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17th January 2017 / Musings / by Chia Sihan

5 Ways To A More Meaningful 2017

As the festive season winds down, we look back on the ways to make 2017 a rocking one.

Even if New Year resolutions are not your thing, research has shown that taking the time to sit down and actually put some thought to the process of coming up with one (or a few) will help to clarify your thoughts and hopefully make those resolutions stick, as this Psychology Today article by Constance Scharff suggests. Here are some to get you started. 

While it’s a no-brainer, life does get in the way of taking care of yourself. But how else will you be able to function at your best, if you’ve been looking after everyone else around you but yourself?

In 2017, instead of treating your body like a temple as advocated by fitness gurus, we recommend caring for yourself as if you were a small child – with lots of patience, TLC and maybe some tough love, if necessary. Listen to your body and know when you need to switch off from work, especially if you’re working from home without the 9-6 office boundary. Schedule pockets of timeout when you have space to hear yourself think without the hustle and bustle of daily routine, and just take a few deep breaths. You’ll be surprised at how much calmer you’ll feel after this small change is done. 

Do something each day that brings you closer to a loved one, whether it’s having a proper conversation at dinner about how each other’s day went (without gadgets lying around), or taking a post-dinner stroll to walk the dog at the same time. It’s during these small pockets of time that we get to give the gift of really listening to someone close without getting blindsided by life’s distractions. Whether it’s to vent out frustrations or broach sensitive questions, at least there is some privacy in the sharing and resentment gets dissipated.

With the prevalence of social media and chat apps, most of us are connected 24/7. With this blurring of our virtual and real lives , it’s even more important to consciously set aside actual face time with the people who matter in your lives. Setting some structure in tech usage, such as checking email once every hour during busy periods, or taking a self-imposed break from Facebook or Instagram over the weekend to enjoy a leisurely brunch with friends or family.

Everyone knows of someone who just seem to get the best jobs or promotions ahead of their social circles. While it’s true that talent and hard work plays a part, with so many free social media tools at your disposal, it would be a pity not to leverage on one or two. Seek out your network, whether they’re most active on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or an industry platform like TFCS, and who knows? Your experience and profile may attract you new opportunities that you wouldn’t have thought possible.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and the social media giant’s former marketing chief, Randi Zuckerberg, once mentioned in an interview about “the entrepreneur’s dilemma”, or the pursuit of the mythical work-life balance which could very well apply to just about anyone who’s doing their own thing. With the array of options available, thanks to new technologies being developed everyday, it may be tempting for ambitious types to think that it’s possible to do and have it all. Few realise that having it all does not mean everything has to happen at the same time. With the amount of time and resources available, it makes sense to prioritise and focus on a handful of essentials to avoid burning out and maintaining momentum. When you look back on a satisfying career, you will also want to celebrate the good relationships that have supported you through tough times and see you through your success. 

That’s it. Here’s to a roaring rest of 2017 ahead!

xx,

The Editor’s Journal

About the Writer

Chia Sihan

A story junkie by nature, this TFCS scribe thrives on uncovering the backstories of her interview subjects, whether they are heads of corporations or a working Mum caring for a child with a developmental disorder. She finds it a privilege to be privy to these personal experiences. Some of the publications she has written for include the Singapore Women’s Weekly, L’Officiel Singapore, and Harper’s Bazaar Junior. It is this genuine love for storytelling and collaboration that led her to kickstart her journey as a co-founder of The Fashion Collective Singapore. Now the chief storyteller at TFCS, she is particularly inspired by the personal journeys of TFCS Mentors, not to mention their dedication towards the refinement of their craft.

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