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Top Three Reasons Why Being Lazy on a Monday is Good For You

Guess what I did today?

Absolutely nothing! **evil laugh** (for those who worked like drones this Monday, I am your office deadbeat and will take this moment to savor the immense pleasure of rubbing it in my reader’s lovely faces.)

I was so lazy this Monday I rolled in bed till 8AM, read my newspaper, did my morning workout and made my carb-filled breakfast. After which, I took a shower, rolled in bed some more, read my book and took a nap. All of these before 3PM.

Come 4PM, I check my email. Scanned through the work stuff and proceeded to the best restaurant this side of Makati (aka McDonald’s) to get another carb fix. Saw my accountant on the way downstairs and she tells me I need to file my income tax return ASAP. I tell her “Nice shirt. TTYL”. **smiley**

When I get to Mcdo, I imagined I was in a conference meeting brain storming (with myself as its panel and moderator ofcourse) and managed to write down some subjects for my never ending, always evolving, editorial calendar. Once done, I proceeded to a nearby bookstore for more pointless office supply wandering.

Come 7PM, as I get home, I try to resuscitate my perishing plants by giving them a bath. Then I open my laptop to answer some emails while the mom comes home, beaming with pride to see that her only daughter works so diligently in her business. With twinkling eyes, I smile the sweetest daughter smile, “Welcome home mom! Tough day today noh?”

No mention of work. Nothing. Nada. Happy Koala!

Top Three Reasons Why Being Lazy on a Monday is Good For You:

  1. Everyone’s busy. You’re taking it easy. – Why not? Weekends with the family can get draining, too even for a family-oriented Koala.
  2. Everyone’s forced to focus. You get to choose what subjects you like to work on – I get to savor the newspaper more, and really focus on the books and subjects that I like. Surprisingly, I also get to create more zany characters and dialogue in my head and translate all of that into writing.
  3. Everyone has to be a grown up come Monday. On Monday, you can be a kid all over again – Having a 12 year old disposition in a 30 year old body needs play to be productive.

How was your Monday today? 😉

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To Progress or Regress: The Choice is Yours

Some people may say I am alpha female. Probably I am, in some aspects.

I think I am alpha female when it comes to work. I like to keep busy. I like to earn my own keep. I am focused and want what’s best from this life. I don’t sit idly by letting money fall on my hands. I am not wired to sleep all day, asking for dole outs from my parents or family members. That is not me. I have too much energy to focus on watching TV or playing video games all day long. I don’t let things happen to me. I make things happen!

And honestly, I just don’t understand people who do the opposite.

In this life, its either you progress or regress. And this has got absolutely nothing to do with being Alpha. As human beings, we are intrinsically wired for progress.

I am nearing my 30’s and so far, I am looking at what I’ve personally achieved so far. I’ve noticed that some people have no sense of urgency. They think money grows on trees and that family will always be there to support them. Newsflash: No they won’t!

What is happening to this generation? Are we that spoiled rotten? Why is there a sense of entitlement? Isn’t this supposed to be the healthiest and smartest generation? Then why all the professional couch surfing? Able-bodied, intelligent but lacking in work? Listen, talent is over rated. We need results. Where are you now in your life? What have you contributed to this world?

I have also heard the “This is my life. I will do whatever I want with it” excuse a dozen times. Fact: Relationships are interconnected. If you think that what you do (or don’t do) has any effect, it does. Sooner or later, your laziness/self-entitlement behaviour/pride/etc. will catch up and your family will bear the brunt of your life’s choices.

It pains me to see so much human potential go to waste. It’s like watching someone die slowly. It doesn’t matter if you’re a brilliant artist, designer, programmer, etc. My question is: Are you putting your skills to good use? Will you leave this world (or your family) any better after your gone? Think about that for a second.

I greatly admire people,even those who didn’t finish school, that are trying their best to make a decent living. That’s the kind of crowd I want to associate with. They want to succeed. They want progress. They want out.

I just hope I am reaching the people who want the same things in this life: love, financial freedom and independence.

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. – Proverbs 12:24

On the Scout for Real Talent

I am indeed blessed and I am thankful for it every waking day of my life.

And what better way to share the blessing but to give opportunities to those who deserve them.

I don’t believe in hand outs or charity cases. I have always taken pride in a hard day’s work. I am also a strong believer in professional work ethics. A man who toils with his hands is worth his keep.

Which is why I am on the constant look out for real talent: talent that I can grow and nurture and eventually, when they have strengthened their hearts, and sharpened their skills I can let them go and they in return, may become a blessing to others as well.

Ladies and gentlemen: my life’s purpose slowly unfolding before my very eyes.

I like the idea that I get to work with such talented people who deserve better opportunities than being presently handed to them. Everyone deserves a break. But not everyone can maintain that good fortune. You have to constantly improve on yourself and this does not only encompass skills and technical know-how but character as well.

If I were to choose between talent and character, hands down, I will choose character.

Talent and skills, as prized as they are in the professional realm, can also be learned.

But a humble and teachable heart who can be trusted in business, no amount of money can buy those qualities.

When I work with people, I try to make it a point that high standards of professionalism are observed.

I cannot work with stubborn and unreliable individuals. In business, my word is my bond. And if I cannot trust your word to deliver, what other assurances do I have?

My day to day goals are simple: Get exemplary work done, have a good stream of income coming in and relishing a peaceful night’s sleep. Too simple? But that is what life is all about.

It’s the unnecessary attitudes/mentalities that make life complicated.

Which is why, I absolutely cannot work with unprofessionals. My life is wasted on them. (Note that I used life instead of time. Reason? Time IS LIFE.)

I’d rather focus on the positive side of things and work with people who have their priorities in check, grounded on their goals, a team player and most importantly, are reliable.

I have been called a drill sergeant by some people because of being demanding at work, schedules, timeliness, deliverables, etc. but please understand my reputation is on the line. A good and reliable name is worth more than all the degrees in this world.

Also, I never force people to work with me. I am no tyrannical person who shouts orders back and forth or throws their weight around to show who’s boss. Totally unnecessary. Only insecure unprofessionals do that.

A real professional has quiet confidence. Gets work done with minimum to no fuss and makes sure her team gets to plow and reap the harvest with her.

I owe it not only to my clients but to myself that I deliver on time, all the time.  I was put on this world to create, and to create magnificently at that.

Are we on the same page here? Are you also on the look out for truly talented men and women as well?

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Professionalism From My Perspective

I got the disease called professionalism at a very early age. Unfortunately, I think, it’s hereditary.

Below are some of the symptoms, you probably have it, too:

  1. Have ammunition ready, in other words come prepared.
  2. Word of Honor: Also means having integrity by doing what you say and saying what you mean.
  3. Takes feedback, regardless of delivery, constructively.
  4. Has team spirit.
  5. Outbursts of anger is not being authoritative, it’s just being a nuisance and eventually a hindrance to productivity.
  6. Power play is unacceptable. Don’t raise your voice, improve you argument.
  7. Shows competency and know-how in their fields of expertise
  8. Strives, hones and sharpens current skill sets
  9. Tardiness is never an excuse. It translates to disrespect.
  10. The mind is set on finding solutions.
  11. The workplace is no place for moodiness and tantrums. You’re not the only one experiencing a bad day, don’t bring it to work.
  12. The workplace is not a place to be cajoled or sweet talked into rendering deliverables.

Personally, I cannot work with people who are moody at work. Who are easily rattled and stressed by demands, deadlines and work load. Attitudes and personalities such as these take a toll on productivity.

I look forward to working with individuals who are keen on improving themselves and don’t simmer in self pity and senseless gossip. But instead are self-motivated, because their example also brings fire and drive to what I do. I like to be around these kinds of individuals and, likewise, I want to attract the same kind of people with the same mindset: productivity.