Eat That Frog – How to get things done productively

I have always loved to read self-help books.
They motivate me a lot.

Today, I would like to introduce and summarise the book called “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy. It introduces this great concept of doing the most important, biggest, and hardest task first without procrastination. This will get you motivated throughout the day to complete the rest of your tasks.

However, although the ideas are great, I found the book to be very repetitive for me. Some people might like the style of writing, but I couldn’t get through the whole book. So I searched for a good summary of the book online and found this.

But even then, it was still repetitive, so I made my own summary.
I hope this will help someone!
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Teaching at the Police Academy

Today, I had the opportunity to teach at the Prefecture’s Police Academy.

Upon arriving at the school, I was ushered to a small waiting area cum pantry.
There, one of the staff warned me in advance that when I enter the classroom, the students would all greet me very loudly. Also, whenever the students walk past any guest, senior officer or teacher on campus, they would give a loud greeting as well.

Okay, I got it. Police training is similar to the army I guess.

It was about time to head up to the classroom on the third floor.
I entered the classroom.
The first-row student on the extreme left gave everyone a signal. Then,
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Toki Pona

toki! mi kama sona e toki pona.
Hello! I’m learning the toki pona language.
It is a language with only approximately 120 basic words which you mix and match to form sentences that expresses what you want to say.

Toki pona does not have any native speakers as it is a constructed language created by the Canadian linguist and translator Sonja Lang. Everyone learns from each other in communities on Discord, Reddit, and Facebook.

Toki pona challenges the way you think with its limited vocabulary.
I highly recommend language lovers to give this language a go!
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Finding my old Japanese letter

I came across a picture of a memo that I left for my Japanese tour guests when I was freelancing as a tour guide in the year 2014. Reading it now makes me cringe. It says


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Attacks on KonMari

I have only just realised that there is a tendency for people to judge something they haven’t even tried. Instead of trying, they decide on whether they like it or not from the words of others or from articles written by others, and just stop there.

I understand this helps people save time, as there are probably many things they want to do, so they can’t possibly check out every single doubt they hold, but it just reminds me that many things go unnoticed and untried with the biases we carry.

I wrote this in relation to the recent KonMari attacks. People who have never seen her books are making comments like
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Catching up with an ex-CIR

I caught up with an ex-CIR of a certain prefecture over dinner today. I can count with one hand the number of times we have met, but I really enjoy his company.

I learned a lot about his prefecture’s previous and current governor, how the director of his division was like during his first year, and the overall dynamics of his old JET workplace. After listening to his stories and him commenting about mine, it made me all the more grateful for my colleagues in my division.

He also shared with me his experiences of having a Japanese spouse and raising a trilingual child. It was extremely fascinating to hear how → Read more