6 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout – Repost

I saw a very interesting FB post today regarding avoiding burnout. As I read it through, I remembered a friend who I usually see as being always burnout because of what he do on daily basis. As far as I can remember, he 1) has a regular work 40 hours a week, 2) managing 2 family business, doing accounting and system development tasks for each, 3) he is starting his own company from scratch and 4) he is taking his masters degree.

I recommend it to all people out in the world contemplating in his life and choose to do everything just to throw something on the table.


I ask him once why is he doing all of this stuff, he look at me, an say.. “well I have a ton of reasons why I do this, but the core of it all is passion”

Yes, passion is the only thing it took for him to initiate all of this, he isn’t an A-grade student (as far as I can remember), but he sure knows how to create his own workarounds. He is somewhat I called “ma-diskarte”, because, his mindset is there will always be a way, either you think through it or use a trial and error approach.

I dedicate this post to him as I think, he deserves more credit in what he do. Yes he is passionate, but he doesn’t seem to know that he must also be conscious about his health. Hopefully, he’ll bump his head and realize that he will be more efficient if he manages to stay healthy and not burning out on a daily basis.

Year 2011 Closing

For me year 2011, is clearly the best year yet for me. A lot of good things happened that made me wonder if there are any bad ones. Here are some of the highlights I had within this year.

  • Another year with my Hey – The most wonderful thing ever happened to me. I felt like our bond is getting stronger day by day.
  • Launched my blog site and managed to actively update it – for the past 6 months, my blog has dramatic improvements in terms of its content. I’m still looking forward in improving the approach of my article as well as upgrading my content to whole new level.
  • Achievements – Passed two certification exam, started my Masters, more business, side work opportunities and a dream laptop. 🙂
  • Study – Started my Masters Degree and finished the 1st term on a high note despite the challenges.
  • Learning – Learning new technologies, leadership and being a better me.
  • Intimate love with work – Developer, Trainer, Course Owner, Innovation Lead and Technical Consultant. Many People would’nt say I have a perfect career but for me, it is. I take challenges and accept them not because they pay me to do so, its because I want to contribute and the most satisfying feeling for me is the accomplishment after.
  • Research Papers – Started doing research papers and self studying technologies.
  • Stayed in shape – despite the work and task load I had, I still manage to get to the gym and hit the weights.
  • Better at Finance – I’ve learned that, you don’t need a larger salary to earn more. One of the key improvements I had is being better at managing my own money.
  • Complete Command Center – White board, Unix Server, a Powerful laptop, notebook, pen and coffee. Why can’t I be productive?
  • Initial Planning for the future
  • – Long term planning. Hopefully, a better year on 2012 will speedup the commitment. p

  • Improvement Strategy – Continuous Improvement and Innovation is applicable to any business, for now, the focus of my plan for our family business is improvement by using IT as its backbone.

Now this is just the initial list (I think..). I believe there is more to be added (I just couldn’t remember them all). Bottom line though, year 2011 – is short but packed. 🙂 I aim to have a better year come 2012. 🙂 Happy New Year to Everyone!

SCJP – The Untold Journey

It was way back January 2009 when I first got my first programmer certification. I got lucky and passed the Sun Certified Java Programmer Exam with a score of 86% – I did try to ace it but I’m happy with my score. 🙂

My journey starts with my interest, I really have that itch to improve my technical skills and not worry about business domain knowledge skills (this is why I think I didn’t like my first work back then). My first professional work was too proprietary, your stuck with their basic technological skill set, you don’t have clear end to end overview of the system application and management (thus lower chances of you understanding and improving the process) and it’ll only put you in a disadvantage in the open competing market as you long for it since the experience you gain will really not help you at all in many companies.

I really didn’t care about how it will be boom in the next 5 years of so, I really want to learn deep technical stuff, broad knowledge on technical aspects of the system and eventually be able to create and design my own enterprise application. Unfortunately, the company, I know for a fact, will never give me that knowledge. I will not comment anymore on the people that I worked with so lets just proceed.

In order for me to improve and learn, I self study my chosen core forte – Java Programming Language. I manage to create 3 sideline projects with it over the course of my almost 3 year work in my first company. I somehow enjoyed working on the weekend instead of doing my actual work since it really gave me that scratch to my itch feeling. I pursue the certification as part of my learning process, I want to learn more of the core concept of the language, I know for a fact that every technology relies on a specific concept and I really want to grasp that concept knowledge. I helped myself by buying an SCJP voucher and take the exam.

The exam is my one shot at getting over the lump of my years of inexperience to the industry. I should be learning a lot of technologies in my first 2 years, instead, I keep on mastering the creation of V and always feel the pressure of “assumed to be competent” reviewers. They somehow motivated me to improve, as I think they have their flaws in their technical reasoning in reviewing, and as an inexperience person who’s afraid to disrespect them, I usually don’t say anything and just do what they asked for. This pushed me to research further so that I can evaluate their reasoning and check if they’re indeed worth listening to. (and I’ll stop here). I took my exam on January 29, 2009 and passed. This is also my last day on the company. I’m really surprised that I was able to stay for almost 3 years in that company. Maybe at one point, I did love my Job. 🙂

The journey starts with an interest, then some down spiral circumstances that pushed me improve further. It just not give me the technical knowledge I want, it also give me valuable lessons in life as well.