Friday, April 15, 2016

Fitbit Alta after a week

Last week I bought my first fitbit devices, it's a purple fitbit Alta. I got mine at All It Store, IOI City Mall at RM630 plus tax. My main reason I bought this device is to track my sleeping pattern and habits. Little did I know that this device is going to awaken the beast inside of me. I've become obsess with steps, walking and calories burned. Oh boy I do not need another obsession.

Before I got this device I would never thought that I can walk 10,000 steps a day. I don't even aware of how stationary my day was. I still spend 62% of my day not being active. No wonder I am having trouble loosing weight.

This model of fitbit doesn't have a heart rate monitor. I used a heart rate monitor on my Apple watch to monitor my heart rate especially while working out. I am still new at monitoring heart rate during exercise and I am still exploring my optimum heart rate for weight loss or for burning calories or fat.

I really like the fact that the device detect exercise automatically and detect when I go to sleep every night. No configuration or setting up required. That is one thing I don't have to put on my to do lists. Sleeping with fitbit alta is also comfortable.
The battery life is so amazing. It lasted for more than five days. I did charged my fitbit alta this morning just because I hate seeing the battery indicator less than half. I just don't have to worry about the battery running out in the middle of working out. 

With the battery that is super lasting I can wear this device all the time. I don't ware it when I taking a shower or when I take wudhu daily. Other than that it stay on my wrist.

I don't know how well this device will help me with weight loss but I am hoping that it will.

I highly recommend this device if you want to keep track of how active your are on a daily basis. It's a great investment for your well being, lifestyle and how good you feel about yourself know that you do everything that you can to stay active.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

#thursday3 [14.04.2016]

I am not feeling like myself these last few days. I don't know why. Life feels a little bit weird. I feel like I have been pull into many different direction. My hearts want something else but my mind want to do different things. I am torn between doing the right thing and doing what I am passionate about. 

HERE ARE MY PHOTO AND FACTS FOR THE WEEK 


1. I am currently reading The Guilty by David Baldacci. The forth book in Will Robbie series. I love this book

2. I am missing my mother so damn much. It's not getting any easier. There's so much I want to tell her but I can't. Talking to her in my mind doesn't seem to help.

3. I am so into moving and being active this week. I invested in Fitbit Alta last week and I am totally loving it. I am more aware of my stationary life style and my sleeping habit. It's time for a change if I wanted things to be different. I have to do things I have never done before like walking for 10,000 steps a day. 

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Think about it this way…If you take one picture and write down three facts each week — at the end of the year you’ll have more than 50 photos of yourself and 150 facts about what life has been like. It would make such an epic All About Me book — and most of the work is already done." - rukristin.com
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Project Life Planning System 2016

One of things that I intend to do this year is to cultivate a good life and record it. Last year I did Project 365 and I didn't have problem sticking to making Project Life on a weekly basis. The photos were already there , I have Project 52 edition kit on my iphone and I can make two layouts weekly without any planning or thinking on my part.

This year I decided not to do Project 365 and that means I don't have a lot of photos on my phone. It has been a challenge to get a few decent photos to make a layout.  I am using Project Life App and that means I can create layouts in a matter of minutes without a lot of effort. With the photos that I had this year, I am all caught up.

I really need to do something. It's already April and I haven't got a lot of layouts for 2016. I am not going to lie, not having a specific project to work on taking photos and documenting my life has been a challenge. I decided to make a Project Life Planning System, not using my Kikki K planner or Erin Condren Planner but using Evernote. I need something simple and available to me anytime, anywhere and in multi platform.


This is still a work in progress on my part. I created on notebook in Evernote called Project Life Planning. In that notebook I created multiple notes that I think will be very helpful to me like -
- PL Things to buy Lists
- Project Life App Kit Inventories : I just realised that I have a lot of kits after listing and take a snap shots of everything I owned.
- Digital Project Life Kit Inventories: The same goes for my digital project life kit in my collection. I have many. 
- Physical Album Planning - I still have a few physical album that need my attention. I need to plan and do something about it
- Things I plan to Scrap about - I am going to make a lists of all the things I want to scrap about that is not week by week related. 
- Quotes - this will hold a collection of my favorite quotes I want to use in my Project Life layouts
- Inspiration - I will put all the Project Life inspiration here
- Resources and Ideas - all the things related to scrapbook, memory keeping and project life that I find interesting on the internet 
- Project Life Layouts for 2016

I am still playing around with these ideas. Adding Monthly notes by month - January - December. My idea is to use this notes for planning and choosing which photos will go together in a layout.

I found the calender 2016 template on the internet. I just copy them to my Evernote.


This is what my current setup will be like. I can access these notes and planner from my ipad, my phone and my computer. Everything will be sync. Evernote just added inking capabilities but I have not tried it yet. I can't wait to give it a try, writing and doodling in Evernote. If you curious about Evernote, try them for free here.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

FOCUS at Work

What does it Really mean to be FOCUS?
I put this sticky note at work on my iMac. I wanted to be reminded about my word this month during my eight hours away from home. I used to love my job but after being here for twenty years, I really need to hit a pause button, readjust my FOCUS and rediscovered why I love my job in the first place.


After a few weeks of self assessment I realised that back in the days, life was simple, internet and technology were unknown territory. Being in IT world has the advantages because we set the tone. We showed what can be accomplished when one computer connected to the internet. How fast we can communicate with each other via email. How fast we can typed a report and minutes meeting in a day. Do it yourself mentality started to grow at the office. 

Fast forward to twenty years later, every person in the office has a device a.k.a smart phone that connected to the internet all the time. Information at your finger tips. Almost everyone can create content. People are not scared to hold a mouse anymore. So what's left for people like me (the IT people)? Evolve and adapt perhaps? Are we still relevant? 

I realised that lately "The Management" didn't see us as relevant anymore. Maybe they believe that they know everything there is to know about IT world or maybe they can't really process the things that they cannot see. There's no more IT Project, there's only Business Project. IT has become the tool, the enabler, no longer the drive.

What does this mean to me? During my one little word journey this year, I discovered that in order for me to stay current and relevant, I need to be a solution specialist. People still need to do their work, people has all the tools available to them, which can be overwhelming, to do their work. So it is up to me and my team to guide and help them to do their work more effectively.

Just by exploring this new idea and role has managed to make me feel excited with my job again. I have always love technology and I love discovering what these technologies can do to improve my life and help me be more productive.

So I am giving FOCUS a new meaning in terms of work.
1. FOCUS = clear my inbox weekly
2. FOCUS = Reread and implement GTD methodoloy
3. FOCUS = Use Evernote to store important data and information
4. FOCUS = learn new tools, be excited and teach others how to use it
5. FOCUS = planner for work to help me manage my to dos and things that need my attention

I am loving this month assignment, getting connected with my word. I really like Ali Edwards idea of converting ideas into something tangible. Just by writing down a question "What does it really mean to be FOCUS" on a sticky note and put them every where that you can see regularly. The idea is to be a visual reminder of your word and answer them , write down your response.

"Be Creative, Show up and Focus on what's important"

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Monday, April 11, 2016

My tools for brain dump

I have been obsess with bullet journal and brain dump lately. This is something that I have been trying ever since I discover planner. I have always love writing, journaling and all things related to notebook and stationaries. There are so many ways that you can used to do your brain dump. The simplest thing you need is a pen and a notebook. Since I don't carry my notebook or my planner everywhere I go, I try to find other ways for me to capture things, thoughts and ideas on the go.



HERE ARE A FEW TOOLS I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR BRAIN DUMPING

1. Camera phone + iPhone Notes app - I collect most of the things visually with my camera phone. Sometimes when I was out and about I like to take photos of books I wanted to look into later. I snapped those photos and put them in my notes app. I am loving the new Notes app especially when it support inking and lists.

2. Evernote - I have been using Evernote app and services for more than three years now. I can tell you that this is the best investment I have ever made. I am dumping my lists, projects, creative team related things, travel plans and many more here. a place where I store all of information that is important to me

3. Traveler's Notebook - I have been meaning to try traveler's notebook since last year but somehow I didn't get around to it. This year I have been exploring and writing things down more in this type of notebook. I really loving the size and how light it was to carry around. I might use this notebook as my master brain dump lists.

4. Google Keep - this is the latest tool I am trying on my phone this last few days. I kinda like it. This is like having a post it note with you all the time.

5. My journal - I would not have thought a journal is like a brain dump but when you think about it, journal is a place where you pour all of your most deepest thoughts and feeling . It is a brain dump. When the words and the feelings are out there it's no longer in your mind.

Having all of these tools to help me stay organize and on top of everything is really helpful. Like David Allen said in his book Your Mind is for thinking and generate ideas, not for storage.

"Be Creative, Show up and Focus on what's important"

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Peaceful Mind Kit // Pixelily Designs

I just love kits that promote self care and empowerment. I really needed that especially when I am down and wanted something uplifting to help get through the day.

Pixelily Designs has a new kit called Peaceful Mind that has amazing positivity and beautiful colors for your layouts. Get the bundle at a lower price of $6.00 now at gottapixel.net store.



Here are my layout using the above kit

unplugged-web

And here are more inspiration from the creative team members

By Deanna



By Claire Bourque


By Francine Taylor


By Debora de Krom


"Be Creative, Show up and Focus on what's important"

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