Design Your Lives (Pt 2)


Booing under: Nicole

I am sure we have all imagined living a different life at some point. The only difference is that writing out our Odyssey Plan gives us an opportunity to ponder more deeply on how our future variates shall we pursue different paths at one turning point. This is the first time I put these on paper and I am excited to share¬†my 5-year plan in three alternate lives with you. Let’s take a look.

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Design your lives (Pt 1)

color paint palette wall painting

Booking under: Keith

Is it ever too late to design your lives? Are we only allowed to travel down a certain path? Or is there an opportunity for us to embark on a new direction whenever we want?

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the answer that Dave and Bill want us to have is “Yes!”. In life design, there’s always another “you” hidden among the various paths of life. Today, let’s look at three paths I could embark on i.e. my Odyssey Plans. Not to worry, they are all legal ūüôā

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Making Mind Maps (Pt 2)


Booking under: Nicole

From my memory, the last time I created a mind-map (in the exact format introduced by Bill and Dave) was probably in college when I prepared a final thesis for an urban geography class. Of course, I do organize ideas and concept on paper all the time, but just in different formats such as a storyboard or an outline. As such, I am glad to apply this mind map exercise to a work context and visually plot and connect ideas that offer a deeper learning experience.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at my freshly-produced mind map below.

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Making Mind Maps (Pt 1)

mind maps

Booking under: Keith

Confession: I found the title of this blog (and the exercise I did for it) a little weird. Usually, a map is a “fixed” resource. It’s a static source of truth that helps us navigate. But the mind maps that Bill and Dave had us do for this chapter are a free-flowing exercise – one where we can almost “make it up along the way.”

Still, it was quite interesting to try this out. And I was quite happy with the results of the exercise. Here’s how it went down…

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The Good Time Journal (Pt 2)


Booking under: Nicole

First things first, why is it called the Good Time Journal?

I don’t have a clue because only Bill and Dave¬†know best. However, it makes absolute sense to record the good times and keep track of things via a journal. In the context of work, my work diary is where I jot down important notes that facilitate my work. It provides detail of my to-do list everyday, helps me stay focused on the key items, and identifies the activities that bring me the greatest joy.

Without further ado, let me disclose my Good Time Journal to you.

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The Good Time Journal (PT 1)

good time journal

Booking under: Keith

Do you keep a journal? Whether you like to compose essays from your thoughts or just leave brief notes to remind yourself how your day went, a journal is a very important asset that helps us learn more about ourselves.

As I shared before, I already keep a variety of journals. I have a Bible-reading journal where I jot down short lessons learnt from my daily devotions. I keep a work journal where I write down the tasks I worked on each day and record any significant achievements. Finally, I keep a gratitude journal where I write down 5 things I am grateful for each day.

So how on earth would I manage a fourth journal? Well…

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Building a Compass (Pt 2)


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Question: Is it a dolphin or a whale?

Nevermind ūüėõ … Dolphins, my favorite aquatic mammal, are well known for their intelligence, playfulness, and friendliness – these attributes enchanted me¬†since they are something¬†that I want to relate to. Using echolocation, dolphins can see better under water and determine the directions to travel. Similarly, human beings utilize compass to help them navigate on the ground.

Before I go on and explain my admiration towards dolphins , let me first share with you my take on more interesting aspects, my workview and lifeview.

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Building a compass (pt 1)


Booking under: Keith

Stop! Before you read on, take a moment and ask yourself these questions:

  • Why do you work?
  • What’s the meaning of life?
  • How is work related to the rest of your daily life?

If you thought answering those questions was tough, you’ll understand how I felt as I took some time to reflect on my workview and lifeview.¬†It’s..

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The Dashboard (Pt 2)


Booking under: Nicole

As much as I wish I am exploring the nature in the wild like the lady above, I am actually sitting at my desk and filling in my life dashboard on health, work, play, and love. The idea  behind this assignment is to work out a balance and adjust it accordingly.

Before I climb into my warm bed and dream about the delicious food over Chinese New Year, let me share my gauges on each of the four areas.

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The Dashboard (Pt 1)

car dashboard

Booking under: Keith

As a driver, I constantly pay attention to my dashboard. The dashboard tells me how fast I’m going, what lights/switches I’ve turned on, and how much gas is left in the tank.

So as we design our (work) lives, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans suggest we look at our own personal dashboards. As we examine how we’re doing in terms of health, work, play, and love, we get a better understanding of which things we want/need to change.

Without further ado, here’s my health/work/play/love dashboard:

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