How to spend your time productively this National Day holidayBy Kenneth OhAug 06, 2015
This year, the Singapore government issued a one-off additional Public Holiday in celebration of 50 years of independence. The long 4-day break will serve as an opportune time to catch up on various aspects of your life. Don’t know where to begin? Here’s what you can do:
- Clear your clutter! Whether it’s physical or emotional clutter, re-organizing your wardrobe, sorting through your mail or finally getting into contact with an old friend will definitely help you move along for the rest of the year with greater clarity. Don’t forget to donate your unused household items to a charity organization like the Salvation Army…but make sure that these items are clean and still functional! Who knows, you may be donating that pile of toys hidden in a luggage somewhere to someone who would appreciate it a lot more.
- Read the book that’s been sitting on your shelf for the past month/year/decade. Some of us are serial hoarders when it comes to books, especially after splurging on bargain bin sales. However, we seldom finish them off before buying new ones again. If you don’t have an unread book, consider purchasing one which can provide new insights into your industry, or read general resource books on finance, for example.
- Plan a family excursion. Whether it’s a visit to the beach, park or a hidden corner of the island for the more adventurous among us, taking some time off to visit the outdoors with your loved ones will help you reconnect with not only those you care about but also the environment. Moreover, it will help the majority of Singaporeans who are sedentary to get out of the office for that bit of exercise, and maybe rediscover their passion for physical activities once more.
- Write in your journal. Take the time to write an entry in your journal to reflect on your life and what you have done in the year so far. Have you advanced any of your skills at work or in your hobbies? Were there any setbacks you faced that you could learn from in order to manage them if they surfaced again in the future? Did you try anything new that you’ve not done before recently? If you’re not in the habit of keeping a diary, at least consider writing a new entry every few months to gain some perspective on your life.
- Revise your finances. Even though tax season is over, checking for monetary leaks in your life could give you a clearer idea of why you may be living from paycheck to paycheck, or why you don’t seem to have enough funds for investing, unlike your peers. For instance, check whether you’ve paid all your bills so far this year, and whether you consistently pay them on time. Are you wasting money on overdue fines? Also, think back on your spending habits and ask yourself whether you spend unnecessarily, especially on small-ticket items that we are most careless about. Do you really need that Starbucks latte every week?
- Most importantly, remember to spend time with yourself — whether you’re a mother, husband or daughter-in-law, take a break from your role for a day and just enjoy being alone once in a while. Learning to appreciate yourself and all the effort you’ve put in for the year may seem like a foreign concept, but doing so with a little introspection will help boost your self-esteem and remind you of the reasons why you’re working so hard in the first place!
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