Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Some Things Can Be Delayed Some Not

Some things can be delayed, sweeping and mopping the floor can be delayed. Because if you decrease the frequency of some chores, the amount of work is still the same. If I don't make up my bed today, it's still the same amount of work tomorrow. So decreasing the frequency actually lessens the amount of work.

However some things cannot be delayed. Not doing your accounts, not doing your homework. Delaying some things only causes it to pile up. As compared to sweeping and mopping the floor or making your bed, doing the dishes is a chore that cannot be delayed. The faster it is done, the less of a burden it becomes, not just physically but also mentally. Having too many things on your to-do list burdens your thoughts with things like "I must do this, do that", leaving you with less peace.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Pile of Receipts

Doing accounts is really a pain, but I've realized that we have to do our accounts to keep track of our financial status. Doing so helps us to view our spending habits, and as well to budget our finances to achieve our goals.

It's easy to at least keep your receipts each day and spend 15 minutes updating your financial software like Microsoft Money or Quicken than to wait for a week or longer.

Trying to enter it all in once a month is just too much. Even after 3 days, we can tend to forget what sort of things we paid for, a burger here, a snack there. If we don't get a receipt, quickly jot it down on the back of another receipt or of a scrap of paper.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Xiaxue versus Dawn Yang

There is a currently a feud in the Singapore blogosphere between the two biggest bloggers.

Wendy Cheng a.k.a. Xiaxue (http://xiaxue.blogspot.com) versus Dawn Yang (http://www.dawnyang.com).

Without taking sides, my observation is that the problem of being a blogger or more generally a public figure, whether on TV or the Internet is that you can be trapped into the persona that you have created.

Xiaxue is trapped in the persona of the bitchy, critical, angsty and immature teen/twenty something person that she is. That's what readers of her blog go there to read. People don't go to her blog to read about musings on the purpose of life and how to make the world a better place.

You can argue that she isn't trapped but she is merely just being herself. That what you read is her. But blogs being blogs, they are also what we want to project to the public, the image we create for ourselves, whether it is of a happy go lucky person or the manic depressive.

Being a blogger means we are revealing our thoughts and feelings towards the world. and we take a risk when we do that. Blogging gives us the opportunity to voice ourselves in this manic world, to express ourselves. But what happens when we write something that is immature or foolish or just plain wrong?

I think that there are some things that we should keep to ourselves. Even God keeps secrets from us. There's no need to tell everyone how we feel about someone else. Bitching about someone online reflects more on the character of the bitcher than the bitchee.

We often don't realize that in cyberspace our thoughts and views are there for the whole world to see including potential employers, business partners, friends and family.

There are some posts here on my blog that when I think of it reflects something of me 3-4 years ago that was different. And I thought of removing those posts.

However, for me, I'll leave them there for now. Because I want to use my blog more of a record of how I have changed through the years. I want my blog to have the theme of self-development, that we all undergo change, that when we look back at our entries we will see how we have matured, how some of our goals and feelings and thoughts were immature. Yet also there is treasure in reading back some of our decisions and insights that have changed the course of our lives. I am both ashamed, embarassed and amazed reading some of my personal journal entries.