Thursday, January 26, 2012


salam folks,

1. in my previous post, i've shared some tips on developing productive rituals (i hope it works for all of you)

2. but, building those rituals alone is not enough

3. with way many distractions surround us, (e.g. facebook, emails, etc.) we really need a sorta mechanism to keep us focus!

4. so for this entry, i'd like to share some tips to re-prioritize our lives.

5. according to following article,, there're four important steps to have more "intentional" life:

  • Schedule in our calendar things that are important, but not really urgent:
    • normally, we'd overlook on things that aren't urgent. as a  results, we end up completing those tasks at the very last minute. so, putting those in our calendar would make us more aware!
  • Set aside sufficient time to 'reflect' and to 'plan'
    • this's normally the most difficult/daunting thing to do. as time is precious, some may argue that reflecting on the past is unnecessary, or to the extend is wasteful. but, it's actually very important for us to re-asses all things that we've done all day long - e.g. what we've been accomplished, what haven't, and why we couldn't finish this and that, etc.
    • then, after understanding all problems that hinder us from accomplishing some things, we really need to move onto "tomorrow's plan."  this is very crucial so to ensure that we're not piling our problems day by day. 
  • Do VIT (very important thing) first in the morning - 
    • typically, we're more productive, and less distracted in the morning. as suggested by the author of this article, we should turn off emails, internet (for those who don't need internet to work), and our cell phone (it's like isolating yourself)
  • Take some breaks
    • one in the morning, and one in the noon
    • for Muslims, we're encouraged to perform solat sunat Dhuha! why? it's time for us to relax, and re-energize our soul! ;)
6. let's re-prioritize, folks! ;)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Developing Productive Rituals

salam folks,

1. happy CNY to all of you - may all of us have a wonderful & prosperous year ahead; fortunately, this year  i didn't see (or hear) any new "fatwa" on fb that prohibits the Muslims from wishing their Chinese counterparts a happy new year! 

2. plus, i've confirmed with some of my Chinese colleagues that CNY has nothing to do with religious ritual - indeed, it's more like a Chinese tradition. and as far as i'm concerned, Islam has never stopped us from celebrating other's, i rest my case here! ;)

3. anyway, recently, i've watched a very good talk on "developing productive rituals" posted in HBR Blog Network! the gist of the talk are listed as follows:

How to develop productive rituals:

  • Keep specific bedtime (this is to guarantee your body having enough rest)
  • Prioritize one key task each day (i usually list down things i wanna accomplish for that particular day before i start doing my work)
  • List new ideas (i used to keep all crazy ideas at the back of my head. at the end, i keep forgetting, documenting your new ideas could be the best solution)
  • Question when triggered! (a popular Descartes' statement, "Dubito, Ergo Cogito, Ergo Sum"  - I doubt, therefore i think, therefore i am..for me, to question thing is a way to innovation)
4. Anyway, you can watch the full video at the following link

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


salam folks,

1. i wish it's not too late for me to wish all of you a happy new year - 2012, according to Chinese Lunar Calendar, is a year of "water dragon."  ;)

2. as for me, a new year is nothing rather than myself getting a year older! unlike previous years, for 2012,  i hadn't set any new year's resolution.

3. but, as some of you may realize, i have changed the title of this blog; from "against all odd" to simply "making things happen!"

4. fyi, this change is not merely a name change so that it would sound more mature or catchy - it's indeed a change in my paradigm of life.

5. if in my previous posts, my focus was merely on the question of "WHY," i hope in my future articles, i'd be able to go a bit deeper by tackling the "HOW" kinda question

6. it has come to my realization that, theory itself is valueless if there's no feasible solution.

7. as my mentor telling me, learning new things is indeed very good. but, the more important part is  how could you translate all your knowledge into actions. and i believe, it's the most trickiest and daunting part ever! ;)

8. and guys, if i had to make a wish for 2012, it'd be simply for me to MAKE THINGS (i like) HAPPEN!


Monday, January 9, 2012


eden poning kaplo! too many unpredictable things happened recently. so, nah, dgrlah lagu feberet eden;

p/s: enjoy the song, folks! ;p

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