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July 17, 2017:
“In his wisdom, God has given us a limited, finite number of hours and years to achieve our goals, both material and spiritual. He has given us these hours in sequence, day by day, month by month. If they are wasted, they are neither repeatable nor refundable. He gave the same amount to the rich & poor and to the young & old. Whatever success we may achieve in this life will come from the purpose to which we put God’s priceless gift –time” – ALBERT EINSTEIN
Time is an invincible force that cannot be vanquished – at all. Successful people do not find time rather they make time; if you know how to master your time, you very well know how to master your life. People squander half of their time in redundant activities not realizing the essence of time wasted. Time can neither be destroyed nor can be created. However, it can be effectively managed by us, thanks to TrackTime24.com. People learn the importance of time through their experiences, but some experiences can be disastrous and it may take away something you would not be able to replace ever. And therefore it is important to learn – How to manage “TIME
We will be throwing light on 5 most effective Time Management techniques below:
FREEDOM OF MIND
Freedom personifies sanity of mind. If only your mind is not at the pace of peace, how will you walk on the right path? Therefore you require a sound and healthy mind before you begin to execute your time. While most of us brood our mind with ordeals, least of us realize the ill effect of it in the long run. We are restricting ourselves from a well-balanced life. We are so pre occupied with least important things that we barely forget where our time belongs. What needs to be done is, pacifying the inner turbulence and eliminating the psychological clutter. Once you have attained the sanctity from within, you will be in a position to execute things rightly. And as rightly said “Freedom is a state of mind”, one must accept the well-known truth.
A goal can be understood as an individual’s ambitions or an aspiration. Goals can vary from one person to another depending upon – where the “bullseye” aimed at. Goal setting is a primitive approach towards time management. How does one set goals? It is a dual step process which deals with self-assessment and division of goals. Under mentioned steps explain how to set a goal.
- Self assessment
Self-assessment is the foremost thing that needs to be done. It is very important to be acquainted with oneself. It means that you should know where your point of interest lies and what you want to do about it. Only then you will be able to implement your futuristic plans.
- Divide your goals
There is no set format that one has to contain specific goals only, as mentioned earlier that goals can differ from one person to another. Split those goals into short term and long term goals. After classifying the goals set out for short terms and then long term goals evenly.
After having defined an individualistic goal, prioritizing will come into the picture. There is plenty of affairs in our life but knowing which ones are important and which ones are not is a little wearisome. Time management commands primacy, scarceness of which will make the job tougher for you. You cannot execute everything at once, of course, multi tasking exists but to a certain extent. One of the key aspects which shouldn’t be over looked here is the one-time execution approach which says “the cracking way to do everything at once is to do one thing at a time”. There will be a dire need to prioritize your duties. Dig out time for introspection; keep a hang of what holds primary importance in your life and by fulfilling which duties you feel more satisfied, what will be the future prospects of it or how long will you be benefitted from it. These are some of the questions you must be able to pose to yourself. When you know your priority and place rest of the things secondary, you will be in a better stance of mastering your time.
Organizing deals with arranging tasks in a systematic manner so that they can be executed optimally. Proper organized work environment will increase the chances of individual meeting predetermined targets. Work environment needs to be well ordered. Through this way, productivity is increased and thus lead to a better time management. Organizing is directed towards achieving individual objectives. It develops clarity of work and finely tuned expertise of the job. As you organize your job meticulously, you tend to utilise the available resources more efficiently. Further, you will be able to adopt changes as and when required in your work and will thus be equipped to face new challenges in your job.
Organizing also reduces work load and carve out the creativity of an individual. To get a hold of this code, devise a table and allocate tasks according to your necessity, chop bigger problems into smaller ones and use the checklist to keep you on track. Organizing your task thusly is an important rule for time management. It isn’t about the perfect state of things rather it is all about “efficiency, reducing stress, saving time and money and improving a quality of life”.
Your time management routine can go in vain if you lack focus in your work. One should be wary of the distracting forces and must make an attempt to get rid of them soon. One must never deviate from the focal point of work. Results aren’t obtained by focusing on them, but by focusing on the series of actions that produce results.
By Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94
GENEVA — The battle to stem climate change may be lost as new information indicates the Amazon rain forest is turning from a carbon sink – or area that absorbs CO2 – into a source of carbon dioxide, the World Meteorological Organization warns.
The latest edition of the WMO's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide once again broke all records last year.
The U.N. agency's report warns the concentrations of these greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere are driving climate change. It says carbon dioxide, the single most important greenhouse gas, accounts for approximately 66 percent of the warming effect on the climate.
The secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, says about half of CO2 emissions remain in the atmosphere for centuries. He says the other half is taken up by oceans and land ecosystems.
He says it is not clear for how much longer forested areas, often referred to as the lungs of the Earth, will continue to act as effective carbon sinks.
"We have already seen some alarming indications that, for example, Amazonian rain forest ecosystem, which used to be a major sink of carbon, has become now a source of carbon, which is alarming," Taalas said. "And this is related to deforestation in the area and also changes in local climate because of this deforestation."
Oksana Tarasova, who heads the WMO's Atmospheric and Environment Research Division, says the WMO only now is revealing this new finding because it has taken nine years of observation to gather the measurement data set needed to understand the changes taking place. She says not all of the Amazon forests are turning from a carbon sink to a net producer of carbon.
"So, the Western part of the Amazonia still continues to work as a carbon sink at this point. But we do not know for how long that will continue this way," Tarasova said. "We are making the measurements there and keeping our track of what is happening there. … I would take the whole Amazonia as a whole that is seen that it is a sink, but its capacity is substantially reduced."
Meteorologists say climate change negotiators at an upcoming conference in Scotland must take concrete action and make concrete pledges to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
They say setting carbon-neutral targets will not work in stemming climate change. They also warn the world is heading toward a temperature rise of 2.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. This, they say, is far more than the Paris Agreement target of 1.5 to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Climate change, amazon rain forest, UN Agency Warns, World Meteorological Organization, greenhouse gas emissions.
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Receiving compliments is something that a majority of us enjoy. Compliments, after all, make us feel good about ourselves. Sometimes compliments intended to be flattering turn out to be a tremendous turn-off, and in some cases, they are insulting. 'Beauty with brains is one of those compliments. So, is 'beauty with brains' a compliment? Without further ado, I would confidently say- NO! It doesn't matter what your gender, colour, or identity is. The answer is clearly a no.
Beauty with a brain suggests that you can only have one of these qualities and that you are an 'exception' if you possess both. "Oh, Wow! You are a beauty with brains" is a phrase that women often hear. This statement is used when a female exhibits characteristics that indicate she is intelligent. People are taken aback if they see a wise and beautiful woman because women are stereotyped to be either beautiful or brainy. The concern with this is that it is naturally assumed that men are intelligent. Women, on the other hand, are supposed to have a natural beauty. If she isn't attractive according to the norms laid down by society, it is expected that she would at the very least be intelligent. When someone manages to be both, it is regarded as a significant accomplishment.
People are taken aback if they see a wise and beautiful woman because women are stereotyped to be either beautiful or brainy. | Photo by Unsplash
Women are being stereotyped into two attributes: being attractive and being intelligent, and they are being conditioned to think that these characteristics cannot exist together. When you tell someone that they are not beautiful, you are implicitly attempting to fit them into the so-called "beauty standards" that today's era is so preoccupied with maintaining. And that is a significant issue. We are not required to fit in; we should take the risk of being unusual.
Many movies, television series, and even advertisements depict the female lead as someone who is the attractive one, well-dressed, with a face full of makeup and lovely hair. On the other hand, the intelligent girl is usually the one with unkempt hair, strange fashion sense, and little to no makeup.
While our generation has been the target of insulting and sexist slurs that have caused us to question our abilities on several occasions, let us work together to reverse the trend. Let us educate each other that beauty and intelligence can coexist and that we are all beautiful in our way and don't need to fit in the so-called standards set by our draconian society.
Keywords: women mental health, beauty, brains, men, intelligence society
Malgudi, a small fictional town in South India has been part of the childhood of most Indians. It is an old, shabby, and peaceful town that is unruffled by politics. The stories set in this small town ring the sense of belongingness in the hearts of its readers. The familiar feeling that feels like home resonates with their soul. And teaches important life lessons to the readers through simple tales. Malgudi Days is one of the books that every Indian child should read. The book is a compilation of 32 short stories that paint a beautiful picture of small-town in India around the '60s and '70s
R. K. Narayan, one of the most well-known and popular writers within India and outside India is the creator of this town and the occurrences of this town. The stories follow the characters Swami and his friends through their everyday lives. Be it the story of fake astrologers who scam and loot the people by his cleverness, or the story of a blind beggar and his dog where the money blinded the man with greed; each story has a lesson to learn, morals and values hidden in it. As the stories are simple, easy to understand yet heart-touching it makes it easy for the kids to connect with each character and imagine the story as if the reader themselves were the protagonist of the story. In simple words, we can say that R.K. Narayan simply told stories of ordinary people trying to live their simple lives in a changing world.
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As written during the Indian Independence movements and finally published in 1943. The stories in the Malgudi days beautifully encapsulated the transitioning milieu of the British era to post-Independence India. Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi and simultaneously a life in an Indian town. R.K. Narayan was one of the first writers who pioneered Indian writings in the English language and the book was later republished outside India in 1982 by Penguin Classics. Thus, the book enjoyed a worldwide audience. The New York Times even described the virtue of the book as "everyone in the book seems to have a capacity for responding to the quality of his particular hour. It's an art we need to study and revive."
The beautiful storytelling of the book was assisted by beautiful illustrations allowing the children to let their imagination teleport them to the world of Malgudi. All the illustrations in the book were illustrated by the world-renowned cartoonist, R.K. Laxman who is also R.K. Narayan's younger brother. The illustrations complimented the scenes from the stories and excited the children, keeping them engaged in reading the book for hours.
The illustrations complimented the scenes from the stories.Pixabay
The short stories from Malgudi Days were later adapted into a television adaptation in 1986. This show was directed by actor and director Shankar Nag. It was filmed both in Hindi and English, containing 54 episodes and the first 13 episodes respectively. Later the series was revived for additional 15 episodes. The show featured several popular celebrities from the Kannada film industry of those days – Girish Karnad, Vishnuvardhan, Ananth Nag, Arundhati Nag and Vaishali Kasaravalli, to name a few. The series was premiered on the Doordarshan channel and became the window into the town Malgudi for many. The show did not only excel in its storyline the TV adaptation elevated the storytelling as the show was technically very sound and stood out in its fantastic detailing in terms of locations and sets. With the cinematography being creative The Malgudi days- TV series once again warmed the hearts of both young ones and adults.
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Malgudi- our childhood home
Malgudi days hold a special place in the hearts of whoever has read the book as a child. With the detailed descriptions of the town and stories one almost gets a feeling that they've visited the place themselves. The characters, Swami and his friends feel like they were all readers' childhood friends. The surreal feeling of being home in the world of Malgudi. The world of Malgudi is intimate, warm, lifelike, and engaging. The setting is modern, and the life portrayed in these stories is contemporary. Still, there is an old-time air about It. R K Narayan once described Malgudi as "Malgudi is where we all belong, and where we wish we lived."
Keywords: Malgudi days, Malgudi, R K Narayan, R K Laxman, storytelling, our childhood home Malgudi