Two Lists One Attitude

I was promoted today. Lucky for you, this puts me in a wisdom-sharing mood. If I were to give career advice to the young(er) and coming, I wholeheartedly recommend the two lists and the attitude:

List #1: the to-do list

Carry a notepad around. Write down atomic (emphasis: atomic) tasks as bullet points. Scratch them with a different color once completed. Revise this list every morning by adding and scratching. Make sure it’s clean. Celebrate the sense of accomplishment as you flip to a fresh page. And never go to your boss without this list. A good list quickly tells you what you have done, what you’re doing, and what you’re going to do.

List #2: the checklist

Often recurring tasks can be improved with a checklist. Sometimes, a process that is explained in stages can be described as a checklist as well. It adds structure, efficiency, and quality control. A good checklist is non-verbose, easily accessible, and numbered. Applying a good checklist in the right place will have a measurable impact. In general, you need a checklist when you find:

  1. lengthy onboarding of new members
  2. you or your team predictably mess up
  3. you or your team use different terminologies for the same process
  4. things are seemingly complex
  5. too many people asking the same questions


The two lists help you become a better executer. Without the right idea/project/objective, execution is worthless. So: stay curious, explore, challenge the status quo, develop a bias for action, maintain optimism, and pursue challenges as opportunities.

[Picture of vintage ballet dancers in a forest was deliberately chosen to lighten up the mood. Apologies if you expected something else.]

VMIX: My Name is Skrillex

I always wanted to create music videos for dubstep songs. Today I uploaded my first attempt at a “vmix”… you can watch it here.

Using iMovie on a MacBook Pro, and many hours hunting, downloading, and aligning video clips. The aligning (i.e. syncing video with audio) is the really difficult part.

I wholeheartedly enjoyed making this, but doubt that I would do it again any time soon.

The Chinese Guest Star

In the year 1054, a star 7,000 light years away exploded and became the first supernova to be so clearly visible from Earth and from such a close distance. The supernova was so visible that Chinese records described it as six times brighter than Venus and as brilliant as a full moon. They called it a Guest Star and was visible in their sky for eight months. Some astronomers associate the Chinese Guest Star with what we now call Crab Nebula.

Imagine that. Eight months with two moons.


Why the blog? Because 140 characters are just not enough anymore.

I will use this to share with you my thoughts, finds, and joys. Let’s hope it doesn’t deviate to become a lengthy corporate report.