Someone close to me is going through tough times. His health is not where it used to be and trips to the doctors are wearing him down. I can see a downward spiral as his morale dips down with each new trip to the doctor. Negative thoughts reproduce themselves faster than weeds in a garden. We all have had these weeds take hold at … Continue reading How a humble rubberband can make you positive?
Opinion A: The Muslims are out to kill Hindus. The Hindus will take control and finally get back for the 1,000 years of subjugation. Opinion B: The Hindus are out to kill muslims but Muslims will push back and will build an Islamic sharia in India. The above polar opposite opinions land on my Facebook these days. Driven by a hyper-partisan Indian media which has … Continue reading Find the middle way in an opinionated world
Today, I met an ex-colleague piqued with his current organization. He asked me for input to navigate his environment since I understand its ebbs and flows. My analysis… He is waiting for someone to give him permission to offer his perspectives. He has opinions but he is holding them back. He is uncomfortable because he lacks the rapport with his peers and leaders. I often … Continue reading Step Up. You are expected to lead.
An exercise in user centered thinking Is it 8, 15, 22 mph? What is the acceptable speed range that we should be driving in a car park? Who thinks about the user experience in driving through a parking? These questions were on my mind as I joined a long line of drivers behind a person driving 8mph in the parking lot. Last night, on the … Continue reading Goldilocks zone for car speed in a parking lot
Observations on living well, dying without regrets from a 94 year old. Last week, my 75 year old father met his cousin J after 20+ years and asked him for lessons on living life well. He shared his insights and regrets with him. the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… – Spock or one. Captain Kirk We have been taught … Continue reading Prioritize health, time for yourself – lessons from a 94 year old
Observations on living well, dying without regrets from a 94 year old. Last week, my 75 year old father met his cousin J after 20+ years and asked him for lessons on living life well. He shared his insights and regrets with him. My wife died 25 years ago and I wish that in her final years, I had focused on making my … Continue reading A marriage needs effort even if you are 70 – lessons from a 94 year old
I had a smug look on my face, I had added a contractor to our confluence site and it had taken me about 5 minutes to do so. Checked and done! Two days back, I had taken about 30 minutes to accomplish the same task. This, despite the fact that I had done this earlier and it had taken me the same amount of time. … Continue reading Improve productivity by creating Checklists for repeatable tasks
Life as an entrepreneur is exciting because it throws new challenges your way. In the last week, a new challenge popped up on my radar that requires stretching way outside my comfort zone. Handling this challenge requires velvet gloves. Though, the interwebs have an article for every situation, they fell short in a complicated situations such as the one I was facing. We needed advice … Continue reading Finding mentors – 6 tips to a younger me
An unintended consequence of scheduling tasks on my calendar was that my calendar turned blue (the color of my calendar) – almost every hour of my day was blocked because I had scheduled a result in which included break time. There was an additional cognitive load of determining what drops off when a new task comes in. It was hard to separate actual work meetings, … Continue reading More calendars to simplify life
I have always struggled with my calendar. It’s a monster that I have wrestled and lost. The challenge was always too many meetings – not enough time. At my last job, I had an admin who managed my calendar but I still drowned in meetings. I always thought that I will steal some minutes in the day to go do these tasks. You know that … Continue reading Tasks in calendar to get them done