New year, new me?

Monday 1st of January, 2018.

New year = 365 opportunities.

Happy new year everyone, hope you’re all well and excited for 2018. Just like most people, I have many goals for this year some personal, others not so personal.

MY GOALS:

  • Increase my engagement on apieceofsarah and discover more blogs specifically, travel, skin care, food and fashion related ones. I love discovering new blogs so please leave your blog pages below. travel bloggers
  • Travel more! The aim is to visit 4 countries this year, three of which I haven’t been to before. I love going on holiday so I’m more determined than ever to travel in 2018.
  • Step out of my comfort zone more e.g. not letting opportunities pass me by because I don’t feel ready.
  • Become healthier: exercise more, eat less processed foods, less pasta, cut out most dairy products and stop being so lazy.
  • Stick to my saving goal.
  • Take more pictures.

Linking back to my first goal, on new years day I was tagged by the wonderful Taiwo from stuffedshelvesite to answer the below questions and I was so excited and grateful because this is the first time I’ve been tagged to join anything by a fellow blogger.

Read the original post here.

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their post.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with your own set of questions.
  4. Tag your chosen 11 bloggers and don’t forget to tell them as well!

The questions given to me:

1) What’s your best colour?
I love Black and Charcoal Grey.

2) Where do you see your blog in a year’s time?
I really don’t know, hopefully with more followers who engage with it.

3) If you had $1000, what would you do with it?
Put some in my holiday fund and put 100 in stocks.

4) Who’s your best person in the entire world?
My mother, she is my rock.

5) Do you like flowers? If you do, what’s your best flower?
I’m not really a flower girl but I would say lavender (if that counts) or pink roses.

6) What’s a piece of advice you like (it may not have to do with your blog)
“Life keeps going even when you’re sad” “You’re the most important person in your life”
Also, my accountability post also kicks me into shape.

7) What country are you from? If you could change one thing about it, what would it be?
Nigeria! Igbo Kwenu. I’d love to change the infrastructure and the politicians.

8) Which do you prefer; novels or movies?
Action movies!

9) What’s your best piece of clothing/ accessory/ footwear?
Knee high boots, I love them.

10) What’s your best physical feature?
My smile, exhibit a below ☺

11) If you could be a well-known activist for a cause, what would it be?
Really hard question but an activist for people with special needs.

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Questions for my fellow bloggers:

  1. What’s your blog about and why did you start blogging?
  2. Who’s your style icon? Or maybe a fashion blogger/celebrity you really like?
  3. What’s your favourite skin care product?
  4. Where’s the best place you’ve visited and why?
  5. What’s your favourite cuisine?
  6. What’s your favourite restaurant?
  7. What type of person are you?
  8. With artificial intelligence on the rise would you buy a robot like Sophia?
  9. What’s your favourite book/movie/tv show?
  10. How do you like to relax?
  11. What would you suggest to someone who’s thinking about starting a blog or has one but is feeling discouraged?

Bloggers tagged:

@travelstreatsandeverythingsweet
@Josephine Grant
@sintimspeaks
@PopularIsWrong
@jaimeelolivia
@For The Wxnderers
@Its Kelle’s Space
@Melanie Jessica
@sarahjuneblog
@PAE Reviews
@LifeinRhymesandLines
@ladylikelaura
@kimberlyj.com

Procrastination: The only action that doesn’t involve an action 

Procrastination is a thief of time and quality. When you procrastinate you rob yourself of the chance to produce things to the highest standard and give yourself a greater chance of failure.

Avoiding doing a task doesn’t mean it will go away, it just gives you more stress and less time to do it. A lot of people, myself included procrastinate to the point where they’re disappointed at the time (hours, days, months sometimes even years) they’ve wasted because they avoided a task by putting other things & people first. Avoid doing this because you’ll only blame yourself when things aren’t done and you lament over the lost.

How to stop procrastinating:

  • Make to-do lists and set deadlines
  • Remind yourself this task will not go away
  • Put your phone on flight mode and delete apps from your phone (I do this when I have a ton of stuff to do and I genuinely don’t want to speak to anyone)
  • Remember time is of the essence and there is no time better than now to start doing things. Life never stops there’s always something else being thrown at you
  • What will the consequences be if this task is not completed.
  • Do things in small steps because big tasks are overwhelming.
  • Tell people what you have to do, it will make you more accountable because others will know and pester you if you have not finished.
  • I like to finish the harder tasks first or at least early on as this makes me feel productive. This minimizes my stress levels so that if I do end up procrastinating, I will only have a small chunk left.

 

 

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How to achieve your goals

2017 is finally upon us and a new year means new goals.  Unlike the previous uncompleted new year resolutions, this year will be different.

We will achieve what we said we will, once we stay focused.

I created this infographic to encourage you to stay focused on what you want.

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  1. Set clear goals
    • Whatever your goal is, it has to be clearly defined. You need to know the exact outcome of what you want.
  2. Ensure your goals are S.M.A.R.T
    • S.M.A.R.T goals are : Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Sensitive
    • Specific: What exactly do I want to accomplish?
    • Measurable: How will I know when I have completed it?
      How can I track my progress?
    • Attainable:Is it attainable? Can I achieve it with the resources I have?
    • Relevant: Is this goal important to me? What will completing it do for me? Is now the right time to do it?
    • Time Sensitive: When do I want to  completion date?
    • Example of a bad smart goal:
      • I want to become a better saver this year
    • Example of good smart goals:
      • I want to save £3000 by December so I will save £250 every month
  3. Write your goals down
    • This will act as a reminder and help you concentrate
  4. Research the actions required to achieve what you want
  5. Split the actions into smaller tasks
    • This will make it seem less daunting and give yourself dates to complete it by.
  6. Plan and prioritize your time wisely.
  7. Use a vision board to help visualize your success.
    • A vision board is a collection of images  and texts that are related to what YOU want in life.  You can create a vision board for each specific goal or for a collection of goals.
  8. Execute your plan
    • Do what you said you would.
  9. Regularly review your progress to check if you are still on track 
  10. Stay motivated
    • Don’t give up!

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