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Do I plan or do I act

I am a person of planning. I love making to do lists, short and long term goals lists, step by step ways to achieve something, making budgets and calculating expenses etc… But for the last month, all that has changed. I merely keep in mind those things I must do and the rest lies in the back of my head waiting for their turn to be completed. As the days go by it’s like survival. I aim for the best and go ahead with my life. And is not that I live carelessly it is that I used to live with too much care. Actually so much that I ended up doing nothing. I used to do about 3 to 5 to do lists a week including the budget and expenses plan. Now I simply do it once or twice a month. I noticed that I became the slave of a list and restricted myself to that list all the time leaving too many things undone even when I had the list to guide me. I realized that life can’t be guided by an inflexible plan but by a flexible and capable of evolving course of action. Right now is about acting according to whatever life throws at you.. This is what is happening to me:

1. I must do something.
2. I act (do what ought to be done without much thought).
3. I move forward to the next step.

To do lists and plans should accomodate to life changes. You can cross over anything you decide not to do on the list or you can erase and put something else on that spot. But that never compares to actually doing it. From now on plans and to do lists will be to gain a perspective of where I am and where I want to be but the real drivig force will be action.

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7 months of change

It took me 7 months to post here once again , but don’t think I have nothing to say to you. On the contrary I have a few things I would like to share. These are the highlights:

• A change no matter what causes it or when it happens brings good and positive things. And that is due to a change in setting.
• The comfort zone is not as good as it seems.
• You are never ready except when you actually act. If we wait
for the perfect moment it might never come. What we need
is the perfect desire and the perfect action.
• Experience (as I have said in previous posts) is still the #1 teacher.
We should never forget or take for granted any of our life
experiences.
• Desire moves us, comfort makes us stagnate.

I learned all of this by moving from my comfort zone (my mom’s house) to my own apartment. Even though I knew I could do it I kept on procastinating. WRONG. It only delayed me and my posibilities in life. I have more responsibilities but also more freedom and flexibilities. And also more goals to achieve. All this makes my life more exciting at the same time. So when you feel uneasy don’t wait for the perfect conditions or the perfect moment a change of scenario might be what you need and everything else will accomodate.

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Making Time

August 24, 2010 2 comments

This past week has been a busy one filled with work overload (at college) and stress at work too. I have been struggling to get things done on a schedule specially since I’m in final exams. Things have turned out pretty well but while on the process I noticed that I was lacking time. Specially to cover the study material for my exams. That’s when I reasoned about time and told myself: well, I can’ slow time, stop it or even reverse it. And I certainly can’t create time but I could make time. How? Making a few adjustments. So this is what I did:

1. First I needed some quiet time to put my thoughts in order and decide how to make time. So I listened to music while relaxing.

2. Then I paused blogging so that I could finish what was at hand first but never giving up on ideas to blog about. ( Blogging and learning about blogging can be really time consuming :p).

3. I started to go to bed early so that I could wake up earlier and be more productive ( I tend to be productive after a good rest early in the mornings).

4. I did what I had to do when I had to do it, to minimize the acumulation of work.

5. I rewadrded myself after completing the tasks, not before.

Now I can relax and go back to my normal rithm. So what do you do when you lack time and feel like everything is accumulating and you won’t be able to finish it properly and on time?

Here are two links to posts related to this subject. They offer good tips on how to manage and organize your time:

On A Traffic Light

August 9, 2010 3 comments

A few days ago on my way to work I was stuck on a red light. There was a beggar asking for money car by car and as he came closer I could see that every time someone gave him a few cents he would put them away and show the empty cup again. In a matter of minutes I was making computations and wondering : how much do this people make daily if… let’s say they do a 6 hr  “shift”? Supposing traffic lights change every 2 or 3 minutes (I chose every two minutes) and on each light the beggar gets 25 cents (way too conservative amount, I’ve seen people give them a dollar) that’s $7.50 an hour! Then I supposed again that to avoid mid day sun, the beggar stands on the light from 8 a.m to 11 a.m (and they actually rise early because I also see them at 6 a.m on my way to college) leaves, and then comes back at 5 p.m until 8 p.m. That’s 6 hrs in a day at $7.50 = $45 daily. And assuming they work 5 days a week this equals $450 dollars every 2 weeks. Are you following me? I’m saying that a person standing on a light for 6 hrs makes only $120 dollars less than me! And the question is: where do they put it? Why do they still live on the streets? Take into account that they might be doing more than the conservative 6 hrs I made up and they might even do it the 7 days of the week. That’s 42 hrs a week @ $7.50 = $315 weekly or $630 every two weeks or $1,260 monthly! Without paying taxes! OK who wants to go to the streets with me?

No people, seriously I’m really curious about what this people is doing with the money. Why can’t they make their life better? I mean it’s a good amount of money considering what they do.

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Why I love being wrong?

August 5, 2010 1 comment

Yeah… I actually like being wrong even though the moment of embarrasement or repentance is hard to bear sometimes. And you know why? Because it’s the only natural and most efective way to getting better at not making mistakes. It’s a fact that we don’t learn most things by advice or by logic but from trial and error. It’s our nature. We have to experience it no matter how many times we are told the way it is.

Why do you think experience is so much more important in some jobs (or should I say most jobs) than achievements, degrees etc… They’d rather have an experienced person (who by my definition is someone who has been exposed to making misakes many times) prepared to handle any situation because real life feedback is much better than sistematic education on a subject.

So following my line of reasoning being wrong gives you the knowledge and experience necesary to achieve goals and build character. It’s like having a personal data base of answers to resolve situations and make decisions. We should take advantage of the “negativity” of being wrong and absorb the positive. There is so much that can be learned this way !!

Talking To Yourself

August 3, 2010 3 comments

The benefits of talking to yourself are many:

•First of all you can’t lie to yourself. No matter how much you try to hide it, your conscience will be there to let you know. Keeps you honest.

•Speaking outloud liberates you from the pressure of all your inner conflicts.

•You get in touch with your feelings. You have an obligation of being honest to them or you’ll be hurting yourself.

•Truth will come out. When we think but don’t speak we tend to hide or neglect the truth.

•It becomes easier to be reassured of any desicion taken.

•You will feel relieved after a few minutes of this excercise.

I often do this when I’m in doubt or feel distressed or confused and it has really helped me get my decisions clear. What do you think? Do you think it’s silly or a crazy thing?

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Infinite Chances

I was having breakfast at my colleges’ cafeteria and I overheard a conversation from the person speaking on the table behind me, about chances and opportunities. I then got dragged to my inner thoughts about what a chance or an opportunity has meant to me in life.

Sometimes we think chances or an opportunity means being able to get what we lost back. Although it could happen it is often too late. Or maybe fix whatever it is that we did wrong. WRONG! A chance or an opportunity is merely a moment in space and time on which you don’t necesarilly get back what you lost but you reconciliate and accept that you lost it and you don’t fix what you did wrong (it happened you can’t erase it) but you can learn from it and avoid doing it again.

There are countless ways of having a chance or an opportunity and people think that they will be able to repeat what they failed in and do it again erasing the past. A chance never erases the past it only shapes the future by leting us do better than we did in the past. Don’t try to change anything with a chance or an opportunity since it is impossible and will be a waste of your time, instead construct a new future with the lessons learned.

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