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May has been stressful and difficult. Trying to balance work, sleep, chores and my social life is a lot to handle. How do people do it? Time is going by so fast. I don’t even have time to stop, breathe and gather my thoughts (which is what I’m currently trying to do).

Work

Work has been hectic lately. I am a strict believer in work-life balance. I already spend more than half of my waking hours at work, so I’m not going to devote the rest of my precious time doing unpaid work. Despite my policy of not working after hours, I’ve been doing that since last month. 🙃 There’s just so much to do and having an incompetent colleague doesn’t really help either. Office politics are also getting to me – I just do not have the energy to deal. 🙅🏻‍♀️ On the bright side, I’m going to Canada for two weeks soon, so I can’t wait for a well-deserved break!

Sleep

Sleep is something I’m not getting enough of this month. I’ll admit, some of my “me time” is cutting into my sleep. Netflix, YouTube, writing bubble tea reviews and bullet journaling. These are things I enjoy doing and they help me unwind before going to bed. It’s just sad that I have to sacrifice my sleep for it. 😢 I wish I was one of those people that can get by with 5-6 hours of sleep, which is what I’m getting now, but I just can’t. I need 8 hours to function at my best. It’s this never-ending vicious cycle because less sleep → lose focus → do work slower → not enough time → sacrifice sleep… I’ve been drinking and craving coffee at work and it’s just NOT ME!!

Chores

Chores just keep piling up. Laundry is THE ENEMY. When does it ever stop? Then there’s cooking, which I don’t bother with anymore. Cooking is one thing, but there’s also getting the groceries, prepping, and doing the dishes. I really wish healthy food is more affordable and easily available in Malaysia. All this eating out is making me fat and bubble tea is my coping mechanism for dealing with stress. Don’t even get me started on household cleanliness. 💆🏻‍♀️

Exercise

Exercise is the least of my priorities, but it shouldn’t be. My gym membership is severely under-utilised. I would love to keep fit, but I just can’t bring myself to truly enjoy it when my energy levels are already so low. 😞 After a long day, all I want to do is just lie down and rest. I don’t know, maybe I just haven’t found the right kind of activity for me yet. Any suggestions?

My Social Life

My social life keeps me sane. I’m happy I’ve found a few different groups of people that I can hang with for different occasions. Whether it’s going for a food adventure, learning Japanese, drinking bubble tea, playing board games or having an honest, heart-to-heart talk, I make time for these things in my life because they spark joy.

I wouldn’t say my schedule is completely packed. There are pockets of time in between my day which I do use to scroll social media, text people and just go on my phone. These short periods of time are just not enough for me to work on other things that I want to do without sacrificing the quality of one of the things I listed above. (Actually, wish I could sacrifice work but money makes the world go round 😐)

I know life is all about making sacrifices and finding the right balance. I’m still figuring it out… I guess that’s just part of adulting.