Perfect or working solution?

“I’m not aiming for a perfect solution but I’d rather have a working solution” is what my colleague told me based on his past experience, when I was discussing about project I’m leading. 

In my personal life context, I have to say that being a perfectionist (to some extent), I usually did a thorough research and compared different approach or products. But I also realize that often I called it off because I can’t accept available options, whether they are not good enough or far from what I imagine. 

The other key deciding factor for me is the learning cost. While time is something we can control, money is the tricky part. If the money factor to get it is not huge, I’ll probably just going to get it. 

He added, even if it’s not perfect solution to solve the entire situation, it could be a perfect solution for one thing we need at that point of time. If we need more in the future, we can always add something to it. 

For me, I like to minimize the number of touch point (or product) I have because I don’t want to spend a lot of time to maintain them one by one. 

However lately, my decision is influenced whether I’m going to regret for not doing it than aiming for perfection. What my colleague told me is kind of reiterate that sometimes we don’t need a perfect solution, do enough and go with it. Take the learning and improve. 

So, what is your approach? 

Do you remember why you started something?

I went to another art class yesterday and this time is about learning watercoloring. And in the classroom there is a quote which was teacher Nat‘s work, 

Remember why you started

It was beautifully written and decorated with her floral watercolor around it. 

I immediately withdrawn to it.
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Awareness (continue)

In my swimming class, my coaches always asked what did I do and how did I do it or how I feel after some drills. 

They will still tell me if I couldn’t tell them maybe because I wasn’t aware or preoccupied with other things while doing it. 

They always emphasize that we need to be aware about what we do and remember the feel of it. When we remember it, we are conscious and as we practice more, the muscle has better memory about the activity we do and we will transform from conscious competent to be unconscious competent. 

And to form a new habit it will take around 21 days (or so lots of people say, no wonder it’s 21 days challenge). So, when you’re keep practicing it correctly after sometime, you’ll (and your muscle) get the hang of it. 

And because of this, I also started to apply it when I run. I asked my running buddy for this and that, and ask myself, did I land my foot correctly, did I hunch, did I dehydrated and so on. As a result, I notice more things which I didn’t before. I used to think that I just run, to the finish line. 

Also when I do my brush lettering drills. 

Sometimes the basic is the same and when you apply it across other area, you’ll be able to make it better. 

So, lesson of this week is still about awareness. 

Stay focus and be aware

Very recently I joined a workshop about brush lettering, which taught me about the basic technique and some applications to enhance the work or medium to work on. 

We also learned about different pens and brushes. 

Agenda

Looking back (way back..) I started to have interest with fonts (to extend almost like obsessed) when I started to my web developer path. 

But I wasn’t an art student. My brother was the one. 

Then I told my brother about my old new interest that it’s hard to achieve what I want to get. Basically what I think is not what I get. I practice the drills from the class and other drills which I found from Pinterest but still .. not as I expected. (By the way, this whole things just started probably 2 weeks ago) so, I told myself, just keep doing it. Do the drills, make your hand used to it. Thin up, thick down. 

My brother told me that it’s about coordination training between the brain and the hand. 

Initially I like doing it because, at first, it’s brainless activity when doing the drills. *buzzer* it is not. I realize that I need to aware and focus on it. 

A few days before the brush lettering workshop, in my swimming class, my coach said, in order to improve yourself, you need to be aware. Aware about what you do and aware about your mistakes. From there you can improve. It can be a little bit easier if you have friends to go the same journey as you, because you can help and remind each other. 

But if not, focus on your goal, and aware about what you do. 

To be worried 悩む

As the day to start work in new place is approaching, I can’t help to feel worried. About I can work as they expect me to, or not. About my colleague, if I will make good friends again or not.

I had 21km marathon today so with my tired brain and body, I decided to take it that

Don’t let Worry Steal Your Joy

Look at people around you

and you’ll make your world wider.

That’s what my sensei told us during class.

She added, so when you’re on train, don’t just look down and listen to music. Look around and listen to your surrounding.

Another student asked, how can we widen our world wider by doing that inside train? XD

Sometimes I’m surprised with what sensei told us in class.  She often said it jokingly, but I feel somehow it always reminds me about something which happens to me lately, or inspires me.

A LIVE (Pt 2)

自分の価値気付かないのは、自分の認めないだけだろう

If you fail to realize your value, isn’t it because you didn’t acknowledge it

That’s what the main character told the other lead, after hearing that his justification why he behaved that way and did many things because he wants to be recognize by the people around him.

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Are you ready?

I’m going to have my first run in 2017 and it is 21km. Yes.. half marathon. Usually I like to start slow (aka, shorter distance) but last year I received notification from 2XU about loyalty rates and their finisher tee in 2016 was nice, so, without further ado, I signed up for 21km. 

I haven’t been running more than 15km before the actual day, and has been traveling as well. Doomed. I thought. Plus, 2 days before the race, there was a discomfort on my right leg.. 

There was a little hope that the run might be cancelled because of thunderstorm passing from the day before. (But someone might work hard doing no-rain dance)

Nevertheless, I still did carbo loading and prepare my gears and sleep earlier. Gels (checked), bib (checked), attire (checked) 


I woke up 1 hour earlier before the bus pick up time to settle my tummy. To my surprise, I felt good when I woke up without much time needed to gather my soul. And, my tummy was very cooperative too. 

My brother who is happened in town made a comment as I’m about to leave the house. Seems like today is made for you to run. 

Despite my heart is not ready for this run.

Turns out, it was a good run! 

So, good reminder for myself is, whether you’re ready or not, just waltz in.. don’t think too much and enjoy it.. If you completed it, then good. If you don’t, then do prepare better for the next run. 

Looking forward to more good runs in 2017.