Girlfriend is Asking what I'm Doing

I've been on the laptop the whole morning, and the Girlfriend feels the need to ask me what I'm doing - “Nothing dear, just updating the template on my website…". It's quite fun, and I don't think she quite exactly knows ;)

Stigler's Law

No scientific discovery is named after the original discoverer

Plan the night before

I have tried to do a lifehack of planning out the next day every evening, and to spend some time reflecting about what I have accomplished at the end of each day. Surprisingly, this is harder than I thought. Firstly, to sit down and recollect what I've done for the day, made be realise at times how little I've accomplished, or worse, that I've frittered away my time frivolously, something that I acutely feel ashamed of.


Momentum is essential. “When you experience positive momentum, you’ll never want it to stop.” I relate to this personally. When establishing a new positive habit, it's typically hard going at the beginning. Over time, you ease into it, give and take. There are days in which you will regress, but the key point is to acknowledge that regressions happen, but to follow-up, and not give up because of it.

Confidence and Performance

Confidence doesn’t lead to high performance. Rather, confidence is a byproduct of previous performance. I read another article along those lines from a college basketball coach, and the point made resonated with me. Again, it's one of those proses that I couldn't say better myself, and got lost until I got this quote off a business article lately. Filing this as a reminder to self.

Introverts, Extroverts

Somehow, it wasn't straightforward to figure out a defintion of an Introvert and an Extrovert. It was easy to conflate behaviours of shyness, asociality, brashness, showiness with actual internal states of mind. The definitions I've appropriated somewhere else sums it up better than I can: Introverts reflect more, Extroverts experience more.

Tidy up at the end of each day

Set aside 10 minutes each day before finishing to organise my desk. It sounds easy, but personally, it's still a difficult habit. At the end of most days, my head is rather frazzled and disorganized to remember this to do so. Also, when dealing with cleanups with computer tasks, it's easy to get distracted and forget about what to clean, when to stop and pack up. In addition, stopping is not a fixed time where I can anchor the behaviour to a wall-clock time - it's typically very possible to end up working so late that it's easy to bypass this habit and head straight off home.

Eat a Frog in the Morning

Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day” Mark Twain It is not easy to find a live frog to eat every morning (thankfully!), but there will always be unpleasant things (and waaaay more beneficial) to do that will make the rest of your day less ‘bad’. Take exercise. It used to be a daily morning ritual, until I had to move house; it's certainly unpleasant to be awake at 6.

How Does Louder Make It Any More True?

‘Huat Ah!', is a common vernacular heard during Chinese New Year. It literally means “to sprout”, or loosely means to be able to gain good fortune, usually with an expectation that it will be a sudden and massive amount of wealth attained. It's an annoying superstition/custom, given that people would shout it out at the top of their voices, repeatedly. It is as if the loudness and repetitions would somehow translate to an increasing probability or magnitude of it happening!

Train Ride, A Squeeze No More

For a moment, I was convinced by mum's explanation that I was able to get a seat on the train at Raffles Place station during rush hour was because most of the Chinese migrant labour had returned to China for the New Year festivities. But after some reflection, I can't convince myself this can be true; surely most of the people working in the offices blocks around the Shenton Way area would be white-collared workers, mostly whom would be local?