5 things you should be doing!!

Such a click-baity title isn’t it? I should know.. cause I’ve read countless articles that have such headings hahaha

Oh well.. let me at least try to justify it alright?

Since young, I always wondered what I was missing out on. And you know what they all say..

You don’t know what you don’t know!

This favourite quote of mine can actually apply to so many things in life!

This was what exactly made me wonder what I could do then (starting as early as possible) to make the best use of my time, because unlike popular belief, money isn’t the most valuable thing we can have. Time is. Anything we do in life, requires time. Be it working, studying, learning a new skill, eating, going on holidays etc. We always run out of time. That’s why we often hear people around us saying “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have enough time for this..” etc. Time is precious, and it is the most important commodity everyone has.

Imagine that you had a bank account that at the beginning of every day got $86,400 put into it, but at the end of every day, that money disappeared.

Now imagine – you’d take that money out wouldn’t you, you’d take it out, spend it on yourself, you’d give the money to someone else, you’d take the money out and store it. You wouldn’t let this $86,400 disappear would you?

Well. You are given this bank account. Unfortunately it’s not money, but it’s time. Everyone in this room is given 86,400 seconds at the beginning of the day to do whatever they want with it. And at the end of the day you’re not given that time back so when you look at it like that that’s why I think it’s important to use the time we’ve got as positively and productively as possible.”

– Steven Sutton

Steven Sutton was just 15 when he discovered he had an incurable disease- Cancer. When he realized that it wasn’t going away anytime soon, he set out to do what many of us fail to do everyday. LIVE. But i’ll stick to my original post intention and not sidetrack, so if you would like to find out more, you can click here to read up more about him. (I highly recommend you do!! Extremely inspiring and thought-provoking)

Anyway, so here are my 5 things I believe everyone should be doing to reap maximal benefits in their lives!

  1. Making their beds in the morning when they first wake up. This simple, yet extremely effective habit was my first real habit that I tried when I first started my 40 days challenge and succeeded. This success gave me more and more confidence, which motivated me to just keep on doing even more crazier challenges. Read here to find out more benefits of why all of us should start our day which just a simple act of making our beds everyday. Don’t use that excuse that you don’t have enough time. We all do, and its a daily choice that you should consciously make. It’ll be worth it. TRUST ME. Where did I get all these inspiration from? TIM FERRIS of course! He’s been my favourite pod-caster. On his blog, you can find a link to his podcast explaining why he tries his best to do these 5 things within the first 60-90 minutes of his morning and if he manages to do at least 3 of these, he considers the morning won. Pretty cool huh?
  2. Spending just 3 minutes at the end of the day reflecting & evaluating how they’ve spent their time that day. It really doesn’t have to take long! Just stop and spend a few moments to ask yourself- e.g. Have what I done today, enabled me to be somewhat closer to achieving my life goals? Is there anything I should have done/should not have done? Would I change anything? If so, what is it and how would I have done instead?
  3. Exercising more. We all could do with more exercise. It doesn’t only have the physical benefits we all know about. There are so many other tremendous benefits such as having a MOOD UPLIFT, feeling better and more confident of ourselves, feeling more awake to go back for another round of study/work, being able to eat more.. 😉 yes.. this is a big one for y’all isn’t it? HAHAHA just remember though, no one, and I literally mean NO ONE, can out-train a bad diet in the long run. A couple days, weeks, months even maybe.. but not for long.
  4. Having a life plan. Not some vague idea of what they want to be, but something physically WRITTEN DOWN and SPECIFIC. There’s a difference. A VERY BIG ONE. Remember guys.. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. 
  5. Paying yourself first before you spend. So many of us live from paycheck to paycheck. We get all excited when we get our monthly pay, then before we realize, we’re out of cash and then have to wait for next month’s paycheck all over again.. What’s gonna happen when there’s an emergency? An accident maybe? I’m a strong believer in being self-sufficient. We shouldn’t have to rely on others to solve our problems. We shouldn’t have to rely on handouts. If you realize that your monthly salary is always disappearing way too fast and end up always wondering where its gone, you should try this trick. Set up an automatic payment system with your company/bank for your salary each time once it comes in to immediately deduct a fixed amount from it before you can even touch it. This way, you don’t have to rely on self-discipline to save. You don’t even see the money, yet it’s slowly growing.. and before long, you’d have some extra money for that down-payment, to cover that power bill you forgot to budget and take into account for, or to even invest.. But that will be a post and story for another time. Long story short, treat it as an extra taxation that Uncle Sam has implemented. Just that you get to decide what you wanna spend it on when it really comes down to it.

That’s it from me tonight guys, hope its been helpful and worth the click-baity title 😉

P.s. I’ve been thinking about dedicating this blog partly to writing some finance tips and advice that I’ve been learning online/from financial books/podcasts/people and good ol’ investopedia. Would love if you guys could let me know what you think!!

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

Kind regards

Paul Chong

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