Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Productivity Quote

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I am starting this series to motivate us at the middle of the week, when we need it most! "The Wednesday hump" is what we call the phenomenon. I will be putting forward a quote now and then by someone that matters. Don't worry, won't be me! Of course, as always you will see my thoughts along with the quote.


How many times have we told our friends, "I'm busy!"?
More often than not we have excused ourselves from things we don't want to do by saying this.
However, the problem arises when we tell this to ourselves. We often lie to ourselves about being busy. The worst happens when we give some work our time, but not our mind! So this is where this quote comes into play. It really doesn't just matter how many minutes or hours we are giving some work, but also how much effort we are putting and how much output we are getting.

Productivity may mean different things to different people. In a blogger's life, it may mean what useful research she can do, or how fast she can edit photos well. In a students life productive work might be solving a certain number of problems in certain time. In a software developers life productivity may be writing number of lines of useful code. And in the life of a teacher's may be how well the students understood in the 1 hour class that she just took. Etc.. Etc..

Productivity =  time + efficiency

So lets try to be productive, instead of busy!

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Friday, October 24, 2014

TGI Friday: Happy Diwali



Hi guys, So, technically diwali was the last two days! but I didn't really finish my post, so I'm posting it today!

If you are reading this, I want to wish you a very Happy and prosperous Diwali! Hope the best for your family and friends. 



Last Friday we decorated our work place. Since we are freshers, this was the task assigned to us for that day.

We ran to the near by store, picked up a few things to decorate the place. We were given a budget of course. Got back, and decorated our section of the floor. It was a fun time with the team. I guess this experience enhanced the team spirit in all of us!



The last two days were great!
On the first day of Diwali, I visited the Shiva temple. Its a beautiful place to visit in Bangalore. I will be a doing a post on my experience shortly.

On the second day of Diwali, I didn't have an off, so I was at work. My friends and  I went out for lunch in order to not let work completely make us forget that its a festival. We had a good time.
In the evening I went for a Diwali party with my parents, where there was great food and good music and good crowd. I also had the pleasure of meeting Nandan Nilekani, The Chairman of AADHAR. Every time you meet some iconic personality you are touched by their presence. I felt the same way!

This Diwali definitely brought me great experiences. Hope they did for you too!

How did you celebrate Diwali? Please let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Declutter your life- Step 4: Little lesser load on the gadgets

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Has this ever happened to you?

You walk in to a room wanting to take something, and then you check your phone, and the walk out of the room without taking that thing? 

What happened while you were in that room?
Nothing?
You might be wrong there! You might have checked your phone. Or there might have been something that you were chatting about with your phone prior to entering that room. Since that was on your mind, something possibly more important slipped out.

So anyway this is just an example I was taking to start off on how distracting our phones are. They are a necessary evil. Can't do with them, but can't do without them.

However, here are some demerits of gadget, particularly phones, that you might want to look at.

>> Waste of time: Well, we might think that a gadget is speeding up our work, and we are right! We must however not disregard the time we waste in the middle, on distractions, like social networking websites or videos streaming websites.

>>  Negative Health concerns: Health problems ranging from fatigue to eye problems to obesity are triggered by use of gadgets. Gadgets promote a sedentary lifestyle which leads to obesity which in turn leads to plethora of health problems. Use of mobile phones have be related to Alzheimer's disease as well as cancer. Read more, here .

>> Stress: When you're connected all the time, there is always a possibility of news reaching you as an when it happens. There is a constant stress factor associated with being connected at all times. Work from home has erased the line between personal and professional life. This does lead to added stress.

There are many more demerits. But its impossible to do away with something that is so important to us, right?

So here comes my advice. Tried and tested. So I went a whole day without using my cell phone or laptop. I picked up a real book, as in stead of my Galaxy Tab on which I usually read. Did chores around the house. It was a good day.

So you don't have to go Oh So Dramatic and disconnect completely for an entire day, but what you could do is unplug yourself for 2 hours a day. 1 hour in the morning after waking up and 1 hour before sleeping at night. Perhaps a little more during the weekend.

Do you agree with me? Do you have any other suggests. Put it in the comment box below :)

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha 

Friday, October 10, 2014

TGI Friday: A hopeful day



Fridays are always beautiful! They bring to us joy. Joy that the week full of work is gone and the two golden days have arrived. And hope. Hope that these two days will bring us joy and productivity. Cheers to Friday. Good Weekend to everyone!