On the Big Deal About Vacations

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Seriously, what is the big deal about getaways? Ok. It’s not visiting new places that I hate – it’s the part where people ‘take a break’ and ‘recharge’ by visiting a new place for, like, 7 days. So you spent a lot of money, requested leaves in advance, probably took a visa, asked all your friends for suggestions and turned the internet upside down with your research,  planned a detailed itinerary, travelled to a new place, saw all the places, got carsick/airsick/homesick/sick on the way, and came back physically and mentally drained, only to think, ‘Oh wait. I have to get back to life now’ Seriously? Why wouldn’t you use that time and energy to simply improve your daily life? What is the point of running away from real life, escaping to a foreign wonderland for respite…… and then coming right back to it all? I really cannot see the point. […]

On Accepting What You Can’t Control

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I’m a world-class worrier. Worrying and coming to the worst conclusions happen naturally to me. In my entrepreneurial journey, I have very often been prepared for many disasters because of my constant state of worry and preparedness for all the what-ifs. Yes, worrying helps. But more often that not, it doesn’t. My anxiety chips away at every iota of mental resource that I have. And I’m no longer going to position anxiety as a credit (or worse, a personality trait) when it has been nothing but a debilitating condition. My anxiety draws me a very detailed and elaborate map of everything that could happen from the current point on. It is so elaborate that it doesn’t fit in the canvas of my mind. It overflows into my personal journals, my work, my relationships, my decisions, my feelings, and finally (drum rolls), my physical well being. And when any of this […]

On Multitasking and Zoning In

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I want to do all the things. Everything. Listen to a podcast while cooking a new recipe. Watch a how-to video while writing an article. Read a book while making a plan for the next weekend. Respond to an e-mail while going through my client’s monthly strategy. Go through a month-old abandoned piece while taking a break from work. Or moving to another task without finishing the one at hand because hey I am a goldfish. And of course, there’s always a thousand tabs open on my Chrome at all points of time.   Need to stop doing this. It’s not healthy, it’s not making me happy, and well, all research points towards multi tasking being the enemy of productivity. I’m definitely completing all my work. That I am sure of. So does that mean……. without multi tasking I can get even more work done? Hmmmm, let’s see.

Personal DJs are a Luxury Commodity

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Before Get towel and fresh clothes – 1 min Create perfect playlist apt for your mood – 20 min Rinse, lather – 5 min Repeat until playlist is over – 30 min Towel dry and run to warm place for self-preservation – 4 min I love a good playlist for a warm shower, but we all know how nerve-wracking it is to create one (No? Just me? Ok). During my showers, I’ve found that almost always, I was longing for ‘that other song’ that I liked exactly 13% more than the one that was currently playing, both of which, by the way, had been meticulously added by me to my custom-made shower playlist. I then started creating a new playlist for each shower, but it STILL didn’t work because apparently, I can never predict which song I would long for. Also, most showers hardly last 15 minutes so that’s like […]

day 6/21: saying goodbye

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Days 4 and 5 went really well – much meetings, much calls, much striking off from the to-do list, except for the fact that I couldn’t find the time to update my series here. (Which means my time management and priority setting skills are still not levelled up) Today is a Saturday, and so far I’ve really had a stressful time – my nephews were creating a racket, I couldn’t take a shower, and I booked 5 tatkal tickets on IRCTC (Anyone who’s ever booked tatkal tickets know what I mean) Where am I going? Well, later this month, I’m travelling overseas, so I have to say goodbye to a few relatives. It’s going to be a very long trip, starting tonight and ending day after tomorrow. Wish me luck. Anyhow, I need to get back to my senses, stop being stressed out, take a shower, pack, order some work […]

Day 2/21: Need for Sleep

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Woke up a little late. But I managed to catch up with the day. Had this conversation with Ar about Sex and the City, and how it probably pioneered female centric movies that dealt with their friendships and relationships (which are still so few in the world), and men who are always one foot out of the frame. Both of us based our opinions on the movies, and not the TV shows, so we could be wrong. Did Carrie Bradshaw own too many things? Would you hold that against her? Let me know. Work was heavy, with little time to finish what I wanted. The day was littered with long, taxing meetings, which eventually ate up into the time I’d left for a walk. It’s during my walk that I listen to podcasts – Day 2 was harder/more tiring than day 1 (obviously)

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Day 1/21: A Kickstart to Productivity

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With the raging success of my 21DaysofMornings, I thought I’d restart this series. To the uninitiated, here’s a recap: So you know what they say – do something for 21 days straight and it becomes a habit? Well I tried that with waking up early, and it kinda sorta worked. It’s November 2017, and I don’t oversleep anymore. So this time, I thought of restarting it with the aim of becoming more productive every day. My goal? To make each day as productive as possible. For the purposes of this experiment, I’ll define ‘productivity’ as : doing things and having something to show for it. So for instance, if it’s related to work, I’m not productive if I just sit and research something. I need some sort of update for my team – like a presentation, or an e-mail, or just a message. If it’s related to hobbies, I’m not […]

How to Read Shakespeare – When You’re Not a Student and Your Job Doesn’t Require It

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The good thing about age-old classics, is that there are a ton of resources to go along with it – analyses, plays, movie and movie adaptations – so  many takes on the same bloody thing! And if there’s something I enjoy, it is the analysis of any form of art. I’m not a big fan of classics, mainly because of the general difficulty in understanding the language. However, in the recent past, there have been too many instances where I’ve been recommended classics, that I can’t ignore it anymore. (For example, To Kill a Mockingbird) I thought I’d start with Shakespeare – someone who’s not all that unfamiliar, thanks to CBSE. A quick Google search gave me the best way to read it, and I think this needs to be shared with the rest of the world. Hence this post. Read this Quora Answer, which nicely instructs you how to […]

Why do B.Tech Courses Need Seminars?

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I once interviewed as a Technical Writer for a startup in Kerala – I was just 1 job old, and very nervous. As you might have understood already, this job doesn’t require one to have a B.Tech degree, and, like most people in India, I was also an accidental ‘engineer’. (This word is highly misused. Passing Degree != Being Engineer) So this interview panel consisted of three men. The first part of the interview went really well – I had decent work experience and could answer all their questions. However, the interview went really, really long, and as is the case of long interviews, it went haywire. I think they ran out of questions after a point, as it was probably the first time they were interviewing a tech writer. They started asking me about the thing I knew least – Electronics and Communication. I was flustered. There I was, explaining […]