Blogtober Results and Reflections

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Since the end of Blogtober, which saw me answering the same 3 questions each day ( What made me feel enthusiastic?  What drained me of energy?  What did I learn about myself?), I have been analysing my answers and thinking about how I can make changes to my day to day life to change the energy drains and to bring in more things that make me feel more enthusiastic.

What made me feel enthusiastic?  Mostly the things that made me feel enthusiastic or filled me with enthusiasm were crafts that I enjoy, creating logos, drawing and decorating.  Other things that got my enthusiasm flowing were taking time to listen to audiobooks, read, spending time with family and friends, housework, making plans and getting tasks ticked off from my to-do list.

What drained me of energy?  Work drained me of energy quite a bit which came as no real surprise.  The weather getting colder, rain, the mornings and evenings getting darker, headaches, tiredness, being interrupted when I am in the middle of something and not being as productive as I had planned were also big energy drains.

What changes will I be implementing?  I have been thinking about changes I can make in order to feel more enthusiastic about everyday life and have decided that I need to make changes regarding my job and how I plan my time.  I am not sure whether I need a total change of job, looking at a career in something that is creative and gives me an outlet for all my skills or if I need a change of work pattern so I can utilise my spare time to spend larger parts of my day focusing on my own creative projects.  I would like to better plan my day so that each draining activity is broken up with an activity that makes me enthusiastic so that I am less focused on the negatives of certain things and more focused on completing them so I can then do something I enjoy.  One of the lessons that I learned during this time was that I am able to be less drained of energy when I have fun things to look forward to and that the enthusiasm I have for some things can be carried through to less enjoyable ones.

In all, this was a really useful and interesting challenge that I set myself for Blogtober and I think it is one that I shall be doing again in the future.

Did you learn anything during October?  Has it made you re-think how you do things?  I’d be really interested to hear any of your thoughts so let me know in the comments!

Blogtober Review

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It’s now the start of November and Blogtober is now over.  Today I am sharing my review of Blogtober.

When I decided to participate in the Blogtober Challenge I thought that I would be able to continue with my normal blogging schedule at the same time, after all, setting myself 3 questions to answer each day would be easy, or so I thought.

At first, answering the 3 questions, “What made me feel enthusiastic today? , What drained me of energy? and What did I learn about myself today?” was fairly easy but as the month went on I really had to dig deep at times to find the answers.  Some days had been pretty mundane and I found it hard to find even one single thing that piqued my enthusiasm, other days it felt like everything drained me of energy and there were occasions where I had to really sit and go through my day to find something I had learned about myself.  It was pretty tough going at times.

While I managed to keep up with Blogtober I did find it hard to write any of my normal blog posts and have a few that I will be sharing through November that I had planned (but never written) for October.  It was hard, after sitting and really examining my day, to find enough mojo to write anything else.

I also started Inktober, approaching it with a logo/graphic design/sketch slant and managed to get just over halfway with that.  I am aiming to complete at least the sketch part by mid-November and then spend some time creating the digital versions.  Hopefully, I will be sharing the sketches soon!

I really enjoyed this Blogtober Challenge that I set myself and think I have learned a lot about myself along the way.  My plan now is to analyse the answers that I gave and come up with some facts and figures to see if there are any changes I can make in my life to bring more enthusiasm in and less of the draining things.

Did you take part in any October challenges?  How did they go?  I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

Blogtober 31st

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It’s the 31st of October which means it is also the last day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 30th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I carved my pumpkin tonight and that had filled me with enthusiasm for much of the day.  I don’t really celebrate Halloween but I like the thought behind pumpkins – originating from Ireland the carved pumpkin started off as a carved turnip that had a candle placed inside it and was displayed on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.  It amazes me where some of our traditions come from and the meaning behind them and I find the history so interesting.

  • What drained me of energy?

I’ve been feeling throwy-uppy sick much of the day, it started not long after I got to work and continued through the day getting worse and worse.  I really couldn’t face eating anything at lunchtime as I felt so sick.  I left work at 4pm and came home and slept for a bit but it didn’t help much.  Feeling sick is the worst and really drained me of energy, I don’t think anyone likes to feel sick but I also have a fear of actually being sick and felt pretty anxious about it so that didn’t help matters either.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I am really no good at dealing with being ill and really wish I was still a kid as my Mum would always know how to make me feel better.

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Its the 30th of October which means it is also the thirtieth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 29th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I had downloaded a new audiobook and I felt really enthusiastic to have something different to listen to in work today.  Normally I listen to podcasts or true-life things but today I had “Lies” by T.M Logan to listen to which is a fictional story.

  • What drained me of energy?

Having interruptions in work today that stopped me from doing what I needed to, even for a short while, drained me of energy in work today.  I find that if I break my concentration when I’m in the middle of something it can be really hard work to get back into doing the task again and seems to take me an age to get back into the swing of what I was doing.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I work best when I focus on one task at a time, not only that but I feel that I do my best work when I am totally focused, immersed and engaged with what I am doing.  I seem to take more care and make fewer mistakes.

Blogtober 29th

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Its the 29th of October which means it is also the twenty-ninth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 28th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Planning and cooking a roast dinner for my friend and myself after work today filled me with lots of enthusiasm all day.  I couldn’t wait to get home and make a start on preparing and cooking and then being able to sit down and enjoy dinner with my friend.

  • What drained me of energy?

Today must be the first day in ages where I can’t really pinpoint anything that drained me of energy or even anything that happened that had a negative impact on me.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

Today I learned that by focusing on the good things I am able to overcome any small things that may normally drain my energy.  Just by shifting my focus I can not notice the negative things.

Blogtober 28th

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Its the 28th of October which means it is also the twenty-eighth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 27th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

Spending time sorting out some of my things in the spare room and starting to get things how I want in there really made me feel enthusiastic today.  I have realised that it’s not going to take me as much work to set everything up as I want as I thought!

  • What drained me of energy?

Last night the clocks went back by an hour as part of daylight saving time and that has really messed up my internal clock, not only making me question what the time is but has messed around with my routines which has really drained me of energy and made me feel really lethargic all day.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that despite thinking that things are complicated and a ton of work, once I get started things can actually be a lot easier than I thought.  Sometimes I just need to give things a go rather than writing them off as being too hard.

Blogtober 27th

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Its the 27th of October which means it is also the twenty-seventh day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 26th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I woke up full of enthusiasm to get things done in the house this morning.  I had several tasks that I was looking forward to getting done and ticked off from my list.

  • What drained me of energy?

The whole day seemed to go past far too quickly and I didn’t really get anything done that I wanted to.  Once I was up and fully awake I realised that it was raining heavily and not the nicest of weather to go out in.  After I made myself a coffee, I promised myself that I would get dressed and make a start on my day but have been in my PJs all day and just lost all the enthusiasm I had when I woke.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that I really need to get myself dressed and try to get things done regardless of the weather.  If I make plans then trying to stick to them is much better for me than just not doing anything.

Blogtober 26th

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Its the 26th of October which means it is also the twenty-sixth day of Blogtober! Today I am answering my questions based on 25th October.

  • What made me feel enthusiastic today?

I bought a new computer monitor on-line a few days ago and have been thinking about sorting out my spare room so that it is more of a creative space for me to work from – blog, work on graphics and space to do my art stuff.  I have been thinking about how I want the whole room to look and how everything should be laid out.  Out of all of the rooms in my house, my spare room is the one that I haven’t done much with and I am really looking forward to making this more of a space for me.

  • What drained me of energy?

Working a 5 day week has drained me of energy, today was a struggle not only to get up this morning, get ready for work but to keep myself motivated all day.  I did manage to push through and finished all of the jobs I needed to.

  • What did I learn about myself today?

I learned that sometimes I just need to power through the day.  Setting myself small, achievable goals has helped with getting through the day.

Bloggers Blogging for Blogtober

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As you know, I am taking part in Blogtober, a blogging event which sees bloggers challenging themselves to post once a day for the whole of October, but it’s not just my blog that is taking part, there are a whole host of other fantastic blogs that are undertaking the challenge too!  Today I am sharing a few of the blogs that I follow who are taking part too!

Please pop by and see what these bloggers are doing for Blogtober and say hi!

If you would like to be added to my Bloggers Blogging for Blogtober list then please leave your link in the comments!