I am a freelancer and entrepreneur who is task-oriented, pay attention to details and a team-worker. I'm also an avid investor in small ideas, keen reader and social activist who is enthusiastic in finding new opportunities by combining creative and analytical skills. I'm also a strategist who is systematic in approaching challenges. I grew up around farming communities, urban townships, mining towns and city metropolis within the various provinces in South Africa. This exposure lead me to be interested in human interaction and to appreciate what the human mind is capable of achieving. Through my vast interaction with different people, I managed to increasing my personal network. It became clear at an early stage of my life with the ability to spot opportunities which made me by nature, to become a social enterprenuer.....
As an individual with a positive outlook towards my challenges, I've embarked on the most interesting journeys in my life which I intend on documenting. These are the glimpse of my trials and tribulations because I believe that: "You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are...".. I was once told that: "If you don't have enough money then you haven't helped enough people yet". The road to riches is paved with acquisition of specific knowledge.
“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Executive Director | Dihlakanyane Trading (Pty) Ltd. t/a Instructor Labs
Tshwane, South Africa | February 2012 - April 2016
Director of Operations | Dithokeng Cleaning Services cc
Tshwane, South Africa | August 2006 - December 2007
Managing Director | Keyamo Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd. t/a Keyamo Technologies
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2003 - November 2016
Design Draughtsman | Mamphake Office Supplies cc t/a Mamphake Designs
Rayton, South Africa | July 1999 - February 2017
Planning Consultant | Mamphake Mabule Inc. t/a Documan Consulting
Rayton, South Africa | 2012 - present
Monday, September 12, 2016
Managing Interruptions | Entrepreneurs
Well, For me managing interruptions wasn’t as easy as closing my office door because I work everywhere or telling my co-workers well in advance to come some other time. (I gained a bit of a reputation for giving my death stare or not answering the phone when I was too busy to chat—let’s just say, not the best approach.) During my study break, I've learned that there are some simple and effective ways to refocus after interruptions or, even better, how to prevent them in the first place: 1) Let’s revisit my closed door scenario or death stare scenario: How will my colleagues know when I'm eating lunch versus finishing a grant application before a major deadline? Answer: I will tell them in future. In my working environment, I now will be resorting to sending around emails, sms or whatsapp messages that says, “I’m on deadline for this period of time—please only reach out via messages with items that are urgent.” I will clue in a few key people and that way they’ll be less likely to disturb me and can also help pass on the message to those headed my way. 2) I will also be taking advantage of customizable technology and setting up messages to let my colleagues know when I’ll be unavailable. For instance, I've also resorted to changing my Out of Office response to say that I’ll respond to emails on this date or time. I will be blocking out time on my Outlook or google calendar as “Unavailable—Name of Project or Assignment” so well-meaning colleagues won’t choose that time to stop by for a chat. Non-urgent messages will sit in my voicemail for a few hours or days, and if someone needs me, they’ll come find me while I'm on route. 3) Get use to my 'Go-To Phrase' when you approach and I say to you: “I’m in the middle of something right now—can I check back with you later?” or “I’m swamped right now, can you send me a meeting request?” This way, I will know that following up is on my to-do list , but that now’s not a good time. Of course, while I learned to minimize interruptions, I won’t always avoid them altogether, particularly when a time-sensitive issue arises. So how to quickly get back on track? 4) When interuptions of an urgent nature occurs, I will try to pause for 20 seconds and jot down a handful of key words so I won’t lose my ideas altogether. I find it’s helpful to include arrows of how my ideas connect or using any other symbols to jog my memory. It doesn’t have to look pretty or make sense to anyone else—all that matters is that I can piece together my thoughts when I get back down to work. One of the most frustrating things about being disturbed when I'm writing, or designing or planning is feeling like I had a rhythm and now I’ve lost it. Instead of expecting myself to pick up where I left off. I now set aside a few minutes to go back and re-read the last few paragraphs I’ve written for instance. Using this time to make mental notes of what I was thinking or where I was going next and let them guide me back on track. Unfortunately, interruptions happen, so it's how I deal with them that matters. Therefore lets be proactive and have some smart strategies to get back on track, and together we can be more productive my friends....