Intentional living · Motivational · Personal growth

What are you willing to sacrifice?

Hi friends! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas!

Yes, this is the first time I am addressing you. I have learned from several blogs that when the blogger/writer greets me in their posts, it really makes me feel like we are friends. In other words, it feels amazing.

So I have decided to also do that, in hopes that you too will feel the same.

Shoutout to Words by Wildflower for making me realise how amazing it feels to be greeted and acknowledged!

Now that 2019 is approaching, many of us will be writing our resolutions for the new year. Sure, there are many who do not believe in having new year resolutions – if you decide to do something, you do it. Why the need to wait for a new year? It comes off as sounding like an excuse to procrastinate.

But at the same time, we cannot deny the power of being able to start with a clean slate. And to many of us, that is what a new year signifies – a clean slate.

I wouldn’t call the list of things that I want to achieve “resolutions”, but rather, values and habits to be held on and practised to remind myself to live a more wholesome life and to be a better person. Some of the items in my list are:-

  • to workout at least 4 times a week
  • to be as “vegan” as possible, depending on my circumstances (this topic deserves a post of its own, and I will eventually write about this)
  • to be as “zero waste” as possible, again depending on my circumstances
  • to spend at least 5 hours a week writing (in any form)
  • to be “screen-free” by 9.30pm every day
  • to learn something new
  • to be less critical of myself as well as others

Now, the problem with having so many “goals” is the amount of time we have to try to fulfil all these goals. We all have only 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nobody has more time, and nobody has less. So why do some people manage to achieve more in life than others?

It is what they are willing to sacrifice in order to make time.

Some people sacrifice sleep. Some sacrifice “leisure” time spent watching TV or scrolling through social media. Some ignore the layer of dust building up on their furniture. Some wear the same clothes over and over again to avoid having to spend time doing the laundry.

And when you are OCD-ish like me, trust me, it is extremely difficult not to get distracted by the nagging feeling of having some form of house chores that needs to be done.

I know that in order for me to achieve most of these “goals”, I will need to sacrifice something. But the hardest part is figuring out what to sacrifice, especially when I do not exactly waste hours and hours every day with unproductive activities. With an almost 10-hour work day, it is almost impossible to find more time without sacrificing sleep. And sleep is not something I want to sacrifice because as it is, I am only getting an average of 6.5 hours of sleep a day. Any less, and I will be a zombie.

“If you aren’t willing to work for it, don’t complain about not having it.”

I am still trying to figure out what I should sacrifice so that I can have more time to write. So far, I am doing well with all the other “goals”. The only one that I really struggle to meet is my writing time.

I know I should cut down on all the cleaning and chores I think I need to do, but when you are OCD-ish like me, it is easier said than done.

Do you have any tips that can help me? Is there anything that you have done that has worked for you? I would love to hear from you.

Love, Jess xoxo

5 thoughts on “What are you willing to sacrifice?

  1. Hi J, I have a little trick that works for me. Let’s say there are 6 tasks I need to do today, creating a wikipedia page, cleaning the house, writing a blog post, doing the laundry, translating a document and fixing a broken light.

    3 of the tasks are hard and require heaps of focus, creating a new page, a blog post and translating, while the other 3 can be done without giving it much thought.

    I will do the harder task first, creating the wikipedia page, then one of the easier one will be the reward for accomplishing the first hard task, so the second one will be cleaning the house, then there will be a hard task like translating and an easy one will follow it, which will be the reward for accomplishing the hard task, and so on.

    And something else I do is getting rid of all the harder tasks in the morning and leaving the easy ones for the afternoon or the evening that is when I have less energy.

    Hope that helps~


    1. Hey Bruno, thanks a lot for the helpful tips! I do realise that it is easier for me to complete brain-heavy tasks in the morning, and just doing routine stuffs in the evening. Will definitely keep your tips in mind!


  2. This post speaks to me. I also wrote about my goals for 2019, and how I have soooo many that I dunno what to prioritize.
    I like the idea of spending “at least 5 hours a week writing (in any form)”. Is there an app that can track that? It would be so helpful for me, haha!


    1. Hey Ela! Well my “at least 5 hours a week writing (in any form)” goal hasn’t been going well now that I’m super bogged down with work. But I’m not giving up! I’ll just KIV it for the time being until my crazy workload becomes more manageable. 🙂

      I’m pretty sure there’s an app for this. There’s an app for almost everything nowadays!


      1. I tried searching for an app, but I couldn’t find anything. Oh well—I feel I’ve been writing more consistently lately, anyway. I just need to keep it up!
        Good luck at work, by the way! 🙂

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