A guy who was born in Canada, grew up in Indonesia, went to high school in Australia, spent half a year in Hawaii, and ended up back in Canada.
This is my story...
DR's Corner
Thursday, March 10, 2005

Tax time

Hey everyone, it's tax time again. Just a friendly reminder that if you haven't done your income tax return, you should do it now. There are a few Canadian tax packages that allow you to file your income tax with Netfile, some of them are free for those with income lower than a certain amount. You can find out what these are at the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency website.

I used to file my income tax through Telefile, after doing the calculations manually, but this year decided to try out e-filing. Tried out a couple of tax packages (UFile, TaxTron, Taxman), and went with TaxTron since it allowed me to file coupled returns (ie. spousal returns are linked) for free. I also found UFile online to be very easy to use, but unfortunately my income was above its threshold for free use.

Working 'in the zone'

You've probably heard the term 'in the zone' in relation to professional athletes. When they're playing at the best of their abilities, and nothing they do seems wrong. A good example of this: NBA players when they are shooting the lights out and no matter how they shoot the ball, it just seems to go in. That's 'in the zone'

Well, apparently you can be 'in the zone' at work too. I've experienced this the last 2 or 3 weeks. Understand that I work best when there's a challenge to be solved, and deadlines to be caught. This was the case the last few weeks; I was working on a project that had a deadline not too far away and was quite interesting for me.

Once I got into developing the application, it just seemed that I was so focused and determined to get this done, that for the last 2 weeks, I hardly took breaks during daytime, sans time to eat. I didn't bother surfing the net like I used too when there wasn't tight schedules, didn't email too much with buddies, and in general was 'in the zone' at all times. I even looked forward to coming to work everyday (even Mondays!!!) and regretted it sometimes when I had to leave at 4 because I was so in to what I was doing. Now this was something different from me, because normally I can't wait to go home and absolutely get bummed out over coming to work on Mondays. The challenge of a project that was going to be of use in a production environment just seemed like an accomplishment to me, and it just brought out that fire in me.

I guess what I'm saying is that in everything we do or are faced with, if there's a sense of purpose and challenge to it, by default we are created to rise up to the challenge and get it done. A purpose, be it in life or work or play, will bring out the best in us.

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