#last90days: Turning chore to habit

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Growing up, I felt that there were so many hours in the day. I could go to school, spend time with friends (either in person, online over MSN Messenger (who remembers those days?) or just chatting over the phone), attend extra classes (piano, tuition, dance classes) and still have time do to things I enjoyed such as reading and blogging. When I really looked at the difference in hours between those days in school and now, in actuality, because I had such long school hours (school would officially end about 4ish, I often stayed back for extra-curriculars till 6 and I lived about 30-40 minutes away from school), the real difference in hours between work and school is not as much as I thought it was.

Then I started reevaluating how I spend my time now and surprise surprise, a large chunk of it was spent aimlessly scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, watching YouTube videos and binge-watching Netflix shows. When I was growing up, I didn't have these and instead, read plenty of books, wrote on my blog, chatted with my parents and well, spent a copious amount of time on Neopets, but let's just call that socialisation. I know you know that I'm not saying these modern forms of entertainment are bad or are a waste of time. Instagram and Facebook allow us to connect without individual chat screens on MSN and absorbing content through YouTube and Netflix are equally valid learning opportunities when contrasted with books.

What I did realise however, is that my goals did not align with what I was consuming. I started the year wanting to read more, but what I had in mind was books not social media feeds. I wanted to write more, and by that, I meant writing on this space or working on some stories, but instead, I found myself wiling time away writing comments (without words btw, just emojis!) because it was easy. I would scroll through Instagram, see a cute outfit on my friend that I've been wanting to catch up with, and instead of genuinely trying to spark conversation, I'd send heart-eyed emojis. It's easy. And lazy.

So maybe taking the dedicated time to improve myself over the last 90 days of the year will be the right kick to get me being as productive, efficient and deliberate with my actions as can be!

Today I’m grateful for:

  1. Time to go to the gym in the day. Squeezed in a teeny-tiny run of 1.5km.
  2. A friend who graced my ears with her lovely singing voice. She’s joining a singing competition and I have the privilege of hearing her practice!
  3. Another friend who helps me buy things from Taobao and tells me all about her cute purchases.
  4. Being able to go to work early this morning, yet feeling like the day flew by.
  5. Easy-to-work-with clients who speak with a smile on their face. I don’t actually see them face-to-face but it’s so easy to hear smiles and I had two smiley clients today!
  6. Being greeted by our dog at the door when I came home from work.
  7. Having an inspiring conversation with my father at the dinner table.
  8. Having my boyfriend tell me he’ll be my buddy for #last90days!
  9. Finally completing a task I was given in August for my dad’s company.
  10. My mom, who’s been not feeling well for the past few weeks, is starting to recover!


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