As a founder of a startup, it feels like we are expected to work as hard as we can, in fact forget about 9-to-5 weekdays, we probably still work on our bed or even on the weekends. This is all good if we can keep up with our physical and mental health.
I thought of this post two nights ago, as I was stuck on the bed, having craziest headache ever and ended up puking all of my dinner out (sorry for the NSFW image on your head) and ended up resting almost all day the day after. Obviously everyone has their own limits, and you are open to work as hard as you can but I think here are a few things that we can do.
- Drink more water. Done? Drink some more. Our body needs a lot of water everyday to work at its best and it’s very good for our dietary too.
- Take every chance you have to walk or exercise. This especially true for startups in Indonesia, we spent most of our days sitting: either on the way to the office/back home/meetings, working, meetings. So if you have a lunch break and you can walk somewhere instead of taking a taxi or say elevator, do it.
- Sleep well. Get yourself a regular pattern of sleep even though you only have a few hours of sleep every day, this way your body can adapt and process. Don’t bring your iPad, iPhone, or even worse your Macbook to your bed with you.
- Take a time off work to just chill or even better, have a holiday somewhere to clear your heads up and back feeling refreshed and full of ideas.
I know some of the ideas here feels like old and cliche but that’s the thing, we keep reading the same thing and we keep forgetting about it and destroy our very own body.
For the past months, or shall we say the first half of 2014, it has been all about politics. From our TV stations (not that I watch TV, but my dad does) to the Internet, especially social media. For those who have been living under the rock, Indonesia has just went through a legislative election and the presidential election. The winner have been decided officially, though the opponent are still insisting that it is not over yet.
Putting all that behind, I want to talk about how I have been reading Tempo magazine a lot ever since politics get into our daily life. I mean I have been hearing about it a lot and how great it is but didn’t really realize it until I actually read it. To be honest, I didn’t exactly love reading in Bahasa Indonesia, I have always preferred to read in English (thus, making me better writing in the language as well), but Tempo has changed that mindset.
Compared to any other media, I probably will say that Tempo has a really, really good investigative journalism. It has courage to write something that other media might not write about especially on how corruption isn’t only happening on this place, but apparently it’s all over Indonesia and it manages to dig deep on more and more things. So, with this post I’d love to recommend you to read Tempo (it has English version as well) and subscribe to it.
I realize that I didn’t really write anything this year except some articles for Tech in Asia. Even compared to my 2013 commitment, I really mess it up. So here I am in another effort to do a blog post a day, even though it will be just a paragraph. One of the thing that is holding me back sometimes is that, I think too much about what will people say about my posts – then I realized that I’m nobody, why should I worry about that. Hopefully I can commit to writing more!