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How Many Days do We Have to Work in a Year

Posted by bfindarto on September 27, 2008

Two reasons of why I write this post: my previous post about Key of Success: Gratitude and why I choose to be a freelancer.

Just all of sudden, my melancholic side of mine start to think, how many days are my working days in a year compare to the total days in a year? Then… after the calculation, I just feel very thankful and I am very happy of my choice, to become a freelance IT trainer.

Ok.. let’s see the calculation first. “How many days do we have to work in a year”.

According to the 2008 calendar data:
Average working hour : 8 hours
National holidays : 15 days
Saturday – Sunday : 114 days
Total Days in a year : 366 days

Now, based on that data, let’s calculate how many working days in a year. We are working in the average of 10 hours a days. If in one day we have 24 hours then:

Total Working Days in a Year = (10/24) hours x 366 days
= 152.5 days
= 153 days

Yes, we get 153 days, it’s a lot, but, 153 is the result of full 7 days working (Monday to Sunday)! So the next question would be… do we really work in full 7 days a week? Or maybe… are you one of the persons that have a full 7 working days? I believe even the labor surely have holiday, at least one day in a week or in a month. And I believe, if you have the ability and the facility to read this post, you’re not included in the list of people who work 7 days a week. He he … Most of you would have Saturday and Sunday holiday (or Sunday only). Well guys, we should be thankful for this. And also, we should work at our best. The reason is really simple. Let’s see the data again. Total of Saturday-Sunday in a year 2008 is 114 days. So now you’ll have:

Total Working Hours in a Year = 153 – 114 = 39 days only!

Cool. Fantastic, so actually, we never work more then two months a year! May I know how much is the total of your salary in a year (he he). Hey… don’t forget to deduct the total working hours in a year with the total of National Holidays in a year. the number is 15 days. And also… I don’t know what it is in English, but Indonesian said that it is Harpitnas (Hari Kejepit Nasional). Maybe I can say it the extension of National Holiday. For Example, if there is a National Holiday at Thursday, usually Friday would be Holiday also. he he.

Total Working Hours in a Year = 39- 15 (plus plus) = 24 (min min) days only!

Also, you should include your day off facility (if you have that facility and use it). Gosh. Our total working days in a year are not even a month!

Well, then, lets see my two reasons. First, about gratitude. How much we really appreciate this God gift. Man, less then one month work. How will you fill the rest of the days. How would you color the rest of the days? What would you do?

The second reason. Yes, based on the calculation, we only work only for 24 days. But, if we work regularly, at the office, in Jakarta… whooaa… we should recalculate it again. Start from the working hour, it would not be 10 hours a day (because we have additional hours when we’re in transportation mode, and traffic jam, he he). And I think, this is the reason of why most people always complain. That additional working hours is distributed to all working days. So, its a kind of… wasting time.

About freelancer. Yes, it is my choice. It is actually a type of work that most people don’t like. But now, I really love it. Why, because I can manage my self in a running tick of time. I can not manage the time and I don’t have the ability to do it. It is tough, but fun and challenging. And guys, what motivate my the most is, I’ve already talked to some of the freelancer, some of them really can do work for 2 months, and have holidays or do self development for the rest of the month!

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IT Engineer and Psychologist as A Family

Posted by bfindarto on August 14, 2008

I just have thought in my mind. Yesterday night, I had fun conversation with my wife. Its about similarity. When we talked about us, and also some friends of us, and also some other people, we realize that, some couples, and already married couples have same educational background. The husband is an IT guy, and the wife is a psychologist, or vice versa.

As the conversation continued, we made assumptions. One of the those is, maybe, because, IT guy can understand machines “better”, and the psychologist understand people “better”. And, IT guy can communicate with machines “better”, psychologist can communicate “better” with people. wallaa..

So, we laughed, and we talked about… When my wife saw me, she was so impressed when she found out that I can do things with devices, “fixed” them, do improvement to them, produce something, and also (maybe) earn big money. ting ting ting… and also, When I saw my wife, I was impressed also when I found out that she can do things with people, “fixed” them, do improvement to them, produce something, and also (again, maybe) earn big money.

Then… we talked about what happens in our marriage. We do have fights, specially at our first year. And by time, we realize that.. sometimes, I communicate with her as I do with computers, and she sometimes she treat machines as people.

When I was expecting something from her, I just thought, “if this then that, else, this, else that”. But the fact is… She did something that I can say “other else”. The action that I didn’t have in my if..else statement. That’s people. bwua ha ha ha ha… I was so stressed. Then we fought. Sometimes I asked about the same thing, people cases, she kept on telling me that people are different. .When she was working with machines/computers, she just hope that if she wants something to happen, or when she wants to have result from computers, she can’t just tell the computer and get the result. We need to enter commands, understand the algorithm, setups, bla bla bla… that’s computers. She was so stressed, so, she always ask me how to, how to, how to. Then we fought. Sometimes she ask me about the same thing, I just so stressed that why can’t she remember the steps or the solutions.

As the conversation continues, we keep on smiling and laughing.

A long with time, we learn a lot of things. I start to learn about how to communicate with people, and my wife start to enhance her skills in using electronic devices. So, I start to learn and understand about our children, talk to them with people language,”bahasa kasih” (not binary, or c#, he he). My wife help me a lot on my communication in my training sessions, about how to understand people. And my wife, is leaving her “gaptek” era… he he.. She can do blogs, facebook, scientific calculations in excel and even start to learn graphics design and use sophisticated gadget, pfuiiff, nice.

Again, gratitude is the key of success. I want to thanks Allah SWT, for giving me challenge so I can think of solutions or something to manage and grow, and also for giving me such a nice family so I can learn a lot of things. I also want to thanks to my wife and my children so I can have lots of energy to face this life (Once.. I was so so “down”, and the family are always right beside me).

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Key of Success: Gratitude

Posted by bfindarto on August 7, 2008

As I learn from my colleague, Jason Goh, that the key of success is gratitude, I found something about it and share it here. Gratitude really give me more energy and ideas. Thanks to Mr. Jason, I learn a lot from you, even from only one to five minutes conversation time.

So, here it is:

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times,
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are,
Also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
And they can become your blessings.

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