Reflections: 5 Lessons the AtoZ Challenge taught me.

Hi Lovelies,

Are we ready for the new week?

If you have been frequent on Phaytea’s Pulse, you must know by now that we participated in the #AtoZ writing challenge in April. 

(Hopefully, I don’t have to mention it again after this post..I’m beginning to sound like a broken recordπŸ™„πŸ™„).

After conquering that quest, it is only normal for me to ask and answer questions to help me reflect. 

  • Will I like to participate next year?
  • Will I want to join another challenge this year?
  • Did I learn new things?
  • Did the challenge improve my writing?

All the questions definitely get a big YES.

For the importance of asking yourself thought provoking questions, please read Questions before the Quest

Asides having to take on regular work and life’s challenge, this is my first attempt at a writing challenge and I will like to share 5 lessons i learnt.

Challenge

Here we go:

  • Know your purpose/Have a goal.

First, I must admit that I am a #QueenProcrastinator. 

I did not decide to join the challenge until last minute. However, I thought about it randomly and weighed the possibility of starting and completing. 

I also figured joining the challenge will help me test the waters since I only re-ignited my passion to start blogging again in January 2017.

By the end of the challenge, I had not only tested the waters but I was certain I will not be taking any long impromptu break from the blog.

Writing constantly for twenty-six days was a test for consistency.

  • You can do it if you put your mind into it.

One’s mindset has a lot to do in achieving a goal. During the writing challenge, a lot of other things that could have easily deter me happened.

My day job took a lot of my time so I just scribble ideas while at work, which makes it easier to write much later at night.

Even when i get home knackered, i remained determined to post each day, so much that I found myself starting a post an hour into midnight.

Here’s how i procrastinate without missing deadlines. 

  • When things get out of control, focus on controlling yourself.

I had not planned any draft for the challenge so it was me brainstorming for topics every day/night.

I had planned to publish 00:00hrs everyday, publicise posts on all social media platforms, read other blogs that were participating and reply comments on my blog. All this meant going to bed really late.

The first week of using this method left me with a headache everyday at work and it was fast affecting my productivity.

I decided to focus on myself and not push too hard. I found a method that agreed with my body and used it till the end. 

On two occasions, I chose to write short poems instead of a full blown article.

Knowledge

  • No man is an island of knowledge

The challenge reminded me again that the world is big enough for everyone to thrive in. 

I found bloggers who had the same topic with me for an entry, but we had totally different thoughts and content.

I also read some Interesting Articles And met some really nice bloggers whose thoughts were either the same as mine or sometimes different from mine.

It made me appreciate the beauty in writing.

  • Not every challenge requires the same amount of importance.

I was reminded again of the need to prioritise. 

To be productive, I had to make sure there was a balance. I had other tasks but I knew which one needed to be done immediately.

This way, my day job didn’t suffer, other responsibilities were handled and I still completed my post each day.

Those are my top five lessons and I’ll totally participate next year by God’s Grace.

I shared these lessons as it relates to the AtoZ  Writing Challenge but they can also double as pointers to help us through difficult times.

Share your thoughts….

I have come across lots of challenges ranging from running daily to a-photo-a-day to the daily gratitude jar etc

Have you participated in any challenge?

Did you learn anything?

I always like to read from you.

Remember to feed only positive thoughts this week.

Love, Peace and Cupcakes

Phaytea😚😚😚

Pictures from pixabay

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56 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you Sara πŸ™‚

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  1. aicabatoon says:

    I’ve been seeing this A-to-Z challenge in different blogs before but I never thought of joining but now I’m so regretful. 😦 I am also a Queen Procrastinator and I can’t believe that I have to wait for next year just to join again. Thank you so much for sharing your learnings and insights! ❀

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    1. Aww..There’s no need to regret dear..If you cannot wait till next year..You can start when you are ready and get friends to join too..Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

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  2. maketravelreality says:

    Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. you are welcome πŸ™‚

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  3. I have been following this as you have been doing it and it has been so interesting to read. It seems that you have some great lessons from it also.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and support…i did learn from the challenge too..hugss πŸ™‚

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  4. Ritik Singh says:

    Nice Share……….

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  5. chiimmiii says:

    Its awesome to read this, thanks for sharing your learning !

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    1. Hi hi…Thank you for reading πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  6. vinod verma says:

    Interesting! good to see this post.

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    1. Thank you Vinod πŸ™‚

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  7. Jirah Merizz says:

    Ah this is such a good post! I really regret that I didn’t join the A to Z challenge. Thank you for sharing your experiences! ❀

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    1. Aww Jirah..If you cannot wait till next year, you can actually start yours when you are ready..i know a couple of people who started on their own and got friends to join..its fun..

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      1. Jirah Merizz says:

        Oh but I guess I’ll just wait for next year’s challenge. I will be busy in the upcoming days x

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      2. It’s okay then..Have a lovely week πŸ™‚

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      3. Jirah Merizz says:

        Thank you!! Have a lovely week too ❀

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  8. Abigail says:

    I could never take part in the Atoz challenge! Great post

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    1. Thank you Abigail πŸ™‚

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  9. Beth Berger says:

    This sounds like a rewarding challenge to participate in. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes Beth…it as tiring…but i enjoyed participating πŸ™‚

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  10. prernagargagarwal says:

    Your posts always manage to motivate me no matter how bad my day has been.. You just reminded me that I need to keep giving my 100% and good things will eventually happen πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww..Thank you for the kind words..I’m GLAD πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ …Positive vibes only dear

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  11. Anastasia Nicole says:

    Sounds like you learned a lot that can be applied not only to writing or blogging but to life in general.

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    1. True Michelle..They are more like a re-confirmation of things we already know..Thank you for sharing your thoughts

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  12. I love this post. I procrastinate a lot and struggle with prioritizing work. Great tips.

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    1. Thank you for reading Michelle…hopefully you don’t miss a lot of deadlines

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  13. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... says:

    I’m hoping to take part in this challenge next year: do you pick your own topic and plan to make sure you can achieve it?!

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    1. hi hi…That would be nice, you get to pick a theme and 26 choose topics that relate to the theme…its tiring but acheivable

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  14. Katja Knox says:

    I am a master procrastinator and struggle with prioritizing work because I have a really short attention span. This might actually help me!
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

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    1. Hi Katja…Just start gradually…I know how tempting procrastinating can be.

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  15. Perla says:

    Yes, looks like you learned a lot and you’re so nice to share that knowledge with us, thank you. Looking forward to reading more of you. I planned several times to post every day, but so far I didn’t succeed. But I keep trying. You’re an inspiration to me.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Perla..I know right, Sometimes the inspiration to write isn’t there but other days it just keeps flowing..Thank you for sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  16. This is very inspiring! I definitely need to remember some of these daily. Especially when I feel like things are out of control. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Shirley.. I’m glad you find this helpful.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  17. Thanks for sharing your experience! I myself am a big procrastinator but hey you remind me to keep a positive mindset always :*

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    1. Awww Kanishka… If i remind you to keep a positive mindset, that’s enough for me..Thank you for the kind words πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  18. Nida says:

    Very informative! Thanks for bringing some positivity.. well composed

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    1. Hi hi…Thank you Nida…I’m glad☺☺☺

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  19. Bhalo Haytham says:

    Procrastinating aside, having the commitment to write everyday while balancing with your day job and other responsibilities is commendable. Thank you for the lessons and congratulations for the achievement.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Bhalo…I appreciate

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  20. Arunas says:

    We always are teachers and students for ourselves. But sometimes I wish to live “here and now” without any lessons, any questions and any answers.

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    1. I know right…just sometimes… Thank you for sharing your thoughts ☺☺

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  21. Great learnings! I really agree with that you can definitely do it if you put your mind to it.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth…thank you for reading☺

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  22. I have never participated a challenge like this. I have though set some personal blogging goals and planned post series. This kind of challenge would sure be good for my writing skills and networking but I think it would cause a bit too much stress at the moment.

    Maybe something a bit less intense could work better for me? If there happens to be an interesting challenge I could definitely participate at some point. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yea..its quite intense so it’s better to get involved when you don’t have a lot on your plate…or at least set goals that are not too tedious.. Thank you for contributing

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  23. Jasmin N says:

    Wow, sounds like this has been a great journey for you! AtoZ challenge would sound interesting to try out! Maybe when I’ve got time to think about it I’ll do this πŸ™‚

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    1. Yea..it was interesting to do…..you could try it when you have sometime

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  24. pacificbella says:

    Wow! Thank you for posting this! Badly neeeeed this!

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    1. Thank you for reading Bella πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  25. Thank you for this positivity, loved reading about your learnings and the challenge.

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    1. Hi hi…Thank you for reading Karoliina..I appreciate πŸ™‚

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