In my career spanning 19 years, I have tried many ways of planning, scheduling and productivity methods. Some worked for a few days, some didn’t work at all, and some methods lasted longer than others. When I started working from home last year, I again experimented with different methods to improve productivity.
In this article, I am sharing those tips that worked for me. The first 4 are about setting up for better productivity. The next 7 are on how you work in a day so you can improve productivity. The last 2 are fundamental. Some of these are specific…
That’s exactly how many days I ran a 2K regularly.
This journey changed my life in several ways.
It was not a long-distance, but running it every day? That was difficult for me.
If you haven’t read my previous articles, let me tell you I am not an athlete. I am an IT professional in my early 40s. I started running five years ago out of necessity to keep myself fit. My corporate job had led me to a sedentary lifestyle, and I had to keep myself healthy.
In these past five years, I ran multiple 5Ks, 10Ks…
Isn’t it amazing how life just takes over and we don’t even realize it?
Sometimes we get so busy that we forget what is important in life. And then one day, you get that feeling — perhaps I should have slowed down a bit.
It is easy to get going pursuing dreams, goals, and whatever excites you, day in day out, and burnout. Just like the engine, our body and mind work the best with optimal use. Neither too much use nor too much rest is good.
Deep down, you know, you need to relax. You need to take time…
Ten years ago, when I purchased my first book on Amazon, the experience was so great that I bought many books after that.
I asked my father if he wanted any book that I could order him. He said nothing in particular. He was in his 70s so I assumed he might like spiritual books and purchased a few that were coming as a top recommendation. He really liked some of those books, especially the Upanishads and such, and mostly writings of Osho.
He would talk to me about it, sometimes for a few mins, sometimes for a long time…
That is how many days I have exercised regularly this year. I had not been so consistent ever before. I started on 01st Jan 2021 and regularly walked, ran, and exercised since then.
If you followed my earlier posts, you would know that I am not an athlete. I am an IT professional who had started running to keep myself fit and healthy. Last year was an exception. To be consistent, I ran regularly for 70 days almost every day, and that had changed my life in several ways.
I wrote about it here.
But, as I mentioned…
One day back in 2011, I was so eager to come back home from the office for a lunch break. Not because I was hungry but because I was hungry to read few more pages of the book I had been reading. It was the first book I was reading on investing.
Although I had begun my investing journey in 2007 — starting with mutual funds, then direct equity in 2008, it was not until 2011 when I really started looking at it closely to learn something. The value investing bug had bitten me and I started to read a…
A note to myself.
We develop relationships based on trust.
Reliability. Predictability. You know whom to trust. You know when you need there is someone out there whom you can rely upon. You know he would respond. You can share the problems and concerns with him/her. Offload stress with him. He is there. All the time. For you. When you need the most, he is there for you. He has been true to what he said. How he acted. He met his commitments. When he failed, he accepted. You cannot pinpoint anything wrong with him. He may not be perfect…
One and half years back, in February’20, one evening I got a call from someone I knew. He was in the ’20s, had just completed his degree, and was trying desperately for a job.
He had tried hard for over 6 months after graduating — applied for jobs in many companies, attended some interviews, learned new skills, did some courses, but nothing had worked out. He had studied hard for 16 years and waiting for a day when he would finally land a job.
But now he had lost hope.
With a depressed voice, he asked me — ‘Can you…
I bought a few books earlier this week. There are still so many unread books at home, yet I bought some more.
I had not been reading books recently. In fact, I have not read as many books since the pandemic started as I used to read before. I tried to make reading a daily habit but never could. So I read when I am interested and I don’t force myself to read.
When I start, I continue to read but when I stop, often there will be a gap — sometimes for a few weeks, sometimes for a few…
Earlier this week there was a session at work to think about why do we do the work that we do and how can we innovate using this central concept of ‘why’.
Most of the time we get stuck in the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ forgetting to focus on the most important part, ‘why’.
This was based on the Golden circle model shared by Simon Sinek. I had watched a video on this a few years back but I hadn’t really done anything after that. …
Curious. Observer. An IT professional in early 40s. Sharing my learning and experiences on self Improvement, personal development and some general thoughts.