How To Optimize Your Day With A G-Shock Watch

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There is always a shortage of time for us to do it all in a day. Time seems to drift through us and before you know it, Sunday comes by to make you feel anxious about Monday. You look back and you wonder how you have gotten by the weekend and not do much.

Like money, our time has a way of slipping through our fingers, only if it is not managed or at least monitored briefly. The seconds will start to turn into minutes and the minutes will eventually turn into hours. These days, 30 minutes will rocket by us in a blink. Now, how do I manage time to get more out of it?

I usually manage my days in units of 25 minutes each. For example, if I plan to clean up my house, I would set my timer to 1 unit and work within it. If I am planning to head to the gym, I would then set my timer to 2 units. Notice that I chose 25 minutes, the next 5 minutes is my break time before the next activity starts.

Now you can get a digital kitchen timer from Daiso for a very low price. You can also use your smartphone, although I am highly against using it because of the distractions like alerts and YouTube. The most effective tool that I have been using so far is my trusted G-Shock watch that has a built-in timer. It goes with me everywhere and makes sure I clock in those units.

How I Run My Day

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My daily wake up starts off the way I try to have it, fresh and challenging. I don't get the same kind of morning every day, especially the way I planned it, but it does challenge me to work hard for it.

A good wasted morning is when one wakes up to dwell too much in the past and future. I understand you can't change the past and we are poor predictors of our future. Does it 'entirely' matter at the end of the day? We all know that life has a way of throwing us a curve ball once in a while. For example, you got that promotion you have been waiting and planning for. Happy with the pay raise, life soon breaks the news that your family is suffering from a critical illness and that you have to relook into your life savings to finance the medical bills. Reflecting on this, I tend to guide myself to live often in the now. It starts with how I begin and end my day.

The morning. I wake up early to meditate and refocus my mind on the now and to remind myself who I really am; free of the influences and distractions of others. The areas I usually focus on are mindfulness thoughts related to my personal values, family and close friends, professional life, personal life and health. Once that all comes to me, I will whip out my journal to pour my ideas into it. The journal is a good reflection point for me and it is where I usually kick-start my writings.

The evening. The most sacred time of my day when I spend the last hours of it with my family. I will pick up a book once they have fallen asleep. It could be any book as long as I am reading something. After the reading is done, I will then proceed to turn on my calming music, switch on the defuser that percolates an orange scent into the air, and without further delay, start my night meditation to reflect on my day with gratitude.

The App Of All Apps

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There rarely comes an App that has the ability to change the way we live our lives. Of course, we have all been changed one way or another by the sensational likes of Whatsapp, Instagram and Facebook; all of which, if used irresponsibly, will have a negative impact and outcomes to our lives.

I recently stumbled upon another App that I have since been using daily and I have found it to be more beneficial to my life than anything else I have used before, not forgetting Spotify. I am talking about a blissful App that goes by the name 'Calm'. Within it contains wonderful doses of meditation guides, masterclasses on various well-being topics and endless calming music to soothe your soul. They also have videos to teach you how to be healthy and physically energised.

Without a doubt, this is the only app that has profoundly changed me and showcases the honesty to focus on my well-being. It is a 7 day trial with limited access to its content. Give a try and let me know what you think.

Money Is Not Everything

My mom used to tell me that money is everything, especially when I was looking for the right job. For her, money is the defining factor for everything as it sets the precedence to a well-lived life. I shrugged off that notion quickly and never held back my desires to correct her.

More than 10 years later, I have to admit that I am absolutely wrong and I may have to add that my mom was not entirely clear with me. It was only recently when I shared my idea of money that she finally believes that I got it. I could see a gleam of happiness on her face.

After developing my own business, worked with teams, finance projects, and started a family, I have now come to a new conclusion about money and its place in our lives. Let me clarify what my mom meant - Money is not everything, Money is subtly everything, as it is intertwined in every part of our lives.

You Are The Brush

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I was recently asked to share my experience working with people within the entrepreneurship community and how I was successful in rallying people from different backgrounds to work together towards a common goal. When I first heard the question, I wondered - is this what I naturally do on a daily basis? I thought it was normal pulling people to work on something new together.

To help my interviewer envisioned my thoughts better, I gave her a metaphor of the brush and a palate of watercolours to represent my life. I see the people around me as colours, with their own different shades of characters and attributes. What I consider my life to be is an example of an empty canvas, where I use it to paint what I want to see in the world, therefore I am the brush. My purpose as the brush is to place the different colours on the different parts of the canvas to paint a picture that I want. It is that simple and I have never once thought twice about it until recently.

Conforming Is Less Free

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We are subconsciously wired to compare ourselves to those around us, even to the point of being unfair to the very uniqueness of our individuality. We are all unique in our own way, and having others pressure us to live up to society's expectations will only make us less free. I met someone recently and he thought me to not be afraid of being true to myself, that who I am should actually be celebrated and not be compared to anyone else. With his guidance, I now wonder, why are we so obsess to conform to the norm when we can be so much more by just being ourselves.

Focus On A Few Things

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I just turned 37 years old and I am very grateful for every single day since my 'near death accident'. Around 20 years ago, I was somewhat hit by a speeding car that had my BMX bicycle mutilated in ways unimaginable, but I survived the whole episode without a single scratch on me. If I did not make the split second jump off my bike, I would probably not be around to write this post for you today.

Life can be really short and the end may come unexpectedly for us, or sooner than we think. I try to remind myself every day that I only have that much of hours left and I really need to spend it wisely. In terms of work, I only focus on areas related to coaching and books. These are the kind of commitments that I feel is important not only for me but to those I serve and bring value to, and I only invest my time in activities that I am confident that I will be working on even when I am old. As for my personal life, it would have to be my family and health.

A CEO's Idea Of Unity

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I was fortunate enough to have met up with a humble CEO recently. We were sharing ideas about the recent general election and how hopeful we both are for our country. Then the topic of unity came up and we wanted to know each other's take on it. We saw it very differently. His advice - unity was never an invitation for us to even consider accepting. It is, in his opinion, an initiation that starts from us to create bridges to unite us. There will always be possibilities for us to create unity by offering our time to visit friends and family. My view of unity comes from the home, where we as parents should practice it within the family, and with those outside of it. A small step to set the expectation straight for the next generation.