Random thoughts and stuff. Anything goes in here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My problem every single night

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja
If there's one habit I really would want to change in my life, it is sleeping so late at night.

I want to be an early riser and I know the only way to solve that is to sleep early.

My problem is this..

Just tonight, I went to bed at 10:30PM and I really can't force myself to sleep no matter how hard I close my eyes and force my brain to shut.

Time check: It is already 12:47AM. It has literally been 2 hours since I laid down.

So much time has been wasted. That's why I decided to just stand up and open my laptop.

I just needed to blog this off and I'm back to work. That's more productive than just lying down.

So much for sleeping early.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I felt lazy today... and it's okay.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja

Today, I was extra lazy.

I woke up late for work. Technically, it was just less than 5 minutes. But, still it was way past our required 9AM work time.

At noon, I dragged my lazy ass to the gym and did not finish my workout.

In the afternoon, I continued working but was not really in the mood.

So, I slept the whole afternoon and decided to work the entire night.

I did manage to get some work done at night. But, I left a number of tasks undone.

Where did all my productivity go? Was it because it was a Monday? Or, was it because of the extremely hot weather?

I don't know. I just felt lazy today and it's okay.

I value and promote productivity. But, I know I am not superhuman to be overly productive every time I am awake.

I experience downtimes like this and I embrace them. It's these moments that I am eager to wake up to another day and move on.

Tomorrow is another day. I'll make sure I'll be twice as productive if not more.

For now, I'd just go get some sleep.

See you tomorrow, productivity.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Stickers on your MacBook. Yay or Nay?

Monday, July 13, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja ,

 I don't like putting stickers on my beautiful aluminum MacBook Air. But, when I got a few company stickers during our Cebu meetup I just can't resist.

I had to stick it on.

So, what I did was I bought a Speck Smartshell Case, fit it on my MacBook (fits pretty nicely by the way) and placed the sticker on the top right corner of the notebook.

The result is the picture you see above and I'm really happy with it. Looks really nice.

Not only did I get some sleek protection for my Mac, I'm also proudly marketing and carrying our brand.

Thinking of putting some more soon.

What do you think? Do you also like putting stickers or decals on your Mac?

Monday, July 06, 2015

Why Face to Face Meetings are Important for Virtual Teams

Monday, July 06, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja ,
I work for a company called Time Doctor. It is entirely run by virtual teams all around the world. 

Since our mission is enabling people to work whenever they want and wherever they want, we live and work just like that.

However, we can't really live with just seeing each other only in Skype or email.

This year all of Time Doctor's virtual employees from the Philippines met up at a fancy resort in Cebu City. Our bosses from Canada also came and joined the party.

We had a ton of fun doing team building activities, touring Cebu and eating some great food.

This made me realize a few reasons why face to face meetings are really important for virtual teams.

1. Face to face meetings strengthen your working relationships

Talking to your co-worker on Skype is good. Video chatting with them is great. But, nothing beats seeing them in person and just getting to know them personally. Seeing them for the first was quite awkward. But, it helped me become more comfortable with them. That's a big plus for ensuring a smooth working relationship.

2. It’s a great opportunity to brainstorm and discuss the company’s vision and mission

During the team building event, Liam (the co-founder of Time Doctor) talked about where we are at and how we could move forward as a company. A few brainstorming sessions also happened and these wouldn’t have been possible if we were just chatting on Skype.

3. It re-energizes you

In our 3-day stay at Cebu, we were just chilling, chatting, relaxing and taking break from work. We were all just having fun with each other's company. Being able to disconnect alongside meeting them for the first time was a great re-energizer. It kind of motivates me to work more.


You should consider seeing your virtual team face to face if you haven't yet. Do team building events, meetups or even just coffee breaks.

This may take a bit of your financial resources. But, it’s all worth it seeing how much it makes your virtual team grow stronger and better.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cagayan de Oro Has A New Study Nook, And It's Awesome

Thursday, June 25, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja , , ,

I consider myself a digital nomad.

Though I don't really travel from one country to another, I enjoy working remotely in restaurants, coffee shops and wherever there is Internet connection.

As of this writing, Cagayan de Oro has no co-working space yet. I've always wanted to be a member of one. It's like the haven of remote workers.

Enter Study Nook.

It's Cagayan de Oro's newest place for students who want to study in silence and comfort.

For 25 pesos for the first hour and 20 pesos for each succeeding hour, you get a dedicated table, a complimentary coffee and a decent wifi. This is an incredibly affordable rate.

The place is posh and it is the closest thing to a co-working space that I could have at the moment.

It's pretty awesome. In the 4 hours that I tested the place, I was able to do more work. I also enjoyed the silence. It's a breath of fresh air from all the noise I encounter when I work at home.

I'm so glad to have something like Study Nook at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City. I now have a go-to place for working remotely on a tight budget. The place is insanely cheap compared to the coffee shops I frequent on.

I hope this idea becomes successful and will pave way to full co-working spaces here in the city.

I'd be a really happy digital nomad when that time comes.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Bad Movies Always Get Me Down

Saturday, June 06, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja

I just came home from watching Insidious 3.

There was so much hype for this movie. It had a creepy trailer.

I was basically expecting so much from the movie. But, it fell short of my expectations.

It was uhmm... okay. Not really that bad but not that great either.

The thing about bad movies is that they are:

1. A waste of time

I should have watched a better movie (I heard San Andreas is good). Or, I should have done something more productive. 

2. A waste of money

Well, I paid a decent amount of money to see it in the theaters. But, it turned out to be bad. It's like ordering a restaurant food that you didn't get to enjoy.

3. Disappointing

This is self-explanatory. It even made me blog. lol

I believe Insidious 3 was an unnecessary addition the Insidious installment. The first two movies were good as far as I can remember.

This one felt like it was just added for the sake of making it a trilogy... or making money?

I don't know. Bottom line, just waste your money on something else.

Friday, May 15, 2015

What Motivates You?

Friday, May 15, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja

I was at the gym earlier and there was this guy who hasn't seen me in 3 weeks.

Upon seeing me arrive at the gym, he shouted, "Man, you've lost some serious weight!"

You could imagine the grin in my face. I must be doing something right.

Last week, my boss told me during our meeting that I was doing a fantastic job and that we are seeing some great results over the last few months.

As the head of the marketing team, I also thought I must be doing something right.

These comments and gestures of appreciation are the very things that motivate me and keep me going.

Because someone noticed (and appreciated) that I have lost some weight after more than a month at the gym, I am more motivated to make workout a lifestyle.

Because my boss appreciated what I do and recognized my effort for the company, I am more motivated to work harder and be the best marketing person for the team.

Maybe we just need more people who know how to appreciate and recognize other people's effort. Imagine a perfect world where every person does just that.

The world will be a better place.

How about you? What keeps you motivated?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

No Pain, No Gain

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Posted by Carlo Borja , ,

As of this writing, I just finished my second day at the gym. 

Yes, I have finally decided to work out and be mindful of my health. Having a great body is another reason though *wink*.

Since I am a newbie in all of these work out stuff, all you gym rats probably know how sore my muscles are at the moment. Every part of my body is aching. I feel like my body is so mad at me. It’s punching and punishing me for finally deciding to work out.

I had a really tough time earlier. The exercises were harder than yesterday. Thoughts of giving up were already in my mind. What have I gotten myself into? 

But then, I remembered “No pain, no gain."

Experiencing all of these pain is part of the process. If I focus on the goal of being physically fit, it motivates me more to do whatever it takes to get there. Even if that means having to sweat a lot and getting all my muscles sore.

Indeed, achieving the good things in life will require hard work. If you want to be rich, successful and great, it will be tough. The road to that path will never be easy. There will be pain. A lot of it. If you are not willing to go through that, then there absolutely is no ‘gain’ towards the end. 

Continue to strive for what you love to do. Focus on your goals. Look at the bigger picture. Continue working hard. Your hard work will surely pay off someday. And, when that time comes you will remember all the pain that you went through today and say “It was all worth it!"

Screw you sore muscles. I’ll continue working out till you hurt no more!