J.F.D.I. with 7 days of my own medicine

There comes a time in all of our lives where we have to take the medicine we dish out, and today is that day for me. You may have noticed in my recent blog (Do Something Awesome in 2020), I presented the idea of Just F*cking Do It or J.F.D.I. Well, it’s time for me to turn that philosophy on myself, and start putting the pressure on myself to raise my own standards and push myself a little harder.

J.F.D.I. is a mindset shift where you remove all possibility for excuses, inertia, or blockages between you and your achievements. You put the head down, you do the work. Yes, you may be tired and yes, it may be late, but you set yourself a task and you are here to J.F.D.I. until it’s complete! It is the single-pointed vision and doggedness that I am going to need to muster up and deliver my plans for 2020.

learning to forgive

2019 was a year of self-exploration for so many reasons, and during that time I learned to back off from myself a little, and give myself a break from not always delivering at 110%. I learned how to have a lie in at the weekends, and how to ignore alarms now and then (indescribable bliss!!). I learned that lists can be guides, not gospel, so if I end a day without having over-achieved entirely; that’s alright. And it’s been great! But I have to be honest with myself in acknowledging that some things have been slipping. Really, there have been times lately where I haven’t pushed as hard as I could.

The gym routine has been neglected & haphazard. I meditate sorta kinda every second or third day…instead of my 10 minutes every day. My blog posts have been fewer and farther in between than I would love.
You might well read that and say “so what!”, but these are the things I love doing and that bring me joy.

If I’m not making time and pushing myself towards the things that bring me contentment, then where are my priorities, really? My time is being sapped, and I’m not entirely sure where or how, but it’s time to shake things up.

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examining goals

I’m starting to realise that you don’t get it both ways. Self-forgiveness and awareness is, of course, important, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of your drive to achieve. You should be able to explore your boundaries and personal limits while still pushing for continuous improvements. Looking at all that I want to achieve this year with a new business, yoga teaching, and pursuing creative outlets the time has come for me to push a little bit harder.

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7 days. no excuses.

So, it’s medicine time and I’m doling out the J.F.D.I Challenge to myself. For 7 days from today I am making a commitment that whatever gets listed, gets done. No excuses! The items that make it onto the page of my bullet journal are the things I will strive to achieve every day…and I mean properly.

No excuses. No backing down. J.F.D.I.

It’s not about being unkind or unreasonable to myself, but I believe there’s a great opportunity to learn in these 7 days and push my limits outside my comfort zone.
The things I’m looking out for …

  • Truer estimates of the time required for completing tasks.
  • A truer idea of my available time .
  • What items “drain” me? Which are the tasks I am less enthusiastic about, and maybe take a bit longer to motivate?
  • What excuses do I make?
  • Am I being unfair to my time by over-committing myself?
  • Ultimately, will this be the push I need to light a fire under my ass?!

join me with your own J.F.D.I. commitment!

Please join me over on my social media channels for the week where I will be sharing my thoughts as I move through the days. Share your own commitment to your goals by using the hashtags #JFDIChallenge and #JFDI2020. Day 1 is nearly done and I’ve smashed my daily goals; a strong start! I am feeling pumped for the week ahead.


Tamara is the self-proclaimed Unqualified Blogger. She is a Marketing Communications / Brand Consultant and Creative Generalist. She is available for speech writing, tattoo conventions and karaoke parties or would love to work with you on your latest marketing or creative challenges. Stay in touch on Instagram,  Facebook,  LinkedIn, Twitter oContact her directly.

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