5 Time management tips for a better productivity

“Time is Money” – The proverb is old yet witty to hold on to.  

Instead of being over productive and hyper active, we should try to be thoughtful, result oriented and always ask ourselves if something can be done more efficiently or can be eliminated to reduce redundancy. Everyone has 24 hours in a day but you will find that one person is struggling to finish all the tasks and other one is completing all the activities on time and enjoying the remaining day with his family. Do you wonder why it is so?

I have listed down the below points that enunciates 10 tips to hopefully guide you in the right direction.

There could be numerous ways to manage your time effectively. These are some tips that I find helpful.

1. Make a To Do List – This is the best rule of time management. Start your day with a  to do list. Identify all the tasks which need to be completed and decide a time frame. Identify the tasks that are most crucial to complete, and accomplish them first. 

Once you’re done with those prioritised tasks, trust me the day has already been a success. You can move on to other listed tasks and complete them so as to avoid work spillovers to the next day.

2. Learn to say “No” – Never ever make a lot of commitments or over commit. Take up what you can finish, be realistic, learn to say a firm “No”. It can help us to manage various engagements in an efficient manner without over stretching ourselves. It will in turn help us manage our time. This can be a great thing.

Nonetheless, you can without much of a stretch take it excessively far. Sooner or later, you have to figure out how to decay openings. Your target ought to be to take on just those responsibilities that you realize you possess energy for and that you genuinely care about.

3. Be an early starter – Almost all of us are tormented by the drive to dawdle. It appears to be so natural, and you generally figure out how to complete it in the end, so why not?

Take it from a recouping ceaseless slacker — it’s so a lot more pleasant and less unpleasant to get a previous beginning on something.

4. Define a time limit – Don’t just sit down on work and keep thinking about it, “I cannot proceed further until this is done.” Try not to create unnecessary dependency and be agile.

The time requirement will push you to be more proficient, regardless of whether you wind up returning and include more later.

5. Keep yourself engaged and utilize the leisure time – We often get a lot of leisure time where we don’t try to do much. We should learn to relax, exercise, and meditate during such leisure time.

Always find things to do during this time to keep you calm and relaxed. It will help to revive your energy.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

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How to find time for passion

Not everyone is lucky to have the kind of career or profession that summarizes our passions, interests, personal spirit, and skill set all in one package—allowing us to exercise them simultaneously.

During the last few years, you may have met or interacted with people and realized that more and more people have been able to make a career out of their passions and interests. This move is impelled by a blend of availability through innovation and individuals being sufficiently valiant to pick individual bliss over what they believe they should do.

Find ways to bring passion along with whatever you do

If your passion is to travel but your work keeps you in a cubicle all day then you are surely doing something wrong. It is a high time you should look at it and make important changes in your daily routine and get into something which can help you keep travelling which in turn will keep you motivated and encouraged.

(a)  Think about it – It is very important to analyse and judge whatever you are doing. Is it worth it and keeps you motivated? If No, then it is a high time for you to think about it and find something which can replace whatever you are doing and it must be aligned to your hobbies and interests. Don’t hesitate to look for every possible and weird option and interest. Every person is unique and has his own area of interests.

(b)  Manage your time – You may believe that it takes a particular kind of individual to have the option to pull that off, yet in all actuality, everybody has a fair chance to put on the seemingly off chance of grabbing the opportunity of doing it.

Time management is your best buddy when it comes to keeping the energy levels high and pursuing your passion. Pause for a minute to evaluate how long it takes you to carry out every responsibility during the day. Give it a thought, be honest and think wisely. For a few days observe your routine starting from leaving your bed in the morning and hitting it again at night, record time for every activity for an extensive view.

(c)    Make a To Do List – A to-do list is most important and really effective for making sure you make time for your passions and hobbies. There’s a clashing assessment about this, with certain camps thinking plans for the day upset being “at the time,” yet for me having a daily agenda—that is adaptable and alterable—keeps me on task and zeroed in on accomplishing my objectives. I am never without a scratch pad or notebook or my dairy. This is the most important part of finding time for your passion. Also prioritize your work so that you don’t miss out on important agendas for the day.

(d)   Dedicate time to your passion – If we pay enough attention to our gut feeling and listen to our inner thought process, we can hear it speaking loud and clear. However, passionate chases take time to develop and build within you, Don’t push yourself much up for this just for the sake; instead, focus on pursuing the passion that is truly yours. It’s completely true that, in the event that you tune in for it, it will speak; and in the event that you support that energy and passion, it will develop.    

Cheers

Subrat Saurabh

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Festivities amid pandemic – soaking into the new normal

India is a secular country known for its rich cultural heritage and for a bouquet of festivals that add colour to our country. In our country festivals are all about family and social gatherings, enjoying holidays and relishing sweets. Festivals are meant to be special occasions where people flock together and celebrate them with all the vigour and enthusiasm.

With the current COVID 19 outbreak across the world, our social life has come to a stand still. Abiding to social distancing norms has become the new normal. With so many restrictions and norms, it has become almost impossible to celebrate the festivals the way we used to do.

With Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja festival landing in the middle of global pandemic, people still need to balance their physical and mental health along with professional and personal life and safety while still observing these religious holidays. The threat of an infectious environment poses distinctive challenges.

This may be the first time in your life when you are celebrating the festival strictly with your immediate family members within your own premises.

Tips to ensure safety of your family and society :

People have this question, “How is it still possible to maintain social distance while following your tradition and faith?” So to answer that, health care staff and government are encouraging people to take advantage of alternatives to mass gatherings or social gatherings as social distancing is most important, such as:

1.     Stay connected with family and friends and celebrate the holidays over online video.

2.     Virtual and online worship services offered by various platforms.

3.     Cook traditional cuisines at home and share photos and videos via social media with friends and family.

Social communication while maintaining social distancing can help to get rid of or reduce these negative vibes. Video chat with family and friends via online platforms or apps can ease the negativity and reduce the stress. Apart from festivals, even a small birthday party within the family can help to reduce the stress and bring happiness. It’s important to find people in your life who can be a source of support during this pandemic time.Also indulge into creative activities with your family members and narrate stories to your kids about these festivals to add the charm.

Have a safe and enthusiastic festival. Spread light and positivity, your positivity can bring blessing to someone and believe me you will have your hands full too.

Stay Festive, Stay Positive.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

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How to be a good storyteller

Words are a powerful medium to express. Though written words are a beauty in itself but when given a voice they become more powerful. The emotions and characters come to life when stories get a voice.

Have you ever tried to be a storyteller in a get together with your family or friends or while travelling in a train with strangers?  Being able to tell an entertaining story is a terrific way to utilise time and to create a powerful impact on your audience. Even if you have attempted to be a storyteller, it is not necessary that you end up telling an impressive story. You may have a fantastic story to tell but it seems that for most of us, the art of telling a story seems to be just beyond our capacity.

Storytelling associates us and gets us in contact with our audience which may be more profound than ourselves. It’s nothing unexpected that new talents are utilising narrating, to convey their very own vision for quite a long time and also to build a brand image out of it.

However, one of the important questions is what makes a delightful story? And how can we become good storytellers? And if we are not a good story teller then how can we become one.

Storytelling is not only about creating images for a new talent or branding of a new product in the market so that it should reach the target audience. Storytelling is also important to writers and content creators of all kinds, communicating fiction and nonfiction stories.

However, storytelling is something which we are altogether inclined towards to some extent. Everybody has a fantasy of publishing their own book, and everybody has stories which are fantastic and unique in their own way, that characterizes their lives. Believe it or not but it’s true, everyone has a story.

One must consider the following points while venturing into the art of storytelling:

·         Identify your audience:

We must identify the appropriate audience for whom we have created the story. This is important in light of the fact that it will decide the impact of your story. It’s no point providing water to the person who is not thirsty as he won’t realise it’s worth. In the same way, if you identify the wrong audience your storytelling would be a futile effort. If you identify your audience well, then it will be much easier to reach out to them with your stories and messages.

·         Identify the context and elaborate:

Being a storyteller, we are aware about the story, we know where our story is heading towards and how it’s going to end. It’s very important for us to set the context and elaborate more about the characters, its physical appearance, habits etc. Strong characterisation always helps to attract the interest of the audience.

·         Don’t lose the grip:

If you are not good at editing and filtering your thoughts real time, in your mind then it’s obvious that you will get into unwanted details which are not relevant to the story. Such mistakes will distract your audience and you will end up losing the grip of your audience.

·         Avoid adding unnecessary details while narrating real incidents:

The more frequently we narrate the same story, the little addition we will in general include. If we add unnecessary add up, those accounts float further and further far from the events that really occurred. Inevitably, you may finish up depicting something that never happened by any means.

·         Notice your audience:

Make sure to monitor your audience (by making eye contacts, if they are in front of you) and stay connected with them (by seeking feedback, if they are away). Keep the session interactive, if you are in front of an audience. If you have a sad story to narrate, be sure that you don’t go for so long that you’re putting stress on the audience. Take your audience on an emotional journey. Make them feel your story.

·         Story should have unpredictable ending:

If you want your readers or listener to spend some quality time on your story then you better come up with a most unpredictable ending, does not matter if it’s a little weird. A Story is good because it has a great ending not because it has an unexpected beginning. Give enough space to your audience to build an ending in their minds but make sure that your ending is different than what they can think of.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

5 Ways to deal with failure

If Thomas Edison would have stopped after failing for 10th attempts, then he would have never invented an electric bulb in his 10,000th attempt.

Sometimes things go as per the plan or even better than the expected but on some days, they don’t.  You commit an error, have difficulty or you essentially fall flat. It’s unpleasant but you cannot avoid it unless you avoid doing anything at all.

Don’t worry. It happens to all of us. We experience disappointment to different degrees. Some of us manage it well and some just give up.  Things can turn around quickly. Things will improve however before they do, you should figure out how to manage disappointment. Here are a few tips.

  1. Just accept the failure.

When you’ve quite recently fizzled, it will undoubtedly sting at times, a bit. In some cases, a great deal. That is OK.

Try not to attempt to push it away, by diverting yourself or by endeavoring to push the duty onto whatever is left of the world.

You must acknowledge that disappointments happen to everybody. Think about this experience as something, where you can gain from it. The initial step on managing disappointment is accepting that it occurred. Acceptance of failure is the best way to deal with it.

2. Stop thinking about the failure

Never let the rejection engulf you. If you allow failure to overpower you, you will always think that you can never make it next time. Stop thinking about failure and don’t let this stop you from succeeding in your next endeavor. Remember, you are not a failure just because you had a setback.

Keep reminding yourself, “Just because you failed today, does not mean that you will fail again”. Keep yourself engaged in your hobbies to refresh yourself and bounce back.

3. Give your disappointment a chance to get out. 

It’s obvious to get disappointed over something you buckled down for, yet could not accomplish it.

So proceed, let it out. Communicate with your friends about it. Take the necessary steps to dispose of the disappointment that keeps bubbling up in your mind.

Give your exhausted brain a break and engage in something that can pep-up your mind. Watch a favorite comedy show or go out with friends or well-wishers. You need to loosen up your mind to cope up with the pressure and try to be happy.

4. Give yourself 24 hours to overcome

It’s alright to feel tragic or grieve about the failure. However, just allow yourself 24 hours to adjust, accommodate and accept it. 24 hours ought to be sufficient time to ponder over the mistakes and move ahead from that point onward. Push ahead, begin anticipating what to do straightaway, what your next activities ought to be and what you should deal with to make progress.

5. Plan your next moves

Try not to get stuck and get neck deep into stagnancy rather endeavor to make your next steps effective.

You’ve already learnt from your failure. It’s high time to buckle up and work smart to make the progress. Write down your next goals and go for it to achieve.

No Failure is strong enough to pin you down to the floor unless you refuse to get up. So accept it as a part of life, deal with it, learn from it, make efforts to overcome and success would be knocking at your door.

“Stay Focussed and Be Successful”

10 productive things to do during this pandemic.

Believe it or not but we, the people across the world have been forced to maintain social distancing and most of us are staying home without much choice. Although we always enjoy the company of family and long to get enough time with them, we never imagined to get into such a situation, where too much availability for each other in the family can get stressful sometimes. Maybe, we are missing to get missed, we are probably missing that personal space? Someone has rightly said, “We always want to work from home but never asked for so much work from home”.

Being a social creature and then getting confined to the four walls, sometimes get to the nerves. However, when we do not have a choice to change the situation around, the question arises how to adapt? I would say create a change, a positive change in you and your surroundings.

We can utilise our pandemic time productively in the following ways, without stepping out of our homes:

1. Learn one new technical skill – You don’t need to be a perfectionist or a subject matter expert but learning a new skill will keep your mind fresh and keep you motivated. This is the best way to manage this stressful time.

2. Join a reading challenge on Goodreads. Set reading goals , it does not matter how small this goal is. Go for it! You can track a reading target on Goodreads and connect to many like minded readers. You can read a book of a genre of your taste. 

3. Get into someone else’s shoe. Try to understand what your spouse or parents do during the day. What is their skill set? Learn and spend some time with them to understand their pain area and success story. This will help you to understand someone else’s perspective.

4. Make a note and organise your work. Prepare a to-do list for the next day. Keep a track of all those minor activities like insurance premium payment, electricity bill payment, Internet payment etc so that you don’t miss anything important. Cultivate this habit which is extremely important to lead a disciplined life.

5. Workout at home – Even if you hate doing work out, it’s important to do some light exercise or yoga during this time. You can refer to any yoga tutorials or exercise on YouTube. It’s the best way to get relief from stress and it keeps your nerves calm. It will also build your immunity. 

6. Learn cooking – You know the best part to learn cooking is that you are always more independent than most of those who hate even preparing tea or cooking Maggi noodles. Believe me if you love food you will love cooking and pampering your taste buds.

7. Help the needy – Extend your support to those who are struggling during this pandemic time. You can support them financially and emotionally. 

8. Be active socially – Be in touch with your loved ones through frequent calls, messages and video chat. Stay connected. Share your thoughts with them and speak out. 

9. Keep your surroundings clean – This could be a most boring suggestion but it’s very important to keep ourselves and surroundings clean and stay away from getting infected. This is the utmost need of the hour. If you still feel uninterested repeat the mantra, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

10. Make a plan for the future. Discuss and make a plan to travel or a plan for your professional growth or something like that which you can do as soon as things get normal.

Remember, we have to maintain social-distancing and fight COVID-19 with best of our capacity.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh