In just a short span of a few weeks, we have seen many things being shifted online as life as we know it slows to almost a halt. But if you are expecting to move all your interactions online and still get the same outcome, maybe you should rethink again. I don’t think you can.

If you don’t plan it properly, it can be overwhelming and make it harder for your target user.

Too much feedback can make you feel overwhelmed. Especially when there’re too many different opinions and suggestions. However, too little feedback makes you feel like you are just trying to throw the ideas on the wall and see what sticks.

Whether it’s a work project or personal project, it’s still good to get some feedback. But what do you need to consider before seeking feedback?

If you are like most people, you dream of something bigger. Something more creative that taps into your innermost being.

You might hesitate because of the social pressures around you. You might be thinking that you are not a creative person at all. That you won’t be a creative genius like Steve Jobs or Picasso. Good news is, you don’t have to be.

Now that you have more time on hand, maybe it is a great time for you to revive your creative dreams. You can make use of the time freed up by social distancing due to Covid-19.

You never know whether it will help position you for a breakthrough in your career sometime in the future.

March 24, 2020

The times are distracting

Our typical workday is already distracting as it is. It has become so fragmented with meetings, emails, calls and chit-chats with colleagues.

Add on a pandemic, and it becomes hard not to get distracted. And in these times of distractions, it certainly is much harder to focus on the work that you need to do.

How do we focus in these times of distractions?

March 20, 2020

The pitfalls of knowledge

Having more knowledge is great. More knowledge has the potential to help you increase your understanding of the things happening around you. It could help you choose wisely the actions to take to improve your life and perhaps those around you.

But beware of the pitfalls of knowledge.

Are we able to remain humble and not flaunt what we know every chance we get?

Breathe.

Take a step back.

Have a good look at the situation around you from afar. Not from thick in the midst of others who are panicking.

Oh, and maybe. Just maybe. Stay away from the news and social media.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Conventional wisdom says that we have to have a plan for the next 5 years. But maybe we don’t really have to.

However, having a vision for your life is not the same as having a plan for your life.

March 10, 2020

Make use of your downtime

Any crisis will come and go. From the dot-com bubble to SARS to the Great Recession, we’ve lived through a couple of them this century alone. Times of financial difficulty may come. But they will definitely go away.

If your business has been slowing down, it might be a great opportunity to make use of some needed downtime. Especially if you’ve been so overwhelmed by your busyness.

Maybe instead of building your business on trends, you can build it on doing good work instead.

March 6, 2020

Fear of missing out

It’s funny how fear causes people to panic and buy a year’s supply worth of toilet paper. It’s even funnier when you enter the supermarket after the panic buyers have left, not knowing that they have rampaged through the supermarket until you Googled “[your country] toilet paper”.

The fear of missing out is real. And it can happen to adults too. The thing is, are you willing to compromise your integrity to sell fear?

Living in a city can be stressful. We have many obligations to attend to. Our calendars can get filled up quickly.

But our time is the most valuable resource that we have. Are we protecting and guarding it well by consciously building margin in our schedule?