Posts in category: Work & Life

Slashies the ultimate multitaskers

The description of slashies in the SMH/MyCareer article: Straddle, not struggle, as slashies prove ultimate multi-taskers sounds like T-shaped people in the making. The article also highlights how out-of-touch the recruitment industry is with this trend. A quick...

Low hanging fruit in a high-stress world

I find many popular games boring. Facebook’s Farmville, that cafe one, and Tap Zoo just to name a few. These games all have similar traits. Traits that remind me of Tomagochi. Repetitive tasks that build towards simple, clear goals. Tasks with immediate...

Is balance a myth?

RANT: I know people mean well, and they like to think they know what my problems are, and therefore want to fix it for me. I do appreciate the intentions… But I am sick and tired of people telling me I need more balance in my life. As if somehow I can just push a...

Low standards of experience

“Low standards of experience leads to low expectations.” Ingrid Bacci in her book The Art of Effortless Living”. She was writing about the strength and limitation of our visualisations. In other words, we can only visualise as grandly as the grandest...

Building a career vs building a life

Are you living life part-time or full time? Several weeks ago I twittered this: “Full time work or part time work? Full time life or part time life?” It occurred to me that night how comfortable we are talking about part-time/full-time work, and yet we almost never...

How not to practise design

The BBC home decorating show How Not To Decorate should actually be renamed How to Piss Off the Very People Who Can Help You Achieve Your Design Vision. In the episode I watched recently, the two interior designers first toured a badly decorated house with champagne...

Choosing our own life path and fast food

Choosing the status quo life path is like eating from a fast food restaurant. The choices are easy, clearly differentiated, and non-challenging. They are known to everyone, and accepted by all. Some variation is possible in the form of small “mass” customisations. No...

Creating vs replicating your world

This arrived in my inbox after I wrote this post reflecting on home ownership. “Our journey as human beings is not about following a pre-ordained path. Life doesn’t make any more sense when things are done ‘in order’… it’s way more exciting to know that you are...

“Every new endeavor … is meant to be its own thing”

I spotted this in a recent issue of O Magazine: “The reason I had wavered was fear: I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to duplicate what I’ve done. But as I thought about Michael Jackson, I began to see that not only can you not duplicate success,...
The developing, the developed and the brave new world to come

The developing, the developed and the brave new world to come

Given the access to the same technology and knowledge, coupled with the hunger for rapid growth, the developing world is fast catching up to the developed world in just about every way – according to Fredrick Härén in this book The Developing World. Here’s the model I...
“To hell with being a home-owner”

“To hell with being a home-owner”

An article entitled as above, by Georgina Carr, caught my attention whilst browsing the February 2010 issue of Psychologies magazine. Returning home from another dull day at work, I collapsed on my luxurious must-have sofa, and contemplated the surface of my life. … I...

Reflections on travelling: enoughness

Travel is a structured way to practice letting go of the need to micromanage the day-to-day. To exorcise that sense of never-quite-having-enough-time that has plagued my life for long enough. There is nothing else I have to do other than wake up on time and get on the...

A worthy vision

Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life. … Designers make disruptive innovations manageable and approachable, so that they can be embraced and assimilated into life. In 25 years designers will be at the nexus of things. They will not be divvied up...

Working to a higher purpose

Here’s a part of what I wrote down recently as the vision for what I want my work to be: My work solves worthwhile problems and enriches the lives and wellbeing of individuals; especially the forgotten, the small and the least empowered. My work contributes to...

Money and happiness

Five random thoughts: Money makes everything better – as long as we don’t sell our happiness to get it! Or at least not for too long a period. Being unhappy with money, is definitely preferable to being unhappy and broke. For me – money is a measure of how much you...

What makes work, work?

Do you: Live to work? Work to live? “Work is life?” – Does this sound ominous to you, or chock full of potential? The potential to redefine what work means for ourselves. To redefine success, and what it means to live a good life for ourselves. For me – it is moving...
Two timely thought-provokers on passion

Two timely thought-provokers on passion

From the inimitable Wake Up Tiger: The great affliction of our age is not the axis of evil — it’s the axis of mediocrity. We are far more likely to die from a lack of passion than from some great evil. The BIG [elephant in the room] question then is:...

80-20 rule for life FAIL

80% of life seems to be spent on work and admin (cleaning, washing, trying to fall asleep, worrying about crap, second guessing what other people want from us, not forgiving other people…) 20%, if we are lucky, is spent on actually living. And I don’t mean...
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