When you procrastinate, a Monkey appears and starts hanging around.
It might be fun having him there at first, but after a while he starts getting on your nerve...
Especially if he's hungry or has another Monkey or two with him.
They start humping and sooner or later more Monkeys show up, and there you are in a chaotic jungle full of monkeys eating you out of house and home.
Welcome to the Monkey Massacre Blog, where you might find a thing or two that would help you start kicking some monkey ass!
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, June 3, 2011
Although his existence remains uncertain, his fables are real and have been carried throughout the ages to be told and taught as part of a storytelling tradition that remains till this day.
His fable of a shepherd boy who cried wolf is an example of one of his famous stories.
It is used in kinder-gardens and schools all across the globe as a cautionary tale about telling the truth.
Ya, I don't think that worked well for a big chunk of humanity.
In fact, recent studies showed that telling this story increased the likelihood of children telling lies or altering the truth to their advantage and amusement...to become Aesop storytellers themselves.
Back to the land of grownups, and specifically the part where we have to work to earn money and be happy (a fable by itself), shouting wolf, or raising false alarms is a common thing.
We get requests all the time that are labeled urgent or marked with the 'Bang' exclamation mark !
You get a pile of work thrown at you and you are told it is needed urgently.
Now, that's ok at times and I'm sure a lot of us deal with those types of requests where we have to spend some extra time after working hours or take it back home, if you're that type of person.
But what happens when you're consistently bombarded with them? simple, you get pissed! and your work enthusiasm drops, not to mention the fact that when you get more urgent requests (whether they truly are or not) they all become the same.
Some of you might say: "Nah, you don't know how to prioritize! I don't get that because I know how to organize myself...just learn from me."
Yes I do agree that prioritizing is an important skill, but not as important as planning.
If you plan correctly, know exactly what is at hand, and allocate the appropriate resources available, you will avoid the headache of scrambling every one around you and screaming DEFCON 1 !
And prioritizing is something that we all do inherently, whether you notice it or not, and some are just better at it... but what happens when you work over a long period of time and everything is urgent?
I was discussing this with one of my friends who also works in the same field, he and many others get a kick out of having an agency or a consultancy slaving for them.
"I get to tell them what I want, when I want, and they have to do it...that's what they are paid for!"
Some business owners say the same thing when referring to their employees.
Yes, you do pay them to work for you but you don't own them.
Plus, that shows how bad of a manager you are.
Your people skills are just as important as any other skill, and you will loose good talents that just won't take your crap.
Don't care? more slaves will replace them?
Sure you can do that if you can afford the time and money you'll loose in the process. Although, your reputation as an unprofessional asswhole will stick to you like gum on a new sneaker.
Stop sadistically managing people with a horsewhip (keep that for the bedroom ;p) and learn to appreciate people and their right to rest and disengage from work.
Or give them the option to do the required 'unplanned' work and pay them or reward them for it.
They will appreciate it and their job satisfaction will increase.
It's either that, or someday when a real wolf comes along, you won't find any villagers running up the hill to help you.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I was constantly bombarded with experiences that really affected my day. Or maybe it was the first one that really made me aware of the things I usually ignore.
I arrived to the shared office building early in the morning, with a positive "nice day" kind of feeling, a feeling that disappeared the second the elevator doors opened and I was slapped in the face with the unavoidable odor of the guy who came out. it felt like I was attacked by a radioactive invisible being that was strangling me.
When my brain function came back to remember that I can breathe again, I noticed that I made the stupid mistake of walking into the elevator and pressing the 2nd floor button where the office is (guess my brain's autopilot was on at that time). as I breathed in, my eyes started to tear, the invisible radioactive creature was left behind in the tight confinement of the elevator walls, a coffin that took too long to open again.
Although the trip was short, it seemed like a decade passed in the limbo I was stuck in.
The doors opened once more, and the receptionist was startled as he saw me jumping out of the elevator grasping for air, as if i was escaping from a falling elevator in the shaft or a demon that was haunting the place.
Yes he started laughing when he learned what I was running away from (funny how people are amused by others' painful experiences).
I was also laughing at the dilemma and I noticed that parts of my brain went through an emergency shut down...sadly the sensory receptors were still on and strangely augmented.
One of the guys at the office likes shaking hands every day, which is ok as long as you don't have "Sweaty Hands Syndrome"...and ya the feeling was multiplied by ten after the elevator incident and felt like the sweat was a tsunami of body fluids (ekh).
The went on, and a lunch break was something I was looking forward to for a change of my mental unbalance.
The restaurant bathroom was also a smell electrifying experience, even the soap left me with a regretful feeling of ickyness. What's wrong with regular soap? does it have to have a strong odor to clean more?!
I managed to mentally block that so I could simply enjoy my meal and go back to the office.
And as I left the restaurant, I had a visual treat of a couple of girls walking out as well, sadly that didn't last for long as my augmented sense of smell took-in too much of their perfume, or maybe they were the type that bathed in cologne thinking that it makes them more attractive.
The day was finally over, and as I drove my car back home with the windows opened to get some of that nice breeze we rarely have in this city, it seemed like every household and restaurant in town was cooking onions!
Today felt like a divine prank that was being done for a heavenly YouTube page and "life" was watching and laughing it's ass off.
I mean Common...do I need to start walking around like those OCD paranoids that carry with them antibacterial Detol soaps and sprays, or some ear and nose plugs maybe?
Who knows, one of these days I might bump into that "Essence Burner" guy, and ask him to take a shower before leaving his house...Either that or politely take out a gun, point it at him, and do us all a favor.
For god's sake, the French invented cologne, and deodorizers are available everywhere, not to mention soap...or do you think that the band "Soap Kills" actually chose that name because it is dangerous to get clean?! (By the way, their music is great)
I personally think that if you smell good, look good, talk good, and feel good, (especially for work) you can actually affect others around you and augment the sense of pleasantness to eventually have a good day.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
But after a while, your stress levels start to boil your brain, and you notice that you never actually leave work (even though physically you're not at the desk).
We do have our own lives outside the office of course!
|audio jack connected to a mounted JBL speaker|
|change the angle & rotate it|
|Eye-Level & very easy to navigate with|
|hook grip from 4 sides (doesn't scratch the screen since I have a cover on the device)|
not to mention the Gorilla screen that S-andy has
|perfect control panel|
the wall mount is from a hardware store, and the hooks are from IKEA.
You might also want to consider the Breffo Spider Podium or Spider stand (if you have a smaller device) which is a nifty piece of accessory that you can find through their website http://www.breffo.com/ or Amazon.com
I recommend it since the SpiderPodium is so flexible and durable that you can shape it to your needs and use it in your car, on your desk, bike...etc
The design is really great.
A drill and some elbow grease, and voila!... you can easily check your emails, listen to music, read some blogs or Engadget news (that's where I get my Tech updates), facebook, chat, watch a movie...
and since it's the bathroom ---> you don't need to worry if the monkey screams from the spanking ;P
Cousin Bader wanted to contribute to the pictures I was taking for the post...
I guess we were just monkeying around.