failed attempts of 2018

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Reading Mistakes I Made at Work made me realize that it’s a pretty good idea to start documenting some of my failed attempts, both personal and professional.

I don’t have to just celebrate the wins, I think the failures also deserve some time and reflection to improve. So, here are some of my failed attempts of this year.


1. Bullet Journaling
I was mesmerized by all the wonderful daily / weekly / monthly “spreads” of the bullet journaling community that I desperately wanted to be part of that crew.

I bought all sorts of tools (various pens of different sizes and brands) as well as a lot of Leuchtturm1917 notebooks to jumpstart my bullet journaling. I practiced my handwriting and saw a tiny bit of improvement.

There are days when I make check-lists and some when I just doodle in my notebook, but this isn’t for me.Read More »

novels that i actually finish reading (in recent memory)

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Everything was going right this summer, expect finishing lighthearted summer read. To remedy this, I spent over an hour browsing the fiction section until I spotted a gem in the rough, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

As I was reading it, it dawned upon me that most books that I enjoy are either centered around quirky and socially inept characters or has surreal plots that takes over my entire mind until I see how it ends.

To see if it’s true, I’m going to list novels that I enjoyed during the last decade and half. Read More »

why done is better than perfect

Done is better than perfect

Did you ever suffer from research overload? Or analysis paralysis? I certainly did!

Whenever I need to make a decision or do something new for my small business, I read everything that I can get my hands on to make an informed decision.

This conservative approach felt like the right thing to do, however, it wasn’t the most effective methodology.

I suffered from massive analysis paralysis. Instead of tackling the task heads on and being okay with starting small, I wasn’t able to make a decision and kept delaying action on the task that needed to be done.Read More »

how I reduced wasting time on my phone

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I have a confession. Instagram and Youtube are hindering my productivity.

Once I open these apps, I go down a rabbit hole, wasting hours and hours just consuming pretty pictures and/or funny videos.

I didn’t think it was an issue until recently, when I did some basic math to calculate that I spend about an hour to two hours on these apps, daily!

Even a conservative estimate meant that I spent 365 hours a year on these picture and video apps. In my defense, looking at pretty pictures makes me feel good and Youtube helps me keep up with current events, but who am I kidding?Read More »