PRODUCTIVITY

Feeling tired? get energized in minutes

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There was nothing wrong with the day. There were no fires, screaming clients, missed deadlines, and even the boss was happy. Still, I was super tired.

Mondays were set aside for meetings. Getting the meetings out of the way early in the week felt good. The day started with the weekly status meeting with no projects in red (yeah!). There was a major go-live date coming up, but it was far enough in the future to be a cause for panic. I spent the rest of the day in one-to-one meetings with my team members.

So why was I tired…


SELF-IMPROVEMENT

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I was tired. It was the peak of the pandemic, and everyone was working from home. Even the kids were attending school online.

My day was spent in meetings, getting kids on and off Zoom calls, quick snacks and multiple cups of coffee.

It felt like the number of meetings had exploded. Every 5-minute conversation at the water cooler/coffee machine had now turned into a 30-minute meeting on my calendar.

By the end of the day, I still had emails to reply to and had barely started on the presentation, which was due in three days. …


TECHNOLOGY

… and stop it from ruining your life

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Kiera was angry, to say the least. She was annoyed, frustrated and feeling helpless. She was justified in her reactions. After all, her smartphone had let her down. Again.

The smartphone is one of the most advanced creations of humans, a supercomputer in your hand, powered by AI assistants in the cloud and millions of apps that promise to make you more productive than a busy beaver.

And yet, Kiera’s smartphone had failed to wake her up on time, and she missed the meeting with a new client, possibly losing business worth millions. …


Everyday Bliss

3 steps to change your life, one night at a time

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Sleep, oh! sweet sleep.

When we sleep, we get into a pure-positive state. All our worries and negative thoughts temporarily cease as our conscious mind sleeps.

The subconscious mind, though is still awake. We cannot directly control the subconscious mind, but we can indirectly suggest thoughts to the subconscious.

As Napoleon Hill wrote in his famous book, Think and Grow Rich, autosuggestion is the process of giving input to the subconscious mind.

Before going to sleep, if we take a few minutes to think positive thoughts, express gratitude for all the good that happened in the day (even if it was just one good…


COMMUNICATION

5 tips to keep your audience alive and kicking

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I just came back from a heavy lunch with colleagues. The new Indian place nearby was perfect for the post-release celebration.

My phone buzzed, reminding me of the monthly status update. Kenji would be presenting. I rushed to grab a coffee to help me endure the next hour. I always dreaded the session, which drained every ounce of life from me and pulled me into the abyss of boredom.

Kenji was an expert in his domain and quite knowledgable. He planned his team’s work diligently and believed in detailed status updates. …


SELF IMPROVEMENT

That nagging voice in your head is toxic

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It all started with your parents. Seriously.

This is not another article asking you to go back to the past and fix childhood issues. But research reveals that our inner critic usually comes from early influences, especially parents and caregivers. It may be a result of criticism you faced directly or observing your parents being critical of themselves.

We live in a society that is largely uncomfortable with self-praise. We even deflect away praise from fellow humans by returning it immediately or countering it awkwardly.

Although the number one thing people associate recognition with is a feeling of being valued (88%), nearly 70% of people associate embarrassment…


FOOD

A bit of history and a lot of flavours

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While the Indian mathematicians were busy inventing the zero, the chefs of the subcontinent were immersed in creating more than 30 distinct cuisines. The math geniuses multiplied the numerical world's complexity with the invention of the decimal point, and the chefs mixed up barks of trees, flower petals and strange seeds to unleash flavours that have delighted the foodies of the world for thousands of years.

The ancient Indian text of Rig Veda (6000 BC) has records of spices in food and medicine. Archeological evidence supports that spices were used in India as far back as 2600 BCE.

My personal…


COMMUNICATION

And make you a better presenter.

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The pandemic has been the single biggest craziness of our lives. Most of us have been fortunate enough to miss the World Wars, the Spanish Flu, and many other atrocious events in humankind's history.

Some of us have reacted to the pandemic with fear and anxiety. In contrast, others have obsessed over numbers, hooked on to news and media, which has been spewing out an unprecedented amount of data analytics and infographics.

Or it’s been a mix of both, but we have been leaning one way or the other.

In the emotional camp, we see people feeling depressed and fearful…


Technology

Cave dwellers carried sticks, we carry smartphones, so what’s wrong?

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Hundreds of thousands of years back, primitive humans carried sticks to protect themselves from snakes and other animals, even other savages.

The cavemen with the strongest stick would survive the longest. Centuries later, in medieval times, people would carry the best swords they could afford.

Why? Because humans have always used tools to survive and thrive. Ability to invent tools has given us the power to stave off tigers, fly in the air, and communicate and collaborate globally.

Today, a smartphone is one of the most advanced tools created by humans. …


New Manager’s Handbook

Instead of peeking over the shoulder of your staff, follow these 3 simple steps

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Admit it — you hate someone peeking over your shoulders. It doesn’t matter what you are doing — you may be reading that juicy article about your favourite movie star or struggling with a complicated spreadsheet, you will hate it if your manager peeks at your screen.

Imagine you are typing away on the keyboard. Your boss comes around, stares at your screen and starts directing you. First, you will be a little peeved. Then your annoyance will grow and finally, you’ll stand up, turn around and ask — tell me which key to press.

Real-life may not be so…

Sudipto Chanda

Productivity Hacker. Helping you do your best work by sharing 25 years of my experience in energising people and developing remarkable products.

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