How To Have A Good Week.

Monday Monday Monday, probably not everyone’s favorite day of the week. However, now that I look at Monday, I’m actually excited. Why you might say, well Monday is the beginning of a new week, and I believe that how you set up your Monday affects your entire week.

I’m not talking productivity alone, but also overall wellbeing.

Think about it, if you start off your week right, then you’ll stay focused and ready to engage in whatever life throws at your way.

Here are some quick tips (which I might also expand on at a later date).

  1. Go to bed no later than 11PM on a Sunday night. Why is this? Well, because you need to be refreshed for Monday mornings.
  2. Hit the Gym in the morning. This is so crucial, this morning I made it to the gym by 5:30AM. Not only did my workout wake me up, but it also got me excited for the whole week with a focused mindset. Another plus is that usually at 5AM in the morning there’s hardly anyone at the gym. So you’ll have the place to yourself to workout in peace and also leave feeling pumped and accomplished, ready to tackle the day.
  3. Stay hydrated. And not with coffee, I realized in the past few months because of the lack of routine and how much work I had to handle, I relied too heavily on caffeine products, which would leave me feeling lethargic and mind-fogged after the buzz is gone. And what I found out was that I wasn’t drinking enough water. Remember your body is 70% water so you need to replenish throughout the day.
  4. Eat Healthy. I know, this is also hard, especially if you’re running around trying to complete task after task after task and you feel that you have very little time for yourself. And of course, in that state people are more likely to reach for something high fat, high sugar, high salt to treat themselves. And while a treat once in a while isn’t going to be too damaging, but if you’re doing it regularly (personal experience) and add in the booze, then there’s an issue. If your budget allow it, then grab a salad at a healthy place, if it doesn’t then meal prep (which is something I’m going to do later this week, since I forgot to do it last Sunday opps.)
  5. Stay proactive. Here’s another truth, work will pile up if you don’t stay on top of it. Complaining about it won’t make it go away. Tackle everything with enthusiasm!! And now, I’m going to do just that.

    Have a good week everyone! 🙂

Why you fail to achieve your goals.

Goal setting, I’m sure we’re all done it, whether conscious or subconscious.

Everytime you hear yourself say, I want X by Y time, you’re setting a goal for yourself. Now, if you don’t put a time on X, then that is merely a wish.

However, often times, goals are set, but are never get realized. Why is that?

There are of course many reasons for goal hinderance, but the biggest one I’ve realized as of late is because of poor compartmentalization rather than planning itself.

You can plan an overall goal, but can you anticipate each step you need to take to make that goal successful?

Failure is often not poor planning, but poor execution. 

Life doesn’t stop and wait for you to “feel ready” to do something. Life just goes. And with that said, so should your goal. Let’s say, if your goal is to “build a functional website in 10 days.” Then the first thing you should do is to make up a work plan, but also at the same time, divide it up in 10 days (hopefully you’ll have that 10 days to yourself, but rarely is that the case) if you don’t have the 10 days to yourself, then you got to get creative, squeeze the project in and get it done.

Now this leads me to the second part of failure.

Failure is often when you fail to sacrifice what is now, for what will be in the future. 

I’ve ran into this last week. I was just not having it, even though I had 300 million things to do. A total breakdown. I broke under pressure. And I realized, that was weakness on my part.

I should’ve just pushed personal issues aside and powered through. To be honest, a lot of things in life are once in a life time. When I think back, sure, it’s never really life or death – but, wouldn’t it be better if I gave it my all on first try and didn’t fuck up as much?

Failure is getting sidetracked and forgetting what the end goal is.

TL:DR: If your internal system decides that the present is worth more than the future then your goal wouldn’t be achieved. But, if your future depends on the sacrifices you make today – then make that sacrifice for a better future.

Myer-Briggs Test

Here’s something I find interesting, in business class today, we had to do a personality test and since I’ve done these tests before I skipped ahead and completed the assignment which was to develop it into a spiel and present it to the classroom. For my personality type, which is INTJ, I wrote the following.

INTJ

We are known as “the architects”. We view the world around us as building blocks, our blueprint is our experiences, possibilities are endless. We’re often quiet because our minds never stop churning from being ravenously curious about the world.

We work well with ideas. We see the possibilities and apply them to the world. We’re imaginative problem solvers.

In fact, I think each INTJ has their own methods of viewing a problem, dissecting a problem, then solving it. We’re logical and analytical, objective and impartial.


You can trust us with coming up with a course of action, implement it, and see it through.

Recently, someone asked me, ‘what makes you happy?’

“I want to understand things in order to improve upon what is known and possible. I want to understand things in order to achieve what is deemed unheard of and impossible.”

If you’re curious to find out what you are, you can go here: https://www.16personalities.com/intj-personality
and try out the test yourself.

Study tips for serious procrastinators

Let’s be real here, someday, or somedayor even week could be a non-productive day/week. There is only so much ‘studying’ one could do before well, ‘burn-out’ happens and before you know it, you’re a couple of lectures behind on material. So what would you do in that case?

Say if you have a Quiz on Friday and it is already Wednesday…

What should you do?

Well first, even if you want to procrastinate more, it’s definitely time to snap out of it. While it is tempting to scroll through endless amounts of Instagram posts and Snapchat, find new music on Youtube and Spotify, you know, deep down that with each second that passes the opportunity to study passes with it.

The thing is I like to think that I’m not stupid – but I’m also self confessed, very lazy. If I knew I could be getting away with minimal work then why would I put in extra time. But, this is of course a dangerous idea.

The problem is you think you have time.

Here are a few things to consider:

There’s only 24 hours in a day, and that 3-4 hours you waste are still counted within that 24 hour day.

You still have to sleep 5-8 hours a day to remain functional without copious amounts of coffee. (I’d recently done a test with very little sleep, bad bad idea.)

So let’s say you sleep 7 hours, you still have 17 hours to study, right?

WRONG.

You actually have very little time, given other responsibilities and commitments such as classes, meetings, the gym, eating, personal care, venting to friends, listening to friends vent to you.

So how much time do you actually have?

Very little and none if you don’t schedule for it.

Now that we’ve gone through the reasons and logistics – now the solution. If you’re absolutely pressed for time say there’s a test in 48 hours.

  1. open up your lecture notes now and start skimming through the concepts and make sure you understand everything (if you don’t circle it or make a note of it and then go back once the review is done.)
  2. make sure you go over the concepts you’re hazy about and understand them.
  3. Depending on the subject, if it’s math oriented, do lots and lots of practice problems that will no doubt show up on the test. If it’s more memorization oriented, make sure you can relate the terms in a concept that works together i.e: see the bigger picture.
  4. repeat steps 1-3 in every spare moment you have when you’re hopefully not procrastinating anymore.
  5. let your cram sessions be a lesson and learn to pace yourself throughout the week. It is much easier digesting material bit by bit rather than all at once.

Fun fact, did you know, a ‘bit’ (binary digit) is the smallest unit of information stored in a computer. It translates to a yes or no (true/false) answer to a question. A collection of 8 bits is a byte and this of course translates to 2 bytes being 16 bits, 4 bytes being 32 bits, and 8 bytes being 64 bits.

And now off to more studying!

What is the vision for 2017?

Barcelona, Spain, Travel, Europe

Wow, doesn’t time fly when you’re busy? But does busy equate to productivity? The answer would be no.

March is upon us and I realized I never wrote a plan for this year. I mean, in 2017 I want to achieve quite a few things which I’ve highlighted in how do you know if you’re on the right track. But to make everything more concrete so I know exactly what to finish before summer arrives:

March:

  • Use Spring Break wisely and catch up on school work.
  • Decide on a personal project you’re going to do / could put into your portfolio.
  • Finish 1 extracurricular book outside of reading material.
  • Hit the gym 5 days / 7 days.
  • Duolingo everyday!
  • Blog once a week, review progress.

April

  • Ace those finals!
  • Have the basics down for personal project be 10% complete.
  • Finish 1 extracurricular book outside of reading material.
  • Hit the gym 5 days / 7 days.
  • Duolingo everyday!
  • Blog once a week, review progress.

May

  • Wrap up on final school project.
  • Have personal project be 20% complete, and set up for further offline work.
  • Finish 1 extracurricular book outside of reading material.
  • Hit the gym 5 days / 7 days.
  • Duolingo everyday!
  • Blog once a week, review progress.