Friday, November 20, 2015

Tips for getting to work on time

Believe it or not most of government offices still implement a punch card system. Which means we have to be at the office on time not five minutes late. I know it's a ridiculous system to implement since right now most of people work 24/7 - all the time.

Regardless of my personal opinion I still have to make sure that I follow the rule and be at the office on time. It seems easy but believe it or not the majority of people cannot be at the office on time. 

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Working is definitely not the same as school. When you were in school a.k.a college you can basically do whatever you want. You can go to class late and nobody seems to care except for your study buddy.

Work force is different, people care if you are late especially when you have important meeting or you have assignment due that day. It can cause havoc and disturb balance and harmony.

So today I would like to share a few tips how to be on time for work



I know I know if I can wake up early then I don't have have problem getting to work.  It's partly true. Waking up early is the first step to get to work on time. Making a habit of waking up early in the morning have thousands of advantages especially for us Muslim because we can practice our morning prayer early and recite Quran early. How to wake up early you ask? Well that's is going to be a long list/tips that I will discuss in my next post


This is essential. Don't set your mind that the reason you wake up is to go to work. That is not an amazing life to live. Make work or going to work is part of your routine. The great way to start the day is to wake up at least two hours before you have to left the house. If you have kids that are still in school it is definitely important to get them involved in the morning routine as well. 

Some example of a morning routine can be viewed on Youtube -- just search morning routine.

My normal morning routine will be to wake up, look at the clock and see what time it was. I stop myself from checking Facebook or any other social media because that activity can stole my time. I immediate went to the bathroom and do the morning cleaning routine. After that I did my morning prayer and recite a few verses of Quran. And then I wake up my kids because they need time to get ready for school. Then I apply my morning beauty routine like moisturiser, toner, serum and what not. After that I start yelling at my kids of they still have trouble to wake up. Usually after the yelling they woke up. I went downstairs to prepare morning Herbalife shake for me and my husband. I have that for breakfast and other health supplements. Then I started to get ready for work - ware makeup (this routine is optional if I'm tight on time I just skip this), ware my work clothes and hijab. This usually take about 20 minutes. And I'm ready to leave the house and go to work.


It is always a good idea to set goals for tomorrow. Things you want to accomplish. It's amazing how by setting goals you are more incline to do it. It is also true if the day before you have set your mind that you want to wake up early and you want to be at work 20 minutes early then you are more likely to accomplish it.

4. DOA

You have nothing to loose if you make a habit of starting the day with doa. Ask Allah for forgiveness and ask Allah for the gift of time. Time is a creature created by Allah which means it can be different for everybody. Don't get me wrong everybody gets 24 hours a day and 365 days a year but how long and short the time is totally different for everybody. Some people feel one hour is too short but some people feel one hour is way too long. Time is relative. So it's not impossible to ask Allah for the gift of time and for making your life easier that day, no delay and no unfortunate events happened.

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This is tricky and the hardest thing to do if you are not an organise person. To get the hang of this you need to have a watch with you all the time. Start measuring time especially the time that it need to commute from home to work. When you know the time that you need to get to work, then it's easier to set a cut off time when is the best time to leave for work.Then you need to know how long it takes for you to get ready, the ritual and so on. 
This is important to know because when something unfortunate happened and disturb your routine, you know what tasks to skip so that you can still leave the house on time.


When you are excited about something you tend to be on time for it. So find a reason to excited about work. If you see your work as something mundane and boring then you tend to be late for it. From today shift your mind and perspective.

See your work or job as your first love, you can't wait to be a work, you can't wait to make a difference in the world. I know I know this is harder than it sound. If you can fall in love again with Shah Rukh Khan after watching Kuch Kuch Hota Hai for the fifteen time, I know you can fall in love with your work again. You just need to remember why you go to work. Even if that reason is to support yourself and your family. 


Tip number seven is a bonus tip. If you have not heard of Kikki K or Erin Condren or planner addict group than I suggest you look them up. Having a cool and beautiful planner can really help you to organise your life better especially when you have so many roles to play. I realised that ever since I have a filofax planner and making them pretty has become an obsession, I tend to look at my planner daily and I can't wait to make lists of things that needs to be done. There are something amazing happened to your brain when you pick up a pen and write or pick up a pencil color and start colouring or draw. You tend to remember things better. 

Hopefully these few tips can help you to improve your life and help to be at work on time. 
Being on time is respectful. It shows your commitment and dedication to your work.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Digital Project Life [ Week 46]

For Week 46 I used Project Life App with Azure kit. I made the title card by exporting the Project Life pattern paper out and add the text using Phonto App. I journal using Project Life app. I do wish that I can add elements and text on photo directly from the app. I am just lazy to export them out.


Week 46a-web

Week 46b-web

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To see what I did in 2014, see them all here in my flickr albums

Project Life™ is a system created by Becky Higgins. To learn more about this approach to saving your memories, click here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Life or something like it

1. I just can't believed that in less than a month I said goodbye to old friends. I know people come and go, nothing is ever permanent in this world but come on three people at once?! This is too much. (The drama queen in me want to scream !!!!) The sad thing was they were asked to move out just because they said no. Saying no is not a bad thing.

2. I have been using my new iPhone for almost a month now. I am digging the new feel but I still have to use the phone to it's full potential. And I still don't get Live Photo? What is it for?

3. I am setting up my 2016 planner on my iPad. I love using GoodNotes app to host my iPlanner 2016. I am totally in love with the simplicity of going digital but the thing that bugs me is backing up to dropbox. My iPlanner 2015 is huge and apparently I can't sync or backup huge data to dropbox. I have to backup to iTunes instead. Now I am trying iCloud syncing. I hope this will solve the problem.

4. I am sad that there's no upgrade for the iPad Air. I live iPad Air 2 and I can't live without it. My planner and my life are on the gold iPad. I hope that next year Apple will go back to basic and push iPad Air to the future. I don't get the iPad Pro and that gigantic iPad is definitely not for me. I am digging the Apple Pencil which I hope they will make one for the other iPad.

5. I am looking at my old Canon IXUS and thinking that I need a new point and shoot camera. I know my phone can take an amazing photos on daily basis but depending solely on my phone to take photos during vacation makes me nervous. I do no want to be running out of battery or space when I want to capture those beautiful scenery or adorable kangaroo.

6. Getting closer to the end of the year. Saying goodbye to 2015 is going to be hard. Saying hello to 2016 is going to be so much easier especially when I am much more wiser when it comes to picking out planner and setting them up.

7. I don't know what to do. I just can't get my weight to go down. Believe me I've tried so many things except control my carbohydrates. So this week I am determined to go cold turkey by cutting down carbo and see what happens. Hopefully this little change can make a big impact. I am so sick of having a flabby stomach. I hate not able to move around smoothly.

8. I am so excited because this is the last week of school. Next week school holiday starts. The most important thing is the traffic to work is going to be light. No more rush hour and no more screaming in my car.

That's all for now....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hello and goodbye

Hello and goodbye seems to be the theme of my life lately. Having the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and then saying goodbye to them. I guess that's life in a nutshell. Nothing is ever permeant in this world. 

The one thing that is permeant and constant in my life is memories and my scrapbooking. I have been making scrapbook pages for years now and I am so glad that this hobby stays with me.

Over the years trends and scrapbook supply changes. And my style changed and evolved also. Before I know about Project Life all I know about scrapbook was 12 x 12 layout with one or a few photos in a page and busy with elements and designs. Then Project Life came along and I seems to stop making a conventional scrapbook layout. In away I am saying hello to Project Life and goodbye to the old 12 x 12 scrapbook layout.

I don't why today I felt like visiting my old scrapbook layout style. A simple 12 x 12 with one photo and a little bit of journaling - simple and clean design. I like it. Sometimes an old friend can really bring back life and keep your creative juice flowing.

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(These layouts were made using my newest collection from SweetShopeDesigns during Digital Scrapbook Day Weekend sales)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Project 365 [Week 46]

Week 46 was a little bit nostalgic for me. Next week life is going to be a lot different at work. So many people come and go. It's hard not to feel a little bit of gap and adjusting to a new situation can be difficult. May Allah bless us all.


DAY 313- I took the day off on Monday just because Tuesday will be our public holiday. We were at Bukit Batu visiting family.

Day 313

DAY 314- Already back from traveling and now spending time with my daughter at IOI City Mall. I was so obsess with shopping for clothes that I felt like I am not at my usual weight. I really need to take control of my body. Things needs to change.

Day 314

DAY 315- Working and mostly doing administrative job. Finished reading Follow You Home and I wrote a review about it on my blog.

Day 315

DAY 316- Finally iPad Pro is available at Apple Store and wow the price is too much. If I have that kind of money I will buy Macbook instead.
Day 316

DAY 317- Attend workshop for ICT Strategic Plan review.

Day 317

DAY 318- Saturday, we went to watch Spectre at IOI City Mall. I am not sure if I like the new 007 movie. Somehow it doesn't feel like a James Bond movie.

Day 318

DAY 319- Loving my Sunday. I found these old photos and decided to paste them into my journal for the year. I love looking at old photos.
Day 319
These are my life in photos for week forty six for 2015  . So many things happened and if I don't take the time to document them I might miss a lot. I still believe when you took the time to document the every day and the good things that happened in your life, you will be more grateful. Just saying.

Do you join Project 365 this year?
 If you do linked up in the comment, I would love to 
see your work and a glimpse of your life in 2015 

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