Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Be inspired

Last Saturday, I attended a seminar called How to Live a Meaningful Life. 

I learned about this seminar from Allan Ngo and Sha Nacino who had free tickets to give to their readers. So I emailed them for a ticket and they emailed me back that I can attend.

So on Saturday, I went to Meralco Mini Theater and was just in time for the introduction. The first speaker was Ms. Ian. She talked about how her mother tried to have an abortion but eventually decided to keep the baby. That child was Ms. Ian, who is now living a life of excellence and service.

Next, Brother Rey Ortega talked about how he rose from poverty. Later, he put up six foundations to help poor people: a scholarship program, two orphanages, a women's shelter, an indigenous leprosarium, and cancer financial assistance.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sleep better in 3 weeks

One of my resolutions is to exercise 4 to 6 times a week. From the last week of December until the second week of January, I exercised with free weights in the morning. These weights are very light at only 3 pounds so tomorrow I will increase the weights to 5 pounds each to be stronger.

Since my blog is about self help from an insomniac, I have to write about my sleep. Here is my sleep log from January 1, 2016 to date:

Jan 1. 3 - 10
Jan 2. 2 - 8
Jan 3. 1 - 7
Jan 4. 12:30 - 8
Jan 5. 12 - 7:30
Jan 6. 11 - 5:45
Jan 7. 1 - 8
Jan 8. 1 - 8
Jan 9. 12:30 - 8
Jan 10. 1 - 8
Jan 11. 1 - 8
Jan 12. 12 - 4
Jan 13. 1 - 8
Jan 14. 1 - 8
Jan 15. 1 - 8
Jan 16. 1 - 7:30
Jan 17. 1 - 6

As you can see, I usually sleep after midnight and wake up after the sun has risen. My shortest sleep time is 4 hours while the longest is 7.5 hours. So the new habit that I will develop is to wake up early.

Today I started with my new habit because we had to hear mass at 7:30 a.m. I woke up at 6:00 a.m. then exercised and prepared. We were able to leave the house at 7:00 a.m.

I normally wake up around 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. so I will wake up earlier. I wanted to wake up at 6:00 a.m. but that's too drastic a change for me so we will take baby steps. I will wake up at 7:00 a.m. this week, 6:30 next week, and 6:00 on the third week.

To help me to wake up early, I am taking the Tiny Habits course by BJ Fogg. I wrote down three small habits that I will do for 5 days:

1. AFTER I wake up, I will walk and turn off the alarm.
2. AFTER I turn off the alarm, I will drink a glass of water.
3. AFTER I drink a glass of water, I will pick up my weights.

Let's do this and drink to that. Good night!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Manage your time in 18 minutes

I listened to an interview with Peter Bregman at the Peak Work Performance Summit. Ron Friedman, the host of the summit told that it was his favorite interview. Here are my notes:

Master the impulse to distraction. Manage time like meditation. 

Use 18 minutes process to manage your time: 5 minutes in morning, 1 minute each hour, and 5 minutes in evening. 

In the morning, use a calendar, not a to do list. Plan when and where you will do things. Think strategically on what you want to do. Transfer to a calendar.

During the workday, use your alarm or beep on the hour. Ask yourself: Am I doing what I most want to do? Am I being what I most want to be? Am I spending my time wisely? It is an intentional and strategic distraction.

At the end, reflect and appreciate. What did I accomplish? Who do I thank?

Your to do list is an intake document. Have 6 boxes in your to do list. The 5 boxes are the important ones. The sixth box is for everything else. Ask: What are most important to focus? If not, is it part of 5%? If it's part of the 5%, it should not be majority of my time. I'm strategic and intentional.

Don't set goals. Have areas of achievement. Focus on reasons underneath goals. Have Post-it note on your screen.

If you don't finish at the end, you can put it back tomorrow. Where does this fit in?

How do I manage my discomfort? Everything is driven by feelings. My book will be about barefoot leadership. Emotional courage builds leadership. We don't do something because we don't want to feel something. If you can feel failure, you can do something that could fail.

If you're not delivering results, that will be important. We have to be responsible. I'd like to be at this meeting, but I'm doing this. Ask: How can I manage this? We're not here to please bosses. We're here to achieve results.

Ipad is distraction for me. Put that on the not to do list. Have 4 seconds. Stop counter productive habits. Take a deep breath.

When you are late, you can say: Sorry I'm late. Thank you for your flexibility. I'm sorry for keeping you waiting. Replace excuse to acknowledge impact.

I've never seen a leader get mad at someone taking responsibility. Take responsibility. If you screw up, better own it. It's not failure that kills you. Denial or defense of failure can kill you. The solution is to own up to failure. Take ownership for everything you contributed.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

How to learn Instant Virtual Skills

Yesterday, I attended the Instant Virtual Skills 2016 by Jomar Hilario. This is a 6 month course for people who want to earn from the internet who already read his Virtual Careers book or attended his previous seminars.

Here is Jomar Hilario's book, Virtual Careers.

At the start of the seminar, he told us to have a vision of our success. He showed us his dream books. This is a book or folder where we place pictures of our dreams.

He told us to imagine what we want to be one year from now. He made us write a journal article for  January 9, 2017 in the past tense.

So here's what I wrote for Instant Virtual Skills 2016: "I earned two million pesos from being a virtual professional. I was invited to talk at the bonus meeting of Instant Virtual Skills 2017."

This sounds crazy, right? But Jomar said that our dreams should be bigger and crazier than we think. If the dream sounds too great for us, that's a good dream to write down.

Next in the Instant Virtual Skills seminar, Jomar taught us about blog monetization. Jomar said that this is a good skill to offer to clients and potential clients. Maybe I should monetize my blog as well.

First, we have to understand our clients and the market. Read about them in their websites, Reddit, Quora, and Facebook. We should care about our clients more than anyone else.

Next, he gave us an assignment using the first 3 steps of blog monetization.

1. Create a cover and the content.
2. Create a hosted Wordpress blog.
3. Create a giveaway landing page.

Jomar said that we can do this for free for a friend who is a business owner who wants to have an online presence. Why free? Because if it's not free, you won't be friends with that business owner any more.

Otherwise, we do this assignment on Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the 2016 Miss Universe. So I am doing this assignment on Pia Wurtzbach. I might use my Wordpress blog for this assignment.

Last for Instant Virtual Skills, we learned about Facebook retargetting. This means Facebook shows you ads about websites that you recently visited. That's scary, right? But this is what online marketers do now. Jomar said it's follow-up advertising.

Here's the Facebook page of Pia Wurtzbach. Look at the right side below the word Sponsored. That's a Facebook retargetted ad from Jomar Hilario.

We finished the seminar by praying and having our picture taken. We will have a workshop webinar on January 19, 2016 to apply these skills we learned. I wish all much success for this course.

I stayed behind to ask for an official receipt so I overheard the meeting for the affiliate marketing group. Their work sounds exciting and high-earning. When I succeed at being a virtual professional, I will next join affiliate marketing.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Say goodbye

Sometimes employers have to let go of their employees because they are losing money. This is a sad event but sometimes necessary to keep the business going.

In the Philippines, the employer has to give written notice to the worker and to the Department of Labor and Employment at least one month before the intended termination date.

The employer claiming business losses must prove by substantial evidence that the losses are actual and urgent. Retrenchment is necessary to keep the business operations going.

The employer must also choose in good faith the employees to be terminated. The usual criteria is to use rank, efficiency, seniority, and other similar standards.

If the cause of termination is the installation of labor saving devices or redundancy, the employer has to give separation pay of at least one month pay or at least one month pay for every year of service, whichever is higher.

If the cause of retrenchment is to prevent business losses or the closure or cessation of operation, the employer has to give separation pay of at least one month pay or at least one-half month pay for every year of service, whichever is higher.

While retrenchment is hard, the law gives some protection to workers. In the Philippines, it may be better to be let go than to resign because there is separation pay if the termination is for an authorized cause.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Dream about elections

I dreamed that a friend told me that she was bitten by a vampire. So when I woke up in the middle of the night, I checked if there were vampires in my bedroom. Haha. There were none so I went back to sleep.

My dream is like Philippine politics. Every issue seems like a monster problem. Every politician acts like a bloodsucking vampire. The only solution is to wake up to our problems and don't go back to sleep. Here are three political nightmares in the Philippine elections:

1. Elections are costly. People spend a lot during elections even though the law limits campaign contributions are elected officials would earn little during their tenure. Candidates sing and dance during town visits and spend millions for television commercials.

2. Politics is family. While the Constitution prohibits family dynasties, many if not most elected officials have family members and relatives in government. Maybe voting for a member of a family dynasty is simpler and easier. Family dynasties tend to be rich and popular so they win most of the time.

3. Voters are corrupt. Candidates still buy votes, while voters still sell them. Even with computer automation, vote buying still happens especially in rural areas. People need to eat, and those bribes can help a family survive.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Be a star

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Epiphany. This is the time when the kings from the East or the Magi visited the child Jesus in Bethlehem. Epiphany means manifestation, and God makes himself known to all people of the world.

We heard anticipated mass today. The priest told us in the homily that we should be like the star that shows light in the darkness. People should be able to see Christ in us by our words and actions.

Sometimes I forget that I am a child of God. I get depressed and lose hope easily. I become afraid of the future or worry about what others think of me. I feel bad about working too much.

Then I remember the Magi. They were courageous for they travelled far to visit the child Jesus. They were wise and learned for they understood the meaning of the stars. If these people who do not know Christ can do so much for a child, I can and should be able to do much more for Jesus.

Let us pray that we remember that we are all sons and daughters of God. We can be stars to guide other people to Jesus Christ.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Set goals

Happy new year! Here are my goals for the new year:

1. Exercise 4 to 6 times per week.
2. Log in my daily sleeping hours.
3. Drink water before breakfast.
4. Blog about self-help and law.
5. Read a new case everyday.
6. Smile and greet people.

EDIT: I realize that while my goals are reasonable, I should give myself some slack. Here are my revised goals for 1-4:

1. Exercise four times a week.
2. Write my sleeping times.
3. Drink water four times.
4. Blog four times a week.