It’s human nature and completely natural to look back on our past selves and mentally re-create our lives if we had done just one thing differently all those years ago.
I had always had to be the top student in high school and everything in my life was planned and everything went so well. It wasn’t because I was smarter or had great self-control, but because of my typical disciplined Asian parents. “Everything will go well if you listen to me, son,” they would say – and yes I did. It’s time to study English. It’s time to go workout. You have to eat vegetables – I remember it like it was yesterday.
Life is easier when there is a forced schedule and I never wandered about the existence of an optional path during these years. I thought the path I was taking was the only way to my destination – as my mom’s explanation defined, your destination will be a wonderful life and a great job, investment properties, a nice car and a healthy family.
Once we all grow older, and out of control, we realise how fascinating this world is, and we realise we can do whatever we can with a bit of independence driving us. So we let it be, we do whatever we want, we spend all the money on payday then starve ourselves for the rest of the month. They are lessons we learn and regrets we live by. Of course I am not here promoting my parents’ parenting, neither saying learning self-control is necessary for everybody. But the un-arguable truth is, the result is so good when there is somebody or something there pushing you out of your comfort-zone and helping you during the making of something important in your life.
If you work at home, you would know how easy it is to let go of a day. A lazy breakfast and maybe a bit of interior re-arrangement can simply throw your working plan out the door.
Try this instead: grab your laptop, notebook and study material and head to a public space like the newly opened 140PERTH. I hear your complaining, you don’t want to give up on your quiet and comfortable study room, your well-organised table, your brand new Sonos home hi-fi system or the air-conitioning. But if you want to be more successful, you are going to need to be your own parents this time, go out of reach of your comfort zone and make today just a little bit uncomfortable for yourself. But seriously though, the newly opened 140PERTH popup space is not uncomfortable at all.
It’s not only just the study space, but also the perfect place for a quick catchup with friends at the healthy smoothie bar or Grill’d.
Here’s what you need to know to get the job done in style at 140WORK.