Spoilt for Choice

After reading this post, I thought I would make my own guidelines or update the existing ones.

Foremost, the choice of shops. For food shopping, I adopted my husband’s. Shop at a shop owned by a local – not necessarily living in our area but as long as Aussie. Next is the completeness of the items – I don’t want to end up going at three different shops. Just in our suburb, there are 4 Supermarkets in the shopping block – two major players and two independent. When we just need few items (like milk, juice, bread), I usually hit the independent that’s very accessible.

As to choice of food and grocery items, quality comes first, followed by price. I think, looking at the quality of the product especially fresh produce is necessary. There’s also the consideration of when are you going to use it. If you’re planning to use it in the next couple of days, it doesn’t have to be very fresh if fresh comes with an exorbitant price.

For packaged or processed food, I stick with what I’ve proven and tested that suits my family. If it’s on special, I tend to buy two or three. Same standard goes with buying toiletries and baby products. And I tend to buy in bulk at is really saves me money.

A necessary evil for my husband in the hot weather is cola. We’ve narrowed down the choice between Pepsi and Coke – and then the price of the two. Pepsi is a lot cheaper (and taste a lot nicer for me) but when Coke is on Special, I get it.

Clothes shopping is a bit complicated as there are lots of factors to consider. There’s the weather, the quality, the colour and make, the design, the price.

Buying shoes for me is a different story. I haven’t developed guidelines on this yet. I am always ruled by impulse but today, I promised myself, no buying until I get them tattered. I have never trashed a pair of shoes as far as I can remember. They normally end up to another person’s feet if I get tired of them. Hopefully I can stick to this.

Experiencing Info Overload?

I was at the mysimplerlife.com today and saw these great tips that I thought, I would share it here:
Stop Information Inflow
• Quit reading magazines
• No watching the news or getting it online
• No web surfing unless I need a specific piece of information
• No buying books, ebooks, or audio programs
• No going to the library to browse
Reduce Other Sources of Information
• Limit my reading of blogs in my Google Reader to 5 posts. I scan to see which look the most interesting.
• Limit newsletter reading time to 5 min a day
• No multi tasking like reading while eating or watching TV while checking email
• Read only one book at a time
Add Quiet
• Usually when I feel information overload it is because I have been stuffing my brain, but not allowing anything to digest
• Sit and do nothing every day, let the mind wander and process
• Journal before bed to get things out of the head

After reading these tips, I came to a conclusion that almost all my life, I am having information overload. I read books, magazines, papers, or just anything yet in the end I can’t remember what are the topics I read. I have very low retention capacity.

Or is it because I am just not interested to what I was reading at all. Well, I have a reason for that.

My work requires a lot of thinking and analysis. Sometimes, it gets too complicated that I can hardly understand what I’m working on. It is also very detailed that digging up left me dry. And so I read materials that are amusing (according to me) and yet very petty. After a few hours, it would be completely out of my mind. Only those stuff that struck me or gets me hyped-up retains in my mind. I don’t worry because that’s what exactly I expect to happen from reading trivial stuff.
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