Showing posts from March, 2020

Multiplying Time

Time management is another of those topics that has bugged me for ages. I have always struggled with time. I mean on one hand I get stressed with deadlines and miss out lot of enriching experiences due to being stuck with work. On the other hand I end up just like that wasting hours and hours. So I always find the topic of the time management interesting. I have found lot of ideas interesting. But nothing has really ever worked. I don't know if it is because I have not persisted long enough or just not found the right one for me yet. Anyways here is yet another advice I have received on time management - this time from TEDx. From Self-Discipline Strategist Rory Varden, author of Take the Stairs, a #1 Wall St Journal and #2 New York Times bestseller and  Co-Founder of Southwestern Consulting™, an 8-figure global consulting practice. I wonder though if the answer is in the 15-minute video, why would anyone buy his books or take his consulting services? Anyways  here  is the

Motivation for behavioral change

So I happened to see one more TEDx video - this time on motivation for behavioral change. This is a topic I have been interested in for ages. I mean I have quit smoking, I have quit drinking but at times I feel there are things I just can't change. Social media addiction for instance. I don't know if to call it an addiction. But it does consume a lot of time and I am just unable to significantly reduce the time I spend on it. So I was interested when I came across the talk on this topic by Dr. Tali Sharot,a neuroscientist at University College London and the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is professor at Harvard. So I guess she must have some credibility, eh? I know I am judging by brands. But I mean.... So the talk is  here  if you want to watch it What she says: She starts of by putting across a hypothesis that humans are wired to filter our bad news. She gives the human reptilian brain's flight or fight instinct as the reason for the same. She prese

Doing what you like

As I mentioned I plan to start documenting by reflection on things I listen to and read about so that it just does not end up getting lost in an endless maze inside my head. So here is the first of these. I don't even know how I came upon this. That is the thing about the internet. You jump from one thing to another and land up in most unexpected of places. I am still trying to decide whether this is good or bad. It is good in the sense that there is adventure in it: of discovering the most unexpected of things. It is bad in the sense that you lose control of your life and let yourself be lead by your nose like cattle. I mean you have only so many years in this world. And there is so much information available in the world. Would you want to plan out what matters to you most and spend the years picking that up or run amok all over the place picking up a bit here and a bit there and finally end up a bits and pieces man? I think there is no answer one way or the other. L

Running a ruinous race against rapid rats

Why do some folks get paid more while others get paid less? Why do some rise in the ranks while others just coalesce at the bottom and get lost in obscurity? Does education matter? Does experience matter? Does intelligence matter? What really matters? This is the question that I have pondered over for years. Probably so have almost everyone in the corporate world except the most successful ones. But most of those left behind think they know the answer : nepotism, perception management and willingness to compromise on values. If they were to be believed the ones who rise to the top are the politically manipulative, ass licking scum, who like to strut around like a peacock beating their breast like a great ape to project their smallest achievements skulking around offices like hyenas waiting to prey upon their innocent coworkers' guilelessness. Is this the truth? Or just a case of sour grapes? That is what I seek to explore. Things were easy back in my days as a progra