I have been thinking about what Work – Life balance thing. I hear this phrase all the time – but what does this really mean?
When work is on, IT’s ON. That’s pretty much a given in most places I’ve worked.
Conversely, when there’s something major happening in your personal life, IT’s ALSO ON. So where does that leave you when there’s a clash?
Well if you do not have an understanding ‘better half’ at home or an understanding manager at work – then it leaves you in a hole. How can anyone possibly have a Work – Life balance without having an understanding ‘better half’ and ‘manager’? It is virtually impossible to please both sides; the trade off is a killer! And this would usually result in misery for the person in-between i.e. you.
“I had an interview at Goldman Sachs. It was a total wipeout. It was really friendly for the first six hours, and I thought I was doing great. Then right at the end, when my brain was turning to mush, they brought in a math mastermind who crushed me.”
Keep your head up – I am sure you will go on to do bigger and better things!
After a rough start to this week, I stumbled on some new-found energy that spurred me to design and write a little somethingsomething.
And then some. That’s where this post comes in.
Since mid Jan this year, I have been on a rampage with my 2 hours (or so) a day picking up web development basics. My mornings went like this: Get up at the crack of dawn, watch my Treehouse tutorials and do the code challenges. But due to the steep learning blitz, I felt that I needed to step back and really let things digest. I needed a more optimal way of learning and the best way that I know of is to practice practice PRACTICE. That’s when I came up with the idea of going on some sprints – essentially a mini-project where I do nothing but code for an hour.
I had full intentions of using CodePen.io as my scrum area for my mini-projects. I began using this last week and at that stage, I was thinking of designing another 2 mini-p’s focussing on polishing my HTML 5 and CSS 3.
But then the weekend rolled in and I found some inner energy to start finishing those 2 pieces this week. Here are the results.Continue reading
You think 35,000 is a huge number of jobs to be lost? It isn’t. It’s 0.3 per cent of all jobs, equivalent to about two months’ net job creation in a normal year. You think this could put the economy into recession? We’re overdue for another recession but this isn’t nearly big enough to be the main cause of one.
Ross has spoken! Now let’s have a closer look at what he’s on about.Continue reading
Could this be a good indicator to determine whether your staff is overworked and stressed?
I was having a chat with a colleague and we came across the topic of work stress. She mentioned that they have a jar of lollies at a common desk and that the level of lollies consumed goes down dramatically during a stressful period.
I giggled quietly in agreement as I also seem to attack sweets when under pressure. I know a few people sitting around me do the same.
Could a simple jar of sweets be a good indicator of work stress?
Housing bubbles are measured by comparing current prices to a reliable index of housing prices. Fortunately, we have one. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has been keeping track of the costs of renting a residence since at least 1983; its index shows a steady rise of about 3 percent a year over this 30-year period. This is as it should be; other things being equal, rentals should track the inflation rate. Home prices should do the same. If prices rise much above the rental rate, families theoretically would begin to rent, not buy.
Housing bubbles, then, become visible — and can legitimately be called bubbles — when housing prices diverge significantly from rents.
I have a ton of apps in my iPad and iPhone. Majority of these fall into the seemed like a good idea at time category (i.e. I don’t use them). I do however use a select few. Some to the point of “I need it and depend on it”.
A little bit of background on what I do before I start:
I work in projects around the banking and technology sectors
I maintain 2 blogs
I’m doing some web development on the side.
I therefore historically bought apps that would help me in the above. Here are the ones I rate.
Why: De-clutters the the mess in your head and organises thoughts logically. And mind you (had to get that in there), I use mind-mapping for all sorts of things so it’s not limited to using it for work purposes.