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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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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.

Manage your time
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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Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Releases Online Forms for Second Bullying Survey of Hindu American Youth

In this first edition, it was unfortunate to find out that half of the respondents to the survey felt socially outcasted because of their religious background

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  • The Hindu American Foundation from the US aims to inform the society about Hinduism
  • The Foundation is responsible for various research and reports on Hindus all over the world
  • The website of the foundation has released forms for further survey of bullying of Hindu American Youth

New Delhi, August 18, 2017:  nonprofit organization for Hindu community in America, Hindu American Foundation (HAF) works for the well-being of Hindus and spread the Hindu philosophy.

Earlier this year, the Hindu American Foundation had published a report titled ‘Hindus in South Asia and Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2017’. The report was an extensive research work that enlisted the numerous incidents of Human Rights violations against Hindus in various countries.

Also Read: 2017 Hindu Human Rights Report Released by Hindu American Foundation (HAF): Here is What you Need to Know!

Now the HAF is coming out with its second survey of Hindu American youth being bullied in American schools. To reach out to the masses and get the widest survey outreach, their website has released a form. The responses from these forms will be compiled and reported. The second survey will be published next year.

The deadline for the form is until 1st December 2017. The form can be accessed here.

Last year the foundation came out with its first survey report of Hindu American youth being bullied. The survey was titled ‘Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias against Hindu Students in American Schools’ which had concluded that Hindu American students continue to be bullied and feel socially ostracized for their religious beliefs.”

In this first edition, it was unfortunate to find out that half of the respondents to the survey felt socially outcasted because of their religious background.

But the report’s objectives were successful. It was a recommended resource at the state as well as federal level.

Bullying is one of the biggest social evils that face our society. With this survey, HAF aims to highlight and combat bullying of the minority on the basis of their religion.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Researchers from Germany give new explanation to the extinction of Neanderthals

A new study by German researchers claim to have figured out why really our ancestors went extinct

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August 07, 2012: Early modern humans and Neanderthals shared a similar diet – consisting mainly of mammoth and plants – and also competed for food which led to their downfall, new research has claimed.

“According to our results, Neanderthals and the early modern humans were in direct competition in regard to their diet, as well — and it appears that the Neanderthals drew the short straw in this contest,” said Dorothee Drucker, biogeologist from the University of Tubingen in Germany.

Also Read: Was Human Evolution an Accidental Progression?

The first representatives of Homo sapiens colonized Europe around 43,000 years ago, replacing the Neanderthals there approximately 3,000 years later.

“Many studies examine the question of what led to this displacement — one hypothesis postulates that the diet of the anatomically modern humans was more diverse and flexible and often included fish,” added Herve Bocherens from the University of Tubingen.

Previous research suggested that early modern humans had a more varied diet than the Neanderthals. They fished for their food, did hunting and gathering across the plains.

However, the new study showed that our ancestors rarely ate fish but preferred a diet very similar to that of the Neanderthals.

Importantly, the proportion of plants in the diet of the anatomically modern humans was significantly higher than in Neanderthals – mammoths, on the other hand, appeared to have been one of the primary sources of meat in both species.

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The findings showed that just like the Neanderthals, early modern humans or our ancestors had mainly mammoth and plants on their plates, creating a battle for food that Neanderthals lost, the researchers said.

For the study, appearing in the journal Scientific Reports, the team researched on the dietary habits of early modern man on the basis of the oldest known fossils from the Buran Kaya caves on the Crimean Peninsula in the Ukraine.

They measured the percentage of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes in the bones of the early humans and the locally present potential prey animals such as Saiga, horse, and deer.

“The results revealed a very high proportion of the nitrogen isotope 15N in early modern humans, which originate but primarily from the consumption of mammoths,” Bocherens noted. (IANS)