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How To Accomplish Your Ambitions

Every day is unique and has value in someone’s life. Days that have passed cannot get back again. Moments that have already passed cannot get back and be recovered.

Procrastination is a bad habit which captivates you from your creativity.

If you are able to see the time as single moments then you will understand that you must not spend these moments.

Opportunities don’t go and choose someone randomly.

Opportunities are made by you, and you are responsible to take them into account and utilize them.

For this to be true, you have to put ambitions that can be accomplished by using a schedule.

It is almost impossible to accomplish those ambitions without a schedule. Day by day you will see yourself to be better and a step closer to your goal.

This process gives you the essential agility that you need so as to accomplish your ambitions.

How To Do That

Feel free and give yourself the chance to make mistakes. If you are open-minded, you can become better through these mistakes. Also, you have to keep the rationale, the only way to catch your destination is through mistakes.

Don’t disillusion yourself from the first steps. Keep trying until you are able to catch your goal. Just stay focused on your goal and teach yourself through mistakes.

Push yourself a step further at a time as long as you don’t feel overwhelmed. You just only need to abide by your schedule.

Moreover, creation is building something even if it isn’t something that you like at first, and working on it until the wanted result.

Through this consistency, opportunities become true, it’s worth to take the risk in order to win something proportionate to your ambitions.

That’s the reason that you have to make good use of your day even if there are obstacles.

The day which has passed cannot come back and you have to continue your try with this small gap behind you.

Plan your every single day. What you want to do, and what you want to achieve. Dedicate a little time to organize your day.

Try to fill your schedule and your life with good habits.

Even better, be prepared for the moment that you will put this habit into your schedule. Make sure that you are ready to work hard in order to make this habit real. Don’t postpone that, just be prepared for when it is the appropriate time to start or create this appropriate time.

Build a schedule that you are able to follow every day for a month at least. Revise this schedule again and again in order to do that better for you and not just leave it as a simple execution.

After a while, check your schedule again and see if there is a need to build it from scratch again. I am sure that you have to.

That is a mark that shows you are becoming better and your creativity is on a high level.

Don’t waste your time maintaining harmful situations for you. This will incapacitate you and lead you astray from your destination.

If it is a trouble to change this situation then prepare yourself and give him time and appropriate equipment so as to accomplish this change.

Don’t let your life pass, do not wait until something has changed! You have to change it! You are the only one responsible for your life!

You can read more about the schedule in my first article here.

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How Not To Let Overtime Affect Your Performance

Recently, I read a book titled The best software writing I by Joel Spolsky. This book presents some of the best writings about software from around the internet through the eyes of Joel Spolsky. One chapter, specifically, refers to the negative consequences of overworking. You can read the original article here EA-Spouse. From the very first of sentence I thought that it was so interesting that I couldn’t treat the book lightly.

When I found my first job as a programmer, I used to work 14 to 16 hours every day for the first 4 months. Afterwards, I reduced the hours a little bit, but I carried on working about 10 hours every day. I got at a very good level rather fast and I could build a web-site either using a CMS or building the whole project from scratch. I was trying to read as many books and articles about programming as possible , so as to improve my skills in writing code in a better quality. Unfortunately, by doing so, I saw my performance decreasing more and more

The drawbacks in this case were the following:

  1. I didn’t have a mentor, someone who could lead me to a more efficient way of working. It’s not necessarily bad but sometimes it’s grinding to reinvent the wheel.
  2. It’s good to devote as much time as you can in a field that you love, but if you don’t have an aim, a plan or even a schedule, you are wasting your time. I was reading everything and anything on programming and every article took me to another and sometimes I was getting derailed.

Even though researching absolutely everything is sometimes useful, if you want to have an improvement in this way, you are just wasting your time.

What I have learnt the last few months is that everything that you deal with you have to have consistency and to practice every day irrespective of time. It doesn’t matter how much time you can invest every day in something. What matters is a systematic occupation with it. You mustn’t lose even a day. These every day habits help us to improve our skills taking a step forward to come closer to our goal. It is true that if you deal with it many more hours every day you will get there faster but there is not really need to dismiss your aim in case you can’t put in all these hours. For instance, you may deal with it solely 25 minutes every day so as to improve your skills in programming, but you have to keep a consistency doing that every single day. Essentially the only difference is that your journey is going to take more time. So what? That is not bad at all.

One way to achieve this goal is to track your time and learn the value of it. You may think that only 25 minutes every day devoted in a single task is not enough, but you are going to be amazed how effective it is. You are going to be a step closer to your goal. As I said it’s not bad at all if your journey takes longer. When you get there, you will be full of the sense of completeness and pleasure that you achieved one more goal. This is exactly the feeling that will help you to pursue the next target and improving your assets.

[quote name=””]What you will accomplish tomorrow, you owe it to what you do.[/quote]

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The concentration span of the human brain is limited to a short amount of time. There are many surveys on this with various conclusions. The only thing that is clear is that concentration depends on how important a task is for you and the type of task (reading, working, auditing etc).

There are applications and techniques which can help you to increase your concentration. For instance, you can use pomodoro. This is such a simple technique, but it works. You have to push yourself to stay concentrate on the work you have for 25 minutes and after that you take on a break for 5 minutes. The same again and again. One cycle is one pomodoro. It is really valuable to devote at least one pomodoro every single day on something important for you, on something that you want to be better at. Think that, with only 25 minutes in a day you will have 175 minutes in a week, in a task you wouldn’t execute at all. And that’s because you think that you have to devote a big part of your day in a single task. Give it a try. It is not just a few minutes, it is just a step closer to your goal.

Basically, you just use your mental time as efficient as you can and afterwards you give your brain a little time to refresh so as to get back into work with momentum. You can find a bounty of articles doing a search in google for pomodoros, for managing your time efficiently. A book that I read with many references to all these with good advice is Soft Skills by John Sonmez.

You may use an application to track how long you spend in every creative project, in every habit. You will find many applications doing a simple search on google, you can read what my friend Geodoo uses as well.

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The last 2 years I felt tired and I couldn’t improve my knowledge on programming as I used to. The main reason was that I didn’t have consistency. I didn’t motivate myself to start a course because I thought that it was going to take too much time. I didn’t actuate myself to set goals because I thought that it was grinding. I couldn’t control my hobbies as well. I have so many hobbies and I couldn’t set a schedule to improve each one accordingly.

Since I started managing my time better, the improvement was huge. I have engaged in creative habits, when before I had none and I have been able to have them in order. Doing every day at least one pomodoro in every single habit is so helpful that I have learned 3 times more than I used to.

Also it’s true that I can improve my performance more because I have yet to find the best schedule that fits me perfectly. Keeping consistency and playing around various techniques helps you to increase your payoff.

As Art Kohn said here

[quote name=””]We need to find ways to continue to improve our instructional techniques.[/quote]

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If you wish to help yourself you have to stop being disoriented, turning your hobbies into habits. Learning and improvement are things that need consistency and practice. You shouldn’t stop trying if you have a failure. You need to keep your mind open learning from these failures and your experiences will lead you a step closer to your goal.

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