Less is more
As the year draws to a close, you might feel inclined to rev up your engine to make sure you hit the goals you set earlier this year. That would mean cramming more events into your calendar, extending your to-do list… basically making sure that your waking hours are meaningfully occupied.
As kiasu urbanites, we often equate being “busy” (a grossly overrated concept, in my opinion) to being great achievers. But that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, taking the time to slow down and prioritise things is a smarter way to roll.
This issue’s feature on mindfulness (pg 22) particularly resonates with me. Like everyone else, I have my hectic moments where my mind buzzes in factory mode, steering me from task to task without any reflection on what I’m doing. Before I know it, the day has passed and I’m reeling from the adrenaline, wondering what more I can do and should have done. Being mindful, which is to consciously focus on the present, goes a long way to ground myself, reminding me what truly matters.
If you’re looking for more ways to streamline your life, turn to pg 13 for pro tips to declutter your wardrobe (all those impulse buys pile up so quickly!), and pg 38 to find out just how many HIIT workouts you need to do a week to experience those body benefits. Psst, it’s not an insane figure.
Speaking of workouts, HIIT isn’t the only way to firm up fast. We got four male colleagues to try out barre (pg 56), and they emerged with a common revelation – the moves may be small, but the effects are huge. If you haven’t had a taste of this ballet-inspired exercise yet, it’s time to give it a shot. Enjoy reading!