Now vs Future

Akhir-akhir bersyukur bisa dapat pemasukan lain untuk mencapai target 2016. Tapi doing business while studying itu bukan hal yang mudah. Business yang dijalanin cuman perlu duduk depan meja, ada akses internet, dan tergantung third party. Third party ini fungsinya cukup vital sehingga jika mereka tidak ada maka business yang gw usahakan akan mandek. Relatively mudah dan nyaman doing business ini. Alhamdulillah. Namun riset jadi ga konsen padahal doing riset ini untuk masa depan.

Berkaca dari beberapa senior yang bisa doing business while having publications in top journals, harusnya melakukan kedua hal ini sekaligus bisa-bisa aja. Walau pasti banyak fakto yang menentukan misalnya tingkat kecerdasan, adanya pegawai atau orang lain yang membantu, dll. Nah, buat gw pribadi, masih cukup struggle untuk bisa fokus di keduanya. Makanya sekarang coba lebih getol lagi nyari solusi bisa bisa research and part-time balance. Playing mah ga usah dibahas, hampir tiap weekend ga pernah belajar. Sampai-sampai bertanya nih, am I a PhD student? So, saran untuk diri sendiri, please be wise dalam melakukan dan memutuskan hal. Dapat duit cepet perlu tapi consider my future juga. Alhamdulillah sudah nemu research interest yang baru! Semangat!


Increase productivity

There are many ways to increase productivity, depend on each person. Below are my chosen ones:
1. Avoid chatting (Whatsapp, Kakaotakl, others), except if it is VERY urgent!
2. Stay away from smartphone. Put smartphone in bag when we are working and only check it every 25 minutes.
3. Check all email earlier on the morning. And delete unimportant emails. Reply directly an important one. I barely have important emails though, but I still do not want to unsubscribe unimportant ones. :p
4. Morning is the most important things. Do all important task on morning, finish it as soon as possible. Sometimes I feel bored and sleepy after lunch.
P.S: number 1 & 2 are the most important part for me. I couldn’t focus on my work if my phone is nearby me.

Mixed Up

Habis curcol (walau ga bisa dibilang curcol sih) ke salah seorang teman.

Me: hari ini ga fokus kerja, malah mikirin diet, olahraga, dan startup.
Temen: yang dipikirin tulis di blog aja.

And this is it, ditulis lah apa yang sedang dipikirin.

Diet. Lagi mikir mau diet mayo. Beli bahan-bahannya ga susah, masaknya pun ga susah. Yang susah adalah ngejalanin dan nyediain waktu untuk masak. Should I start it on this weekend? Tapi salah seoarang tim akan balik dari US hari Senin ini. Pasti ada oleh-oleh makanan! Tuh kan, niatnya aja mulai kalah sama oleh-oleh. Gimana mau diet mayo 13 hari??

Olahraga. Baru dapat link dari junior dulu kuliah di Telkom. Isinya tentang exercise challenge. Duh, asik lah dapat challenge gini. Gueudah print out 2 buah challenges: half-marathon and core. Kalau ternyata yang marathon susah, gue akan ganti challengenya ke cardio aja. Pengen mulai yang abs challenge setelah core selesai. Well, abs nampaknya susah! Belum berani ngambil tantangan itu.

Startup. Udah clear dan yakin kudu serius dalam 3-4 tahun kuliah PhD. Habis lulus gue harus bisa bikin produk/service yang berguna untuk orang lain (kalau ga mau nyebut masyarakat). Nyari-nyari startup community di Daejeon sini, ada 1 di KAIST tapi ga yakin bahasa pengantarnya English. One important thing kalau mau join community adalah kemampuan bahasa. Gue agak bisa mendengar, tapi kalau bicara masih sangat jelek. Belum yakin bisa bikin startup, tapi gue pengen bergaul dan belajar mengenai bisnis. Mungkin semester depan bakal coba ngambil kelas IT business di KAIST. Hope there is one opened for next semester.

How To Quit

I believe this article is very useful. To decide quitting a job is somehow stressful and annoying. I keep the original tittle and source. Credits to author and medium.

When a new team member joins our company, we have them start by reading a handbook to help understand our culture, mission and team.

One piece of this document which you read on the first day shares thoughts on how to quit. I want to share our insights because honestly I don’t think it ever gets talked about. Maybe this will inspire your own quitting policy?

Moving On
One last note about something that most companies don’t talk about — how to quit. When I’ve talked to people who are thinking about quitting, it is always insanely stressful and can take a long time before they finally get the courage to quit. It’s no fun or helpful to them or the company.

Companies are simply groups of people that come together to build something they believe in. There comes a time when people want to go off and do their own thing or join another mission. When that time comes, we will always support you 100% in your search for happiness and fulfillment. How you leave a company matters. We should all be here to make each other better and to create an environment that sets everyone up to go do their own thing someday, or whatever else they want. So, how to quit?

  1. Have a conversation  — We’re open about this topic. Communicate with your peers or your manager about how you’re feeling and what you are looking for to get to your next level. We want to help make that happen whether it’s here at Assist or somewhere else.
  2. Quit in person. Please do not send a blind email. Politely ask the person who needs to approve and know about you leaving the company for a meeting. Talk it out. You can expect that we’ll never be mad. We might be sad or bummed, but we still want what’s best for you.
  3. Finish the job at hand. Quitting and running out the door is never the right thing to do. Offer to finish the current job at hand and leave on a great note.
  4. It is not personal. Quitting always feels like the scariest thing in the world. It sucks to pour your heart and soul into something and then just quit. If you do it respectfully though, you will have a group of colleagues that are your supporters and fans (assuming they enjoyed working with you). It’s a long game in life, people will come and people will go, but remember that it is a small world so do things right and you will continue to grow in your career.

Uneasy Choice

People say it is hard to choose between two conditions but it is even harder if these two choices are good. Right now, I am facing a condition where I have already decided my choice but still wavering to another one. Yeah. I know it is bad. I am such an unfaithful person, but is it wrong to feel greedy at this time? Have you ever in this situation? To tell you more about this: One is pursuing my PhD degree. Another is to keep working my job now.

Taking a PhD is not an easy job. And it becomes my main reason. It requires hard working, much effort, time, money, and anything of my life *exaggerating* I have read on many articles about PhD life. It is such a nightmare. Not all people can endure the difficulties but not a few people also can pass the hardness. On the other hand, keeping my job right now is a way to increase professionalism. One of big companies in Korea is interested in one of my company works which is one-year project I did last year. It will be big!, my manager told me. Our work finally will result in huge money. However, a wavering thing is not only about money, but also about expertise. Who is the most “ahli” in this project theme? Me. It is ME. If I continue my work, I will be more expert in this field. My expertise will be improved. And how if leave this company? There will be nobody understand it as good as me.

After thinking it many times, I decide taking my PhD. It is already too late taking it back. Registering to university, issuing student ID number,  preparing for orientation, purchasing round-trip ticket for visiting home country before study, and so on, there are just too much things I need to cancel if I keep my job now. Or, it is not too late to put all the things to the right place like just keep my job, postpone my trip to next semester, finding another scholarship next year? One thing to be sure is any choice resulting consequences. Whatever I choose, I can’t take it back, I can’t undo it. Whatever I choose, go straight with it without looking back.

Sign-off Email

Apa salam penutup dalam bahasa inggris yang kalian tuliskan di setiap email? Regards? Best Regards? Sincerely? Mungkin sign-off di email ini nampak sepele tapi kesan yang didapatkan bagi pembacanya cukup terasa. Dan gw baru tau tentang ini. Gw biasanya menuliskan Sincerely (default setting di email) dan sangat jarang menggunakan Regards (malas gonta-ganti). Untuk teman yang cukup dikenal baik, biasanya pake Thanks. Ternyata setiap salam penutup itu memiliki arti tersirat. Nah, beberapa hari lalu gw nemu artikel dengan judul “Why Your Email Sign-off Is More Important Than You Think” yang cuplikan isinya sebagai berikut:

Regards: One of the simplest, most common ways to sign off, but percentage-wise, I don’t use it that often. Mainly if I’m communicating quick information, or if I’ve already done something nice in the email and I don’t want to overdo it. For example, I sent the following message to someone I met recently on LinkedIn:

Hi, ____,

Really enjoyed your article on recruiting (found on Twitter). Will share later today.


Best regards: I use this one a lot more, often when relationships are new. I view it as a step up from “Regards.”

Kind regards: I use this one, too, because I think everyone should be kind. I seem to use it often with women, albeit subconsciously. (I believe this stems from my parents’ attempts to teach me chivalry.) I also use “Warm regards” occasionally, but with persons I know better.

Best: This is for variety–an alternative to “Best regards.” Now that it’s ubiquitous, I use it much less.

Sincerely: I use “Sincerely” when I’m reaching out to someone who may feel I’m trying to take advantage, or who will hold the (perceptibly) less advantageous position in our relationship. I also use it if I’m giving a compliment and I’m afraid the person might question my motives.

Of course, the key here is to be truly sincere–but ending with “Sincerely” helps the recipient to consider that effort. Here’s an email I sent some time ago to a LinkedIn influencer:

Hi, ___,

I was hoping I might actually connect with you. Then I noticed you have more than 200,000 followers here on LinkedIn.

Hmm. Still worth a try?

I’m a big fan of your work, and the story of “working your way up” resonated with me. Thanks for the inspiration and excellent writing.

Justin Bariso

This influencer accepted my request. He has given me invaluable advice over the past year, and is now my writing and publishing mentor.

Best wishes: If I don’t plan on seeing or hearing from this person in a while.

Take care: Like “Best wishes,” but I’m closer with the recipient.

Thanks: A substitute for “Regards,” if someone did something for me.

Thank you, Sincere thanks, Many thanks, Much appreciated: Same as “Thanks,” but the favor was much bigger.

Respectfully: I might use this one if I’m speaking to a person of authority (or a person much older than me), especially if I’m disagreeing with them on something.

Talk soon: For friends and closer colleagues.

Hope this helps, Hope to see you soon, Great hearing from you: These are my attempts to turn what would normally be a closing line of an e-mail into a sign-off, for variety’s sake.

Your friend: For friends. Obviously.

Peace out, Your brotha, Your boy, Your compadre: Same as “Your friend,” but shows a little more of my personality. I would never recommend you use these (unless you use them in everyday speech, like me), but using closing lines that are unique to you can help “keep it real.” According to this article in Forbes, one publicist who handles tech clients uses “High five from down low.” The author of the article hated it, but I love it.

Cheers: This one migrated from Britain, and many people like it–informal and positive. I never use it, though. Just not me.

Nothing: As I alluded to earlier, there are times when I use no sign-off. This is when I have a good closing line already that is sincere and specific. For example:

Thank you for this–it’s definitely appreciated.


(German) Mit freundlichen Gruessen: Here’s one for fun. I currently live in Germany, and this is the sign-off of choice for most Germans. It is translated literally: “With friendly greetings.” The funny thing is, even when someone sends you a message that’s meant to be totally intimidating, or trying to rock you for being an idiot, they still end it with this. So you end up getting e-mails like this one:

Dear Mr. Schmidt,

We are writing to inform you that your recent actions regarding (–) are deemed unacceptable. If you do not act immediately to rectify this situation, we will be forced to take legal action. You have seven days to comply with our request.

With friendly greetings,
(The company that hates you)

Cukup informatif kan? Semoga berguna!

The Science Of Simplicity: Why Successful People Wear The Same Thing Every Day

Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? It’s probably made you late to school or work more times than you can count.

We waste so many precious moments concerning ourselves with frivolous details. An outfit will not change the world, it probably won’t even change your day.

This is not to say that fashion isn’t important, as it has an immense impact on culture and, in turn, the direction of society.

Indeed, fashion is where art, culture and history intersect. If we look at the 1960s, for example, the way people dressed was very much a reflection of the counterculture movement and the anti-establishment sentiments of the era.

Simply put, clothes can tell us a lot about sociology.

Yet, at the same time, we’ve arguably become an excessively materialistic and superficial society. Undoubtedly, there are greater things to worry about than clothes.

Similarly, as the great American author Henry David Thoreau once stated:

Our life is frittered away by detail.

…Simply, simplify.

In essence, don’t sweat the small stuff. Make your life easier by concentrating on the big picture.

Correspondingly, a number of very successful people have adopted this philosophy in their daily routines.

Decision Fatigue: Why Many Presidents And CEOs Wear The Same Thing Every Day

Whether you love or hate him, it’s hard to argue against the notion that President Obama has the most difficult job in the world. As the leader of the most powerful country on the planet, the president has a lot on his plate.

Regardless of what he does, he will be criticized. Simply put, he’s got a lot of important things to think about beyond his wardrobe.

This is precisely why President Obama wears the same suit every single day. Well, almost every day, we can’t forget about the time the Internet exploded when he wore a khaki suit. Although, that probably says less about him and more about us.

The majority of the time, however, Obama wears either a blue or gray suit. In an article from Michael Lewis for Vanity Fair, the president explained the logic behind this routine:

‘You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits’ [Obama] said.

‘I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.’ He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions.

As Stuart Heritage puts it for the Guardian, “Barack Obama has pared his wardrobe down to such a degree that he can confidently walk into any situation and make decisions that directly impact on the future of mankind.”

The president is not alone in this practice. The late, great, Steve Jobs wore his signature black turtleneck with jeans and sneakers every single day.

Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg typically wears a gray t-shirt with a black hoody and jeans when seen in public. Similarly, Albert Einstein reportedly bought several variations of the same gray suit so that he wouldn’t have to waste time deciding what to wear each morning.

This is all related to the concept of decision fatigue. This is a real psychological condition in which a person’s productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions.

Simply put, by stressing over things like what to eat or wear every day, people become less efficient at work.

This is precisely why individuals like President Obama, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Albert Einstein decided to make life easier by adopting a monotonous wardrobe.

Obviously, as these are some of the most successful and productive individuals in history, they are on to something.

Make Life Simple

Indeed, having a diverse collection of clothing is overrated. We waste so much time worrying about things that have no substantial consequences, and don’t even realize how easily we could change this.

This is exactly why President José Mujica of Uruguay rejects conformity and refuses to wear a tie, stating:

The tie is a useless rag that constrains your neck.

I’m an enemy of consumerism. Because of this hyperconsumerism, we’re forgetting about fundamental things and wasting human strength on frivolities that have little to do with human happiness.

He’s absolutely right. The vast majority of us are guilty of obsessing over material things. When it comes down to it, they bring no real value to our lives. True fulfillment is acquired by going out into the world and fostering palpable and benevolent changes.

Buying a new pair of shoes might make you feel more confident in the short-term, but it will not enrich your life in the long-term.

Undoubtedly, the world would be an extremely boring place if we all wore the same exact thing every day.

Yet, we might all consider simplifying our lives a bit more by reducing the amount of time we spend thinking about pointless aspects of our day. In the process, one might find that they are significantly less stressed, more productive and more fulfilled.

Life is complicated enough, don’t allow the little things to dictate your happiness. Simplify, simplify.

You can read original source from ELITE DAILY.