Monday, January 14, 2008

My Travel Checklist

Traveling is one activity that I try to enjoy whenever I can. In preparing for a trip, I note of the following things in my checklist:
  • Travel documents - passport, visa, ticket, mileage number, insurance, and local embassy number.

  • Clothes - it should be sufficient that can be used for formal, casual, and leisure activities. Be careful not to overload.

  • Credit card - although having sufficient cash is important, having a good credit card on standby is much better. Travelers checks are good as well but I find the process of converting them to cash tedious.

  • Enjoy the flight - funny sometimes as taking an airplane is often the only opportunity I get to watch movies that I've missed. If you are returning the same month (and on that airline), it will be useful to have a book that you can read during the flight.

  • Calendar of activities
    • Meetings - make a trip as productive as possible is important especially if you are on a business trip. Writing or calling people you want to meet earlier on is a must. Avoid congesting your business calendar as it will hamper you to concentrate and prepare for meetings effectively. Always leave a gap.

    • Fun and personal care - of course, one should try to have fun as well - as all work without pleasure can be stressful. This includes relaxing with your friends or relatives. If there's medical, dental, or other concerns (like your hairdo) that requires attention, get that done before leaving (or do it at destination location if that is the intention).

    • Shopping - no trip is complete without taking time to shop for personal items and buy gifts to family members back home. Be careful not to overload.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Managing Roles and Setting Goals for 2008

A big topic every January is the setting of goals by people of various profession and stature in life. Goal setting can be done in different ways. In my case, I follow what I've learned from Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People where he cited the need for us to identify the multiple hats and roles we have in our lives.

As I identify my roles, I recognize the need to set a goal for each of them and how will I be able to get it done. This includes:
  • Myself (goals)
    • Physical - pass medical exam and get into a new sport this year.
    • Social/Emotional
    • Spiritual
    • Mental
  • Roles (goals)
    • Wife
    • Mother
    • Daughter
    • Sister
    • Friend
    • Website owner
    • Writer
    • Trainer (to my students)
    • Consultant
    • Researcher
    • Blogger
    • Employer (to staff and household helpers)
    • Community organizer (to each member of the DigitalFilipino.com Club)
    • Mailing lists community owner
    • Blog advertiser (to clients and each member of the ad network)
    • Editor (to each freelance writer in the network)
    • Shareholder (to my business partners)
    • Ambassador (to Philippine Schools Cyberfair)
    • Client (to my suppliers)
Having this clearly thought out helps a lot in drafting my agenda throughout the year. Most of it requires reaching out to people and set goals with them. For me, this takes the whole month of January to sort it out.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

What my friends think of me

While thinking of a blog post to work on today, I got a Facebook notification about a friend giving me a superlative. This is where a set of description is matched to friends whom you think is most like it.

Here's what I got so far:
  • Most likely to live for chocolate.
    Well not really. I rarely eat chocolate. On those very rare occasion that I want to try, I will likely go for a Flat Tops or a Kit Kat.

  • Most likely to have the best personality.
    I'm still working on it. Really...

  • Most likely to treat grocery shopping like an adventure.
    I like super groceries and feel comfortable shopping in it. I usually find good deals in buying shoes and basic stuff inside the grocery. The adventure happens also before or after it where I get to visit the bookstore, try out a new snack or meal or drink.

  • Most likely to Google everything.
    Well, yes.. as in YES!

  • Most likely to love good food.
    I love good food but not necessarily expensive. My only setback is that I'm allergic to shrimps.

  • Most likely to Get Rich or Die Trying
    This will depend on your definition of "rich". I'm not the saver in our family as I usually tend to re-invest what ever I earn such as to sponsor an activity, publish something, upgrade gadgets, among others. These re-investments are mostly value-maker, rather than money maker.

  • Most likely to have every Facebook application
    I tried experimenting but I'm quite happy so far with the few applications I added there.