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Being Efficient Means Prioritizing Value

Brandon's Bulletin
Hello everyone 👋
Oops this is late…buuuuut anyways: Happy May! It’s been a little bit of downer week, with lots of rain and clouds welcoming in the summer. Anyways, it’s good to have a little bit more time to focus on my priorities and get ready for summer!
This Week’s Work ⚡️
  • Preparing for research — Read several papers about antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity in preparation for my summer project!
  • Filmed 4 Videos — Lots of good work put together on YouTube this week. My goal is to put out two videos weekly (Monday & Friday @ 4pm EST)
Next Week’s Goals 🎯
  • Figure out the experiments for my project — Gonna be reading over lots of papers and evaluating several assays to figure how which ones would be the best to run for my project this summer
  • Get back to my “work schedule” — After giving myself a lighter workload next week, I gotta get back to my early mornings and focused work throughout the day. Hopefully putting it out here will help me stay accountable hehe
Value Driven 🎧
I honestly thought that with the end of my exams on Apr 22, I would have a little bit more time. But, it feels like I’ve been (i) trying to plan out my entire summer, (ii) reorganizing my life and the things going on in it, and (iii) catching up on all of the things I’ve meant to do over the semester (ie. taking Coursera immunology courses). Hence, my “first week” of summer, despite the lighter workload, wasn’t the most efficient week.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I eat, sleep, breathe efficiency. I just believe that there are just too many cool and impactful things that you can do, that without being efficient with your time, you’re never going to have the chance to do everything. I see it first-hand with people who just try to pile on too much — it almost always never gets to work out.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and what I’ve always come back to was: sacrificing for value.
At the end of the day, everything we do gives or takes value. It can be a transactional sale of a tangible item, or interpersonal engagements in a community that help you grow.
Optimize for value — how can you best get more of your message across with less?
That’s been something that I’ve been working on and trying to figure out. We all have stories to tell, tasks to accomplish, etc. Mind you, value doesn’t have to always be intellectual or tangible things. It could be having a laugh with someone or helping them choose out a future pet.
I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on this, but just wanted to put out this thought: sacrifices are inevitable when selecting for value. We’ll pick this up next week :)
Cool Bio this Week 🦠
🥊 Antibody-Dependent Cellular Cytotoxicity (ADCC)— Basically an immune mechanism through which Fc-receptor-bearing effector cells can kill target cells that have surface antigens complexed with antibodies. Three mechanisms of killing (if you’re interested) — (i) perforin/granzyme cell death or granule-exocytosis pathway, (ii) 1)     FAS-ligand (FAS-L) pathway, & (iii) reactive oxygen intermediates/reactive oxygen species (ROI/ROS) or oxidative burst pathway. Read the review if interested!
Vaccine Hunters Canada
[ON] 18+ in all HOTSPOT POSTALS will be eligible TMRW May 3 @ 8:00 a.m. to book @ a mass immunization clinic through provincial system OR directly through PHUs. Read the full press release: #COVID19 #COVID19Vaccine #COVID19ON #vhcON
Quote of the Week 💭
“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.” — Peter F. Drucker
Video of the Week 🎥
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Brandon Yu
Brandon Yu @brandonoliveryu

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