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The Waiting.

26 Jan

My travel time going to work is about an hour and a half.  This involves riding a bus for a 30 minute travel and walking for about 1km (each way or to and from work) because there are no public utility vehicles passing by our office area.  I do this 5 days a week, to and from work.

I used to complain a lot about my travel time.  I complain about the undisciplined bus drivers who wait for traffic lights to turn red so they can have more passengers.  I rant about the horrendous traffic on EDSA. And I abhorred the long walks. And then I realized I was impatient because while traveling, I’ve got nothing better to do.

Have you been in this situation?  I think most of us have been in a similar spot.  We have, in our day to day journey, experienced waiting and getting impatient. Long lines in ATMs or banks.  Horrible traffic.  Waiting for someone or a package to arrive.  We get impatient.  And why is that?  Why do we feel frustrated? Continue reading

How to Stay Focused on a Task or Activity

9 Jan

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Alexander Graham Bell

 

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You need to write that article today but there’s a really good show on the tube you’ve been dying to watch.  You tell yourself you’ll do the article after the show.

The show’s over and you’re in front of your computer about to start but your instant messenger window pops up – a friend asking you how you are.  You reply and you get into a comfortable conversation.  After a couple of minutes, you tell your friend you have to go because you need something done.

So you go back to your document and start typing but you see a notification of a new mail. You decide to check it out and see that a long time relative has posted something on your Facebook wall and a colleague posted a tweet of some juicy office gossip.  By the time you’re done sending a comment on Facebook and Twitter, it’s lunch time and your stomach is grumbling, demanding to be fed.

Sounds familiar?  Don’t feel bad, you are not alone.  Countless of people (including the wifey 🙂 ) go through this day after day, both at home and at work.  Technology backfires in the form of counter-productivity.  From mobile phones, the television, the mp3 player to the internet.  There are just myriad of ways that keep us from being productive.

Distractions, one after the other, so, how can you stay focused on a task?  Here are a few tips to help you:  Continue reading

A Guide on DFA Passport Application

24 Nov

After more than 20 years, I finally renewed my passport! LOL!  My old passport was released way back in 1989! OMG!  Well, we never really travel much so I didn’t see the need to renew my passport,  but I figured, heck, I need to have one, travel or no travel!

I was able to schedule my DFA appointment a month before.  It’s as simple as going to their website and keying in some important details and choosing the date and time of your appointment.  After this, they will send you an email confirmation along with your application form which you have to print and bring to the DFA office on your scheduled date.  What I liked the most was Continue reading