It was the month of April, beautiful weather, colourful blooms. Perfect day! I was walking towards my boss’s cabin, happy that I had covered all aspects of my job role expectations for a successful annual performance appraisal. In fact, I had taken on additional tasks. Most days I never left office before 7 p.m and of course my team and boss had been the eyewitnesses.I had strong points to prove that I was a hard worker and a great value to the organization!
Almost every other day I get asked this question, “How do I manage my time better?” and this question is one (I am happy to say) has no generation bias !! From the so called ‘Baby Boomers’ to the ‘Gen X’, ‘Gen Y’ and ‘Gen Zs’.
With the current pressures of professional and personal lives, many people (including me!!) struggle to ‘manage time’ as we move from home to work to gym to school, at times hoping to fit in an interest or two (including sleeping those few more minutes!!)
Some people know how to get most things done. When you are still contemplating pouring yourself a second cup of joe, this tribe of super-achievers has already hit their morning jog track, checked every message in their inbox, and gone through the rough draft of the report slated for next week.
But how do they manage to do so much so quickly? After all, nobody starts out being super productive.
The best part is that you can do it too. High-octane performance starts with a typical mindset that propels the things you do in a day. Once you develop that mindset, specific behavioural traits will follow that eventually translate into action.
With 2020 having just begun, each of us has some resolutions planned for the new year. The most favourite ones that I have come across
- Start exercising and get into better shape
- Lose weight
- Eat healthy
- Learn a new skill
- Quit smoking
- Save more, spend less
A research conducted worldwide indicates that 1 out of 10 people succeed in their resolution!!
“Your network is your net worth” —Unknown
Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? You might have experienced a sense of isolation as you get numerous bouquets and cakes and wishes on your birthday on social media, yet no phone calls to wish you a Happy Birthday; as your award-winning wildlife photography series gathers thousands of likes on social media; still, no one rings your doorbell to congratulate.
That brief moment of self-doubt before answering a text message with an emoticon? Well, you are not the only one!
Do you remember Daylight? The 1996 blockbuster, starring Sylvester Stallon. The movie portrays the ordeal of a group of motorists, struck in the Holland tunnel under the Hudson River, following a terrorist attack. Water was seeping fast into the tunnel, and the clock was ticking. However, the group of strangers had to settle their differences before they could attempt to escape.
Have you ever boarded a bus to go somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise that you remember nothing about your journey? Or drifted off from a conversation and could not recall what the other person has said? Or you started munching from a packet of chips and suddenly noticed that all you were left with was the empty packet? Most of us have!
Lao-tzu once told his disciple, “he who knows, cannot say. He who says, cannot know“. His disciple then asked him to explain what he meant by that. Lao-tzu said, “have you ever smelled a rose?” The disciple acknowledged that he had. Lao-tzu replied, “Ok, so you know the smell. Now describe it.“