Friday, 21 July 2017

Mid-year 2017 Update

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

Systems / Goals
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

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.

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