For these few years, I addicted into reading blogs about self development. I got to know many popular blogs and bloggers, admire how they did and try implementing their advises into life…Sometimes I made success but failure more often. T.T
You probably noticed there are numbers of online courses, as I did, how would you consider to buy the course? During these years, I interested in several online courses and ebooks. Here, I would like to share how I felt and what I found out from the courses:
Learn More Study Less, by Scott Young
Discover Your Passion, by Barrie Davenport
Bold Living Guides, by Barrie Davenport
The 52-Week Life Passion Project, by Barrie Davenport
Sea Change Program, by Leo Babauta
Continue with my 2013 Resolution Projects, this is another most popular project that come up my mind, for all years. I’m using the term “studying” instead of “learning” because I enjoy being a student.
It is interesting that I used to believe I would not study any more after secondary school (similar as high school in US) since I didn’t enjoy my school life. I was unmotivated and aimless, just gathered with classmates walking around (not the type of bad students but certainly not the good one, I believed no teachers would remembered who I was at all) I didn’t know what I was doing for that 5 years!
But lucky I got a chance to study the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, that my life had been changed. I found my interests and somehow satisfied at my college life (by the way, I have never been a straight A student).
And now, you might not agree with, but I like reading course material and taking note, much more than learning a particular skill or sport.
How to be passionate at studying/learning?
I know there are many people struggling in studying, who might never getting back to study after graduate, could not find out their interests in studying. Therefore here we would like to share the traits on how to explore our passion of learning…
As you are reading this post, get interests from the title: Writing Goals, I assume that you like writing as well. Writing is always one of my passion since I was a child, I loved reading and wanted to express myself by words, it provides a unlimited imaginary space. I just always think of being a writer, making wishes on writing every year, but…. I procrastinating for life!
As a general small potato in Hong Kong, I work in the environment using Chinese. There aren’t many chances in using English after I graduate. Until recent years, I have feeling that my English is lagging behind since I haven’t been using it often in my daily life. I feel insecure and definitely would like to improve it asap!!! What I can come up with are reading and writing in English for practicing. Thus I spend more time on reading English novels, non-fictions, and blog articles. And I started writing journal in English from last year, for building a writing habit up.
Most of the time, I enjoy my time in journaling, putting feelings on the paper, it is kind of releasing stress.
My Writing Goals
Go back to this post, I’ll keep record on how I decided and actually work on the 2013 Resolution Projects. Here, I’m announcing one of the major goals: Writing.
Basically, there are several projects about writing:
It has been a year since this blog is launched. By reviewing what I have done, it is quite disappointing that I didn’t publish as much blog post as I supposed to do. This blog was almost gave up from my procrastination.
As the coming of year 2013, it is time to evaluate the new year resolutions. I’m not going to share my personal review or resolutions in details (may be later, but not now!).
I used to write down everything (including Resolutions, Monthly Plan, Weekly plan, Progress log sheet, etc.,) into a 2-ring binder, spending quite a long time in writing each plan every week. It was fun at the first 3 months, but I, turn out, could not keep for long. I had so many excuses:
- sicked for a month;
- busy of work;
- got addicted to TV programs (Bones, House, CSI, Grimm, …)
In order to avoid being failure again, the Resolutions Project should be simplify for easier maintain. Here I would like to show you how I organize the New Year Resolutions as an entire project.
Visualizing Help: Keep a nice notebook
I love handwriting, writing by hand helps me to focus better than typing on keyboard. There is study shown that moving your pen on paper does boost the brain activity and goal achievement. And a nice handwriting on your favorite notebook could make you feel satisfy.
For building my writing habit, I currently keep writing a Daily Journal and a Inspiration Journal.
The left (red) one = Inspiration Journal; the middle (gold) one = Daily Journal; the right (brown) one = brand new.
I love these series of journal, On the Road, thus I bought 3 of them. I’m still considering what to do with the last brand new one.
After the last article that we discuss about the external section of how to focus, we are now going in depth: the internal section.
Let’s first define what is the internal here: it is the physical and mental aspects of your body. Apart from the external environment, you should be able to fully control these internal section.
Why there are some people more productive? They are just able to work faster… Why?
One of the reasons is about concentration, usually we are easily be distracted during working (or studying), it is definitely important for how we stay focus. This article is the part one on helping you how to focusing your mind.
The ways of focusing are basically divided into 2 sections, the 1st section is about external — Environment.
If you want to keep focus at your office, this part might not help you much as most setting of the environment is probably out of your control. But if you are a student, working as home office, or study after work. You can being focus by simply changing the environment. Here are some tips:
At the beginning of this blog, as usual as my past year, I decided to write down all my plan at the computer, I didn’t even think to print it out (it sounds cool that everything run at e-format). I’m, still, using jorte apps at my smartphone for scheduling. It is very convenience as I can keep amending and updating with Google.
For the Weekly/Daily Plan, I used to write at an Android apps “Doit.im” which was under GTD format and able to syn with my PC at home & office.
However I was not enjoy in using this since it was very rigid that allowed to input text only. I couldn’t use symbols, drawing & tables….a bit boring!
After years and years of goals failure, that I ended up forgot all about my so called “Resolutions”, I started to think how to keep my passion. Thus I would like to create my personal binder file in personal development.
During my searching on personal development, I found some interesting sharing on (all from female, don’t know why): organization. Some of them even shared that they created a binder file on personal growth, I could see how excited when they were introducing their binder file (or sometimes in a notebook/planner format). Then I though “It looks so cute and interesting, why don’t I create one for myself?”.