Make every day count by ditching your to-do lists

Ditching to-do lists for daily goals and intentions is one of the best things I’ve done for my productivity.

For years, I operated with a to-do list. Each day, a new series of tasks would pile up. As my responsibilities at work grew, so did my to-do list.

At its peak, I had three pages covered in tasks that I needed to do. It didn’t take long for the stress of drowning in tasks to overwhelm me.

When everything started to fall apart and I could no longer keep up with my never ending list of things to do, I decided to drastically change the way I worked. I switched from a daily to-do list to a daily goals and intentions system.

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A life lesson learnt from failing my first driving test

he real reason why I failed my restricted driving test did not really sink in until at least three to four years later.

My mother had made me plan a good six months in advanced for the test. She made me go out with my dad at 5am in the morning, every morning, to run through the possible routes the test could go.

In short, by the end of the 6 months, I knew every curve, swerve and corner except one.

My parents are what you can describe as overly conservative, plan ahead enthusiasts. My mother does not do well in situations that requires spontaneity, creative thinking and on-the-fly decision making. Everything had to be researched and thought through, right down to the minute details.

Growing up, I had become accustomed to their over protective ways. Little did they know that they stunted my preparation for the real world.

The one road my dad refused to take me down became the one road the driving instructor decided I should get tested on.

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Learn to love your Mondays for a better week

If you dread your Mondays, then you’re doing it wrong. Personally, I live for Mondays. It’s the Wednesdays and Thursdays I dread.

When I was younger, I never really understood the collective hate for Mondays. The other kids hated Mondays because it meant they’re back at school. The adults hated Mondays because it meant they’re back to work while the Internet showed their hate of Mondays with memes.

Wednesdays and Thursdays are my dreaded days because it meant that the end of the week is near. There is still so much to dream, to do and to achieve.

What I found different from my experience of Mondays from those who hate them is that I see Mondays as a chance to start and continue the things I want to do and love.

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A letter to myself — 10 things I wished someone told me

Dear me,

Yes. I’m talking to you — miss never feeling right or quite fitting in. If time travel somehow became a reality and you managed to get this letter, here are 10 things that you ought to read.

I know this because growing up, you never really had these advice and when they did come, it was a little tad later than it should have been. So listen up, younger me, I’ve got important things to tell you.

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I deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone and this is what happened

It’s been two weeks since I’ve deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone.

I could have deleted the two addictive, dopamine inducing apps from my life completely by deleting my accounts but I didn’t — purely because I still want to keep in contact with certain people through the apps and I still use it for work.

No. Deleting my accounts would be too extreme, like a smoker deciding to go cold turkey. Besides, Facebook and Instagram have become spaces where a copy of all my important photos live.

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The Postpartum Mind

The postpartum mind. It is such a strange thing.

Within a breath of a moment, you become a mother and the events leading up to the grand dramatic entrance becomes a distant blur as time works her magic eraser.

And suddenly you are left with a little human in your arms — helpless, hungry and searching for food. It’s like watching a documentary, except it’s happening to you. This is your baby.

Two possible things can happen when your baby is born. You are either flooded with emotions of love and adoration of the little creature nested in your arms, their cheeks rested against your skin as they cling onto the sound of your beating heart.

Or you feel nothing.

The dreaded deep nothing.

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Do this one thing to be successful at anything you want

Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or a purpose. We all have goals in life that we want to achieve. However, many stay as lofty dreams as we put of doing the things we need to do to get to where we want to be.

The secret to who and what we are today is consistency.

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The truth behind 1000 thread counts

Buying bed sheets is one of those things we all do at some point in our lives. If they are not brought for us, we rock on down to the bedding section ourselves.

The price of bed sheets can vary – from $15 to a ridiculous $859 (the highest I’ve seen). For something so simple, it can also be a complicated task. The fact that a giant sheet of cloth can cost almost a grand and possibly more still amazes my brain and got me thinking — what is it that justifies such a price? Are the threads made out of gold? Is the entire sheet hand woven on a loom? Is it some special organic, fair trade cotton made with specialized NASA backed research breakthrough?

On closer inspection it was none of those things. Rather, it was this thing called ‘thread count’.

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How consuming only 1 cup of coffee a day changed me

Coffee is the magical dark liquid that a majority of the population lives and run on. For some, coffee is life’s necessity and without it, withdrawal symptoms can wreck havoc on their lives.

Whilst pregnant with my daughter, I gave up coffee altogether. It was a cold turkey kind of cut off that turned me into a grouchy zombie for a good two weeks.

Is coffee safe to drink whilst pregnant? Most likely. Would I be able to keep within the recommended maximum 200mg of caffeine? Unlikely.

I’m the kind of person that needed to have a cup every other hour. It was an unconscious addiction that also gave me an excuse to go to the office’s kitchen and take a 5 minute break. Working in IT also meant that there’s a culture and expectation for coffee consumption.

For a good 7 months, I didn’t drink coffee.

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5 achievable things you can do to read more books in a year

Back in high school, right after lunch and during form class check-ins, we were forced to read at least 10 minutes every day. It was a school wide policy to lift comprehension and literacy skills. Everyone had to do it. At precisely 1:30pm, the school would be completely silent as everyone — teachers included — did their daily minimum of 10 minutes.

It would take approximately 2–3 weeks to finish a book as a result of those minimum ten minutes. In a school term, everyone would have read at least 4 to 7 books. That’s 16 to 28 books in a year.

10 minutes doesn’t sound like much and it isn’t. And it was in those 10 minutes each day that introduced me to novels and worlds, ideas and stories that helped shape my mind.

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