Monday, October 13, 2014

I Am That Woman

I walk
I talk
I feel
I heal
I possess a heart that you may tear apart
But it's my spirit that I inherit
I am the woman
With the "man"

I make
I create
I love
I cannot hate

I am the woman with undying strength
Who will go to any length
To bring things together
Whatever may be the weather

I am the woman
That woman…

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time, Spirituality and Happiness

A corporate executive takes a vacation in a small coastal village. There, while strolling by the beach and taking in the scenery, he meets a fisherman who’s coming back after catching his day’s prize.
“How long do you take to get these two fishes?” he asks.
“About two hours” answers the guy.

“Why don’t you stay in the sea for a longer time and catch more?”
“Why? This much is sufficient. It meets the needs of my family.”

“But this takes you only two hours. What do you do for the rest of your day?”
“I play with children, take care of my plants, and spend time with my wife. Sometimes I go to other villages to meet my friends, we sit, talk, dance and make merry.”

The corporate lad says – “I am an MBA, and from my knowledge I can help you do so much more. You should spend more time in fishing, with which you can catch a few extra and sell them off to buy bigger boat. It will help you get more fishes, then you buy another boat and a third one and so on until you have your own fleet. Then you can expand to a bigger market, make more money and someday even build your own plant. As your spending power grows, you can move to a bigger city and direct your enterprise.

“Hmm….how much time would this all take?” asked the guy.
“About 20-25 years,” replied the executive.

“And what would I do after that?”
“When your company starts giving you that much profit, you can invite others to buy your stocks and make crores!” said the executive with excitement.

“Crores? Really? And then?”
“And then you’ll be able afford a retirement, live in a small village near to sea, leisurely catch a few fishes whenever you want, relax with your family and see your friends every other day”

Fully realizing benefits of the current time is bliss. Time management can only teach you some good ways of managing your time but you do to make it work is entirely on you. Ask yourself the hard questions everyday – what you want from life? Why are you doing the things you’re doing? If you want to be authentically happy, this is the only way.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

12 Time Wasters and How to Avoid Them

So you want to know how to stop wasting time? May these 12 ways help you!

People waste time on what I call useless activities, like by chatting unnecessary or spending minutes (that convert into hours) on the internet, clicking on one link to another. Meanwhile, they miss things that can actually add a value to their day, such as finishing off the work at hand, or doing something proactive.

We're often tempted to slide a few minutes (for me, it’s always five) to take a break and do something recreational. However, these minutes always take at least 10, and before we realise, precious time gets wasted. Take a look at how you use up — and waste — your time. Check your activities against this list:

  1. Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter — No need to really explain what these sites do to any of you. If you’re reading this blog, you are smart enough to know how social media, when followed rigorously, can be a huge waste of time.  
  2. Emails: Wise men say “Don’t start off your day with emails”, and I think they are right. Over reliance on emails, refreshing your inbox every five minutes is a colossal waste of time. Reply your not-so-urgent emails after lunch hours because that’s the time mind starts to wander for “juices” to keep the creativity going.
  3. Self Grooming: The way you look is important. Put your time and effort to groom yourself before you step out, but spending more than five minutes on it is a way to bomb time.
  4. Exercise: A workout session that runs into two hours is a waste. The researches say you can burn more calories in a rigorous 25-30 minute session.
  5. Excessive Talking: If you like to explain your viewpoint to everyone you talk you, you become responsible for wasting their (and yours too!) time. Additionally, such forced-listeners will spend 91%  of their time during the talk to daydream.
  6. Games – First it was Angry Birds, then came Candy Crush and now Flappy Bird… I agree playing games is recreations but  how about timing yourself? You might also want to look at your log of the past few weeks to see how much time did you literally waste on it.
  7. Online Videos: YouTube videos take three-five minutes to download, another five minutes to play, all to listen/see something that you probably wouldn’t even remember after two hours. Organizations lose over $50 million per year (in wasted salaries) on this, not to count the value of time that you as an individual lost.
  8. Multitasking: The buzz word of the last decade has everyone thinking that they are good at juggling multiple jobs at the same time. The truth is we are not. All human beings, with an exception of a few specially made ones, are most productive when we concentrate on one thing at a time. Don’t believe me? Think about any such day when you rushed from one job to another and thought you got too much done only to realize in the evening that your “to-do” list doesn't has anything you can cut it from.

Worth your time, for a one time read 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes...

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Happy New Year!