Saturday, April 25, 2015

It's about managing focus, not time

We live in a world full of chaos and our Universe works in a random way, so no one knows what’s coming up next. No matter how much you plan your tasks and fit them into time slots, you will still miss something.You don't really have much control on how you want to spend your day, you can plan it up to some extent and the other hours are reactions to things around you.

Time is a constant and it’s the same for everyone, it will flow as it flows, with that very same speed. You might think you have control over it, but it just slips by.

As you start planning your days with slotting tasks in the allotted 24 hours, you seem to be doing fine in the beginning. But then one day you realise, you missed a few tasks in the last few days and now it looks tough to catch up.

The only thing that is in your control is the focus, the moment when you are with yourself. Managing time might seem to be the most obvious thing, but focus is what helps you hit with the full swing. No matter whether you have one hour or one day to finish a task, if your focus is rough, whatever time you have will not be enough.

Don't let distractions drive you away, they are not there to stay. Distractions are what drive you away from focus and your tasks. Filter out distractions as much as you can and build your focus, as it is the most powerful tool you have in your control. Focus on one thing at a time and your productivity will flow and you will be able to get more done in that same limited time.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

More you use creativity, more you have it

Creativity works like a muscle, more stress you put on it and more you stretch it to the limits, more effective it will become. It’s about not settling to the good and trying to be as close to the best as possible. When you already have a solution to a problem, look for new ways to solve it, and in that attempt, you will fail and that is what you need. Failing is the process of creating new things, solving big problems or being creative, you fail because it’s not easy and if it’s easy anyone can do it.

To be creative you need to explore more and more, don’t restrict yourself to a particular domain or subject, keep learning and look for connection between things.

It’s about seeing things from different perspectives, making sense by mixing different subjects, that is what effective creativity is, connecting things.
It’s not a skill, that you can directly learn from somewhere, creativity is an art that is developed. Your creativity is shaped by your experiences, you just need to be aware and live the moments to experience it, otherwise they are just memories.
Creativity doesn’t happen in a blink of an eye, it’s a process, a process of carrying the thought with you until it makes sense.
Things might not be that obvious when you start, it might not make any sense, but just stick to it and look for connecting it with the things around you and out of no where you will have a solution. The first solution might not be the perfect one, but you will have the direction to follow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's about a productive and motivated team: investing in company culture

Motivation is one of the most vital factors that makes a workplace productive. If you are not motivated enough to do what you are doing, the time will slip by, with not much done. During this phase, you are busy keeping yourself distracted and when you notice that you have deadlines to catchup on, your productivity is affected. With the worries of time running by, it’s difficult to stay focused on the tasks in hand and so less work becomes so much more.

Why invest in company culture at all.?

For a company to grow, it’s not about an individual or the work a team is doing, but about how productively and together a team is moving.
We spend most of our day in the workplace and if we are not comfortable with people around us, it will not get the best out of us.
If most of our day is be spent around people we don’t care about, we don't really have a reason to work for the company, we are just getting paid. With positive team building and motivated environment everyone will be more willing to take challenges, not because they can do it, but because they are confident about themselves as a team.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

You are allowed to have those bad days

When you don't have something, that is when you realise the real value of it and that is what bad days are for, to make you realise how important good days are. If you don't go through those bad days, you miss that phase, where you don't let good days drift away, unnoticed.

There are only 24 hours in a day and they are same for everyone, and we miss most of those hours in the hustle and bustle of life. We don't see the clock ticking second by second, we don't experience every second of the day, it just passes away and before you realise, 24 hours have ended and a new day has started. You can't slow down the ticking of the clock but you can at least experience most of it, be it good or bad, you can still learn from those experiences.
Time is a constant, it will never wait for you, don't wait for the right time standing in the queue, break it and catch the flow and let go of the emotions that are making you feel low.

Friday, March 6, 2015

There is always some light

Sometimes you see the Moon, sometimes you see the Sun and sometimes only the Stars, but there is always a part in the sky which has light. - Paritosh Pundir 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Looking through someone else's eyes

A lot of things happen around you every day, you capture some moments and they stay and the rest just fade away. The captured ones are your view, sometimes you see things the way you want and sometimes the way you don't want, but the faded ones are the ones you missed and might never know about.

You can't capture everything and you are allowed to miss the unimportant parts, but what if you see from someone's eyes and find that unimportant to be very important. It was something you missed, for you it just went away like a blur, but for someone it was strong and sharp, with every single detail in the picture as clear as it was, they lived every second past that moment, which just slipped away from your hand like sand.

It's time to live it with them, clear that blurred picture and fill colors in today's capture, colors so bright that yesterday is lost in today's light.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

You are the architect of your life

Life without challenges is a life never lived, challenges in life are like thunderstorm and sometimes they hit you very very hard. You can stand in the rain and let it affect you or can save yourself from the light rain with an umbrella, but to fight with the thunderstorm, you will have to build your own house. The house that will shield you from the outside world, that will keep you in the comfort of love, care and knowledge. The World is a tough place and the greatest investment you can make is the investment in yourself.

Teach yourself not to fight but to create your own World, teach yourself how to be an architect, how to build the World around you. Nothing works alone, you can't see every side of things, you need someone to see the other side for you.

We connect and share with people throughout the life, and more or less our relationships shape who we are. Invest in relationships with people who matter to you, the universe will create its own version for you with that relation.
The connections or relations two people share with each other is unique and different in it's own way, its your universe with that person, what you share and live with each other, most of it is with you both. 
You are living in a multiverse of connections and relationships that makes you who you are. The Multiverse of relationships you create will help you build your house, your world and to fight with the hard times, the thunderstorms, which an umbrella can't handle. Investing in your relations is almost like investing in yourself. don't be afraid to connect, who knows which part of life is still hidden from your eyes.

Inspired by a lovely relation in my life, My Chaechu (My elder sister and Mentor)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Finding another Earth among dots in the Sky

Go outside and look up at the Sky and start counting the number of Stars. Wait wait, not now, just finish reading this, if it's day outside you will only see one and if night, you will see uncountable number of dots. Now our star, "Sun" has 8 planets (excluding Pluto) and one of them has intelligent beings, "us, Humans". Now think (just little thinking), there are so many stars and like Sun, those Stars also have Planets and could have some living beings, at least in a few Planets.
Finding other planets similar to Earth and looking for life outside the solar system is one of the fields which has fascinated Intellectual minds (if you are reading this you are one of those "Intellectual ones").

Recently in search for finding the Habitable zones, we have started looking into young stars, which is making the search easier. The young stars are hot and the conditions like Earth can be spotted farther away from the parent star. With their location away from parent Star they can be observed with the next-generation of ground based telescopes.
One of the important signs we are looking for, is the temperature of the planet should be able to hold water in liquid state.
A fun fact: Earth, our own planet added water from heavy bombardment of water-rich asteroids. 
So if we are looking to switch planets we can take water with ourselves or may create some water, but we just need it in liquid state, I don't want to switch planets and eat ice or smell vapours when I am thirsty. The search is on for a new place to live and also find some other living creatures.

Explore more: Finding infant earths and potential life just got easier

Monday, January 19, 2015

Let others think you are a fool

Don't care about what the world thinks about youWe all are one of kind and unique in our own ways, we know it, but still we waste a lot of time justifying people how good we are. We keep trying to be smart in front of others, but they don't really care. Any random person you met today and tried to impress, doesn't really care how good you are, because they don't fully know who you are. It's not easy knowing someone, ask yourself, how many people you care about? The answer will not be a large number, because there are only a few close ones, whose points of view matter to you. The total number of points of view is equal to the total number of people in the whole world, every one is unique in a way, it is impossible to make everyone happy with what you do.
Don't waste your time justifying or proving yourself, Just Act, and focus on what you do best.
It's not about telling them who you are, but about making them realise your real value. Give the most time to the person who really needs you and understands you the most.
There is only one person in this world who knows about every second of your life and really knows what you are, and that's YOU.

Just focus on exploring who you are
Yes, the goal looks so far
But you have it in you, though
It's just that you didn't know...
- My Chaechu (My lovely sister and Mentor)

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
-Mark Twain 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Make the user do the next most obvious thing

People say designing is an easy job, but is it really so easy to turn a 0kb blank file into a great layout photoshop file, of 150MB. A designer needs to keep in mind a lot of stuff, from the user’s age to devices they use and every single detail about the product’s features or a website’s functionality.
Every single pixel you see on the screen has a meaning, there is a designer’s thought, a vision, how s/he wanted you to interact with it.
UI(User Interface), what you see, is just the small and visible part of the overall User Experience (UX). The story behind that design is hidden and you don’t even care what mental stress designers have gone through to create every pixel of it, just to satisfy you. The times when the ideas were flowing, the vision was clear and those times when the mind was out of ideas the designer felt like giving up, all these things are part of a design process to make every pixel speak and drive the user.

A great design always has a direction and a goal in which a designer thinks to make you follow the flow of the design and get the job done. For you it’s all about getting things done and as designers we have to think how we can help you get that task done, taking your less effort and making you do the most obvious things in the design flow. It is important to express with design, what you want the user to do, what message you want to convey, if the message and the flow is not clear, any great design is useless (at first place they are not great at all, they might only be good looking).
It is no more only about the UI, but the overall experience and interaction of a user on your website or application or your pixels. Thinking of the user as the main driver, we as designers need to create effective and powerful tools for them.
Keep creating pixels and help the world get things done by effectively interacting with it…..