How to Type Less but Write More Content

Typing Less Writing more

Typing efficiently can be rewarding

If you are a knowledge worker or writer or a software programmer or just about anyone having to do a lot of typing in your computer, you may or may not have realized this; but you are subjecting yourself to a lot of stress,  even injury on your fingers, hands, elbows, and shoulders.

Regardless of whether you are a professional typist or an amateur, you can save plenty of time, money and energy by minimizing the keystrokes. Continue reading “How to Type Less but Write More Content”

How to easily Collaborate using Microsoft Sway for free?

Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is a free Collaboration tool

Sometimes I get a vague but great idea that I want to get it out of my head and share with others, even when it is not fully mature.  The best way to share and collaborate is through a combination of text, image or video,  in the form of a storyboard.

It isn’t that easy — without expensive software. Continue reading “How to easily Collaborate using Microsoft Sway for free?”

10 Research Backed Ideas to make you Consistently Productive

Consistent Productivity

How to be Consistent in your Productivity?

There are times when I feel totally Productive. My Productivity is in top form. Great ideas emerge from nowhere. My writing is effortless. Words tumble out of my keyboard like Popcorns popping out of a primed oven, in a consistent manner.   I pleasantly surprise myself by breaking my previous records in writing faster, smarter and better.  I call it my Zone or flow state.

But here’s the full disclosure. I don’t get to enjoy the Flow state frequently. There are times when my Productivity dips, I tend to lose focus, tune out, and the quality of my work suffers. Have you ever encountered this? Continue reading “10 Research Backed Ideas to make you Consistently Productive”

The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in Life and Business

The power of Habits

Book Review – The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in Life and Business – by Charles Duhigg

Habits are the foundation of a successful Life

Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. They are intricately linked to Productivity and Success. If we learn to cultivate good habits, we can easily power up our Productivity and Success.

However, habit formation strategies are neutral. Which implies that we are as likely to develop bad habits, as much as good habits.

Developing good habits and replacing bad habits with good habits are both challenging. But many chronic overeaters, problem drinkers, and obsessive shoppers have successfully remade their lives – in short periods of time. How do they do it? If they can, can’t we? Continue reading “The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in Life and Business”

How to Overcome Productivity denting Behavioral Biases

Think Clearly without biases

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion. – Dale Carnegie

Behavioral Biases Can Stifle Productivity

One of the strangest things about humans is that we are full of biases, fallacies, and illusions — yet, we are either ignorant or in denial about them.

We feel so strongly about our ideas and convictions, that we feel things can’t be any other way. We believe that we are perfectly rational – always. Continue reading “How to Overcome Productivity denting Behavioral Biases”

How to maximize your Productivity with Deep Work?

Deep Work
I’ll live the focused life because it’s the best kind there is – Winifred Gallagher

This is a review of the book  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World  by Cal Newport.

Visualize Two Scenarios

Scenario A:

You have been trying to get a deliverable or a task wrapped up in 5 minutes. You are almost there. Just then you get an instant messaging notification beep. Lured by the notification,  when you check, the link takes you to an interesting article, that is an estimated 15 minutes read.

Continue reading “How to maximize your Productivity with Deep Work?”

Mastering Clutter – A little secret to Boost your Productivity

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” – Joshua Becker

A short story on Clutter

A friend of mine had the habit of losing his stuff – at Critical times. Once he lost his child’s identity proof, prior to appearing for a visa interview. It really bothered him and even affected him. He felt that his efforts at organizing had failed. Continue reading “Mastering Clutter – A little secret to Boost your Productivity”

How to get your Projects completed when you get distracted ? Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro timer

Here’s what Distraction does to you

Here are some common scenarios. May be you are a writer; struggling to get a long pending article completed today. May be you are a Software Engineer;  battling to get your deliverable — that you have been procrastinating. May be you are a Home Maker; striving to get your house in order.

You may play any role, but the essence of the problem remains the same. You are distracted and overwhelmed, unable to complete your project. Some of these tasks’ or Projects’ completion may mean a lot to you. Your brute force attempts to power through your lists, have failed for whatever reasons. Continue reading “How to get your Projects completed when you get distracted ? Pomodoro Technique”

Book Review – Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

Essentialism - Book review

THE WISDOM OF LIFE CONSISTS IN THE ELIMINATION OF NON-ESSENTIALS.

—Lin Yutang

It is in Human Nature to love to do something, as opposed to do nothing. Whether it is essential or not, doesn’t matter. We have a distinct bias towards action (Action bias). You might have noticed in Football matches, while facing penalty kicks, goal keepers dive either left or right and rarely stood their position. Yet data shows, that they would have been much more successful, if they had stood in the center of the goal.

We carry a similar bias towards Productivity also. We tend to think that Successful people are always action oriented Continue reading “Book Review – Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown”