At work, everyone is busy getting things done. Everyone is trying to meet deadlines and tick off the most urgent task of the moment. Either you are getting a follow-up call or mail or you have to be in time. You are always on your toes. This is the story pretty much for all of us, no matter at what level you are working, be it any industry or any designation. That’s what everybody does, everyday or may be the whole life.

It does the work but it’s not salable. It’s not efficient. But hey, that’s a one way to work.

Another way to work is develop an SOP(Standard Operating Procedures) and delegate them to assistant.

Whenever you see a pattern in work, where you feel it’s getting repetitive, you attend those tasks yourself but with an aim to eventually delegate it to your assistant. Over and above getting those things done, you are also developing an SOPs so that it can be easily delegated and it can be delegated further if a person resigns or gets replaced. I know it’s an extra work, and writing those things in a word document is a real mental juggle.

Some of you may say, you don’t get to have an assistant. That’s right. Even if you won’t have an assistant and you will end up doing things all by yourself, than also you should batch those processes and do it yourself. It’s a mindset.

I see it as an efficient mental model. Your task is not to get the things done, but your task is to scale. Scale gives you the larger bottom-line not your time which you trade for few buck.

All the while, you have your priorities fixed so that you can focus more on important things while repetitive tasks are being taken by assistants. Moreover, you are generating systems which is helping your organization as well as your personal work ethic.

This works irrespective of industries, sectors, designations or countries.

This has benefited me a lot. And it should work for you too.

 

point of view
We have been trained to have opinions, always. If you don’t possess opinion on certain things, you are looked upon as an unattractive, a fool or a boring person. We are often forced to have opinions because they are the ice breakers at social gatherings. In most cases, things like Politics, Cricket, Movies & Gadgets are always the topics of possessed opinions.

There is nothing wrong in having opinions about things. The problem lies in having an opinion on each an everything in the world, whether you know enough to have one or not. Opinions are dangerous to have especially when you want to grow in your life. To have an opinion is a skill as well as a responsibility of being humble enough to listen someone who hold exactly opinion and to change our opinion based on facts. We seldom do this.

Furthermore, we rarely see a person refusing to portray his opinion on certain subject matter. Imagine a friend asking you, “What do you think about the newly elected UP CM?”. In response, you reply, “Frankly, Neither I know much about UP Politics nor about the background the new CM. I am not sure whether it’s good or bad.” It’s odd to say this, isn’t it? You feel withdrawn by saying this and you don’t want to seem fool, so you pick an opinion which is widely accepted on media about a person because that prevents you from being a fool. Here, a bias called, Social Proof is at play.

Additionally, Our opinions are always binary, and mostly it’s influenced by our preconceived notion over matters in past. As I said, we can’t afford to have neutral opinion. I think, it’s not in our genes. You have conclude something in good thing or bad thing. There is no way out.

The other reason to have quickest opinion through social proof is because it needs enormous amount of mental capital to process information, interpret it and coming to an appropriate conclusion. The proper thinking also gives you pointer when to change the opinion if the new information come across you. These things take lot of time and mental discipline, in the generation of FB, WhatsApp and Instagram who is that free to spare 30 minutes to research about something before forming an opinion.

The reason for writing this whole thing is not to preach you over it. Like other posts, it’s reminder to my own self about not jumping to an opinion without processing enough data. I learnt somewhere, when you write something down, it clears your mind and it also helps you to think more clearly. The whole purpose was this only. Nothing else. 🙂

defaultEmotions are also like stock market where it has tendency to wave the pendulum on one side or another. Often times we are in emotionally drained & down situation and sometimes we are in over-confident situation.

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My simple question is, Do you think our current education serves the above purpose?

On the contrary, It not only defies the purpose but work against it. It’s teaching students not to use their creativity and tell them to mug up the same essay on Gandhiji and write down in exams.

If student is given to use internet for only 5  mins after 45 mins lecture, I’m 100% sure that student is going to have 10 times more information than a teacher standing and speaking there. Let’s agree to this fact.

Change Education

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Not all of us are same. While a financially secure job is all most men look for, there are a few of us who are just not made for the ‘office’ picture. There is so much more we want from life than just coffee breaks, appraisals and privileged leaves. And there is no way we’re settling in for anything less satisfying. If you think you’re one of us, this one goes out to you! Here are 20 signs you’re just not meant for a 9-5 desk job.Continue reading

Being a student of commerce, I have heard, read and mugged Corporate Social Responsibility so many times. For the first time, I am personally being a part of Corporate Social Responsibility.Untitled

I am writing this post as a part of an initiative by Franklin Templeton Investments, named “The Idea Caravan “. Franklin Templeton Investments partnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012. In this event few speakers came forward to share their innovative story which is solely in betterment of India. I believe, participation and support of Franklin Templeton Investments was a contribution towards the society, by whatever name you call it.

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I was checking my Facebook and I found that my father liked a post of his friend. I seen a long writing there and jumped into with curiosity, after all what My father has liked ! I read the whole status update. It is written by a Father addressing her daughter who is leaving home for further studies. It contains few most important life lessons which one should look after and each and every youth should think about it. Read it with an open mind, It’s not a lecture of preaching. It’s a perfect concentrated juice by a father to his daughter to digest at early stage of life. Please have a read..

Note : This is written by my father’s friend Chetan Naik to his daughter.

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We’re now just days from college bound. My daughter, my only girl, is preparing to leave the nest and entering a new chapter in her life. I’ve been thinking about so many things that I want my daughter to know before she leaves for college and beyond. It’s not as if I haven’t prepared her these past years and now I’m going to lay it all out for her to grasp during the remaining moments that we have together.Continue reading

Change the mentalityYesterday, I was eating out on roadside food stall and I was hearing the conversation between 3 guys they were also having some food there.

First one said, (to other 2), “You know what ? My boss is a builder and he has built not less then 15 building in last 5 years. According to my estimate he has earned on an average 10 Cr. Rs from each building he made. But then also he is using “Third Class Zen Estilo”.. Ha.. Ha.. Ha..” followed by a laughter which clearly depicted the builder completely foolish and stupid.Continue reading