by Olabayo J. Awodirepo

2019 was indeed a wonderful year full of challenges, hits
and misses. I am not the type who writes New Year resolutions, but at the
beginning of 2019, I did pen down a few things I would like to get done before
the year would run out and to each goal, I assigned a time frame. Reflecting on
the things I wrote down, I realize that I got some done within the time frame
attached to it while some were done outside the time frame I gave them.
I would like to share a bit of my experience in 2019 with
you and you will also do same in the comment box. Cool, yeah?
  • One of my major challenges in 2019 was time management. I
    seemed to have too many things on my table and 24 hours looked like something
    too small to get them all done. But guess what? I didn’t let my eyes shift away
    from my goals. I can say that I achieved almost all the things I wrote down as
    my New Year resolution though some were achieved outside the time Frame
    assigned to them.

  • Procrastination is another thing that almost robbed me of
    some things. Although, I still got a number of things done very well after
    procrastinating even if it means taking all the night for them, but the
    overwhelming stress from the pressure of not starting on time was always present
    as my correction officer.
  • Balancing between giving and keeping money was also a
    challenge. I am the type who finds it difficult to ignore the urgent need of
    someone when it comes to finance. This affected me so much last year till the
    half part of the first quarter of this year. I would rather meet someone else’s
    need than to keep the money for my own use. I used to be like “well, there is
    no point keeping this money when there is someone who needs it right now” until
    I learnt from reading that I am not Jehovah Jireh who provides for the need of
    every man and I must learn how to say NO. So, I learnt to take my savings culture
    more serious. Though, I still compromised in some situations but I never touched
    my savings. The cash kept for feeding or shopping may have suffered for it but
    not my savings.
Above all, this is what I want us to go with as we proceed
into 2020:
1.       Let
your goals be realistic. This will help you to avoid unnecessary pressure,
fears and regrets. Don’t aim at influencing one million lives when you barely
have the capacity to touch 100 lives. I know you walk by faith, but be guided
2.      Be accountable to someone. This would actually
give you reason to get some things done because you know there is someone to
whom you need to give report. I believe in having a muse, something that would
always want you to get something done against all odds. Let me cite an example
as regards my savings plan… Thanks to my fiancee, I was able to have a
tangible and stable savings plan. I know she’d always ask me what’s up about my
savings and I wouldn’t want to be seen as not being serious with it. I had to
sit up.
3.      Surround
yourself with those who can challenge you and push you to work. A man can feel
at ease when he has no challenger. As regards writing for example, don’t stay
in one place and be feeling like a local champion. Mix with other writers,
participate in writing prompts and competitions, make entries as much as you
can and aim to achieve much more with people of same mind. Team work is another
thing I just learnt during the last quarter of 2019 and this really helped me
to achieve a number of things.
4.      Seek
and acquire adequate knowledge. Read books. What you need to get that goal met
is just a book away. I am not so good at reading books especially books that
have no pictures in them. But whenever I decide to read I make sure I do so
selectively. It could be an article, a simple quote, a poem or something really
creative. I even learn from movies. I don’t just watch for the fun of it.
5.      Be
your own motivation. This is very important because no one can motivate you
better than you would do. When things become tough, let the goal drive you to
triumph. I am a writer and a poet and I had the goal of writing and posting at
least one meaningful things each day for all the 365 days of the year 2019 and
this have I consistently done even during moments I was sick, moments I was so
busy at work and moments I was busy preparing for my master’s exams in school.
The goal never allowed me to back out.
6.   Know what works for you. On the aspect of getting a task done, I tried to watch and understand what works well for me. I give myself deadline before the deadline so I can do what I’m supposed to do. Thanks to my fiancee, I have someone to always challenge me and let me know I should do what needs to be done on time. Get yourself a reminder if that’s what would help you!
Can you also share
your experience with me so I and others can learn from it? Kindly do so in the
comment box.

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