It’s nearing the end of the year 2022. Have been doing some stuff for the past month. This was my TO-DO list. Some of them are in progress.
Deep Clean House
This is akin to Spring Cleaning. Getting on the knees and elbows to clean the nitty gritty stuff like in between the window grill space and all. The air conditioners have not been serviced for quite some time. I will do that early next year. I am thinking of giving away my old china to a thrift shop too since I have not been using it much.
After my recent panic with Google Images, I feel that this is something I need to do for at least 3 to 5 months. Before this, one of my friends was saying 128GB is a lot of storage but being someone who loves taking photos and videos, 128GB is not that much space. I store my digital images and videos in an external disc for safe-keeping and a reassured mind.
Adjust financial commitments
There are various categories to start with.
- Commitments – my loans, insurance and monthly payments of anything like kids’ school fees, subscriptions etc
- Personal – for my groceries, self-rewards, holidays, makan besar and all
- Study fund – I keep some money aside to pay for my tuition fees. The fees will become higher as I progress in my studies.
- Tabung Minci – my charity fund for Ramadhan packages, donations, and anything that involves charitable acts
- Kids savings – I deposit a certain amount of money into their accounts every month
- Personal Savings – everyone needs an emergency fund
We are all familiar with Zakat Pendapatan. This is something I deduct from my paycheck monthly. But there is also a Zakat Wang Simpanan and Zakat Emas. My gold hasn’t reached it’s haul yet but my savings have. So, I need to calculate the amount and pay it every year. I wasn’t aware of this before but it is something I learn with time as I want to fulfil my responsibility as a good Muslim.
Plan Work & Study activities
Work wise it is about slotting in awareness events, courses, meetings and other medical-related activities. Study-wise it is about managing time to do assignments, study and attend e-tutorials.
Evaluate relationships and connections
I would scroll through my friend list on FB and discard any profiles without a picture, inactive or with personalities that suddenly become horrible. I would also remove followers on Instagram that may appear dodgy or bot-like. I’d make a mental note to keep in touch with my very small circle of friends too.
Set blog and Youtube content ideas
I have started drafts for the past few months and scheduled them to be published intermittently to keep this blog alive. As for Youtube, I thought I’d just record whatever I can and think about the core content later. Not the best strategy but this is what happens when you don’t do this full-time.
Survey kid’s venture for the year
Once the daughter completes her second dose of the C19 vaccine, I am going to enrol her in a swimming class. As for my son, he seems to be interested in learning Japanese. And sign language. Once he makes his decision, I’ll find him an online course or a tutor who could come by on the weekends.
Find a skill to focus
Polishing my Mandarin is still at the top of my list. the journey is a bit slow and challenging when you are in this alone but knowing myself, if I want things to happen, I will make them happen. I am also interested to enhance my skills in digital media and photography. I should not be too ambitious though since next year is my final year studying psychology.