Thursday, June 22, 2017

Affordable and Cozy Workspace in Cagayan de Oro

Digital nomads and remote workers like me love to hangout in places where we can just chill and do our work.

Working "from home" may be ideal. But, if you have been working "at home" for years, a change in scenery is always something you look forward to.

That is why I prefer working outside of the house every now and then.

I used to just go to coffee shops. Fortunately, Cagayan de Oro City has now started integrating workspaces inside of coffee shops -- just like what Cuppa Workspace did.

Located in J. SeriƱa Street, it is a coffee shop and workspace in one.

For 25 pesos an hour, you'd get all these:

  • A hight speed Internet connection (a must!)
  • Free brewed coffee
  • A dedicated cubicle
  • Unlimited charging
  • Unlimited water
Totally cool and affordable! It seriously can't get any better than that. I'm a cheapskate so I wouldn't pay for really expensive monthly fees on those coworking spaces.

When I'm not at home working, I'm probably here. It's an ideal haven for remote workers like me.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Maximizing Productivity

I came home from the team retreat with one thought in mind: I want to be more productive at work.

So, I've thought of ways on how I could maximize my productivity while working from home.

That is why I got myself these 3 things:
  • A good work desk
  • A 23 inch monitor
  • A wireless keyboard
I basically just made my MacBook Air a full desktop and it's amazing. 

It's great how everything seems so different and more efficient when done on a big screen. 

I feel like I could get more work done. 

That's just the first step. I hope to get more ideas to maximize productivity at work. 

P.S. The Logitech K380 keyboard is fantastic!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Team Retreat Effect

I'm writing this down in a fancy hotel in Boracay, Philippines.

The last 2 days have been really productive. I met with most of the people from Time Doctor and

Did a lot of meetings, discussions and brainstorming as to how to move the company forward.

It was mentally exhausting. But, it was definitely a fantastic experience.

We do these team retreats every year. And, it's a really great way for remote teams like us to get re-energized and gather the motivation to become more efficient.

Tomorrow, I'm going home with a lot of added knowledge, motivation and energy to become 10 times more productive.

For that reason, I could say that this year's retreat has been really successful.

Looking forward to another one last year!

For now, I'm just excited to go back to work. :)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Forming The Habit

At the beginning of this month, I committed myself to becoming a morning person. 

Today, I think I broke the "It takes 21 days to form a habit" mark. 

I've been doing these things for a month now: 
  • Wake up at 5 in the morning
  • Run for an hour
  • Lift weights (3x a week)
  • Shower
  • Drive my brother to work
All of these things are done before 9 in the morning!

So now, I can finally say that I have made this a habit. My journey to becoming a morning person started off strong and I'm proud. 

Getting here wasn't that easy though. Here are some of the things I learned along the way. 

The first week is the toughest

When I started all these, I had the right motivation, mindset and discipline. But, it was a rough start. Imagine how I had to drastically change my body from being a night owl to waking up at  5AM and then dragging myself to run. It was tough. 

Run with music

It's painful to run continuously. It can sometimes be boring. But, music definitely helps. It makes the run a bit bearable. I noticed I can run longer and even better when I listen to music. I highly recommend Spotify Running for this. Listening to good podcasts is also a good alternative. It makes the run even more productive. 

Just keep pushing

There were days when I don't feel like waking up very early. I was even sick at one point. But, whatever. I just went out and ran. I wasn't in my full capacity. But, doing it less is better than not doing it at all. 

Find something that will force you to keep doing it

Aside from the discipline and willpower to keep doing the habit, there has to be some things that will help you keep doing it even if you feel otherwise. In my case, I always ask my father to wake me up at 5AM no matter what. And, I've volunteered to drive my brother to work every 7:30AM so that alone forces me to get up early and move. This greatly helps in pushing you to keep the habit. 

The Apple Watch (screenshot above) is also a great tool to monitor your move and exercise levels. It has been a fantastic companion for my morning runs.

So many things have changed now that I can finally consider myself a morning person. 

I've been generally happier and more productive. I definitely want to keep it this way.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My Journey to Becoming A Morning Person

This week has been pretty interesting.

I suddenly had the urge and motivation to wake up early and become a morning person.

I've been doing morning runs, I drive my brother to work, I eat breakfast, shower, read and relax even before going to work!

Just last week, I've been waking up at 9 and immediately go to work.

I can't believe how drastically my body clock has changed in the last few days.

Wherever this motivation came from, I need to keep and take advantage of it.

This is a start of a healthy journey that I am excited to take.

It's something I need to sustain or else I'd end up falling off again and lose the motivation.

This is me just striking while the iron is hot.

I hope this journey would be a long one.

Cheers to good health and good mornings!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The 200 Peso Miracle

Do you believe in miracles?

Let me tell you a true story.

Tonight, me and my girlfriend saw an 80 year old man selling street food at 12AM.

He was very slow and weak. Plus, it was already dangerous for him to be on the streets at this time.

It crushed my heart.

Instead of begging for money, he was working hard to sell stuff to support himself and his family.

God was speaking into my heart to give something to him.

I looked at my budget and I only have 200 pesos left to spend for the entire week.

But, without hesitation I gave him all that I have left for now.

Then, I prayed to God, "Lord, bless this man. Keep him safe and use this money to support his needs."

I could see that huge smile in his face. It may not be that much but I knew that it was huge for him.

It was very heartwarming and satisfying.

When it became really late, I drove my girlfriend home and I also went home.

As I was about to change my clothes, I did my regular routine of emptying my pocket of my phone, wallet and loose coins.

But, when I did that my finger grabbed some paper.

I pulled it thinking it was just one of those receipts I may have kept.

When I looked at it, the paper was purple. It was a 100 peso bill! Not one. But two.

I got my 200 pesos back.

I got goosebumps at this point.

I have a finance app that keeps track of where my money went. I could not trace where this 200 came from.

I felt a sudden rush in my heart. It was as if God was speaking to me, "Give and it will come back to you."

Miracles really do happen.

And yes, this experience is enough reason for me to believe in them.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Life Goes By So Fast

Today, my nephew celebrated his 5th birthday.

He is a smart 5 year old and he definitely knows a lot of stuff already.

Together with his younger brother who is now 3 years old, these kids are growing up insanely fast.

It seems like it was just yesterday when they were still newborn babies and can't even talk.

Today, these kids can already make their own decisions and even reason out when they want to do something.

Apart from all the celebration we had today, I just realized how life goes by so fast.

Every day or every moment that I don't act on my goals or dreams is a wasted opportunity and there's nothing I can do to get those back.

So, while life goes on fast forward I better move.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

How I Keep My Mind Alert

I stay in the computer for long periods of time.

It's actually pretty straining to the eyes. But, that is the nature of my job and pretty much everything else that I do.

So, I tried to find a way to keep those creative juices from flowing even if I decide to get off my computer.

The answer is The Rubik's Cube.

I don't know what this cube does to the brain scientifically. I just feel like it makes me alert and it helps my brain to constantly think logically and actively -- even during downtimes.

Every time I take a break from work and go off the computer screen, I pick up, scramble and then solve the cube.

My mind stays active even though I am not working. That means no slacking off during break times. So much win.

I recommend it to other people who are in the same boat as I am.

I can now solve the cube in less than 40 seconds (as of this writing).

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