Always make time for other things.

As inspired by someone asking me, “where do you find the time to blog?”

Always find time to do things with your life. Both the shortest day and the longest day are always 24-hours long. it’s simply either you run the day or let the day run you. But if you ask me, utilize your time fully; maximize every minute. (Whoops! that might be the economist in me talking). Always make sure that you make the most with it. Make sure that you have time for your family, friends, work, and yourself. Time is more valuable than money. You can’t earn it, steal it, or take it back. Believe it or not, I’ve completed a short swim, a 2.5km run, a project meeting, and a set of panel questions within the past 2 days. While today and tomorrow, I’m off to dinner with my friends. Yet, I still have enough sleep and time to blog. (:

Oftentimes we hear people say, “I’m too busy.” But, in my opinion,  there’s no such thing as being “busy.” It’s all about managing time and setting priorities. “Focusing on [your career]” doesn’t mean you’re gonna do just that 24/7, 365 days a year. That simply makes you a boring 1Dimensional person. No one would want to be around such characters, not to mention hire them. “Focusing,” in general, means sitting there and putting in 100% of what you’ve got. Full concentration; no daydreaming, no procrastinating, no distraction. Then, after that stipulated time, go out there and do something else. Take the time to exercise, read the news, catch a movie, meet people, pick up a hobby or whatever – who cares?! This not only makes you a more “interesting” person, it also gives your mind a break and refreshes you for new ideas.

When planning your time, be active instead of passive. Plan to make it a little exciting. Seriously, would you look forward if it is something boring? Whatever it is, always make time. Time management means ensuring that there’s a time for everything instead of letting things be time-consuming.

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today, let’s be less critical of others.

Today, let’s be less critical of others. No one wakes up in the morning planning to be crappy, lousy, useless, or irritating. No one wakes up saying, “I’m gonna be an ass today,” “I’m purposely gonna gonna submit a lousy work,” or “I don’t intend to meet the deadline today.” Just like the rest of us, they’re also simply putting one foot in front of the other, trying to get through the day. Most, if not all, of them aiming to be the best. Sadly, some of them falling short. You see, humans can’t always be flawless and the best. They are fallible too. Maybe they can do better, but perhaps, just not today.

Today, let’s be less judgmental and be more open-minded. No one wants to be the person everyone avoids, the socially awkward guy, or the girl with a clown-looking make-up. Sometimes, they don’t even know that they are wearing an ultimate fashion faux pas. The truth of the matter is they just want to be acceptable and appreciated; in the least bit, to belong.

Today, let’s be more understanding. No one plans to be a bitchy boss, a crappy teammate, or a tardy employee. Maybe, it’s all just circumstantial: Your boss’s boss giving him more crap; Some accident causing a traffic jam; Some unforeseen family emergency. The thing is, things happen, more often than not, beyond our control.

If people disappoint you today, let it go. Getting something substandard, once in a while, is inevitable but, letting it pass is within you control. Plus, it may make things a little more bearable. Everyone might be be less pushy, less moody, less bitchy. So, today, to start the week, let’s be less critical of others…and hopefully, the optimism will make us a happy bee. (:

PS: good monday morning! (: