Being Too Busy is Dangerous - How to Identify it & Restore Your Health and Sanity.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You run into someone you haven't seen for a while and ask them how they are doing and they say, "I am sooooo busy." Or maybe someone asks you about how things are going and your knee-jerk response is to reply, "I'm really busy," maybe even with a bit of pride at how busy you are.
Let's face it, we are living in a very fast-paced world and especially in Singapore, most of the working adults usually work more than 40 hours per week. However, busyness also does not mean that you are getting all that is necessary done. Some of this busyness is self-imposed as many people take on added work and obligations voluntarily.
As from my personal experience, busy doesn’t adequately describe my life over the past few years. Looking back from my current safe vantage point, I’m not sure how I survived.
The Stress Of A Busy Schedule
In 2011, I was working full time for a company and working part time trying to start up my own business. In the year before, I had my third child - my only daughter, who turned out to be a non-sleeper and a constant crier.
After nine months of sleeplessness, stress, and upset I went back to the workforce ‘part time’, working three days a week, but the reality was I had the same workload, only now I had to sort out childcare as i am living by myself with no parent support and stay awake all night to deal with my daughter too.
Over the course of three years we also moved three times. You know how they say moving is the most stressful experience? It is—especially with two jobs, two school-going kids and a toddler.
On top of all this stress I kept getting ill. I will always wake up either lethargic or down with a terrible flu and would usually suffer from back pain. I cried literally all the time. Being a mum is hard, but I told myself “Get a grip,” every day.
The Wake Up Call
Then one of my aunt passed away at the young age of forty-nine.
She was always busy working and looking fabulous. She complained to her doctor about headaches sometimes and he sent her away with a “stress” diagnosis. The following week a call came through, she was brought to the emergency after suffering from chest pain and she passed on with heart failure.
I would love to start my very first blog entry by saying my thanks. The names i'm mentioning are the various people who have supported me in their very own unique and unsung ways. They have either contributed their listening ears, offer advises, provided me with various opportunities plus learnings and opened doors for me in every positive way possible. I am eternally grateful to all who have been very supportive, made my heart and soul soar while on the journey of discovering my purpose in life. Thank you Ravi, Catherine, Andrew, Shelley, Kirsten, Stephanie, Tinta, Suzieyana, Manisha, Rudy, Bryan, Jake, Ian, Ridzuwan, Vera, Adrina, Callum, Harasha, Shalina, Sam, Laurentia, Suria Affiza, Shalyn, Lok Yee, Nazeera, Irwan, Esther and Faizal. Thank you.
It has been a long while since i had the intention to set up a blog (but i have never had the courage to do it). On this 29th year, this very special month and in a notable leap year, i did a very deep self reflection. It was as if i was reborn - I find that it is about time that i share and voice out more than ever plus commit to the entries every week as i believe i have values to contribute and i have still lots to learn.
The courage that i have gotten to finally publish this blog was definitely not built overnight. It was ever since the rise from the lowest point of my life, my involvement in the realms of tech and embracing the entrepreneurial side of me for an interesting 5 years and still counting. Now, i can confidently share that i have finally found my niche and i am solely focusing on it with much stick-to-it-ness. I have went through my fair share of ups and downs in business. Hence, what i will be sharing in this site are more of what i have tried, implemented and definitely garnered positive results from. Surely there will be something that you may introduce into your own life and business too.
Personally, i do not deny that story does sell, however, i am more of a no fluffs kinda person. If you are one who would love to be immense in reading a long biography or a storynovella kind of sorts, then i am afraid that this might not be the site for you. But if you wish to read the real, raw (heck! i am aware that my grammar have its flaws most times) and an honest tip or two on entrepreneurship, productivity, getting healthier and staying sane... Welcome to my blog!
This site aims to bring you the direct, no bulls approach, into the understanding and implementation of the processes, systems and stuffs that works for your mind, your body and your business. No frills no gimmicks - which is also why I have included a gift tab where you can discover the various tools that i have utilized and experienced the most help in completing most of my to-dos effectively. Do explore the Toolkit page and try the solutions out yourself.
With that, i have reached the end of a short intro and the beginning of my blogging escapade with you. There is more to come and it will definitely be an awesome experience for both you and i. If you like to stick around and get updates from me, do subscribe!
Hi! I'm Liyana. In this blog, I'll share stories, tips and tools to help you move beyond burnout and thrive at the intersection of mind, body and business.
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