thoughts: december, 2018

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Most people can be categorized into one of the four buckets.

1. Smart & Nice
2. Smart & Mean
3. Dumb & Nice
4. Dumb & Mean

Below are my observations from a professional setting.

Smart and nice individuals are very easy to work with and reasonable. They are very clear in their communications, realistic with expectations, and just a nice human being to work with. They inspire me enough to sign up for extra work, just to make them smile.Read More »

corporate pet peeves: random phrases

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Often times, I’m awed by some of the phrases that I hear at work and automatically think that the person speaking is smarter, but upon reflection, it’s just a fancy way of saying basic concepts.

In my hopes of sounding smarter, below are my collections.

“Meta Data Framework”
What does this even mean?

“Directional Thinking”
Since when did “thinking” needed a qualifier? And something grand as “directional.” Then again, I feel the same about “thought leadership.” Read More »

corporate pet peeves : email

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Similar to my scheduling pet-peeves, these email offenses are cringeworthy and annoying. If you ever work in a corporate environment, please read and consider whether or not you subscribe to these behaviors.

1. “Confirming receipt” — Why do we need to confirm receipt? Either you provide an answer or an update. Not sure why writing “confirm receipt” is necessary.

2. Not answering all the questions asked — and only answering the first or last question or some of the questions, making me follow-up to say, “thanks but you forgot my other questions” in a much passive-aggressive way.¬†Read More »

corporate pet peeve : scheduling

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It’s been a year since I went back to the corporate grind and these little things are starting to bother me again. Below are a short list of pet-peeves around meeting scheduling.

I get especially annoyed when:

1. Someone schedules an important meeting on your calendar when you are clearly booked.

2. The organizer schedules an obnoxiously long meeting without an agenda or a descriptive meeting invite name, leaving you to wonder whether or not you need to accept the meeting, and/or if you need to prepare for a meeting.Read More »

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 »