Feb 5, 2016

Ruling your time: Make sure it's not wasted!

Saurabh Chawla | | 1 Comments|
Researching various time utilizing approaches and experimenting with them on myself, I came across one technique which just blew up my mind. I thank the author for providing such insight into the 80/20 rule. The rule is simple enough to understand. Most of us use time in doing things which can be avoided completely. For example let us say that we waste a lot of time in doing things ourselves than investing the same time in doing useful work.
The rule simply adheres to an adage that 20 percent of customers are equal to 80 percent of the sales. Most of the business owners, especially entrepreneurs are addicted to only one formula i.e. to do all the things themselves. This leads them to wasting a lot of time in doing things in which they are less experienced. For example, we believe in doing  the laundry, the cooking and all these stuffs on our own. We can easily hire someone to take care of these petty issues. This way we can spend our energy in striking a million dollar deal with our potential client.
The  idea here is to keep the energy saved for useful and more revenue generating tasks than doing almost nothing at all. This will save a lot of time.
Below mentioned are some of the steps which you can start doing immediately for increased productivity:
1) Maids are helpful:
Hiring a maid sometimes can save you a lot of time while concentrating on your primary work. They can handle your laundry, cooking the meals, dusting etc. making it easy for you to work.
2) Get rid of all your petty tasks:
Getting rid of small things you do wastes your time a lot. Try keeping away from doing any such tasks which can be easily outsourced or are not generating any effective results.
3) Productivity time slot should be the prime focus:
In the morning time I am very best with ideas. I try to use that time in doing creative works, like writing. If I don't get time for writing, I jot down the ideas on piece of paper. This way the time is utilized and not wasted.

Feb 2, 2016

How to increase your productivity by decreasing interruptions

Saurabh Chawla | | 1 Comments|
For achieving your productivity goals, you have to follow certain principles so that you save your time and at the same time, be more efficient as well as productive in that pressure period. For you, time is money. In order to convert the stressful periods into money, you can follow the tips mentioned below to remove any interruptions and meet that productivity as desired.

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1) Be inaccessible
If you are an entrepreneur, you need to get lost many times. This helps in clearing the clutter around you. This clutter is hindrance to your growth. Also, it is a sheer waste of your time in which you will be more productive.
I remember a time when I used to cut off from my friends, family members for some time when I needed to workaround my writing tasks. I needed to complete them in tight deadlines. It taught me that sometimes getting lost can help you in being more productive.
Apply this tactic to increase your productivity. Here's an activity you can do. Give yourself a task and a tight deadline. Then try to cut off from all distractions like cell phones, television programs etc. Try to complete the task in the given time frame. You will yourself realize how your productivity improves.
2) Learn the other mediums of communication
Your customers, clients etc. can contact you anytime, every time. Try to limit your reach by delaying the responses to their e-mails, faxes, queries etc. But make sure that the time is not too long. You have to strategically manage your time to reply to these. This way your customers and clients will be happy with you and within that time, you will be more productive.
Next thing is that your customers will know the limit of contacting you through these mediums and will try not to bump your inbox with many e-mails.
3) Make use of deadlines
Managing your time is very much essential if you want more productivity. If you take up a task, make it time bound. It will create a sense of responsibility in your mind. You will automatically get engaged in that task by removing all the interruptions that might come into your way. This is the same activity I mentioned in the tactic 1 above.
4) Get busy
This is something obvious to increase your productivity. Getting busy in useful stuff is good. It serves to improve your productivity in the following way:
a) It teaches you time management skills.
b) Others will not interrupt you when they will find out that you are busy.
c) As the tasks will be completed in time, you will get a sound sleep in night as you will be relaxed. You will not be having any pending tasks for the next day.
It can work for you whether you are a sole entrepreneur or owner of a start up or a big company. It can help you to manage your time. It can also help you in managing your employees.
Apply these tactics and become a strong leader.
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Jan 31, 2016

5 things which will help you to transform from negative to positive thinking individual

Saurabh Chawla | | 0 Comments|
Have you been thinking negative lately? Everything you do, you get negative thoughts in mind while doing or before doing it? Negative thoughts, like positive ones affect your productivity and efficiency as well in accomplishing what you intended to do. That new project which just got screwed is stopping you from taking new responsibility. Don't get freighted by it, instead take some time analyzing what went wrong.
'Imagine a child playing with lighted matchstick, not knowing that it could burn him/her.'



Believe me, it would be something related to your mistakes which need to be corrected than clouding them in your mind creating an obstacle for you in pursuing new future projects.
Imagine a child playing with lighted matchstick, not knowing that it could burn him/her. But still the child keeps on playing with it without any fear even if he/she gets burned once or twice. As we grow as adults, we get the sense of right and wrong which keeps us from doing several things which we don't wish to do. It creates a sense of negativity in our brains. Also, the failure leads to negative thoughts which create hurdles in our way of achieving that goal of ours.
Below you can read how to transform these negative thoughts into positive ones.
1) Take control of your thoughts.
You are the master of your thoughts. Nobody controls them except you. The best thing that you can do to yourself is to control these thoughts and emotions, filtering out all the negative thoughts while storing back the positive ones.
2) Accept it, negative thoughts are intended to erupt
The first thing that you need to accept is that you are not alone in this game. Everybody in this world has this problem. Negative thoughts come in everyone's mind. So it's better to accept it, taking this phenomenon naturally occurring fact. Imagine that you didn't pass in exam, you doubt yourself, your abilities, result being an eruption of a negative thought. You accept that you don't have that skill to pass that exam, instead you should accept the fact that you are not alone who has failed, there are lot others.
The basic idea is to accept the fact that negative thoughts are intended to happen, you have to accept it with an open mind and an open heart.
3)   Sharing negative thoughts can be dangerous
Positivity grows when shared, jut like the happiness. Similarly, negativity also grows when shared. So you need to be careful while sharing your negative thoughts. You will experience more setbacks if you start sharing your negative thoughts.
If you are thinking of spreading out your frustrations, read the point number 1 indicated above. You need to control your feelings along with the thoughts. As I have stated that you are not alone dealing with these thoughts, the person you might share these thoughts may backfire his/her frustration on you. It will be like adding fuel to an already burning fire.
Sometimes, it's nothing but our attitude that becomes our own foe. This attitude can develop through our company, or friends whom we hang out with or our previous failed experiences. Imagine a person who has become so stone like that he doesn't even laugh at a comedy when his peers are laughing like hell then the person needs to change his attitude. Attitude can play an  important role in shaping up a person's personality. So, try to make it a more positive one.
5) Dig out the positive from the negative
Many a times, we become so engrossed with the negative thought that we don't see the positive in that thought. In my earlier posts also, I have mentioned this thing that there is some good in bad too. The issue here is that it is hidden and you have to dig out that good from the bad. Similarly, in every negative, there is some positive hidden. You have to see the positive side of it. It usually indicates you to do better or you can say it is telling you that you can do it in a better way.
So, next time a negative thought occurs, please don't be freighted by it, instead try to turn your mind towards the positive side and see the results for yourself.
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