Dec 1, 2016

Spread your Good Luck

Saurabh Chawla | 2 Comments|

good luck

Breathing in and out
Everything but a buck
Under a doubt
It’s your good luck

Keeping it yourself
Isolated from the world
Keep it on the shelf
See how your wings are unfurled

It can cause inhibitions
Also, a feeling of fear
No, not an omission
Don’t stop, just steer

Pulling it closer
Deeper as the ocean
You have been a poser
Enough of this commotion

Share with a friend or brother
Or with the flora and the fauna
No inhibition, no sin will smother
You will achieve the nirvana!

Nov 24, 2016

5 Easy ways to deal with distractions at workplace (How I do it!)

Saurabh Chawla | | | 0 Comments|

There's no good way to waste your time. Wasting time is just wasting time.

                                                                                   - Helen Mirren

In a world full of distractions, how do you know that you are utilizing your time well? You need to get along with everybody as any one ca be your loyal follower or customer in coming times right?

person easily distracted at workplace

Be it Social Media or talking on the phone, a certain portion of our time is wasted every day. The problem arises when you allow the distractions to take over your precious time. I have seen many people suffer in real due to the distractions taking over their mind.

How to deal with the problem? There may be several ways of keeping distractions away at the needed hour. I would be sharing how I manage both the work and distractions below.

1) Schedule Your Priorities

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

                                                                                          - Stephen Covey

During the office hours, I always got distracted with the notifications that popped up every now or then on my iPhone. I enjoyed the same for few days. I could manage both the work and the distractions effectively by scheduling the priorities.

When I am in the office, I switch on the ‘Do not disturb’ mode on the phone. It enables me to give time to my work when it was needed the most. After my wok is finished, I calmly review the notifications. Follow the principle Work First!

2) Plan it beforehand

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.

                                                                                                                - Mike Tyson

It becomes difficult in organizing everything every single day again. The best approach is to know what is needed to be done the next day. Keep a plan diary and record everything. Keep the fixed things fixed as they will not alter the next day or coming days. Make changes per the variable par like a random meeting or a random office celebration.

3) Take frequent short breaks

There is a virtue in work and there is a virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.

                                                                                                             - Alan Cohen

Usually, people in the office take a single long break to relax. I recommend taking frequent shorter breaks to divert your mind from the problem at hand. There are two reasons for the same, one is that you are not overly stressed out and two the work is competed in short time.

The productivity part is not hampered when you take short, frequent breaks. It opens the mind to new opportunities and it is beneficial in long run.

person not easily distracted and finished the work at workplace

4) Allow sometime for yourself, go offline

In person I don't have that many friends. I'm a pretty tight-knit guy with the people that I know. Offline, I have no more than four or five friends.

                                                                                                           - Tom Anderson

Like you need to detoxify the body, you also need to detoxify the mind. Sometimes, do not disturb not works as described in first point above. You need to completely go offline for some time. No emails, no social media, no phone calls (except calls from family). Simply take a break from all the work you have been doing for so long.

5) Start up early

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.

                                                                                         - Richard Whately

It’s always wise to start your day early in the morning. It will help you in organizing your day in a better way and you will be able to work more efficiently and productively. The work is finished on time, so you get some time extra for your own self which you can manage effectively by doing some distracting unproductive work.

Have you followed any of these steps and felt a difference? Do share your experience in the comments below!

Nov 10, 2016

How developing communication skills helped me a lot

Saurabh Chawla | | | 2 Comments|

No matter where we are, no matter with whom we are conversing with, effective communication skills need to be developed in order to achieve success. If you are running your own business or doing a job, communication can save a lot of hurdles you might be facing. 

developing communication skills

I too had to face a lot of problems in my startup. I lacked effective communication skills which were causing me harm than good. I believed that I was right but the other person thought I was wrong all the time. Later on I realized that the other person thought was right. I will share the reason why in a while. Developing communication skills is not impossible but yes it can be difficult at times. It takes a lot of experience, practice and observation powers to have effective communication skiils.

Now coming to the question why the other person was right. All human beings may seem different  but they have a common trait. They re not concerned with what other prson wants. They are only concerned with what they want. If the other person is in sync with what they want, he is right and if he is not, he is wrong, according to them. If you set your mind upon it, you will realise that it's true.  

You must be wondering how you can be an effective communicator right? You can get a lot of material on the internet and books are out there which can help you in developing communication skills. But in this post, I would be sharing my own experience of how effective communication skills helped me in forming better personal and professional relationships.

1. Listen

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. 

                                                                                      - Ernest Hemingway

Yes. Listening is what is needed. All of the time I thought I was listening but I was just hearing. Hearing is when you hear the voice and don't interpret the meaning of what is said. Listening, on the other hand is interpreting and analyzing what is being said. This way you will be able to understand the other person's point of view.

2. Observe

We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing. 

                                                                                     - Georg C. Lichtenberg

 Observing is another aspect to keep in mind. We usually see the things and ignore the actual signs which need to be addressed in detail. Like listening and hearing, seeing and observation play and important role in developing communication skills that are needed to close that deal or to impress a girl etc.

When I started observing the points which were given by my clients, my team members, family members etc, I was able to handle each one of them effectively and positively.

3. Priority

Action expresses priorities.
                                                                                  - Mahatma Gandhi

We always keep ourselves a a priority over other people. This makes us selfish and egoistic. The result of this is an argument. You will justify your point and the other person will try to prove his point. This way, there would be no result except divorce. When trying o communicate, try to keep the other person on top of you. This will enable you to observe well and listen in a better way.

4. Follow the path of Truth

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. 

                                                                                            - Winston Churchill

A thousand lies can't hide a single truth. We usually fail to understand this basic thing. Lie is just meant to psychologically satisfy your inner self. But in fact, you are aware of the truth yourself. A truth which I follow is that you can't please everybody you meet on this planet. Even you will have a bunch of haters who would be large in number than those who would support you. 

Following these steps helped me a lot in developing communication skills which I lacked and I was able to fill a gap.  Did it help you in developing effective communication skills?
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