- Be organized:
- Weekly Tasks: each sheet on excel covers of my daily tasks from Mon-Sun.
- “CEO Tasks”: it covers all my responsibilities, errands and meetings in start-up.
- Goals: it covers my short-term and long-term goals. I include my MBA studies in which I track my progress from my attendance, recitation, homework to exams. I also include a note of why I am I absent in particular date. I review my performance so if I fail in the report card at least I will understand how I can I improve my work on next module OR if I believe I did well but my professor did not mark my grade appropriately, I can appeal and use my tasks materials as evidence.
- Create goals.
- Long-term goals: to monetize my blog.
- Short-term goals: to receive brand sponsorship.
- Monthly tasks: to use it as a platform for my brand’s marketing.
- Weekly tasks: to blog quality content + email marketing to subscribers.
- Disconnect yourself from disruptions.
- Stay focused.
- I usually deactivate my Facebook before and during exams. The brand’s social media marketing is done by our team but I don’t read any personal updates.
- I make a vacation email auto-response. So, if I won’t answer immediately people at work won’t assume that I’m missing! 🙂
- I turn off phone notifications from any of apps I’ve downloaded.
- I inform my family and close friends that I will be away for while before and during exams, and when I am in the process of building a start-up.
- I meditate and exercise when I am under pressure (this helps a lot to unblock the energy channel in my body).
- I tackle the challenging tasks before I eat lunch (I prefer to address the bigger issues to solve before meal time).
- I create system that is effective for me to accomplish my goals.
- I don’t argue unnecessarily to any issues. I learned to choose my fight and the right competition for my level. I save my energy for important matters.
Here are my fun moments during and after my tasks.I usually work out in the morning because I have more energy in the morning than at night.
The perks of being an MBA student is to have the evening and weekend classes. My not so favourite is to work in a group because I have no patience to drag a project decision. I can be pushy and competitive to get things done on time. If you’re on my team, my goal is to win and I believe if one has this type of working attitude she will be perceived as “bossy”. LOL. I have no intention to boss people but I’m just a task-and-results oriented type of person. For example, in my group last year we discussed to work on project together and we planned to submit the requirements before the deadline. And because all of us are working professionals it was challenging to submit the project on time. #StruggleIsReal As results, the members did not submit the requirements by 9pm. Some submitted at 12 am and 3 am. When I received the documents, I wasn’t happy but instead to whine about it I took over and did the work. The group was not satisfied because they believe it “could have been better”. That’s when I started an argument, that if they all submit the requirements on time and if they work with quality I will not waste 4-8 hours editing each of their work. As an MBA student, it is understood that students have advance knowledge and experience when it comes to research work. The copy and paste diagrams and information are not acceptable.
Fast forward, after working with different groups for the last 12 months, I learned to slow down and I learned to cooperate. I allowed myself to learn that every group work is a different challenge. At the end of the day, it is just an MBA group project and we are all learning together. It is part of the MBA package.
My recent favourite group mate is Cipi because her extrovert personality it is easier for me to communicate in project. She doesn’t keep it to herself. Also, she is helpful in our group and her working attitude is the kind of mate you can work with easily.Coffee definitely helps to keep me awake at night. I’m not a big fan of Starbucks but I find the caffeine at Starbucks is less than the local kopi. I can still sleep at night even if I have a cup of Starbucks latte at 9pm. And because I’m already exhausted at night, I can’t read the entire case study so I usually continue my reading on the train in the morning. I learned from my dad who is a university professor, “it is not about how smart you are, it is about preparation. When you are prepared you can have quality of answers during recitations and exams.
This is one of the reasons why I love studying an MBA – you will master the game of business.On my day off, I don’t mind to have affordable facial care to get rid of unwanted blackheads. I believe that no matter how busy you are, it is important to take care of your skin. My family is important to me. I try to make good meals for dinner and I also add fun in the kitchen by using lab stuff to check the temperature of the food if it’s cook well. LOL What I love about my day off is to treat myself for a casual set lunch. I usually eat affordable Asian food and I don’t invite people so I can enjoy my ‘me time’. 🙂 I believe that if you allow yourself to enjoy the simple things in life, you will be able to manage your stress.
I make time for a date. What’s my favourite? Free meals and free movie ticket. he he #NotReallyKidding 🙂
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