Activate Inactivate; The how to guide of work pick-yourself-ups

So I kinda have been out of action for a little while and with good reason!

While moving houses, starting a new job, managing whats left of a social life and still making time for family, I have managed to learn a million things on multi-tasking, mood swing(ing), days where the only person who can pick you up- is you, and a whole new brace of the real world.

So this is what I tell myself: Breathe.

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Which I think I have mentioned in my previous posts, but this time it has been way more applicable. How so?

Well let me explain with a way you could probably relate.

When you start something new, or do something new, you sort of lose yourself in the enthusiasm of it all. And then you fizz out little by little and the excitement dies down. Or how my mom likes to call it, the shaken up coke bottle.

If you shake up a coke bottle and then unscrew the cap, the drink with spray out with so much force initially, but after a while the fizz would die out. Which is EXACTLY what I am.

And sad to say, I sort of succumbed to the bleak confused world of the work life. A little.

Alongside a lot of other side projects which all got me thinking, whats the point of doing them, if I’m not enjoying what I do? And its creating more of a confused mess rather than keeping the creativity color in me alive.

So this is what I did:

  • I started writing at work

Yes, believe it or not but the answer to everything I to write it down. And I sort of started writing a lot at work, not only because I have free time on some days, but because since I am in the work environment, I can focus better on what I have to do.

It does magic for you, I can assure that. So I began to write down all the side projects which I was involved in and prioritized them in matter of importance. Obviously, work being first. Then came furniture shopping for the new house, then came this blog and other writing projects. And then my ever pending reading list, gaming list (sighs) and so on.

  • Changed to a better work lifestyle.

Since I got used to sitting down a lot, I started feeling low, lethargic, eating unnecessarily, and oh god-that sick bloated feeling wouldn’t go away. So I formulated a work habit. I walked a bit of my route to work, stuck to my every faithful green tea, started drinking water every time I wanted to munch and divided my lunch into 2 parts, one to eat during lunch time, and the other during a coffee break at 4, hence eating less but enough.

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  • Perk up the office table!

Oh this part was fun. I started customizing my office cubicle pin up board with my things, dropped in a few feng shui charms, added a cup of glitter pens (alongside normal ones) and a few of my favorite quotes and things to do.

I guess when you see something bright every day, you sort of turn your mood in for the better. Also, inspiration can strike from anywhere!

  • Text.

Its awful for some to even include this here but frankly?

I am a serial text-er and I LOVE it. I love getting texts, I love texting people. I love the constant (or frequent enough) exchange of happy (sensible) lines of conversation to keep you going through the day.

Whatsapp is highly addicting and also fun when you are in groups with loads of people sharing utmost random of random-est things that make you smile and helps you remember, all is not lost if a pitch you LOVED doesn’t get approved.

  • Sorting things out inside.

Honestly, no one can do this but you. You wouldn’t believe the amounts of things I have discovered about myself which I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t just sat down and thought them through. Of course, don’t over think it, but think enough to know what you’re doing, where you are going, what you want to do, when, how, why, who, everything.

Go for a walk, have a cup of hot chocolate on your own and just try to harness the positive energy inside you. Its there somewhere, I can guarantee it. A flicker of sunlight, a ray of hope, a glass of optimism, anything. Its embedded there somewhere. Just dig a little to find it.

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But its there alright.

More than anything else, this post was for me, to remind myself its ohkay to lapse out, as long as you don’t live in it. Walk right out of it when you are done, more uppity than before. But its ohkay to fall back a little. We all have out moments and projects, and busy lives to manage, juggle, piece together and even make.

I guess we all need a little reminder sometimes.

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Walking Into Adulthood Crisis

I don’t know how most of you will be able to relate to this, but I for one am facing a… walking into adulthood crisis (WIAC). And what the heck is that?

Let me explain.

Since we were in school, we always had a step of things moving forward. Like from elementary you knew you would go to middle school, then high school and then college… and here you sit at your first job with all these individuals around you thinking, so what next?

Now don’t get me wrong. I know where I am heading with this on the work front. Like, work for a couple of years an do a post graduate degree. But… what after? Whats the point?

Why?

Whats the meaning of all this and whats my goal?

And the answer I have right now: I. Dont. Know.

And frankly? Its unnerving at times. I don’t know what I am suppose to do anymore and there are so many things running around in my head, I am unable to find a direction for myself. The mere thought of being an adult is scary at times because you realize have this clear expanse of life and you don’t know how to fill it in. What do you do? Whats the point?

Sighs.

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I know, hard truth isn’t it? One day, you are happy and cheery at  your first real job, invigorated with this whole realm of fascination and the next, you question your entire existence. Why does that even happen? You dont know. What can you do to it? Hmm….

So lets do something, I am going to write a list of things I can do to stop myself from fearing a blank life’s canvas and continue being motivated in doing what I do. That is living. 

  • Make short term goals

Achievable in nature and not something totally out of the blue. Things like, lost a few kilos (or pounds) saving up to buy this really expensive bag, that classy dress or finish that book you always wanted to read or tv show series you always wanted to see (Dr, Who for me!). So many things to keep yourself occupied with, because the last thing you want to feel is… that your life leads absolutely no where. And not like, this is going to give you the meaning of life and achieve nirvana, but… it will help you look forward to something ALL the time. And really that’s what counts the most. Small little things.

  • Make lists

Oh boy. Lists. Any kind of list, EVERY kind of list. Just write things you always wanted to do, or get, or try or something. Anything. Take a notebook, some colored pencils or glitter pens ( you know you want to use them shiny things) and write down every god damn thing you want to achieve/want/say/try/wish for. As the lists grown bigger you know that you aren’t lost at all. You have all these hopes and dreams and aspirations, and you are continuously doing something every day to achieve them. Today is just one day. Let it pass.

  • Write

Write like the world is producing too much paper and you are its only hope to use them and stop the world from turning into an over spill of paper. Ohkay, that was a horrible metaphor but you get the point. I kid you not, for me, writing has been the only constant thing in my life as the world around me changes. Change is not a bad thing but it gets you down at times knowing things will not be the same. And everyone always has a lot to think about, but not a lot of trust worthy individuals to share them with, so why not write down everything that is in your head? It will keep you calm if you are anxious, settled if you are jumpy and clear if you get all muddles up inside with all thats going around you.

  • Breathe

Thats what I am doing right now and its helping me chill the fudge out. Its normal to feel this way, I know I am feeling unsettled and anxious about the future but I also know that right now there is nothing I can do about it immediately. So, I am just breathing and letting things fall into place. Sounds so simple, doesnt it.

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That’s all I can do right now. Yes, I still feel a little vulnerable on a few fronts but that doesn’t mean I am going to hide myself from experiencing life in all its adventurous glory. Yes, we all have those days and I don’t think there is anything wrong in feeling that way once in a while. It just gives us clarity on the things we HAVE to think about. So its fine. Its perfectly fine. Lets just not make a habit out of it, otherwise it just makes you a whole lot pessimistic.

Right. So.

Hi, I am feeling a little off today and I think its perfectly normal to do so. I am now going to go home after work, make myself green tea and find a friend to talk to while sitting on a bunch of pillows and throwing a huge blanket over myself. Aaaahhhh. =]

What are you going to do? Let me know!

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I’m being followed.

So.

I’m being followed….

On WordPress!

Thank you so much to those who clicked on the little +follow button and found sufficient interest in this meek newbie blog. Thank you so very much. You made my weekend very happy.

And on that cheery note:

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Ah, today was a fabulous day at work. The internet connection went dead for a good 4 hours and it just came back! People were at each others cubicles, chatting, some we outside smoking, me? I went for a walk and got me chicken dumplings, chocolate and hell lot of biscuits. Yum.

And then I had a wonderful conversation with a friend whilst sitting in the open office balcony. It was windy and drizzling and the only thing missing was a big mug of hot chocolate with a fluffy white, blissfully perfect dollop of whipped cream like so:

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And… I have been given a good amount of work to do. Which should prove to be challenging. Also, the weekend is around the corner so…

Wait.

See? This is not what I wanted to turn into. A weekend begging, working individual. Ohkay, cool. The weekend is here. Nice. But that didn’t mean I had less of an eventful week. I had a blast.

I was sick on monday (so goodbye monday blues) Tuesday I realized I have way more optimistic, cheery people at work that I imagined. Wednesday I fell in love with my job when the Creative Director took my (now if I think about it, really immature) pitch presentations and beautifully explain what I need to work on, how I have potential and even better? Told me some of my ideas were awesome. Yay 😀 Today is chilled out day! And Friday is a day before Saturday so double yay.

So the point is, I will look forward to the weekend but, I wont survive on it. I’ll do many more things during the weekday too! Like a few friends working in the area wanted to take me out for lunch. So we might do that sometime next week. Play kingdoms of Amalur! Read!  I just found this really good book here at work on writing and creating digital content for the online world, by yahoo! So I’ll read that at work when I’m free.

Oh! I also found this on stumbleupon today:

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This guy is called a Quokka. He is called the happiest animal on the planet. Why? Because his face is structured to form a permanent smile no matter what he does!

And he’s kinda cute. 😀

Sighs. And with this random content babble I hope you all have a great weekday-end!

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Things To Know About Your First Real Job

So I have been working with this advertising company for exactly 10 days now and the information I have come to know, realize, read about is immeasurable. Its just a new world altogether so everything you do is on another take on things, So take it from someone who is experiencing it first hand, whatever they tell you about the work life is a Lie till you have experienced it yourself first hand. SO many people, so many thoughts, realizations, everything. So what are the list on things to know about your first real job?

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Here we go:

  • You are going to get fat if you dont get in some routine exercise daily.

Though I dont think much of this applies if your job entitles you to walk around a lot, or go to places and get your butt off a chair. But in my job? Yeah. I sit at a desk from 10 to 6. With the occasional trip to the lunch area or the bathroom or my boss’s desk. This bothers me because I have been a victim of chubbiness when I was younger, but… Due to an (unfortunate) obsession with my weight back in the 9th grade, I lost most of my unwanted fat, lost a good amount of weight, and slowly… My love for food overcame my weight obsession and my days of calorie counting were over! And since then I maintained a fluctuating healthy weight with no compromise on food whatsoever. And being (nearly) 6 foot tall helps the metabolism bit too. Heh.

But thats not the point. The point is… I need some exercise soon.

  • You NEED to have other plans/events/activities to do.

Sitting in a 4 x 4 cubicle, literally spells monotony. If you aren’t careful, you will slowly slip into the shades of grey, fifty or how many ever in number (book is awful) yourself. Which you NEED to avoid at all cost. Notice me Capitalizing the ‘NEED’. Because you have to, have to, have to, have something to look forward to, or to do or experience. It is vital you do your job alongside the a side project to keep your inner vitality and creativity safe from the monotony monsters.

Me? Here is a glorious mini list I made in my head to keep me occupied:

  1. Finish all the damn video games I wanted to play. Currently playing Kingdoms of Amalur, then Portal, Skyrim, AC, and so on. I get an hour or two of gameplay every day if I can.
  2. I’m planning to read a lot. Especially my commute time to work. I load my dear dear 10 year old PPC with ebooks and read away! Currently I’m reading Silver linings playbook by Mathew Quick.
  3. Start up this blog!
  4. Surf Stumbleupon.com like never before! That is another way to keep me occupied for Hours and Hours.
  5. Plan things out. Like a weekend schedule or a Late Night Movie with my younger kid brother.
  6. Research. Ever wondered why the hair around your crown is so fragile? What your body shape is and what suites you? I always wanted to know, but never had the time to google it. So now I am. Alongside working of course!

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  • Talk to more people at work. It helps in many ways.

Networking  is not always using people to make contacts and get ahead of them. I like to think of networking at work as actually talking to people and getting to know them better. You will be working with them after all, so why not acquaint yourself more? It took me 2 days to talk to the girl who sits in the next cubicle as me. I really dont know why. For a week I used to eat lunch alone, thinking the people here have already formulated groups and I’d be just getting in the way, but as a matter of fact I didnt make enough effort. And they welcomed me with hardly any effort on my end. Now (well, for the past 2 days anyway) I sit with them during lunch. They may be a few years older but they are really friendly. Look what I was missing out on, so… you really need to put yourself out there.

  •  Be so SO humbled.

Soo…. I really hope I didnt give out the ‘Spoiled NRI’ vibe. These people are so nice, from humble beginnings and here I go flashing my Micheal Kors bag around for a week. Oh god. I am very humbled from what I have seen and the entire snob facade I had to deal with a majority of my life does apply here! Well… this one is a subjective truth because I know in most work places you dress to impress and get that promotion or whatever. So… I’m lucky that way. Its pretty chilled out here. And I So like it that way.

  •  Its a loooong way to go.

You just started your career! Depending on your priority in life you would considering facing the fact that you have just started and you have a looong way to go. Take my career profile for example. I want to be a creative directory in advertising. And for that I need to go through the levels of: Trainee, Junior copy writer, copy writer, senior copy writer and copy supervisor and then…. CD! Taking 6 months for each, or a year for that matter, it would take me anywhere from 3-6 years. 3 on the really optimistic end. And six on the practical end.

SO dont be disheartened.

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  •  Dont count how many restaurants you are going to visit before your first paycheck.

Save. Save like the world is running out of money and your meager salary will be worth millions soon.

That being said, be practical about you money. Initially we idealize what we are going to buy before we even get our salary. The feeling of financial (part) independence is very overwhelming. Dont let it get to you. Try to save at least 50-60% of your pay, it going to come in hand sooner or later. As for me? That reference was made because i do this thing with a friend where I go to new places and try out new cuisines, but back then, I was happily funded but my dear parents. Now…. its a new whole ball game.

  • Perk up your desk!

Trust me it helps you get through the day. I dont have much on my table right now except an evil eye charm a friend had given to me. But I already have major ideas the moment I get full time. Cant wait!

  • Breathe and STREEEEETCH

God, one week and my back is Killing me. And being tall really doesnt help. You sit at your desk, hunched over a computer screen and soon enough your back feels like crap. You have to take breaks and stretch. I know I need to, considering I get really weird looks from everyone while I do so, but I really dont care. I’m all neck stretch, arms stretch, back stretch, and aaaah. Temporarily. I started googling how to sit at work =| which level your computer screen needs to be and everything. I need a workout too.

  • Keep calm and well… keep calm.

Thats like a mantra in itself. I’m just sittting here, ready to finish week 2, looking forward to the weekend, reminding me I have a loving family and an eccentric set of friends to meet and make plans with and discuss everything there is to talk about work life and a new phase altogether doesnt really make much of a difference. But more of an adventure.

So here is to a new life, a start of one anyway, and I really hope my boss approves my concepts in the next ten minutes.

Back to work!

6 Things You Learn When You Get Your First “Real” Job

Oh my god, its the TRUTH,

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1. “Real people” are a myth

Congratulations: you got a job, and now you’re a “real person.” You and the guy at the desk next to you who spends the whole workday fleshing out his Twitter persona. Just like when you lost your virginity, you spent the first week with a smile on your face, right until you realized that everything’s the same as it was before. This secret society of “real people,” with their salaries and their employee benefits, are just scraping by, the way you and your friends did mere months ago in school.

2. Hating your job can be productive if you make it so

Simply hating your job is for underachievers, and if you were an underachiever then you wouldn’t be here in the first place (supposedly). Instead of loafing around and Facebook chatting with your friends (who are also bored at work, and who agree…

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27 Things That Will Make Your Life Easier, Period

I love this article. Give it a read!

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1. Just respond to the email already.

2. Call your mom. Chat for five minutes, pretend that public transportation is coming/you’re walking in to work/the battery is low, then get off the phone. All she wants is to know you’re not dead — and to know that your relationship, no matter how shaky it may be, is still intact.

3. Make your bed — it makes the entire room look cleaner.

4. Write out a list by hand. Google may have invented every list-making tool on the planet, but writing it down commits it to memory — and, contrary to popular belief, not every place has internet.

5. When you get a free minute, clean out the thing nearest you, whether it’s a drawer, your gym bag, or your fridge. Just open the door, look at what is moldy, and throw it out.

6. When you get a free moment…

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The Updated Update

So this is odd…

I’ll be honest, the idea of this blog was to capture my last few months of summer, the whole transition of the job hunting phase, how to apply for one, how to get one, and most importantly how the kick start of my career follows. And really… I havent done a thing. Why?

Because my summer was SO busy!

I kid you not, from my last exam, to my sister fashion show, to the relatives that came to stay, to my graduation, to comic con, to my birthday… till now. Which helped me realize something very important about myself. I like being busy. I like having something to do. I am not the girl to go around, lounging about doing absolutely nothing. Wow. I like being busy.

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Which is why when I was stuck at home, job hunting, and all my friends were either in a job of their own, or in college… I was slowly losing myself. I had no set objective, no goal, well.. Yeah my goal was to get a job but all I did was wait for things to happen… (which wasnt my fault! You give in resumes and wait, and I really dont like waiting =|) And… I really didnt like the way I felt.

I felt low, dark, unproductive, colorless if I may. And I’m a creative person! I thrive on ideas, dreams, wonder and magic. I wanted to get this waiting thing over and…. THANKFULLY, after a month of being covered with the weight of waiting (see what I did there :D) I. Got. A. Job.

This entry, I am writing at MY desk (because I finished my work for the day and its only lunch time!) and so far, work is good. I’m a copy writer on probation in an advertising company. Sighs.

I cannot WAIT to see what the future holds for me, considering (believe it or not) this is my FIRST job! Yes, I am a graduate fresh out of college, working, and getting accustomed to the work life, and culture and all that jazz…. so I thought,

Wait a minute.

Why now make my blog about my work like but still retain that part of college student-me that loved summer. I can be the fun working woman… and this blog will help me keep the thing I treasure the most.

My Creativity. 

Ohmygosh, my boss just popped in my cubicle and I was typing out “my creativity”, he gives me the heads up of my work, when the client reverts back. Anyway. =\

So here we go.

To the infinite warm feeling you get when you realize summer is about to come to an end and a new chapter in your life is about to begin,

To the uneasy,nervous,anxious yet excited, adventurous, optimistic you,

To the start of a new phase of my life, if you want to hope along for the ride,

The Last Days of Summer.