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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Book Review – The Revolutionary : Ram Prasad Bismil

Book Name – The Revolutionary : Ram Prasad Bismil’s Auto Biography from the Death Row

Author – Saket Suryesh

Pages – 118

Let me start from my favourite couplet from the book

“Voh Phool Chadhate hain, turbat bhi dabi jaati,

Maashooq ke thode se bhi, ahsaan bahut hai”

This book is not a work of fiction; it is a pure valley of knowledge and nationalism. You get a chance to live, understand and feel the journey and struggle of Saheed Ram Prasad Bismil. We can feel the emotions with the most appropriate words chosen by the author which keep you engaged till the end. It also portrays how Bismil and other freedom fighters want us to make our India better and great. It makes you question yourself if we have really made it great as he has clearly mentioned the after effect of entering politics in modern India.

Kakori train Robbery was very expressive and the hindi couplet within the chapters at some places are beautifully written and positioned.

If you are planning to get a copy of book which can tell them about our freedom fighters then this is the one.

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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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Why should you necessarily follow your passion?


It is a world of millennials and we must have often heard them seeking advice of experts from the previous generations, about how to build a career, branding their work, or how to be ahead in the race of being successful. Without any second thought you must have heard the stalwarts giving the same usual advice “Follow your passion”. It is important that the individuals should follow their passion as passion is not just another fancy word.

“Passion is a soulful territory where you actually belong to”.

I’m here to tell you that this is the best advice you’ll ever get, and therefore, you need to start paying attention to it.

1.      Money and Fame are synonymous to Success

Let’s accept this brutal fact and understand the meaning of success which drives everyone.

It is usually considered that Money and Fame are the parameters to define and derive the degree of success for an individual but true success is not all about money. Success should be ideally defined as an achievement of your desire. You will find some people who are happier to get recognized rather than getting financial compensation. This is particularly true when it comes to work. If someone has passion, there is a possibility that money and pride will follow because the time and effort invested is with enthusiasm and utmost dedication.

2.      Passion is important

The more enthusiastic a person is, he will be more inclined towards working hard on self-improvement increasing his chances of success. He will be open to identify and discuss his strengths and weaknesses and will always strive towards continuous self-improvement. Passion will keep the momentum going and hard-work will be paid off well.

3.      It is never too late.

Passion has nothing to do with your age. Anytime is the best time to follow your passion. The best part is that you are lucky to find your passion. Do you think every successful person started working on his or her passion from Kindergarten? Absolutely NOT. I am sure you will agree to this. There are many actors who decided to follow their passion for acting after celebrating their 50th birthday. There are some celebrities who decided to do stand-up comedy after investing lakhs of their parent’s money in earning an engineering degree and some decided to become a storyteller and later became bestsellers after quitting their banking job.  They are an inspiration and icon for today’s generation promoting the unsung fact that, “If you follow your passion religiously, then the Sky is the limit”.

4.      You will not feel like it is ever forced upon you.

There is no limit to earning money especially when you start valuing money over non-materialistic blisses of life. You do earn handsome but life ceases to be a journey and becomes more of a pain in your mind and body that forces you to get the work done.

We go to work every day with the mindset of working hard, giving our best, to get increment and promotion and you gradually begin to hate your job more and more. While others feel that they must work hard to retire and have money to enjoy, there is also no right time to retire.  What’s the point of enjoying your life in your later years when you have already spent a golden time of your life being depressed? If you start working for your passion you will never feel like it’s ever forced upon you. You will start enjoying it.

5.      You will achieve success irrespective of any hindrance.

When you start enjoying what you do, nothing will stop you because you are unstoppable and passionate about what you do. Your passion keeps the momentum going, it helps you to overcome the obstacles. Any difficulty that comes your way is acknowledged and fought off with a right solution.

Think about it. After all, it’s your life, your career, your future and your happiness.

Cheers!

Subrat.

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Silence is the most dominant shout

I am not a great listener and probably, that is the reason I am the best person to write about the power of silence. Silence can sometimes be considered as an inability to speak, a sign of weakness. However, silence doesn’t have to mean that effective communication is not taking place. In fact, silence can be a powerful negotiation tool. Knowing when to stop talking and listen is just as important as knowing what to say. This comes more naturally to some of us than to others but it’s a skill that can be worked upon and sharpened.

While in conversation allowing your counterpart to do the active talking and listening, you will end up gaining their trust and confidence in you. Your silence may even encourage the other side to reveal more than they intended. The value of quietness is significantly belittled in current society. In addition to the fact that we can’t really cherish silence, we likewise give our absolute best to keep away from it.

  • The extraordinary instructor inside.

Silence is not our enemy. It helps us to become more relaxed as you don’t have to filter and process unlimited information. The ground-breaking impact of quietness can assist us with better understanding what the instructor inside us needs to say. The only thing that is in any way important is that quietness gets us closer with a critical wellspring of clearness and peacefulness.

  • Better Concentration.

Silence can assist us with calming down and to enter a condition of mental clearness. An impressive reaction to this expanded clearness lies in huge enhancements of your concentration. In turn, your capacity to concentrate on a given assignment will increase massively. Because of expanded concentration levels, you will end up being significantly progressively beneficial at all that you do.

  • Least bothered about insignificant things in life.

Most of us are surrounded by ‘n’ number of unimportant engagements in our life. These unimportant things are insignificant.However, many of us place great emphasis upon them. We are not clear with our priorities, so we fall prey to worrying about things that are least important. Instead of being irritated or offended by minor occurrences, silence can give you the necessary mental strength to treat these things as they are.

  • Silence allows better delivery and understanding.

Silence in the form of appropriate pauses, allows your audience to absorb information. An audience responds in real time and hence, you should give a pause whenever you say something important in your conversation. It helps them to absorb and retain. A concise silence enables your audience to ponder over your basic message in their brains and thus helps to connect better.

  • Unpredictable when you speak less.

The more you talk, the more your words and information can be utilised against you later on. Talking less will influence other individuals to

reveal increasingly about themselves. When you listen, you find out more and you can utilize that information later. The less you say, more significant and baffling you show up. By saying less and to the point you create an impression of meaning and power.

Leaders are often judged by what they say or do but sometimes silence is their most effective leadership tool.

Silence can enrich communications, if used positively. It can even misfire sometimes if inappropriately pitched in. Silent spaces should be used to support communication and not undermine it.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

Book Review – Murder in Paharganj

Title: Murder In Paharganj
Author: Kulpreet Yadav
Length: 278 pages

This is my first murder mystery by an Indian author. “Murder in Paharganj” by Kulpreet Yadav sent a chill down my spine.

It is about a murder investigation of women who was murdered in a Hotel in Paharganj. Vicks Menon, a man who has lost his job recently, reaches the crime scene before the police and starts his own investigation. The search for the murderer took him to Udaipur then to Bangkok and finally to Sikkim. 

I liked and thoroughly enjoyed the way how Author Mr. Kulpreet Yadav included various international affairs. Such as the clash of Israel and Iran.

Although it is a crime thriller, it didn’t fail to express and value emotions. The pain of a father of not meeting his daughter, the guilt of not delivering the letter at right time, the impatience while your love is at the hands of death – the author succeeded in injecting emotions into words.

It is a fast paced and suspense filled book. The language of the book is equally catchy and lucid. The book is a good murder mystery with numerous numbers of surprise and definitely a page turner but with not so eye-boggling sequences.  

What I like:


1. The narration of the story is brilliant
2. The presence of mind of protagonist’s while solving the mystery

Over all, I enjoyed the book and it was worth reading.

Keep writing and best wishes to author.

My Over all Rating – 4.5/5

Book Review – The art of being grateful and other stories.

Book Name – The art of being grateful and other stories

Length – 64 Pages

Author – Manali Desai

This book is a collection of short stories and a quick read which has 8 beautiful short stories along with a bonus reading where language is lucid enough for any reader to understand. Let me first tell you that this book is for the readers of all age group.

Cover page and other photos in this book is very creative and beautiful. I would like to mention and appreciate the effort of Khushi Chauhan for this. It is very creative, amazing and thoughtful.

Apart from those 8 short stories, there is something called “bonus reading” which I have throughly enjoyed reading. It was like an icing on the cake. Very thoughtful and a brilliant idea. It shows the different creativity of author.

Out of those 8 short stories, which is based on different story line, background, characters etc, I personally liked “Unlike the the movies” because it was totally a different and a fresh idea, “self- happiness above all” as this is much relatable story in the society and reader can easily connect to them, and “No Witness” because I was speechless the way this was narrated or written. It shows the strong will power of author to develop such a powerful character. Amazing. Simply brilliant!

I liked this line from the book “We’re all so result-oriented and hesitant to take blames.”

It was a great and quick read. Best wishes to author for next book.

Please note that this book is currently available on Kindle Only.

I give 4 🌟/5🌟 to this book.

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh

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

Be a positive guiding light, to relish illuminating reflections

“I am elated to see the posts of so many parents whose kids have done well in their board exams. Let us acknowledge that it’s not only the effort of kids but also their parents & teachers. Kudos to them for their support and guidance during this tough time.  

Most of us are locked within our premises for the last few months with limited supply of resources and going through a stressful time. We were never prepared for this and hence, never did a drill to handle a pandemic situation. Teachers and parents were going an extra mile to guide and support their kids throughout. Let the kids also understand and appreciate the pain and effort that you have put in and it definitely calls for a celebration. 

I request all the parents to allow their kids to do whatever they want to do in their life. Don’t force them to opt a career of your choice. Let them choose what they want to do. There are numerous options available and they can tap the appropriate opportunity to explore and flourish anywhere. Each kid is a fighter and has a special talent. Let them decide their future and follow their dreams and passions. Let them become an engineer, singer, doctor, artist, comedian, entrepreneur or whatever they want to be. Encourage your kids to channelize their positive energies to achieve their dreams, in what that is for the greater cause. Please don’t let them become too self-absorbed and self-obsessed in their own dreams, work on their character building, vision creation and help them to guide their positive energies in the right direction. Encourage them to root in what’s good and right, and their dreams will surely get wings.

Encourage them to pursue dreams that sharpen and accentuate their natural gifts and talents. Be the guiding light that illuminates their path to self-belief and success. Trust me they will do much better than your expectations. Please get to know your kids and encourage them to follow their dreams with a focused eye. Don’t let the world miss out on all they have to offer.”

“Be a positive guiding light, to relish illuminating reflections”

Cheers!

Subrat Saurabh