The story happened a few years ago it was October, the beginning of the work week or so I thought.  was surprised when I realize that I am at the end of the work week, have you ever had such experience where Sunday seems like it was, but my calendar showed me the reality. It really was the end of the work week, it really was Friday. In October the weather is usually very pleasant in Prague and I needed to get out of the office and take some break. I decided to go for a quick lunch and after that I would check all the small tasks I need to complete, and I would finish all of them after lunch.

The problem with being busy and having a lot to do.

The curious thing about having a lot of tasks is the more you do, the more they come back, multiplying like bees and there is never end. (hopefully not the same tasks, which will be terrible)

it’s not only in our professional life, in our private life we face a similar situation, tasks such as cleaning the apartment, reading a book, going out with friends, watching a movie and so on.

There is always another mountain to climb and another thing to do.

When I eat my quick lunch and it was time to move out from the restaurant, I remember a meeting I had with an entrepreneur. He shared with me one regret he always has in the past while building his business. According to him, if he could go back in time he would celebrate the small victories and enjoy more the moments of the day.

This revelation prompts me to explore my week and the work I had done so far. I moved forward with my dreams; I met amazing people, and I had completed important tasks at work.

This self reflection triggered an aha moment. I really deserve to celebrate this day and this week! In the restaurant menu, I saw a good selection of chocolate cakes. I looked at the picture of a delicious cheesecake and I knew how I would celebrate the end of this successful week.

For my readers, I encourage you to make the time today and celebrate what you had achieved so far. Even if you had achieved nothing that you consider significant, take the time and reword yourself with something that makes you happy.

I went to my table with a nice piece of delicious, sweet Oreo Cheesecake and I smile on my face. It was the best decision ever!

I wish you a happy Friday!

Aleks Vladimriov is a Senior Software Developer, recognized Project Manager and Soft-skilled trainer and a coach.

Aleks Vladimirov

Solution Engineering Manager at Thales | Senior IT Professional | Startup Mentor and Product Manager

Aleks is experienced Product Manager with an engineer background and over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He works with different governments and is responsible for negotiation features and requirements, understanding the customers’ needs and supporting the senior management with regular reports and analysis. He held various positions starting as a software developer, moving to a team leader and software architect.

He strives in waterfall and agile environment alike. He is certified Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner and he knows how to design business processes and help teams optimize their work.
During his tenure, he had to wear many hats, prioritizing business requirements, delegating work and mentoring team members, creating mockups with Balsamiq, providing MS Project plan to the senior management.

He had worked in many international teams, located in the same city or distributed in different countries and continents. He had been a team leader of cross functional international team of 8 people.

In his current position, he is very much client focused. He has excellent presentation skills.
He delivers training sessions on presentation skills and leadership and he had helped hundred of people to improve their presentation skills.

He is also interested in creating more positive changes in the workplace by using entrepreneurship skills.
He had won startup competition where his team had validated and develop a business idea from scratch.

In his free time, he writes in his blog about effective product development.

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