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How to Manage Your Time Smartly and Effectively?

Here are some quick fixes to motivate you, charge up your dull day, and help you manage your time in smarter ways

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New Delhi, October 22, 2017 : The capacity towards how smartly you manage your time and how productively you make use of your resources determines how successful you become. If you find yourself lazy and a slow-mover, you need to understand what you are best at and continue doing that.

Here are some quick fixes to motivate you, charge up your dull day, and help you manage your time in smarter ways,

1. Make a listicle of your priorities

You go through lots of thoughts through out the day; writing down everything would define your goals for the day clearly. Make a to-do list of your daily chores to be done on a prior basis in chronological order.

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Frame a methodical paln for managing your time. Pixabay.

2. Execute your to-do-list 

Mark the issues that are important to each day. Frame a daily calendar for yourself for work, home and personal life separately. Manage your time smartly by customizing your lists to keep a balance of personal and professional life.

3. Don’t give importance to all issues at one go

Give your focus to specific issues and aim to get the tasks at hand completed by the end of the day. Make a difference each day and attempt to solve the situations critically. This will help you manage your time with improved performance and sustained productivity.

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Restrain the urge to overachieve. Pixabay.

4. Retain some energy for the rest of the day

Don’t exhaust yourself by packing your day with so much action that you’re left stressed at the end. Learn to relax and let go. Stroll out and breathe in fresh air. Do remember that your family and relationships are more important than your professional work. Give your body some mental rest with seven to eight hours of sleep and learn to manage your time.

5. Consume a proper and balanced diet

If you want to manage your time with only work efficiency, then you’re absolutely wrong! Limit the intake of whites- sugar, white flour and salt. Combat your exhaustion with normal intake of coffee and eat your food on fixed timings everyday. Take breaks between work and have some juicy fruits or salads.

6. Avoid the urge to over achieve

Remember that overachievement will leave you tired and unproductive. Some things in life are best when slow cooked. Be patient to accept whatever comes by your way and adapt with your environment accordingly.

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Live in the presnt and explore yourself. Pixabay.

7. Live in the present and explore your heart out

Enhance your skills by finding happiness in what you love. Concentrate on what’s on your plate and not what others have already had. Realize the costs of buying into myths of perfection. Accept the failures and learn a lesson each day as life moves on. Try to focus on your passion and indulge yourself in the best way possible to manage your time.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Planning to Set a Goal? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Here is what you should know about setting goals in life. Learn the simple techniques on "How to Set Goals"

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July 19, 2017:

When it comes to goal setting, one has many things on their mind. A goal could be anything from learning a musical instrument to set up a business. What’s important is a right strategy to achieve a goal. All the hard work can go in vain without a right strategy.

Here is what you should know about setting goals in life. Learn the simple techniques on How to Set Goals…

 BRAINSTORMING 

A good idea comes from brainstorming and people use it to come up with creative solutions to a specific problem. However, you need to use brain storming correctly for it to be fully effective. Brainstorming is an informal approach towards a problem with a lateral thinking. It encourages people to come up with wicked solutions possible, which in turn become effective and creative solutions in later stages. When you are in idea generation phase, you need not worry about its pros and cons, for that does not matter at this stage.

 RESEARCH 

The next deal is fact finding and developing a hypothesis based on some research. Research is important for reaching an effective conclusion and proactively reaching your goals. This is a phase of gathering information and formations of opinions and assumptions. The factual information can be collected through any personal observation or consultation of experts.  This will lead to a school of thoughts towards a goal; assumptions are helpful because it is relatively not possible to find all the facts.

 WHAT KIND OF GOAL? 

The goal can be of any kind varying from short term goal to personal goals. And hence it is important to know what kind of goal you are thriving on. Depending upon its kind, the effects of the goals differ.

Here’s how your goal should look like – ‘Smart Goals’

Specific.Measurable.Achievable.Relevant.Time-bound

Specific

The smart goals approach starts begins with precision ie, the goal should be specific and clear. The brevity of the subject matter is extremely important. Those who reach a specific goal reaches high efficacy. The goal should be such that it underlines the strategic planning as well.

Measurable

A dissertation from Management by objective (MBO) says that “if you can’t manage it, how will you measure it”, and hence it becomes important to be able to measure your objectives through a standard medium.

Achievable

Setting objectives seems to be an easy task but it should be attainable as well. (You cannot aim for a luxurious car if that’s a far-fetched dream). The objective should thus be within the boundaries of achievement.

Relevant

Relevance is to do with how different objectives are supporting each other and contributing towards overall success without creating conflict and tensions.

Time bound

Setting deadline will help you achieve objectives on time. Deadlines create focus and stimulate a prompt action. Always ensure the time set for meeting targets is enough or not.

 ACTION PLAN 

Having applied the SMART Goal setting to the plans, it becomes mendacious to drive an action plan for execution of the desired objective. Make sure you have an action plan towards each objective and have a copy of each objective. Discuss and finalize action plan and put review dates in your diary and ensure that you stick to them.

The Goal setting process doesn’t end here, you will also need to inculcate a mindset that will help you achieve the goals.

  •  Priority 

Prioritizing is all about giving the rightful importance to a specific goal. For instance, if you have two different goals for say, one is to learn swimming and another to get a job, you must be firm in prioritizing the right goal. Also, note that it is not always important to prioritize one goal over the other, you should be able to focus on what you do. This exercise is very helpful in the attainment of goal as you will be able to devote time to each goal independently without any overlapping.

  •  Consistency 

As rightly said “consistent actions create consistent results”, Consistency holds chief importance. One needs to keep working consistently towards the attainment of the goal. Consistency commands a strong will power and an uncompromising mindset. Lack of consistency can bring a lack of interest and an unfulfilled goal.

  •  Motivation 

Turn the possibility into actions by keeping yourself motivated. “I can do it” is a possibility whereas “I will do it” is action oriented. Positive motivation inhibits a positive spirit in you which will help you in achieving the desired goal. You can begin with thinking about the future prospects after the fulfilment of the goal or the rewards you will win. As you begin to do this, you will notice a huge amount of difference in your confidence and enthusiasm. For instance, if you want to get a good job, you will think about the materialistic benefits you will attain after the job. How will the job make you financially sound? How strong it will project your image in society.

  •  No overloading 

You can’t work for 10 goals in a day until you’ve an extraordinary strength. So set limited goals and do your best to achieve them. You can set 2-3 goals at a time and start with others once you’ve achieved your earlier targets.

  •  Commitment 

Whether an individual or a team objective, you need to understand your role in the completion of the objective. One should be clear about their roles and how they fit in the completion of objectives. Once they are clear about it, the commitment towards the goal becomes more tenacious.

  •  Challenges 

Make each of the targets a challenge while setting objectives. Nevertheless, how challenging the task is, you should be ready to face the challenge posed by each objective. Be cautious in not making the objective a stretching one so that it becomes unattainable.

  •  Complexity 

As an individual, you should be aware of your potential and the calibre. Make sure that the complex objective is broken into simpler one and allow sufficient time for each of them. You need to maximize the probability of success.

  •  Accept failures as well 

The more failure you can accept, the greater chances of success you will have. Failures are a part of life and a stepping stone towards success. If you don’t fail, you will not learn from your mistakes. Do not lose heart in case of an encounter with failure.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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NewsGram’s Pick : These Quotes by the Famed Leaders are Second to None

These leadership quotes will thrive you to acquire leadership skills

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Some leaders die but their leadership never dies . Pixabay

– by Naina Mishra

June 14, 2017:

Some leaders die but their leadership never dies. Newsgram brings to you the 5 second to none quotations about leadership by such leaders whose teaching are still ingrained in our lifestyles.

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To be a leader one must be close enough to its team as it involves organizing them and delegating the work. But also it is important to motivate your teams constantly for the better productivity. The attitude is very important in guiding your team and setting a big picture for your organization.

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It is important to maintain the motivation level and be focused towards the work. If you aren’t passionate about your work, your goal will only remain a wishful thinking. Nothing will change if you will change nothing, you should be willing to convert your dreams into a reality. Without passion, you cannot reach any far.

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A leader must be able to trade the positivity in times of crisis. Whatever your position is in a profession, what you pass onto others is a matter of great value. A spark of hope in the darkness is what needed to people you lead, it costs nothing yet is priceless to people you pass on hope in misery. People admire leaders who plant a seed of hope.

Also Read: Keys to happiness are here, unlock 

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A leader is not imposed forcefully onto to masses. You should be able to set an epitome for others to follow you. John Adams was the 6th President of USA, and he was more than being capable of making a name for him. He epitomized the philosophy stated by him really well. He worked to inform, educate and inspire his peers in the fledgling American government. John inspired men to dream and work more.

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Leadership is all about directing and motivating people to work efficiently and produce better results. Your success as a leader of the team is as great as the success of the team. To be a good leader you must inspire your team to work optimally.


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Positive thinking can be the secret to Healthy Ageing

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  • Think positive- the secret of living
  • One should have a proper motto towards his/her life .
  • Negative minded people die 6-7 years early than the happy ones.

Ageism is the tendency to evaluate older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment. Ageing is all about life and death . It’s about how you perceive your thoughts. They say life is a long journey. Well, let’s make it a bit longer.

Becca Levy (Research professor of epidemiology and phycology at Yale School of Public and Health) said: “it depends on how much a given individual takes those negative ideas to heart.” She observed a disjoint set of people who were in their late middle age. There was a difference of opinion among people. Some considered aging as a natural phenomenon and though it as becoming more experienced and wise. The others considered aging as becoming older people who are weak and dependent. There was a significant difference in lifespan between the former and the latter ones. While the latter died 7 years before former lived 7 and half years more.

This doesn’t mean that thinking positively and being a couch potato will keep you alive for more years. Our mind and body are way more interconnected than our imaginations. Studies have shown that people with positive mindset are more likely to recover from major health setbacks. While people having no major impairment but did had a negative mindset are likely to later develop the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s diseases. More their thoughts degrade lesser their lifespan becomes.

Old people with no positive attitude, Wikimedia commons
Old people with no positive attitude, Wikimedia commons

One can idolize 95-year-old Jim Shute of Medford, Ore. His daily routine comprises of waking up at 6.30 am followed by reading a local newspaper. After having breakfast he makes a check on his garden’s irrigation system. In his spare time, he also goes fishing, refinishes furniture.

Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist and behavioural scientist in Chicago tells that It’s not necessary to do all those things but to live a contempt life and having a purpose for life is good enough to achieve health dividends. It gives a sense of accomplishment.

These positive minded people are substantially less prone to strokes and disability. One shouldn’t assume that he/she is useless. Have a motive, change your attitude towards life and good things will along our way.

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-by Pritam. Pritam is an engineering student and an intern at Newsgram . Twitter handle-  Pritam_gogreen