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Extremely busy, but super fun! 👻

Hi friends! Worked has definitely picked up, and I feel like a different challenge has been thrown my
Extremely busy, but super fun! 👻
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #9 • View online
Hi friends!
Worked has definitely picked up, and I feel like a different challenge has been thrown my way every single day this week (lucky for me it’s a short one!). As a program manager, I need to be sure that I’m building processes that are efficient and easy for the taskforce to follow, but I also need to be nimble enough to help iterate any changes on the fly - and let me tell you, I’M LOVING IT!
A few months ago, when work was hectic, I’d constantly feel overwhelmed and whenever folks asked me how work was going, I’d say that it was ‘busy, and I can’t wait for it to be over.’
My answer has now changed to 'It’s extremely busy, but super fun!👻 ’
A few things caused this change:
1) A few months ago, I recalled this article I read on Ali’s newsletter / blog on the same concept ’It’s busy, but really fun’ - and I have been trying to tell myself to reframe my mindset - instead of dreading the work, I’d try to get myself excited about what I’m accomplishing at work because:
the way we feel about it depends to a large extent on the story we tell ourselves. When people ask us, we could say “it’s busy and stressful” (negative) or we could say “it’s busy but fun” (positive).
2) As I mentioned in a previous issue of my newsletter, I have found my why - and I continue to find the work both meaningful and impactful to both Google and Singapore.
3) The current job requires knowledge from both my previous teams in Google - and I’m able to amass these skills together to craft a strategy to help the task force move forward. I’m able to pick things up really quickly (because of my familiarity with maneuvering the system) - and I find myself mostly working 'in the zone’.
Being ’in the zone’ is also known as 'a flow state’. In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear writes:
’…to achieve a state of flow, a task must be roughly 4% beyond your current ability…working on challenges of just manageable difficulty - something on the perimeter of your ability - seems crucial for maintaining motivation.’
I am constantly learning new things at work as well - so that’s kept my mind pretty stimulated and challenged.
It’s really nice to know that everything that I have learnt in Google has led me to where I am today, and has really allowed me to enjoy my current role. I guess the struggles I’ve gone through were worth it, because it all worked out in the end :)
Till next week!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week
The Umbrella Academy Season 2. I must say they have a really dysfunctional family.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2. I must say they have a really dysfunctional family.
It’s finally out! Watched this early last year, and really enjoyed it. Season 2 only has 10 episodes but can’t wait to get through it! I personally find the concept of the show more refreshing when comparing it other typical superhero shows. Check it out on Netflix!
The Umbrella Academy is an American superhero web television series based on the comic book series of the same name. It revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death and the threat of an impending apocalypse.
Your Life Mountain Of Friends
Your Life Mountain Of Friends
Ever since I discovered Tim Urban’s Ted Talk on procrastination (see here on the previous edition of my newsletter), I’ve been browsing his website for interesting content, and found an article that talks about the different types of friends that we have in life - I definitely could categorize some of my friends / acquaintances into a few of the buckets Tim has described (which is sad). Friends have come and gone throughout the years, but I really treasure a handful of folks and am grateful to have them in my life. Remember to prioritize these friendships in your life - because they last a lifetime. Friendships are also an important life pillar, so don’t ‘abandon’ this pillar for your relationship pillar as well!
I always thought the concept of an audiobook was built for lazy people. Even when I started listening to podcasts, I still wasn’t convinced to jump onto the audiobook bandwagon - why listen to a book when you can read it by yourself? This changed when I was reading ’The Hero Of Ages’ by Brandon Sanderson last week.
As worked has picked up, I didn’t quite have the time to pick up my kindle to read as much as I’d have liked to - but I REALLY wanted to know what happened next in my book. So I made the decision to invest in the audiobook. BEST. DECISION. EVER.
I ended up listening to the book when I was exercising, eating or driving - and I really enjoyed the experience! I guess it’s akin to having a bedtime story being read to you. I’m now listening to a free audiobook I got this download this week - ’Tools Of Titans’ - by Tim Ferris (valid till 3rd August to redeem for free) - so looking to see if the experience is different while listening to a non-fiction book - but I guess it’ll just be like listening to a podcast. For folks in Singapore, remember to register your account under the Australia region :)
Health Tip Of The Week
Follow @thefitsingaporean for daily health and fitness content! I'm actually thinking of posting these infographics on my blog instead of instagram! What do you all think?
Follow @thefitsingaporean for daily health and fitness content! I'm actually thinking of posting these infographics on my blog instead of instagram! What do you all think?
Blog Post Of The Week
Stop Pleasing The World 👌🏼 — JAMIELYY
Kindle Highlight Of The Week
Wrote about this in my blog post this week. Interesting perspective on how to deal with the naysayers - after all, haters gonna hate right?
Wrote about this in my blog post this week. Interesting perspective on how to deal with the naysayers - after all, haters gonna hate right?
Photo Of The Week
I think I dreamt that I was snowboarding the other day. Seriously miss the snow and the feeling of shredding! Definitely missing the company, not the mention the onsens as well!
I think I dreamt that I was snowboarding the other day. Seriously miss the snow and the feeling of shredding! Definitely missing the company, not the mention the onsens as well!
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My name is Jamie and I’m a Googler based in Singapore. I love exploring topics on health 🥗, fitness 💪🏽, productivity💡 and self-development 🌱 to help both students and millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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