How Avoiding Multitasking Can Affect Your Productivity

It’s become hard to notice but, in this time and age, we multitask almost all the time. We look at our phones while walking, we listen to music while doing work, and sometimes we even do more than two things at once. Though many people say that multitasking helps them get their work done, it’s not necessarily the same for everyone. In fact, multitasking can affect our productivity negatively even. Here’s how:

 

Multitasking makes us more stressed

Every time you’ll have to multitask at work, you’re already putting yourself under stress. You’re going around here and there, doing this and that, and everything just becomes hectic. Think about it the next time you’re about to do it and see the difference between multitasking and not multitasking. You’ll see that you’re less stressed when you don’t have to do a lot of things at once.

Multitasking leads you to make more mistakes

Naturally, you will make mistakes because your focus is divided. Doing multiple tasks at once will obviously take a toll on your mind. For example, let’s say for some wild reason, you’re doing two projects at one time. Now, you have information you plan to put on one project but you put it on the other. You don’t notice it because your attention is already foggy. This is just one of the many crucial mistakes that can happen when you do too many things at once.

Multitasking gets in the way of your progress

With the two points mentioned above, you can easily see that multitasking significantly affects your progress negatively. For one, you become more stressed with your work. It will then become easier to experience more burnout or even lose motivation as a whole. You’ll also have to waste more time trying to fix the mistakes you make because of multitasking.

Multitasking can affect our brainpower

It’s been found that multitasking can also be damaging to our memory. For instance, while you’re on the way to work, you plan to pick up some food. But then, later on, you forget to do it because you were walking while looking at your phone the whole time. This sounds too simple but it’s small things like this that build up sooner or later. Our short-term memory is also affected when we’re focused on something, and then suddenly act on something else.

Our brains do not want us to multitask

Why? Because our minds are not made to multitask, that’s simply the case. Although our minds are great in almost all aspects, it’s still not recommended that we keep multitasking. If you’ve noticed, we even sometimes have difficulty focusing on just one task, how much more with two or three.


Things That Should Stay Between You and Partner

Sometimes you’ll turn to your friends or family for advice regarding your relationship, and that’s perfectly normal! But there are also things that you should keep to your relationship. If you can’t help but vent to someone, then, by all means, do so. You just need to remember that there are also things best kept to your own.

Fights

Fights are common in any relationship. No matter how long you’ve been together, you’ll always have disagreements from time to time. That’s why you should try your best to be selective about what you share with your family or friends. If you bad mouth your partner to your friends every time you have a fight, you’re perspective about him/her will change to the negative sooner or later! Of course, if the relationship becomes physically and emotionally abusive, that’s another story.

Financial problems

Another common problem in relationships is the difference in spending habits. If one of you is a frequent spender and one is really keen on saving, there’s bound to be disagreements. The thing is though, every couple will experience highs and lows when it comes to money. Though financial stability is important, there really are times when you’ll be frustrated with the money you have. In that case, don’t go around blaming your partner! Keep the problem between the two of you and trust that you can address financial issues together.

Problems with each other’s families

If your partner tells you something sensitive about their families, of course, you should keep it private in your relationship. If you have problems within your family, for example, and you’d want to get it off your chest, your partner is the person you usually go to. That’s because you’ve already established trust with each other. Surely, neither of you would want the other to go around talking to others about your family, right? It’s definitely one of those things you should simply respect as a couple.

Your goals as a couple

Another thing you should leave to yourselves is your goals with each other. Although it’s not necessarily prohibited, you should try not to expose too much about your dreams and goals as a couple. For example, planning to have kids. Usually, you’ll keep it to yourself until it’s actually confirmed. But really, as long as you and your partner share the same sentiments, that would be great for your relationship.

Anything related to sex

Sex is a very personal and intimate thing. Regardless of your partner being good or bad in bed, don’t go around telling others about it. It’s already pretty obvious that this is something that should be kept only between the two of you. Though it’s okay to brag about how loving you are as a couple, it’s really best to leave the intimate things out of the conversation. It’s a form of respect for each other and to the people you’re talking to as well.


Where to Eat Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is just one of the many amazing dishes you can find in Singapore and, although not that popular around the world, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish you should definitely try at least once in your life. Despite its popularity in Singapore, this dish actually originates in Hong Kong and has slowly been accepted into Singaporean culture. Although trying this dish is important, where to try this dish is another factor you should put in your mind as the taste varies from place to place. This dish is usually found in your local hawker but for this article, we will give you a little more than just the ordinary hawker center chicken rice.

Here are some of the best places to have a taste of Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

1.  Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell

With a very affordable price of 3.50 Singaporean dollars, you can get yourself the perfect bowl of Hainanese Chicken Rice that’s oily and flavourful just the way that Hainanese Chicken Rice ought to be. You may be shocked of how cheap it is and although there are cheaper prices you can find in Hawker Centers all around, the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell is definitely a steal.

2.  Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier

Just another mouth-watering addition to this list as their Hainanese Chicken Rice is served. The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier is best known for their convenience as they are open until 4:30 in the morning, which means that if for some reason you are craving for chicken rice at three in the early morning, it is not impossible to get some!

3.  Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice

The good thing about Hainanese Chicken Rice is although it is but one recipe, the taste may vary a great deal depending on where you are eating. Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice prides itself to have the most colorful and the tastiest dipping sauce around. Oh and by the way, did you know that the chicken can be either served steamed or roasted? Well, now you know. Wee Nam Kee also does an amazing job if you are planning to order your Hainanese Chicken Rice with roasted chicken.

The taste may differ depending on where you plan on eating but one thing is for sure, you can never go wrong with Hainanese Chicken Rice!


What You Need to Know About Owning a Car in Singapore

For those of you who don’t know, Singapore is an extremely difficult place for you to get a car, especially because of the fact that Singapore is a small country, with a small land, not enough roads, and too much vehicles around. Although Singapore is doing a great job in handling traffic, it is definitely not enough because of the amount of vehicles in Singapore. Owning a vehicle in Singapore is incredibly expensive as the tax and certifications are very hard to get. To get a certificate, you would have to pay about $50,000 Singaporean dollars before your vehicle can actually hit the road.

The sad part is that despite paying that amount, your certificate is only good for up to 10 years. The tax on vehicles can be very expensive due to the imports of these vehicles, which could mark up the price of a small SUV by $100,000 Singaporean dollars. If this amount of money doesn’t scare you, then maybe the next paragraph will. Singapore only allows the number of private cars on the road to increase by 0.25% per year, which is very small considering the number of people who want to have a car and maybe even dreamt and already saved up for it.

What makes it even worse is that the government has decided that by February of 2018, they will cease to allow additional cars on the road, which means that if you are desperate to drive, you have to wait for someone to give up their certificates first in order to get permission to drive. Hopefully this is not a permanent case and Singapore would be able to do something about their traffic and increasing vehicle population without the hindrance of people who would love to drive or own a vehicle of their own.

Owning a car may be a dream for some and although it is not impossible to get in Singapore, it can still be very difficult. Aside from the financial struggles a car would put you through, obtaining ownership of a car and getting the certificate could also be another problem. If you really want a car, do not let this stop you and although it can be hard, you have to be diligent enough until you are able to get what you want. The public transportation in Singapore may not be bad at all, but it all depends on you if you want that vehicle. Singapore is a land of opportunity, but you must never forget your competition.


Frugal Romance: 5 Secrets to Score a Honeymoon on the Cheap

If you and your better half have recently tied the knot, you’ve probably been planning to go on a honeymoon to celebrate your union and enjoy your first few days as husband and wife. Traditionally, newlyweds jet off to a romantic destination and spend a couple of weeks lounging in a luxurious resort or a cozy cabin. But if budget is a priority for you, these tips will give you ideas for a romantic honeymoon that won’t break the bank.

1. Go for a Staycation
The airfare is the biggest expense for a honeymoon trip, so eliminating the need to buy a two-way ticket for the both of you means you can spend more for a luxurious vacation. Book a week-long stay at one of famous hotels here in Singapore, such as the Marina Bay Sands or The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Without airfare, you know you can afford these posh places as your honeymoon destination.

2. Take the Trip Later
Traditionally, couples have their honeymoon right after the wedding. However, forking over a huge amount of money for both wedding and out-of-town honeymoon at once can take a toll on your savings. Instead of honeymoon right after wedding, why not delay the trip to a later date? You’ll have more time to save up and afford a much nicer holiday trip with your new spouse.

3. Get Cooking In Your Hotel
Have you and your S.O. tried cooking meals together? If not, this is the perfect time to prepare gourmet meals for each other. Turn on some light music, sip on wine and work together in the kitchen to craft the perfect dinner. It’s not just fun, it’s also romantic and sensual. To accomplish this, book a hotel that has en-suite kitchen in their rooms. What you’ll save from dining out can be spent on attractions, relaxation or shopping.

4. Ask for Honeymoon Complimentary
Most hotels offer complimentary extras like room upgrades, use of private pool and massages, for free to make every newlywed’s stay honeymoon-worthy. When looking for a hotel to book, compare extras from various places. Hotels work hard and would love to keep customers happy by rewarding special occasions with some perks.

5. Take a Weekend Getaway
Weekend getaways are the answer for budget couples. Even if it’s just an overnight stay in a fancy resort or hotel in the city, it will still give you that satisfaction to be together with your new spouse. In fact, a short getaway can be more romantic than a week-long vacation. Since the time you have alone is shorter, your excitement is heightened.

Keeping in mind these saving tips will set your marriage to better future ahead. Being able to go on a romantic honeymoon without costing each of you an arm and a leg is much more romantic than a mega-expensive month-long trip to Maldives and returning home broke.


Beauty Habits That Actually Ruin Your Style

We’re all guilty with one of these habits, like styling our hair too much or wearing makeup more days than not. But knowing what’s good and bad for your body will let you reexamine some of these seemingly-harmless beauty habits.

Too Much Makeup
Putting on makeup is a favorite hobby of a lot of people, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But there should be days when you let your skin rest from too much exposure to chemicals. Make it also a habit not to wear tons of makeup when you don’t need it. Masking your beauty with overdone makeup will also affect your self-confidence and will make you rely more on the art to feel good about yourself. Makeup should highlight your best features and hide some flaws, and not worn as a mask to create a different you.

Working Out with Makeup On
Even if you can find tons of makeup products that are waterproof and long-lasting, it’s not a good idea to wear one when you’re sweating a lot. Not only will the beauty products block your pores, it could also trap dirt and bacteria that cause acne and other skin problems. Always make sure that your face is clean before working out.

Using Expired Beauty Products
Do you love trying out different beauty products that your room looks like a mini salon? It’s time to look through those products and throw out the bottles you don’t use anymore, because if you stock them up for more than a year, their formula will most likely have broken down. Buy only the products you intend to use and never keep a stock of beauty products because they will be less effective and might even cause health problems later.

Not Removing Your Makeup Before Sleeping
Maybe you wash your face before going to bed, but do you check your pillowcases, too? Even if it’s not visibly dirty and there’s no stink coming off from your pillows, dirt, oil, and excess makeup have accumulated in your pillowcase after a few days. Make it a habit to change them once a week and always wash your face before going to bed to minimize the accumulation of germs.

Over Styling Your Hair
Even if your hair can be cut and grown, that does not mean you’re free to abuse it all you want. Dry, damaged hair isn’t caused by shampooing everyday, but by over-styling and frequent trips to the stylist for coloring, straightening or perming. Even if you don’t visit the salon often but subject your hair to the heated styling tools everyday, you will cause the keratin in the hair shafts to break down.

Scrubbing Too Much
Exfoliation is good for your skin, but scrubbing too much can cause issues that you have been trying to avoid in the first place, such as dryness, acne, and other skin problems. Limit exfoliation to not more than twice a week and use a gentle scrubber such as a washcloth.


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