Prioritizing tool you didn’t know you needed

Preface: This is an interesting article that I receive in my inbox email. I strongly it is good for me and for others, hence I copy the email and re-published it here. The article was written by Alex Mehr, PhD.
How do you prioritize your days?
I’m willing to bet you don’t always get exactly what you wanted done every single day. Distractions happen—new tasks come up, plans change, and fires need to be put out.

But what if I told you there was a simple way to establish your priorities

in the face of any series of tasks?

This revolutionary idea is based on former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s quote: “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”
So, with any task you have to do, ask yourself: Is this urgent? And is this important?
Important tasks contribute to achieving your professional or personal goals. The urgent tasks are the ones that need to get done right away, and usually contribute to someone else’s goals.
Think of it like a matrix—you have four quadrants: important and urgent, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and neither. Here’s how you’ll prioritize once everything is assigned to one of these quadrants:
1. Important and urgent
You’d think this is the type of task that you should be spending the most time on. Nope. After all, if everything you’re doing is urgent, you’re probably always late, or something about your system needs to be fixed.
These are things you’ve left until last minute, or tasks that popped up unpredictably. The former can be avoided by working proactively. For the latter, always allocate time in your schedule for unpredictable tasks. An open half hour gives you enough space to make an urgent call your boss assigns to you, or to solve most small problems.
2. Important but not urgent
This is where most of your time should be allocated. Stay on track by scheduling a lot of time for these tasks. They’re the least stressful because time constraints aren’t pressing, and they’re dedicated to moving you forward.
3. Not important but urgent
These are the necessary tasks that are responsible for keeping you from reaching your goals. They include things like meetings where you may not have much to contribute. Delegate where you can and reschedule to a more sensible time if possible.
Also, learn when to say “No.” These are usually the tasks that are dropped in your lap by others, who also feel that they’re unimportant. Do them only if you have ample time and energy.
4. Not important and not urgent
In other words: distractions. Avoid this kind of task at all costs. This includes all kinds of ‘dilly-dallying’ while on the clock, but also may include practices that have become commonplace in your work routine. Take the time to assess your own tasks and determine if any are simply wasteful.
But remember: downtime and relaxation do not fall into this category. It’s important to rest and recharge, as well as take time for recreation and socialization to balance your active professional life.

Alex Mehr, PhD

My Official Work Blog Stats @ 4 January 2020

As per the screenshot is showing, my page indexed by google are 705 and 6,170 respectively. Will see how it goes later this year in the 2nd quarter of 2020.

Check this out: A Real Conversation About Academic Hours Worked

In November, celebrated classicist Mary Beard started a Twitter storm when she asked faculty colleagues to share how many hours a week they typically work. Beard helpfully identified her own working hours as somewhere north of 100 each week.

That figure elicited widespread shock and dismay — and anger, frustration and accusations of ableism in the protection of status for those who are physically capable of shouldering a bruising schedule. Some respondents correlated academics’ tendency to overwork with an abusive employment culture that extracts more labor from ever fewer laborers, enabling the rapid shrinkage of the professoriate.

A surfeit of pride in one’s in-demand status has come to be called a “busy brag.” The busy brag has attracted media attention over the past several years; see, for example, here and here. A recent article in The Atlantic links the busy brag to a reversal of Thorstein Veblen’s theory of labor and status. In his Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), Veblen wrote, “The conspicuous abstention from labor becomes the conventional mark of superior pecuniary achievement.” Not so today. Not so in higher education. Not so more widely.


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My Blog Stat So Far – What A Surprize

This is the very first time I checked the stat for this blog and it is quite interesting. All this while I thought that this official website of mine is not that interesting. This result somehow gives me a glimpse of hope that my website can go further and further. Lets just see how it goes.

Happy New Year 2020

I just want to wish everyone a very happy new year 2020 to all of you!

Lets hope and pray that this year will be a prosperous and great one!

Plastic Wastes from the West is Poisoning Our Neighbour Indonesia!

Indonesia has become a dumping ground for plastic from Australia, Europe and North America. The waste is burned as fuel by local communities, causing respiratory illness and other long-term health problems for people who inhale the polluted smoke. Research shows pollutants have contaminated Indonesia’s food chain. This situation must be stop urgently. As a neighbour to Indonesia, we must be extra alert before our country gets similar punishment. This is because Malaysia is also presently a trash dumping ground from other modern countries.

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Alhamdulillah syukur kepada Allah atas 2 Anugerah Individu yang di peroleh dalam Majlis Anugerah Gemilang Fakulti Kejuruteraan 2019.

Tak sangka mendapat Anugerah Webometrik sebenarnya. Anugerah Pengajaran pula sebenarnya tak pernah terfikir langsung, tapi diberi kepercayaan penuh oleh Puan Direktor, Dr. Hajar Alias dan disokong oleh Chair School of Chemical and Energy Engineering. Turut memberi dorongan serta motivasi untuk Anugerah Pengajaran adalah PM Dr. Mohd Kamaruddin Abdul Hamid dan room-mate PM Dr. Mazura Jusoh. Tak lupa juga mentor pengajaran saya Prof. Dr. Khairiyah Mohd Yusof, yang mana membimbing saya sejak 2008.

Alhamdulillah research group saya iaitu Chemical Reaction Engineering Group (CREG) di bawah pimpinan Prof. Dr. NASA juga telah meraih Research Group Terbaik! Alhamdulillah syukur.

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Benefits of a Mock Interview Service

I have joined the School’s How to Get Yourself Employed (HTGYE) Team last year. For this program I have several roles such as (1) the interviewer for the final year student of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, in the Mock Interview session, and (2) one of the trainers of the HTGYE module.

It is interesting to be the interviewer for the students. I have previously interviewed new engineers when I was as a process engineer during my practicing engineer life. I have also been the guy who underwent the interviewing process. It is indeed a nerve-wrecking experience being the person to be interviewed, no matter what kind of interview it was. Hence, the idea of having a Mock Interview is actually a fantastic brilliant idea and anyone who is going to be interviewed should get themselves prepared via a simulated interview session (what else than the Mock Interview).

Benefits of a Mock Interview:

  1. Learning how to prepare for an interview (arriving on time, dressing professionally, bringing a copy of your resume)
  2. Practicing how to answer the “Tell me about yourself?” question.
  3. Getting exposure to industry specific questions.
  4. Becoming more comfortable to answer your question using the S.T.A.R. method.
  5. Receiving feedback and critics that will better prepare you for your actual interview.
  6. Gaining an overall sense of confidence with the interview process.


Interested to have a Mock Session Interview?

If you are interested to have a professional Mock Session Interview, we can discuss about it and perhaps I can help you out. Feel free to email me at:, with the title “Discussing a Mock Interview Session”. This can help you out in preparing for your actual real interview.

Circular Economy

A circular economy (often referred to simply as “circularity”) is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular systems employ reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling to create a close-loop system, minimising the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment and infrastructure in use for longer, thus improving the productivity of these resources. All ‘waste’ should become ‘food’ for another process: either a by-product or recovered resource for another industrial process, or as regenerative resources for nature, e.g. compost. This regenerative approach is in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production.

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How Successful Giant Companies Got Their First Users

This is indeed a super article, great resources, full of aspiration, very inspiring and mind blowing. Learn how 30+ companies such as GitHub, Zoom, Amazon, Twitch and Whatsapp got their first users. Just click the link below to learn further:
Examples shown are companies like Facebook, Twitter, Air BNB, Microsoft and much more.