • Start personal training course
  • Reach 5000 subs on YouTube
  • Expand my fitness knowledge
  • Read 1 book every month
  • Create a mobile game
  • Travel to Wales
  • Travel to London
  • Be Happier
    • Write down 3 things i’m grateful for every single day

Okay so there is a couple personal ones in there like travelling to Wales and London which don’t seem like goals but for someone who has suffered with anxiety for many years they are really big goals, plus I’ve always wanted to go London and I have friends who live in Wales.

Some of the goals above I am going to have to breakdown into mini goals like the milestone points with blog and YouTube but other than that they are what I would like to achieve this year. I will also be carrying on with my weight training because I love it but that doesn’t need to be a goal because I would do that anyway, the only reason I wouldn’t do that is if I was that ill I couldn’t leave bed.

As for my Schedule I am going to:

  • Upload Blog – Tuesday & Friday
  • Upload YouTube video – Wednesday & Saturday
  • Reading – An hour every night
  • Study game Development – 2 hours both Saturday & Sunday

So yeah that is pretty much it, there is a few other things I need to add in and arrange but that is basically my goals and schedule, I am going to have to add these all in gradually though so I don’t get overloaded and they become habits and just something I do automatically. But for now i am going to leave you with this:

“You only grow when you push yourself beyond your perceived limits. When you demand more from yourself you will get more”

Thank you guys ever so much for reading, hopefully this will encourage you to do the same and hold yourselves accountable for your 2017 goals. Hit like if you enjoyed it and leave me a comment to tell me your opinion or so you have someone to hold you accountable. Please follow if you want to keep up to date with my content, thanks again. I will see you this Friday for another post. Ciao!

Practising What I Preach

Okay so I preach quite a few different things on this blog, three key ones are positivity, setting goals and holding yourself accountable, however these are 3 things that I am not great at performing… Why is this? Simple. I’m new to it. It’s as simple as that i’m just new to it.

Before I started this blog I was a very negative person, actually it wasn’t until I wrote ‘The Plan’ that my mindset started to change and I started to become a more positive person, this was because of a falling out with a friend and I realised something needed to change but I digress. I used to be the biggest pessimist you’ll probably ever meet, I have a genuine talent for creating excuses as to why something won’t work or it will go wrong whether that be straight away or 10 miles down the line, think of Will in ‘Good Will Hunting’ and his ‘Bullshit answer to everything’, that is the level i’m talking about here. Combine this with me being (or should I say used to be) a right lazy sod then you can imagine how much I needed to change.

After the argument with my friend and I realised something needed to change, I started to read books and listen to podcasts and do all these things to help change my mentality, I should also note this is about the same time I really got into working out. But to get from that state to being a really positive and productive individual is not easy, it is a massive gap between where I was and where I want to be and i’m not even close to being there yet, I am still in the process of changing my mindset.

Change takes time and effort and so far it hasn’t been a great deal of time and I haven’t put in as much effort as I would like to have done so what am I going to do? I am going to make myself accountable for my actions, I am going to tell you all about this and make sure this year is the year I completely change myself, 2017 is going to be the year when I let go of that lazy negative person I used to be and grow into the person I want to be.

Between now and next Tuesday I am going to sort out my goals and sort out a plan on how to get there, possibly a schedule of when I am going to do these things such as edit videos, upload them and when I’m going to study games development and then I am going to post it on next Tuesdays blog this will hold me accountable for my actions and make sure that I stick to what I want to do and achieve my goals!

Combined with this I am going to start doing things like writing 3 things I am grateful for every single day, this will further enforce my positive thinking. This is stuff that is going to need a lot of planning as I have a heck of a lot that I want to do and need to fit it around things like college/work/exercise hence why I am giving myself a week to get it all figured out and then next Tuesday I am going to update you with my goals, my schedule and maybe a couple more things.

But this is starting to drag on so I am going to leave this one here and I am going to leave you with this:

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

I would like to thank everyone who reads these blog posts, I’ve noticed some of you who read and like every single blog I post and it is very humbling to know I am creating content people enjoy or find useful or inspiring, it just means a lot to me so thank you very much. If you enjoyed it please give it a like and maybe a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks again for reading, I will see you on Friday. Ciao!