Category Archives: Organization Skills

5 Things Good Facilitators Have in Common

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One of the most needed skills in the 21st century skill is facilitation, which is critical for leaders, educators, supervisors, parents, you name it.

Just because you know the content well, it doesn’t mean you can facilitate/educate others.

At the beginning of the year (yes, 1/12 of the year has passed) I had a chance to participate in 7 day training facilitated by more than 10 people. The topics covered are diverse including leadership, communication, remote work, job interview, etc. From there, I came across 5 main key points that were common among great facilitators.

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Review 2020 to survive and thrive in 2021

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This year already finished? Time flies!

I am sure you heard or said this phrase recently. But the truth is, time does not fly. In fact, it is one of the few things, if not only, that is equally distributed to everyone, so we need to keep reminding ourselves of it.

How was your 2020?

You might come up with some events or images in your mind or challenge caused by COVID-19, and so do I. But if you reflect more deeply, I believe there are lots of learning and takeaways. In that sense, Year-end is a great moment to review what you did and who you are, to thrive and even survive in the next year. In this post, I will capture my examples with new method, hoping you might get something out of it.

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Kenya 5 ー How to make a difficult life decision

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When was the last time you made a difficult decision? I am not talking about deciding what to wear or what to eat today, but the one which could change your life.

Recently, I had one. The difficult part was that I had several choices, each of which was totally different. It was like comparing and mango, pineapple, and banana, and choose only one (I love them all).

I believe everyone has to make a difficult life decision some times, so I will share some lessons and tips, hoping this will be helpful for others. In a nutshell, it is only you who makes the final call, but there are many different factors and processes that can facilitate the decision-making.

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A long journey to pass PMPーProject Management Professional

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Life is full of projects! Each project has a specific duration with specific goals, activities, schedule, cost, risk, stakeholders, you name it. When I first became a Project Manager (PM), I did not have much idea and just wanted to implement it. But along the way, I learned the importance of planning, budgeting, communicating, monitoring, etc.

It is quite difficult to measure the skill as a PM, but there are actually general guidelines and certificates to show you know them. Project Management Professional (PMP) is one of the few internationally recognized PM certificates.

After 5 months of study and 1-time failure, I finally passed PMP. It was a bit tough journey and this is big business as many people invest so much money to get this. This post is for anyone who is interested in PM and wants to have a PM certificate.

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Review 2019 to thrive in 2020

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Already year end? Time flies!

I am sure you have heard and/or said these recently. But the truth is, time does not fly. In fact, in this unequal society, time is one of the few things equally distributed to everyone, and is indeed limited. So we need to keep reminding ourselves of it.

For example, whether or not you use your 2 hours for watching netflix, learning language, exercising, attending meaningless meeting, socializing), it is the same 2 hours (outcome will differ though).

In that sense, year end is the great period to identify or revisit the fields you really care, review what you did to know where you are and what needs to be done. Let me cover these in this entry with my own examples, so that you can see if it’s relevant or adjust to yours.

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Organizer (7) ー Organize your physical space, learning and life

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This is sort of the summary of the series of physical space oraganization (the series will continue for other organization), which looks mainly at one of the most valuable space, home.

After hard work and study, it feels good to return home, doesn’t it? Having home is human needs and instinct as houses were built even during the stone age around 10,000 B.C. Having a place to live is privilege, and how it’s organized affect your life in many ways.

With that in mind, I will try my best to summarize physical space organization (it can be applied not only to home but also to other spaces) including the past recommendations/posts, in the hope of contributing to better organized house, office and life, as well as some bonus tips related to learning.

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Organizer (6) ー Increasing productivity, health and creativity through desk organization

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More and more research point it out that in our modern society, we sit long time because of computer and desk work (office worker, students, artists, etc.). That means how you deal with desk environemnt affect your work, day and life.

For the last decades, we’ve faced the problem of sleep deprivation (phone/computer screen light is the enemy of quality sleep), the critical issue which affects our productivity and health as we are supposed to sleep one third of our day/life and take care of sleeping environment. In addition, we are having another life-long problem: we sit longer than ever, particularly in front of desk (even more than the hours you spend for sleeping) which also affect our productivity and health. Thus, we also need to take care of the desk environment (on and around the desk).

With that in mind, in this post, I will mainly talk about how organizing desk environment affect productivity and health, through the following points: why do should care about desk environment; what are the common problems and; how to organize desk and habit making.

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