Sustainability – Is Your Job Secure?

Hello World,

Although I had a bunch of masks available to me at home, I ordered another 50 pair. Yes, I started stocking up again just like how I did in the beginning of the pandamic. The numbers are peaking again. Although, the government is being conservative with the shut down, we are not far away from it.

Although this pandamic was the absolute terrible, I had my perks of not having to commute to work, I saved money on commute, I saved money on eating out. I had time to focus on myself and take care of my mental health over all.

But I want you all to think about the ones who has lost their jobs during the pandamic. It wasn’t as pretty for them as they all had to focus on getting another job or changing their career path and skill set. Think about it for it, if you still have a job then you are lucky but, let’s say the second wave it and you were the next to get laid off or fired?!

How much security do you have in your job? Almost zero, and that stands true even if there was no pandamic. Pandamic just makes everything worse, we can all agree on that!

Therefore, we need to upgrade our skills, always be aware of the current trends, and prepare for the future.

I always tell my audience to always, always, always, try to gain another source of income. Yes, not one but, two. One can pay your bills and the other you can re-invest to build wealth. There are some of you who are going to be like, no money can’t buy happiness. Money can’t, and I agree but it does buy you a bit of freedom and comfort to easily have time for what makes you the happiest.

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What was Your Quarantine Project?

Hello World,

I alwasy try to motivate you all by giving you tips and tricks to organize your business and invest in your future. In addition, to that I help you slow down and give you information on how to tackle mental peace, anxiety, and stress while investing in your personal and professional goals.

In my pervious blog posts I have many shared many ways you can save and work towards a project of your own during the quarantine. So let me know your success / failure stories and how far you have come.

If you have not started then I want you to start! START

I came across an article recently talking about gaps in economy and/or technogical evolution is when entrepreneurs are created. So why are you waiting?

The main problem most people have is starting because, there are many underlying factors that they think they can’t over come. For example, starting a business requires you to register it. Another delay is, how will people react? – Yes, I know that’s most of your problem. How will people react and weather your project will be successful or not?

But the point is, you will never find out if you don’t try and reach out for help! One of the things to START with is RESEARCH! Research on how other people executed the project you are intersted in. Once you get the braoder idea, reach out to at least three people who have succeeded or are in the works of creating their project to get an overview and perspective of their experience. Trust me, they will share different experiences that will be valuable to your own success.

STORY TIME:

True Stroy 1:

I will share some success stories I have witnessed over the quarantine to motivate you. My friend had been let go from her job. She was depressed for a bit but then she picked up the camera she got as a gift (not too expensive) and started asking her friends and family to pose for her. She started learning how to edit the pictures. Every day she edited a picutre and became better at editing. First and foremost, she loved taking photographs. It started to become her passion. My friend started creating her portfolio which, led a fashion blogger to approach her for a photoshoot! Isn’t that just awesome? Do you know how many followers she will be exposed to now?

What does that story say? Just pick up something fun to do and keep working at it, the opportunities will follow.

True Stroy 2:

My coworker was slammed with homeschooling her kids while working. She has three kids and works in IT. To de-stress she started baking a lot over the weekends. She loved baking and that was one of the ways that she dealt with her anxiety. She started posting the cakes she would bake on social media. How long did this quarantine last us? 3 months? Well, within just three months she received several orders and grew a cliental and bakes 15 cakes per weekend.

True Stroy 3:

My friend was let go from the airport where she was a high ranking manager. She has marital issues and her personal life is a mess. To destress, she started painting old furniture. She would buy old furniture on Kijiji to replenish them. She would paint them looking new, added handles she bought from Kijiji or Amazon and resell them for great value. This is a boss story! This girl always inspires me to keep going!

True Story 4:

Iam all about growth and am constantly learning. I have been learning about different IT skills and also branding, marketing consumer behavior and monetizing brands. I am happy that I put my qurantine time to good use.

Now I want you to share your story and focus ont he following steps to follow. I would also love to hear from you so please leave a comment and like and fill out the form below.

Here are the steps to follow!

START

Research

Reach out for help!

Looking to Collaborate!

Hello Everyone,

As you know I am an MBA grad, visionary and a fashion enthusiast. I have multiple CRM strategy and marketing platform implementation projects under my belt.  I have expertise in business requirements, customer journey, insight, lead generation, growth marketing, business and IT strategy and eCommerce strategy.

If you have any ideas you would like to share or want to collaborate on then feel free to reach out to me!

I am always open to hear great ideas and converting them into reality!

You can reach me at adila.inq@gmail.com 

 

 

Remember, you are amazing…

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DLA

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Incorporating Agile and Lean into your daily life

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How many of you are in IT Project Management and use Agile methodologies in software development life cycle? Doesn’t matter! If you think about it we all  use Agile in our daily lives (without making it complex of course). If you feel you don’t then let’s start! Incorporating this practice in your daily routine will be a guide towards self improvement and short term achievements which will lead to a sense of satisfaction.

Agile?

What is Agile? Your ability to move quickly and easily. But moving too quickly can actually limit your ability to move effortlessly.  Waterfall methodology suggests to complete your goal sequentially. In SDLC the sequence would be as follows, gather requirements; design, code; perform system testing; perform user acceptance testing (UAT); fix bugs and deliver the finish product. The biggest draw back of this method, once you reached the end product you don’t really know if it will be successful and accepted by customers. If you don’t have a success story to share, then you would have to go back and re-start the sequence once again! In other words, you moved quickly but not efficiently and not easily because you are having to go back.

Now to prevent this sort of disruption Agile kicks in! There is only one main  difference between Agile and Waterfall methodology. In Agile, you adapt to change by customer feedbacks as the software is being developed. You run on a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or an existing product and improve it as the customer is using it and responding to what to keep and change.

Agile is the process of measuring, learning, feedback and loop. Agile reduces the risk, increases value, adapts while work in progress, and provides better cost management. Agile has it’s backlog in order, there is a clear visibility of what is completed to date. The backlog requirements are sorted by priority. This means the requirements don’t have to be completed in sequence like the Waterfall method and are completed in order of importance. This way the product can be released whenever acceptable rather than waiting on a feature to be ready. User feedback supports with the understanding of where changes are required or when to Pivot. A change is needed when each experiment leads to loss of progress. Since the project is being adapted as user feedback, there is no need to dispose the entire project when there is a negative feedback. This makes Agile more cost efficient.

Real life?

Now in life to lose weight quickly, you would have to give up chocolate, pizza, oil, salt, sugar and carbs. If you go on such a diet, you know you would reach your results quickly. But once you have reached your outcome, you then realize you are not happy! You reached an outcome by overlooking the side effects. Now you are unhealthy, have vitamin deficiency and missing bunch of essential nutrients which is leaving dark spots on your face (often happens in modelling!).

But if you were more Agile, you pick up your sticky notes and run to the whiteboard! You are on search mode without commitment. You would find a diet plan that works for you and read cases where the diet has worked and didn’t work. Also, don’t forget to find the side effects of these plans! Then call up a nutritionist and a personal trainer.

Yes, you will be the Scrum Master and run Sprint meetings with your trainer and nutritionist. You will clarify your requirements with them and specify what you are looking to achieve, being more healthy, losing weight, gaining weight, toning, etc. Your trainer and nutritionist will help you find a proper diet plan and workout plan. You, the trainer and nutritionist will break down the workout and meal plan into parts/iterations. You will set an estimated time of completion on each iteration goals. Set an estimated budget on the following, trainer/nutritionist fees, gym membership cost, and for cost all these healthy fruits and vegetables from Wholefoods.

With each Sprint meeting, you, your trainer and nutritionist will measure your progress and the time it took to get to your goal. This will calculate the Velocity, and you will know how long it’s taking you to complete these goals. Now since, you can’t have a Burndown chart in this example, track your progress everyday. There are many apps such as Lifesum, which tracks your daily meals and workout. If along this whole process you feel this diet plan is just not working for you then Pivot and or search mode again, find another diet plan.

We do this in relationship and in our career as well. We don’t commit on our first date! We keep dating without commitment and experiment and learn about the person. We make mind notes of what the Pros and Cons are until we see that person is a potential. If the person is not a fit in our life then we go on search mode again. Same with our careers, if we hate where we work, we seek guidance and mentors. We plan. Then we educated ourselves in training and skills that will get us a better opportunity to where we want to be. Then we search.

Remember, you just have to measure, learn, review and repeat…

Thanks,

DLA

 

 

Addiction – Are you in denial?

Hello World,

Habit Vs. Addiction

 Do you think addiction is a choice or can people choose to be addicted? What causes addiction? How come some people are more prone to get addicted then others? Most smokers argue that they are not addicted and they can stop whenever if they choose to quit. However, if they do attempt quitting they would most likely fail. It takes more than just motivation and will power to quit something addictive. Habit is something you choose to do and can resign from whenever but having a cigarette daily is definitely not a habit.

Addiction is recognized as a chronic disease, same as cancer and heart diseases. You don’t choose to have cancer and or a kidney failure. Same with addiction, it chooses you! Sure the first smoke, the first few glasses of alcohol, the first game of poker and the first sniff of drug is all you, you made that choice and decision! Though, as you continue you start craving these things, not by choice, but because your body demands it. If you are addicted, you have a chemical imbalance in your brain which results in mental, physical and behavioral changes.

No Control…

Addiction is when we have no control over our mind and behavior due to a substance or a behavior. You can be an impulsive shopper, impulsive gambler, addicted to video games, food, sex, drugs, alcohol etc.  Addiction occurs to people to due to many reasons. Often it’s said that addiction is due to genetics, FALSE! It can happen to anyone! Usually the reasons are depression, sadness, loneliness, violence, sexual/mental abuse, trauma, influence and an environment surrounded by that substance. For example, if the environment you are in such as work, school or home has drugs in the background then you might be influenced in to using it.

Low Dopamine and Serotonin

Addiction is a coping method for depression. Dopamine is neurotransmitter which controls the reward and pleasure area of your brain. It also controls movement in our body, if we are low in dopamine then we are at risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. Serotonin is a chemical that helps balance your mood. Low Serotonin triggers depression. Low Serotonin also can makes us turn quite suicidal. 

Alcohol, smoking, gaming, gambling, drugs, shopping, and any impulsive behavior provides a short term high. People use these to get away from sadness and despair. They think that it’s giving them happiness and eliminating distress. However, they forget alcohol and drugs are anti-depressant. These substances will provide the short term pleasure of fogginess and they will make you forget for a slight period of time. But then it will all come back making you more depressed, asking for more substance to get rid of it once again.

Alcohol, drug, gambling, sex etc. increases your dopamine, so does eating chocolate and winning the lottery. But in addiction, your body becomes greedy and asks for more and more increase of dopamine. When you consume too much the body adapts and confuses your coping method and wants more of the increased pleasure.

Will Power…

Will power isn’t enough! Remember it’s a chronic disease. If you know someone who is addicted then the first step is making them admit they have an addiction. Most people are in denial because of the stigma that addiction has. They know it’s unhealthy but still continue because they can’t stop. The best way to help these people is by helping them admit they have a problem. Then finding a good rehab center. To recover from addiction, people need supervised medical monitoring. Getting Nicotine, won’t help, it’s just replacing cigarettes to increase your dopamine some other way.

Keep it Healthy!

Dla