Summer successes are built in the winter.
So as we approach what I like to call ‘stay low and build season’ (that season when it gets cold and people stop wanting to do things outside all the time, and everyone’s broke from all the summer shenanigans) here are five things to remember as you get ready to hibernate.
1. Stay away from the pumpkin spiced lattes.
Just kidding. But really, I always tend to forget about being good to my body when I’m working extra hard and it’s cold. To me ‘being good’ means eating well, exercising and limiting alcohol intake (you know I’m not here to talk about calorie counting and starvation.)
Self-care should have no days off, you owe it to yourself to eat well, even after a long day working from your bed in minion pyjamas.
2. Stay in your lane and don’t look back.
You know that annoying thing Usain Bolt does? Where he looks back to see where the other athletes are as he runs? Don’t do it.
Comparing yourself to others slows you down and demotivates you. I follow some of my favourite bloggers on social media to keep up to date with what they are up to, other than that, I don’t need to be too concerned with what every other blogger is doing.
When you hear the Jollof rice about to finish. pic.twitter.com/FLwta9QIJC
— Ceo Fakomaster (@ayolabi247) August 17, 2016
3. Have clear goals and set deadlines.
Setting yourself unrealistic goals just makes you feel like rubbish when you don’t achieve them, instead set achievable goals, write down the steps you need to take to get there and put time in your calendar to achieve them.
An example of a sensible goal: make £500 through blog consulting by January 2016 by promoting the service on social media accounts, at the end of each blog post, and by getting testimonies from previous clients
An example of a not-so-sensible goal: be a millionaire by January 2017 by becoming a viral YouTube star
4. Your friends might think you’re weird, but that’s OK.
If they don’t already, your friends might think that the amount of time you spend working is a bit weird, but that’s OK. There will be plenty of time to convince them of your awesomeness once your hard work pays off in the summer.
— Bloggers of Colour (@bloggersoc) September 29, 2016
5. Don’t give up.
One way I keep myself motivated is by keeping track of how far I’ve come; looking at blog page view numbers, or Facebook page likes over time or just browsing through my portfolio. And then I celebrate my achievements when I reach a goal.
You may not be able to celebrate your successes with a pool party and ice cream, but you can have a hot chocolate or a pumpkin spiced latte or something… Wait, what was point one again?
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“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” – Proverbs 27:2