Tips & Three-cks: 3 tips on how to stay motivated

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However, it is possible to live a financially fit life in the emirate, and save extra cash for your security. Here are top 15 tips:

15. Plan your yearly holidays so you can buy your airline tickets in advance. Airline tickets are usually cheaper when bought at least six months ahead of your travel date. Also, try booking online at around midnight when some airlines offer “midnight sale” on seats. You can also subscribe to airlines’ email alerts so you’ll always be the first to know of any promotions.

14. When sending a considerable sum of money home, don’t go with the flow. Exchange rates are usually high at mid-month or end of the month because this is when people receive their salaries and are likely to remit money. If possible, wait when the exchange rate dips (which means you get more peso for your dirham) before you send money to the Philippines.

13. Prefer to buy quality, used items that you need. You don’t have to spend a fortune on new furniture, unless you want to. There’s plenty advertised on online classifieds, or in second-hand stores in Dubai. Another Filipino favourite is the bi-monthly flea market in Safa Park.

12. If you don’t have accommodation or transportation paid for by your company, rent a place that is closer to your workplace. You can save time and money if you are spared a long commute.

11. Plan your trips using public buses or the Dubai Metro. The fares are a fraction of what you would spend compared to riding a taxi. If you must have a car, it is more economical to buy one in good condition (to spare you from maintenance woes) than lease one. However, make sure you have free parking space, and factor in yearly costs like vehicle registration renewal, vehicle insurance and toll fees.

10. Look for free entertainment. Beaches or parks are great places to unwind and entertain yourself with friends or family. You can also check out free shows and events at the malls, particularly during the shopping festivals.

9. If you are living alone or renting a shared apartment, it might be a good idea to buy cooked food in small portions from supermarkets and hypermarkets like Carrefour, Spinneys or New WestZone. You can ask for servings within your budget. This way you are saving time and effort from preparing your food.

8. If you must cook, include more vegetables on the menu. They’re cheaper, quicker to prepare and healthier, too.

7. Regularly check supermarkets and hypermarkets for special offers or deeply discounted prices on stocks for clearance. Most Filipinos head to Baqer Mohebi for discounted prices on boxes of chocolates to ship home, while New WestZone or Al Maya Lals are the go-to places for cheaper Philippine food items. For other commodities, check out three of the biggest hypermarkets in the country: Carrefour, Lulu and Geant.

6. Shop, dine or get service from establishments that offer loyalty points or rewards. Also check out offers on deal websites. There is usually a buy one get one offer on leisure trips, restaurant meals and other deals.

5. Get a pre-paid internet subscription on your smartphone that will allow you to use software like WhatsApp, Skype or Viber so you can call or message folks back home for free anytime, or when you are feeling homesick.

4. Try not to eat out frequently, but when you do, don’t be embarrassed to have your leftover food packed so you can eat it at home later.

3. If you can’t wait to do your shopping during sale season, shop at outlet stores instead (ask the store staff for the location). A more popular destination is the Outlet Mall, which houses all the outlet stores in one mall.

2. Don’t use a credit card, unless you can pay what you owe in full before interest accrues at the end of the month. But remember: It is always better to spend only what you have.

1. Save a portion of your salary. Always. The money you save now is not just for your retirement, but it can also be a much-needed fund for emergencies.” byline=”Brenzy Kaye Maquilan” caption=”Photo for illustrative purposes only.” credits=”ARCHIVE”]

Tips & Three-cks: 3 tips on how to stay motivated

Motivation comes and goes with no regard for deadlines and ambitions. With comfort in arm’s reach, a phone in hand, and a feed to scroll, it’s easy to lose track of time and waste away another second of your life.

While other guides tell you specific steps towards motivation, most of them can be boiled down into 3 easy tips.

Reward system

Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? This time management technique employs a timer to divide work into 25-minute intervals interrupted by short breaks. Although the strategy is not exactly for everyone, its basic premise is to reward yourself occasionally to clear your head and stay consistent. Rewards motivate you to finish a task and allow you to look forward and push through a deadline. Without anything positive to expect, the mind perceives it as a burden without payoff.

As such, treat yourself to a little snack from time to time. Take a power nap when tasks turn out a bit too stressful. Take any measures to relieve yourself and trick your mind into accomplishing life little by little.

Active Environment

When you’re always alone without anybody’s input, you find yourself doing activities exclusively in your comfort zone. You’re tired, unmotivated, unaccomplished, and gradually, you conclude that your life is dreadful and uneventful.

However, when you find yourself surrounded by motivated and active people, you unintentionally absorb their energy. There are good reasons why most tips tell you to get out and walk for a few minutes or talk to someone when you feel lazy. Previous research, such as the Rat Park experiment, has shown us how society influences us into doing activities.

With that in mind, socialize with people who inspire and motivate you. Follow their example or collaborate towards an ambition. Allow your environment to keep you in check and avoid your mind from consuming you in negative thoughts.

Optimism

While this tip is the more obvious one, it’s crucial to remember that you alone can dictate your final decisions. You can reward yourself with delicious dishes and beverages or surround yourself with the most industrious billionaires and still face a slump.

How do you maintain optimism? Document your overall progress. Convince yourself to become better. Set goals that give you purpose or make you happy.

These tips, while very simple in concept, encompass everything that you need to be motivated. BKM/ Expat Media


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