It’s Monday morning, and the rain is coming down in KL. It’s pretty bleak, and even at 9am it’s still pretty dark out there.
Watching the rain fall makes me somewhat reflective; I’m not sure why, but just seeing the drop landing on the water traps outside mesmerises me and helps me clear my mind.
I’ve got an interesting week ahead of me – two days with a colleague who is very easy to talk with and an afternoon at Google on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are clear right now, but I’m sure that I’ll find something to make it exciting.
I’ve not done much exercise the last week mainly due to having visitors and also trying to fight several fires at once. It’s a bit difficult to get focus right now, but hopefully this will start to change as the week moves on.
Today I need to get my head down and deliver some documentation – could do with some focus to help with that, but something tells me it’s not going to happen so I’ll have to keep muddling through and see what I can deliver.
The company we deal with has a cricket day today, and I’ve been selected as one of the team captains. Given that most of the interest has come from Indians, I’m somewhat nervous as they are notoriously good at cricket, and I’ve been on the receiving end of some very fast bowling!
Continue reading “Cricket!”
With the time difference between Malaysia and the UK, it’s not uncommon for me to make and receive phone calls late into the evening, and last night was no exception. I think I finally put the phone down at around 9pm, after a series of phone calls and one specific event that had got me worked up.
Continue reading “First Day”
I was recently talking to a friend about things, and it was suggested that I try writing or blogging – what my friend didn’t know is that I did some thing like this a few years ago, and I sent them the link to this blog. That prompted me to re-read earlier posts and recall what I had posted previously.
Continue reading “Andrew 2.0”
I started blogging last year to help keep track of my progress as I lost weight and gained some level of fitness.
Since then, a number of events have occurred in my life and it is on a dramatically different course to the one I was on this time last year. Heck, even since the start of this year I am in place that I never expected to be.
You see, I’m about to start a two year secondment to Kuala Lumpur with my job. I’ve now spent just over five weeks in Malaysia this year already, and I’m due to spend another three weeks here before I head back for my next ‘break’. I’m being sent over to set up a new software development centre for Wessex, giving access to a range of resources that we wouldn’t normally be able to access or afford in the UK. It’s also an opportunity to try out new things and particularly ways of working.
To say I’m excited would be understating things a little.
So – I’m determined to start keeping a blog about my exploits. What’s worked, and what’s not worked quite so well. The discipline to do this isn’t in place just yet, but every journey starts with one step forward, and this post is my attempt to put my best foot forward so to speak.
Where that journey will lead, I don’t know, but I’m bringing you along with me.
The news today has been full of the horrifying accident in Glasgow. It’s not totally clear what’s happened, as things are still being coming out. The crux of it is that a garbage truck ploughed through a footpath in Central Glasgow hitting multiple pedestrians.
As of 6pm, six people have been confirmed as being killed by the out of control dump truck, with more seriously injured. For this to happen at any time is awful, but for it to happen three days before Christmas is heartbreaking for those affected. I can’t begin to imagine the feelings that are running through the minds of those who have lost loved ones, or those who are having to deal with potentially life-threatening and life-changing injuries.
It’s a bit difficult to wish people a Happy Christmas when news like this is on the television.
All I can do is say a prayer for those affected, and hope that those who are injured make as full a recovery as they’re able to. I’m sure I won’t be alone in this tonight.
I’ve been fortunate to work in a very dynamic environment, where I had a lot of free rein to proceed as I wanted and when I wanted to. It gave me a lot of scope to experiment with different ways of working and find a pattern or groove that fitted the way I work, and that delivered the most benefit to both the business and the team I was working with.
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Recent events at work have made me sit down and think about how I collaborate with others, both at work and outside of work.
At the moment, my life tends to be driven by my calendar. Without that, I’d be lost as it contains all the information I need to be able to organise my life, or at least where I should be going next. However, the problem is that I don’t use it nearly enough – yes, I store the majority of my appointments in there, but I don’t use it for any kind of task management over and above where I need to be next.
A key thing that is missing is a reliable and available task management system, to allow me to accurately and quickly capture any incoming tasks. This is made more difficult by the fact that there is a very definite separation between my work and personal life, at least in the technical sense.
I’ve currently got the use of an iPad Air, at least until the end of this month. The next step is to buy an iPad of my own, but it needs to be a cellular iPad as it makes the whole keeping everything in sync that much easier, not to mention being helpful when I need to be able to work remotely and away from wifi hotspots and the office.
I don’t think that it’s the panacea that I expect it to be. However it will offer me a very simple pathway to getting things done, and that will reduce my mental ability to pass over doing things because there’s something in my way, or because it’s awkward or some other silly mental excuse.
I need thing to be easy and convenient – if they’re not then I’ll find an excuse not to do it. Such is the nature of procrastination!
So – I guess it’s time to go shopping for an iPad.
It’s been a couple of days since I came off plan, or at least stopped following the diet exclusively. So far, my daily diet now consists of a shake for breakfast, a reasonably sized lunch (either a hot lunch or a salad) followed by something sweet but not over the top, and finished in the evening with either another S&S meal or a small dinner at home. I’ve also sneakily eaten chocolate and biscuits in between times, but have tried to not go overboard with this.
Continue reading “Away day”
Last night I spoke with my wife and said that I’m pretty much where I need to be with my weight. She agreed, and said that I didn’t need to lose any more weight and that I looked skinny enough.
So today, I’m going to start returning to a semi-normal diet. What do I mean by that?
Continue reading “Returning to normal”