It’s Almost Half of The Year!

Just yesterday we said our happy new year and now, the year has run into half surprisingly.

There are a whole lot of tasks I have been procrastinating on and would reassure myself I still had enough time to do them because “the year is just beginning”. I probably lost track of time because the year is obviously not so new. As hard as the pill is hard to swallow, the year is gradually winding down.

Some people have got some goals checked from their goal list, some others like me have procrastinated with the illusion that the year was just beginning, and there’s also a handful of people who are not ignorant of the speed of time, but simply have no goals set to reach. Whichever one you are from the aforementioned group of people, this article is the nudge you need to create a balance in your life, self-reflect and prioritize the things that are of high importance to you.

If you are in my group of procrastinators, who comfortably play ignorant, there’s no better time to clear the decks and get to work on all the things lined up for you to do.


By now I’m certain you have defined goals for the year. I am convinced you have devised strategies in place to achieve these goals and have set KPIs in place to track your progress. Now, get to work on the first step. Procrastination is associated with a variety of dangers and negative effects, including worse academic performance, worse financial status, increased interpersonal relationship issues, reduced wellbeing, and worse mental and physical health.


The worst part about procrastination is realizing that you’ve aged two, five, or 10 years and nothing has changed. This is a terrible feeling since you can’t turn the clock back; you can only live with the hopeless feeling of regret. Nothing is more frustrating than feeling angry at yourself because you know things could have turned out differently if you had just taken that first step.

If you are in that phase where you have set plans and goals in place and things are slowly pacing causing you to put undue pressure on yourself, you have to relax for a bit and understand that the constant pressure and anxiety you give yourself doesn’t make anything better. it doesn’t make those plans take shape. It just deteriorates your mental health and self-esteem.

Setting goals for yourself can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. Our desires are fueled by goals, and they inspire us to be our best selves. While reaching them can feel priceless, the pressure we put on ourselves to do so can be exhausting.


According to psychiatrist Vinay Saranga, oftentimes one of the first signs someone is being too hard on themselves is when they begin using negative, pessimistic language to describe themselves and their life.

Rather than pressurizing yourself unduly for not accomplishing goals, you might want to be sure you have not set unrealistic goals and expectations for yourself from the get-go. You need to set small achievable goals, and then break them down into smaller action items and try to catch up to them. Evaluate your progress over time. If you have achieved your goal, great! If not, it’s time to reflect, and rework the action items and techniques. Even though you have set SMART goals and things are not falling into place as fast as you want them to, be patient. Good things take time, great things take even longer.

If you are yet to find your bearing this year, it is not too late to critically analyse your life and determine what you want to accomplish. What your dreams are and who, what and where you need to be to achieve these goals. First start by discovering your strengths, and weaknesses and leverage your strengths.

If you are not ignorant of the time speed yet feel lackadaisical about achieving anything worthwhile for yourself, this is the wake-up call to take responsibility for your life.
Taking charge of your life also entails living a life with meaning and purpose. It is having a clear understanding of what you want out of life, making a strategy to get there, and making purposeful decisions that get you closer to your goals. It entails doing the right thing although it may be unpleasant or painful at the time.


Taking control of your life allows you to move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat. Rather than just going with the flow of life, you seize the reins and start steering it in your preferred path. If you don’t love yourself enough to take charge of your life, you are never going to live up to your full potential.

In all of these, take time to appreciate every moment of your life that passes. It’s easy to get caught up in the fast lane and forget to stop and appreciate what you already have. A thankful life is a life well-lived.
Gratitude does not have to be reserved for life’s “major” events. The habit of being grateful begins with appreciating everything wonderful in life and realising that nothing is too tiny to be thankful for.

Today, I am grateful for the big and small wins. I am grateful for the gift of self-awareness and self-love.

What are you grateful for so far in 2022?

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PRIORITISING REST

Are you the proverbial jack of all trades who does not rest? You want to finish every task as soon as possible and jump to another without rest. You undermine rest and force your body and mind to work even when you know you have hit rock bottom. Even machines are turned off to cool when they start to heat, what more you, a human being.

“Rest is not idle. It is not wasteful. Sometimes rest is the most productive thing you can do” – Erica Layne

According to health experts, rest/sleep helps your body cells rejuvenate and refresh, and in the absence of rest, your body system weakens causing a physical, mental or emotional breakdown. Lack of rest and insufficient nap time worsens illnesses like increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke and most times affect our immune system.

How can one become productive when his body system is not functioning properly? When it comes to being able to optimally function in important areas of our life, it is all about balance.

Psychological models suggest that we must obtain a balance between work, play, sleep, and rest to be able to do any of these things well.

A video made rounds on social media about a world-famous billionaire who mentioned he only took 3-4 hours of sleep daily. Thinking about it, there’s nothing wrong with how a person chooses to live his life, only that it made people criticize themselves and blame their “sleeping” habit as the reason they were still within the poverty line. When did fewer hours of sleep equal success?

Do you know some people barely rest but are up doing nothing productive? Nothing beats proper time management. If you can manage your time properly within your tasks, you should have covered a reasonable percentage of it and still have up to 6-8 hours of sleep daily.

The Impact of Rest on Productivity are the following;

The first is Efficiency: the reason most organisations have launch time and break periods is not necessarily for staff to eat but for them to have some rest because one may have been exhausted and not be able to carry on more tasks if no rest is taken. One of the best and hardworking mechanics at my workplace has a strategy.

Whenever a particular task gets tough, he leaves it, washes his head with water and takes rest in the form of naps. The next time he comes back to work, he gets the job done perfectly. Having some rest can boost your mental and physical capacity to get a job done faster and better. It is said that energy is the ability to work.

While we work, our strength depreciates and the velocity of work reduces which reduces output. We become more productive when our strength is at its peak. It builds a ​healthy workforce: When there is a healthy workforce, there is usually an increase in productivity as both mental and physical strength are applied in their best forms. The effects of rest on health and productivity are often underestimated, yet sleep deprivation remains a substantial risk factor for decreased workplace productivity, work errors, as well as occupational injuries which cost employers fortunes, are some side effects.

Chronic sleep deprivation frequently yields decreased attentiveness and vigilance with slower response times, which limits a worker’s ability to make proactive decisions. This results in a lot of work errors which may include errors of commission and omission, which can affect the sustainability and profitability of a company in the long run. ​

Emotional balance: Psychological models suggest that we must obtain a balance between work, play, sleep, and rest to be able to do any of these things well. For many people, work and play fill most of our active hours, sleep is easily compromised, and rest is forgotten, making us feel overwhelmed with stress which quickly gets our emotions skyrocketing into depression, which in turn affects every aspect of our lives and renders us less productive.

Stress from our daily activities, lack of adequate sleep and not getting enough rest can lead to trouble concentrating on the tasks, weaken your immune system and cause mood changes. These have been identified as part of the factors that throw us into emotional imbalance; they take a toll on our mental and emotional health which affects our physical health and strength. There is this personality change in a way that seems different from your person. you involuntarily get agitated or display anger, anxiety or moodiness And tend to Withdraw or isolate yourself from others.

You are stuck in the middle of your emotions, and then it becomes hard to think clearly. In all of these, what we simply need to get our emotions stable and under control is rest/sleep.

Rest fixes emotional well being and mental stability. It Relaxes brain neurons or nerves, refreshes brain cells and makes you emotionally stable to kick off for work.In conclusion, rest is sacrosanct to human development.

Rest is not necessarily something one just achieves, but rather is a process we have to be intentional about. Resting primarily involves the ability to psychologically and physically detach from work and play and every other thing that makes up our mental and physical strength.

Therefore, to be energetic and productive, one should realise that rest shouldn’t be a reward but a right. Denial of a reward doesn’t hinder progress, but denial of a right is an infringement on the wheel of success. Therefore rest must be a routine for the body. Even machines made of iron, steel and hard materials break down when overworked let alone delicate human nature.

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The place of rest in our individual lives and our productivity level cannot be overemphasised because Health is Wealth. We do hope you found this article useful?

FAILURE: A LEAP INTO SUCCESS

A journey of a thousand miles they say begins with a step. The journey to success is like the story of an adventurer who has many hurdles on his path but in the end, the challenges make the story interesting.

Failure can be likened to a mountaineer who encounters wild animals, harsh weather conditions, stony and rough grounds, slippery ground etc. Most times, the climber slips back to areas he has overcome. There are possibilities that the climber would remain stagnant at a place for days due to these challenges, but they build him and make him stronger. He might be faced with some thoughts of giving up, but his target (the mountaintop) becomes his strength.

Success is like a finished product. Every finished product has rough or raw processes that build it to a beautiful commodity. To refine gold, it must pass through molten stages, which require extreme hot temperatures. When you see a beautiful shirt, you should realize it was once a plane fabric which passed through cuts and stitches to make what you now admire.

Now I want to let you know that failure is just a vocabulary standing on its own. In a story of success, it is a process in the actualization of a target (success), therefore giving up because things didn’t go the way you want means you have accepted failure, but not as a means to an end -success. The journey to achieving your goals starts with action – a step.
One can have the finest dream, but without action, it is as good as dead. Therefore, a step kick starts it, not minding if it turns favourable or not.

Anyone who thinks failure has a negative effect should look back at the serial failures of James Dyson, who created the bagless vacuum cleaner, Dyson took five years and 5,127 prototypes before he got his vacuum cleaner right. But the 5,128th model was a huge success.

Thomas Edison claimed to have conducted 10,000 experiments before he made a light bulb that worked properly. But he ended up with 1,093 patents to his name and was a founder of General Electric, (now just called GE) one of the most successful companies of all time.

Hundreds of famous failures became famous successes but more often than not, the struggles through their success are not as highlighted as their now success.
Failures/ mistakes help you restrategise. It repositions and refines your dream. Rather than see failure as the result, see it as the means to an end. As a stepping-stone to success.

Rediscover/reposition: When you fail, it helps you to rediscover and reposition your way to success. This can best be illustrated in the story of ALBERT EINSTEIN who graduated from the renowned Swiss Polytechnic Institute at the age of 21 and was struggling to find employment. To make matters worse, Einstein had a terrible reputation as a student. He skipped classes, and his professors never took him seriously. Moreover, Einstein never performed spectacularly in school. He was only good in mathematics and physics but did so poorly generally that he nearly decided to drop out, and just sell life insurance.

Eventually, he found legitimate employment as a patent clerk. Every day, he would sit down, review patents, and analyze mathematical equations (patents had a lot of math in them) and Einstein loved it. His work transformed the way physicists thought about light, gravity, and space and remains to be one of the most iconic physicists of all time.

In the story of Albert Einstein, thinking that he was a failure just settled for a patent clerk job, even on the job, he discovered his passion for analyzing mathematical equations and it helped him build a career in physics which ultimately led him to success.

A quote by Oprah Winfrey says, “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction”.

Restrategize: Failure helps you restrategize. It aids you in refining your steps towards your dream. When you make corn pudding and it becomes watery, you may want to know the reason why it happened and how to do it better, it should not stop you from ever taking corn pudding. This is exactly how you should see failures and challenges.

A practical example of how failure helps one restrategize steps to achieving one’s dream is the story of Oprah Winfrey.
Early in her career, she worked on a failed news show and was demoted from her primetime co-anchor role. However, Winfrey’s empathetic style later found traction and she gained her talk show, which rocketed her to international success.

After a quarter-century of success with her talk show, many wrote off Oprah’s OWN network as a failure when it initially struggled to build a viewership or turn a profit. She didn’t give after what seemed like failure.
She made several changes, such as redesigning programming and collaborating with other creators, Winfrey was able to turn things around, and the network stands to this day.
Winfrey took each setback in her path as a lesson. Her failures weren’t unscalable brick walls; they were stepping stones toward her success

Motivation: Some of the most successful people in the world had to overcome failure at some point in their lives. Rather than giving up and allowing their failures to define them, they used setbacks as motivation to make a lasting impact in their field. The story of Michael Jordan illustrates how failure is a motivating factor.

Micheal Jordan says,
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it”

As a child, Michael had a very close relationship with his father, this stemming from their mutual love for sports. Baseball was their sport of choice and they bonded greatly over such games. Michael, however, chose to play basketball to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Larry, whom he looked up to.

In his early years at Emsley A. Laney High School, Michael tried out for an open position on the basketball varsity team. He hadn’t grown to his full height yet, nor did he have the skill he clearly showed the world in the years to come. He was not chosen for the position. Instead, the team opted for someone taller and bigger and—he believed—a less competent player than he was.

People who saw Michael grow up claimed that he was competitive in almost everything. He liked winning and was, in fact, a sore loser. Consequently, he took it hard when he did not make it to his high school’s varsity team.

When another spot opened for the basketball varsity team, Michael again tried his luck and was accepted as a team member.
He was disappointed, however, as he was barely allowed to play in the interschool games. He was mostly on the bench, handing out water and towels to the tired players.

Long story short, He never gave up, he believed he can do it, and it motivated him more to keep trying. His resilience and relentlessness later paid off.

Never accept failure as an option, that is why in a success story, failure is considered a process to your success, you might be rejected, criticized, mocked and looked down on but this negativity should be the reason you should push on to prove everyone wrong.

In conclusion, even if you fail, it becomes an experience. Someone with experience is better than one who has not tried. Struggling is always part of the process of success.