Experiment: Make Chores Fun by Multitasking

When I return home everyday from work, I tell myself that I will do chores as much as possible i.e. ironing, cleaning, doing last night’s dishes, mopping the sticky floor and cooking.

I also need to give the kids some mummy’s attention. This one doesn’t feel like a chore but I do struggle to stay consistent.

One day, I’ll sit down with my kids, reading story books, checking A’s homework, chatting and playing with them. We play house – I’ll be the Sonic while H will play Amy (the hedgehog characters) while A likes to ask me to watch Minecraft on Youtube with him.

Another day, I’m just too tired and will be done early on the bed if not so busy doing chores with the lion face – unapproachable. The typical hypo maniac single mother.

What I really want to do is just sit back on my sofa, watch some Youtube videos while having a cup of coffee, listen to my favorite podcast, write a poem and finish my blog’s draft. Go to sleep early.

I always arrive home 7:30 pm every day. It’s only two hours and a half before the kids’ bedtime.

To be honest, most of the time I end up doing the fun things (Youtube, podcast, poem, and blog) than the more important things (chores). As a result, my house becomes a shipwreck and my kids will make it worse. I sleep late and nothing gets done.

I will regret all the fun things and will have to do catching up at my best the next day.

However three days later, I’ll be back with the bad habits. So, I tell myself that I need to find ways to be productive with the chores to have more time for my ‘fun’ stuff. What do I do?

I start to multitask.

I experiment few combination of chores and the fun stuff. Chore with fun. Chore with chore (to expedite). Fun with fun (to enjoy)

  1. Washing the dishes while listening to the podcast.
  2. Having my coffee while teaching my kids to read or doing art with them.
  3. Cleaning, doing laundry and cooking at the same time.
  4. Finishing the blog draft while listening to podcast.
  5. Sometimes I write a poem while mopping the floor.
  6. Planning, making groceries and to do list while roaming in and out my house.


  1. Washing the dishes become my favourite chore now. Doing the laundry too, thanks to the podcast.
  2. Once I start to associate coffee session with spending time with my kids, I find myself looking forward to sitting down with them.
  3. No comment on this, because they are all the ‘chores’ categories at one time. I believe all the housewives and mothers without maid are experts on this.
  4. Two ‘fun’ in a seating but truly not recommended. I later found this to be non-productive and less efficient because I can’t stay focus on my writing while trying to consume content from the podcast at the same time. Both will be done very poorly.
  5. This is easy, I’ll just stick a paper on the wall and start to imagine things and get the creative juices flowing. I will stop once in a while to write some words on the wall but I can’t stand forever with the mop stick in one hand.
  6. Same as the above


Not everything can be multi-tasked because some combinations of things will result to inefficiency and will just drive you crazy. By associating some fun with chores/work/routine/mundane things, it will help you to stay motivated and consistent. More things get done, insyaAllah. That’s all my sharing for today. I’m in the quest to better and more productive and will continue to share my journey on this blog. Stay tuned!

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Endless Rat Race

White collar lab rats

White fur, red eyes and fragile limbs – lab rats race through a maze to get the “cheese”.

“It feels like a rat race at the office these days,” I texted a good friend despite knowing not everyone will have the same perspective. I used to be insecure about having this feeling, afraid that I seem not fit in my working environment. Although however, it’s not necessarily ‘work’ that falls under this category. To some people, it’s perhaps relationship or commitment.

“What’s a rat race, babe?” My friend asked.

Exhausting and repetitive

Unless you have the passion for the work you do, rat race means a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power (dictionary.com)

It’s the term used to describe a frustrating financial lifestyle. Straightforwardly, it’s the consuming job you can’t leave due to your heavy commitment. Those who commit themselves to a rat race are often too stressful about it and end up spending more, digging into the same hole. It gets bigger, worse and inescapable.

This dead-end is the combination of comfort, fear of poorness and horrible spending habits versus inner deep calling that wants out. That’s a very tough and messy mind game; endless and self-defeating, to an extent it can be pointless.

Identifying our deep clutters

Eventually, I know I have to stop caring about what other people think about this and start to engage and understand my inner self. Everyone is different and unique. Everyone has different priority.

As for me, what I’m having on my plate feels like the rat race lately. You might feel differently especially if you do love where you are now. We all have different kind of clutter and excessive stuff are only the shallow part of it.

Our deep clutters often revolve around our belief that certain thing is a standard – our shoulds and have-to’s – we stop being creative.

My house should be clean all the time

I have to stay here and commute one hour daily to work

I should work here for two years

just for examples. Imagine how freeing it is to lift up the standard and live our own well-defined and curated life.

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Stop Thinking, Start Doing

How to start doing anything (and be awesome about it)

Have you ever feel stuck? Feeling like you’ve been staying at one one place for.. forever. It hits you hard and you start thinking about things you can do to get this feeling out. You know you can’t be stagnant for too long, it’s just not you because you’re more than this. You have so many ideas, and all the brilliant ideas. You will do this and go to that. You will learn this to start to be that. This, that, this, that.

There’s only one problem, you never do anything about it.

Ideas are nothing without execution but there’s you, feeling stuck and trying to erase the feeling with.. daydreaming! Good strategy.

So, you want to be happier, healthier, prettier, and richer. You want to be better at your current job. You want to switch your career and work in a different company. You want to have a side-hustle income or a whole new business – being an entrepreneur. You want to write a book or start a blog. You want to go to places all around the world. You want to try new things or new hobbies. You want to improve your relationship. You want to be better.

There are indeed so many things that you want to do, but you didn’t do it because..

because according to you, you don’t know how to start.

In this post, I will share 3 steps to help you start with just anything that you want to do (you name it!)

1. Know yourself

All these while, you keep complaining about your circumstances – the situations that don’t help you with starting. But do you really know what is it that you want (with all the complaining) and more importantly, why do you want it? The big why is very important. It’s the purpose that keeps you going, no matter what the circumstances are.

Listen to yourself with an open heart. Know yourself. Identify your values and tendency.

2. Pick one thing

Just pick one thing at a time to stay focused. After you achieve the level of awesomeness for your ‘one thing’, you can repeat the process with the next thing you wanna be awesome at. (I think that’s so cool )

Don’t spend too long choosing it and stop searching for the ‘passion’ because let’s be frank – the search will never end. Just pick one that feels nearest. You will notice your nearest thing aligns with your values and tendency. Your nearest thing is also the main contributor to your other goals. At this point, it doesn’t matter if you’re not the best at that thing because once you start, you will climb the ladder.

If you already know your one thing, even better. Why haven’t you start already?

3. Practice daily

Be consistent and have an accountability system. Practice every single day. Make plans and execute them. You might fail in certain ways, it’s okay. Make a new plan and execute it once more. Do it and keep doing it. You’ll be the best in no time.

Stop saying you’re fine with not getting what you want, stop making excuses. Pursue the dream. Be awesome!

Know yourself and your why, pick one thing and start hustling.

With that, there’s only one more thing I could tell you right now. Just. F-in. Start.

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