Thursday, 5 October 2017

Third Quarter Update for 2017


Update No. 3 for 2017… my progress so far…

Priorities
Systems / Goals
Evaluation
No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health
Meditate daily
Meditating only about 1-2 times a week. Looking forward to up the frequency to about 2-3 times a week going forward.

Started a daily intentions written journal but only managed to follow through for about a week. Hope to get back on track.

Practise yoga daily
Practising yoga about 3 times a week. Lesser than before because I picked up a new sport which has robbed some time from my yoga practice. Overall, I’m pretty happy with my thrice-weekly yoga practice sessions.

Find meaning in life
I find myself subscribing to epicureanism, seeking to maximise happiness and tranquility and minimise pain. The philosophy is serving me well, and I think I’m doing well (or maybe too well) at optimising the important aspects of my life, such that there’s nothing significant left to be done.

Somehow, it all feels so hollow when most parts of my life are optimised and all that I have to do is play the waiting game until I reach my financial targets (so that I can eliminate the pain of full-time employment for good).

I’m happy but feel somewhat empty. Something is obviously missing. But I don’t know what…

No. 2: Physical Health
Get enough sleep (at least 7 hours a day)
Still getting around 7 hours of sleep per day.

Ideally, I will have at least 8 hours of sleep. Should work on this.

Eat healthily
Gave up on meal-prepping after I was hit by a bout of stomach flu… I suspect it was due to food that had gone bad after having been kept for a couple of days.

Pretty happy with my diet. I’ve been on the low carb diet. Decided that a no-carb diet was too difficult so I adopted the low-carb diet as a compromise.

I still have not tried out fasting. I must really try it once (a full 24h fast) by the end of this year.

Be active everyday
Picked up a new sport recently which involves thrice-weekly intensive training sessions. Body is feeling increasingly fit and BMI is hovering between 20 to 20.5.

I target to decrease BMI hover range to 19.5 to 20 by the end of the year.

Go for a suitable full-body health screening
Went to consult my family doctor about this. Also did some basic health tests there.

She recommended the  types of health screening I could do, but her opinion is that health screening is usually not necessary for those under the age of 30. She recommends that I start going for bi-annual full-body health screenings from age 30 onwards.

No. 3: Relationships
Spend quality time with loved ones
Happy with my relationships with loved ones. Nothing I want to change in this regard. 

No. 4: Career
Stay employed for most parts of the year
Still employed but will be changing jobs soon.

Find a higher-paying job with equally little stress and decent work-life balance
I secured a new job at a new organisation. Higher pay… slightly closer to home…

Will update when I start work. (It will be a challenge to keep an open mind and find some enjoyment in my new job, given my negative attitude towards work... but I shall try.)

No. 5: Finances
Invest at least S$30k in equities by year-end

On track.
Increase liquid networth by S$60k by year-end
On track (so long as I continue to be employed).

No. 6: Authenticity
Be more authentic (online and when interacting with others in real life)

A work in progress. 

Reached out and opened up to a local personal finance blogger recently and our correspondence has been very insightful, to say the least. 



Friday, 21 July 2017

Mid-year 2017 Update

How time waits for no man... my progress so far…

Priorities
Systems / Goals
Evaluation
No. 1: Mental and Spiritual Health
Meditate daily
I meditate about 2-3 times per week. Really enjoying this. But I think, going forward, I should make this a daily practice and should also try to set intentions for my meditation practice. Also thinking of starting a daily journalling habit. One step at a time… of course.

Practise yoga daily
I practise yoga about 3-4 times per week. Been mixing in more intense sessions – at least one intense session per week. Wish I have time for yoga every day.

Find meaning in life
Making some progress in this regard. Recently discovered the philosophy of epicureanism. Really resonates with me, and helps me not to fear God and death. Looking to further my knowledge in this regard.

No. 2: Physical Health
Get enough sleep (at least 7 hours a day)
Been getting around 7 hours of sleep per day. Ideally, I will have at least 8 hours of sleep. 

Eat healthily
Really proud in this regard. Been meal prepping – eating a lot healthier and saving a lot more money. Spending lunch time either meditating or exercising.

Still haven’t overcome fear of fasting. HAVE TO OVERCOME THIS BY END OF YEAR.

I am looking to transition into a lower-carb diet also and intermittent fasting...

Be active everyday
While I now do light lunchtime workouts, I really feel that I’ve not been exercising as much. By the time I get home from work, I’m spent and it takes too much willpower and time to exercise. Realistically, the most suitable and beneficial time for me to squeeze in workouts on weekdays is in the morning… but I can’t seem to wake up early enough to do it. Really got to figure out how to make this a habit!

Go for a suitable full-body health screening

UGH, NO EXCUSE.
No. 3: Relationships
Spend quality time with loved ones

No. 4: Career
Stay employed for most parts of the year
Really don’t know how I’m still employed… maybe being laid off will give me the much-needed kick in the bottom.

Find a higher-paying job with equally little stress and decent work-life balance
Non-actively looking. I should really step up my game, but truth is I really need to muster some motivation first. It really all does start with the mind.

Recently, I’ve been leaning towards gamifying my career. With my FU stash growing, I feel increasingly emboldened. The idea of approaching my career as a game, as a sandbox for testing out beliefs, as an improvisation theatre, sounds appealing and almost fun…  But I need to get my FU stash to a level where I can do so without fear of consequences…

No. 5: Finances
Invest at least S$30k in equities by year-end
 On track
Increase liquid networth (LNW) by S$60k by year-end
 On track (so long as I continue to be employed)
No. 6: Authenticity
Be more authentic (online and when interacting with others in real life)
 Pleased with baby steps taken so far. I have equated authenticity with courage, and I am slowly but surely inching towards not caring what people think. I’ve taken the view that life is too short for me to fritter precious life energy doing things I don’t want to do or spend time with people I don’t like.

E.g. When friends/colleagues invite me to their banquet weddings, baby showers and what-not, I just decline politely and I don’t even feel bad about it anymore.