So Busy Hustling

I flew back by Firefly yesterday afternoon having gone to KL early in the morning and waking up at 5:00am to catch the 6:50am flight with boarding time at 6:20am. When we came back, went to collect company’s t-shirts that are ready for payment to pass over 10 pieces to our workers in KL. Since they work in a factory, they have to wear uniforms to work and get permission to enter the premise to work. I also have to revise some of Trip101 articles which are thankfully, not many for this month.

Later tonight, have to print out old quotations for amendments to existing client and then revised the BQ for submission of tender by 12:00noon on Monday. On Tuesday, it was scheduled to settle the GST payment for the months of July to September. This morning, also went for physiotherapy for about 1 hours on my right arm, costing me $75.

Later on after dinner, have to buy a set of ink cartridges and paper that is running out, due to daily printing of enquiries, quotations, etc. Hence, this blog was unattended for the past few days due to work commitment. I also have dozens of trip101 articles to write and complete.

50 Productivity Tips

50 Productivity Tips

The inforgraphic above shows 50 Productivity Tips for your perusal. Take you time to digest them and apply in your life. Then your boss will notice that whatever you do prospers and bring in great results. You will be favoured over other colleagues. With God’s help, you should be able to be productive and be excellent at whatever endeavour you pursue. Here, I shall not summarise whatever what written in the infographic, but give my point of view.

Read up productivity books and finance books to get the seed ideas which become habits and then actions which produces great results. The news is bombarded with too many negative news which happen to sell; hence we need to feed our minds with positive news and counter the negative ones. Even poisonous people that come into our lives, we need to avoid them like the plaque and enjoy our own solitude to create business ideas and take massive action. We need to have quiet time with God also and with ourselves to ponder and reflect daily on rejuvenate and charge up our ‘batteries’.

With all the above said, good luck to your work, business venture, frienships, family relationships, etc.

Searching for That JOB

After graduating in 1994, I remember looking fervently for a job and I applied to dozens of companies, where a few called me up for an interview, before finally landing myself a job in a computer school. I became an IT trainer, teaching Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access. I also taught BASIC programming at a junior level. I recalled working 9 hours in a row, with each lesson lasting 3 hours. If we have 3 lessons in a day, we called it ‘caterpillar’ and if there is a break of 3 hours in between, we called it ‘butterfly’. I don’t know why it was named as such, but those where the days we colleagues destress by cracking jokes, usually related to the private parts. 🙂 And we laughed over it during recess time.

I have had my share of filling up to 4 -6 forms of details on the spot and wait for the interview afterwards. In Singapore, there will always be x-rays done and medical checkups before you are cleared for employment. I recalled going for at least 5 x-rays for every new job that intended to hire me. Some lasted long while others were short stints. After 12 long years of ‘hardship’ of studying and working, I finally called it quits and returned to Penang, Malaysia for a slower pace of life.

For most people a JOB is ‘Just Over Broke’, which I fully agree. You are paid just enough so that you won’t leave and Not more! I was living from paycheque to paycheque and was always broke at the end of the month, leaving my bank account to 2 digits and even 1 digit one time! There was no savings in any form and it was all into expenditure to pay for bills, shopping, etc.

Well, now I am happy to say, I landed myself a Dream job to work in a home office doing administrative work and also maintaing the company website that I designed. By God’s grace and some luck, I got myself a moderately understanding boss who was initially my website client and now we work together on many projects. He helms the company while I do all the computer work or any work related to computers. And the workstation is just a walk to the next room, working in my pajamas.

Habits of the Wealthiest People

The inforgraphic will take some time to load as it as very detailed and have lots of information that are educational. The wealthiest stay wealthier because of their habits that are routine that make them rich. And they are summarised as below:

  • 81% of the wealthy maintain a to do list
  • 44% of the wealthy wake up 3 hours before work
  • 63% of the wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work
  • 79% of the wealthy network 5+ hours or more each month
  • 88% of the wealthy read 30+ minutes or more each day
  • 86% of the wealthy love to read
  • 76% of the wealthy exercise aerobically 4 days a week
  • The wealthy eat less junk food as compared to the poor
  • >50% of the wealthy watch 1 hour or less of television daily while the poor watch many hours of reality TV
  • So, there goes, the 9 habits of the wealthiest people in summary where majority of them do the above and follow the regiment like daily habits. As it was said, a rich man has a large library; while a poor man has a large TV!

    Common Non-Verbal Job Interview Mistakes for Women

    Above is an infographic from savvy.com on common mistakes made during job interviews for men and women in particular. The picture speaks for itself. In a survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers, 33% claim to know whether or not they would hire someone within 90 seconds. Statistics show that first impressions are determined by 55% – the way you dress, act and walk through the door. 38% – the quality of your confidence and grammar. 7% – the words you choose to say.

    The things that have an impact on first impressions: 70% of employers claim they don’t want applicants to be overly fashionable or trendy. 65% of hiring managers say clothes can be the deciding factor between 2 similar candidates. And don’t wear jewelery to give a hint that you are wealthy. Be prudent in your dressing.

    About 1/3 have a bad posture and fidget too much. 26% have a weak handshake. 26% play with their hair or touch their face. 9% use too many hand gestures.

    Anyway, back to the infographic, one of the common non-verbal mistakes make during job interview is failing to make eye contact and knowing little about the company. Some cross their arms over their chest and don’t smile. Hence, for newbies and fresh grads, look out for these little mistakes before it is too late.

    Doing Your Best

    Doing your Best

    Dr S.L.Tan has the same moniker as me, except that he has a PhD and called Victor while I am Diana Tan S.L. Credit should go to him for authoring the book, “The Secret of Change” which got into the Malaysian Book of Records as the first motivation book in poem. Below is his inspiring poem:

    BEING THE BEST

    Choose to be the best,
    in a field to better than the rest.
    Believe it to be a worthwhile conquest.
    Be willing to take the test,
    endure the stress.

    When you are hard-press,
    discipline yourself at the work desk.
    Do whatever it takes to achieve progress,
    take it all as part of a contest.
    In the journey to achieve success,
    being the best is not what you profess.
    The true mark is when others attest.

    To be the best,
    have a passion on a quest,
    which you work with zest,
    where every motion is a fest,
    every moment a great fun, no less,
    in the process to reach the crest,
    is not working without rest,
    or engaging others in wrest.
    Remember how to de-stress,
    laugh often and indulge in jest.
    At work, put on some jazz,
    Whistle to the beat to achieve your best.

    2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards

    A world champion has been announced at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards: AirAsia took the gold as the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the 9th-year running! Air Asia’s head honcho, Tony Fernandez certainly looked elated in this picture while carrying a lady (probably a staff or his wife!) flanked by his several air stewardesses in their signature red uniforms.

    Thank you for your continuous support as it is your loyalty that propelled AirAsia to the top, according to the email that I received.

    As always, you can redeem the best AirAsia flight deals on the best travel dates with the AirAsia BIG Loyalty mobile app. Check out today for a rewarding flying experience.

    Because of his business acumen, Tony turned an airline on the verge of bankruptcy to a prosperous low-cost airline that is emulated all over the world. The picture above reminds me of Virgin Airlines Boss, Sir Richard Branson scooping up an air stewardess and a photo of him carrying her was snapped for the press publicity.

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