Kawasaki Versys 1000 BS6: What else can you buy?

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Kawasaki has launched the Versys 1000 BS6 in India at Rs 10.99 lakh (ex-showroom). If you are looking to buy a motorcycle around the same price tag, there are three options to consider. Here is what you can buy at the price of the Kawasaki Versys 1000 BS6.

Triumph Street Triple RS

 

The Street Triple RS is Triumph’s flagship streetfighter in India. Priced at Rs 11.13 lakh, the motorcycle comes loaded with electronics like a full-colour TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity, five ride modes, and a GoPro feature. The Street Triple RS comes powered by a 765cc, inline-three engine that the manufacturer has developed for the Moto2 series. This motor produces 121bhp at 11,750rpm and 78.6Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox with a two-way quick shifter.

Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom

On the other end of the spectrum is the Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom priced at Rs 10.77 lakh. The cruiser motorcycle gets pulled-back handlebars and forward-set footpegs for a relaxed riding position. And to complement its character, the Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom is adorned with chrome everywhere possible; on the wheels, drivetrain, exhaust, headlamp and turn signal cowls as well as suspension. The motorcycle uses a 1202cc, V-twin that puts out 67.7bhp and 96Nm.

Ducati Scrambler 1100

The biggest motorcycle in the Ducati Scrambler range is the Scrambler 1100. It is available in three variants- standard, Sport, and Special which are priced at Rs 10.91 lakh, Rs 12.37 lakh, and Rs 11.26 lakh respectively. While the Scrambler 1100 incorporates the styling of its smaller siblings, it is larger in dimensions and sports an under-seat exhaust that sets it apart further. Powering the Ducati Scrambler 1100 is a 1079cc, L-twin motor that churns out 83.2bhp and 88Nm. In terms of electronics, the motorcycle is equipped with a five-level traction control system, three riding modes – Active, Touring, and City as well as cornering ABS.

 

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Beat the summer heat with kokum juice; here are its health benefits

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Keeping your body hydrated is extremely important to beat the summer heat. Besides bael juice and other healthy cooling drinks, you can also try kokum water or kokum juice that has many health benefits.

A purple coloured berry, kokum is indigenous to the western coast of India and is commonly used in foods in Gujarat, Maharashtra and southern states. Kokum is often halved and dried before use. It adds a red colour and sweet-and-sour taste to dishes.

Health benefits of kokum juice

Kokum is known to have many medicinal properties, besides preventing dehydration and sunstroke. Garcinol in kokum acts as an antioxidant and immunity booster, and minimises the risk of illnesses. It is anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory. The fruit is rich in B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folates and thiamine. Kokum juice is also known to boost digestion, preventing bloating, constipation or irritable bowel movements, according to Medium

According to International Research Journal of Pharmacy, kokum is used as a weight-loss supplement as it is anorectic (controls appetite resulting in lesser food consumption). The hydroxycitric acid present in the fruit fights cholesterol. In Ayurveda, it is traditionally used for delayed menstruation, intestinal parasites, skin rashes and burns.

How to make kokum juice

Here’s how you can make kokum juice, courtesy chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup – Kokum pieces
    • 1 cup – Sugar
    • 1 tsp – Roasted cumin powder
    • 1 tsp – Rock salt
    • 16-18 – Ice cubes

Method

    • Put the kokum pieces in a deep non-stick pan.
    • Add 2-3 cups of water and sugar and mix well. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until the pieces are soft.
    • Cool it to room temperature and grind in the mixer along with its water to make a paste.
    • Add cumin powder, lemon juice and rock salt in the mixer and grind to make a smooth paste. Strain. This is the kokum concentrate.
    • Put a few 2-3 tbsp of kokum concentrate in a glass, add ice cubes and chilled water and mix well. Serve.

 

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Better Sleep to Stress Relief: Here are the health benefits of 10 minute Legs Up the Wall asana

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Then I have a perfect solution for you. Today I am talking about a yoga pose that requires hardly any movement or strength but has several health benefits including better sleep, lowered stress, anxiety and better digestion among others. The name of the yoga pose is Viparita Karani aka Legs-Up-The-Wall /Inverted Lake pose. For the unversed, the term Viparita means “inverted,” and karani means “in action’. The yoga pose is very easy to do, you have to put your legs up the wall and your body should be in L shape, with your back on the floor.

You can use a yoga mat or pillow below your back and hip area. The best part of this exercise is you can do it anywhere. The exercise helps to balance the body and aids in receptivity. This particular yoga pose is of great importance right now as the lockdown has been impacting our mental health and many are facing insomnia. With the help of this yoga pose, you will be able to alleviate insomnia. It calms the nervous system which leads to lowered stress and anxiety.

Before you do this restorative yoga pose, make sure your stomach is empty. So, ideally, you should do this after getting up in the morning. If you don’t have time in the morning then you can practice in the evening. However, you should do it after 4-6 hours after having any meal. You have to hold the position for 5 minutes and can extend till 15-20 minutes. You do not need any warm-up exercise for this pose.

For ideal results, try to calm your mind and have regulated breaths. Make sure to inhale and exhale deeply. Deep and better exhalations slowers our heart rate and calms our brain. When we do this yoga pose the same relieves the spine, feet, legs, and the nervous system and our body go in complete relaxation mode and it also makes you self-aware.

Health benefits:

    • Helps to resolve insomnia and sleep problems
    • Better blood circulation
    • Alleviates headaches and backaches
    • Aids to boost energy
    • Helps to relieve stress and anxiety
    • Good for people with arthritis
    • May help to resolve digestion issues
    • Soothes and calms your mind
    • Helps to tackle mild depression
    • It will help to relax the tired and cramped feet and legs.
    • Relaxes our hamstrings and lower back
    • Relieves swollen feet and ankles

Who should not do the yoga pose?

If you are suffering glaucoma, hypertension, serious back and neck problems and hernia then try and avoid doing the asana.

 

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The Science of Habits: Change is Easier than you Think

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Can you imagine a day where you don’t have to think about getting more exercise, eating healthier, taking time away from your phone, or being more mindful? The essence of a habit is that you do it without thinking. It’s no coincidence that many of the most successful people in the world have credited part of their success to specific routines built upon a careful foundation of habits. Whether you realize it or not, your daily behavior is composed of habits, including how you get ready in the morning, how you clean, how you shop, how you park, etc. Sometimes these routines seem inescapable, but they’re actually a lot easier to change than most people think. Click through to see simple things you can start doing right now to break and make a habit.

The myth

Many people have heard that it takes 60 days to break a habit, which can seem too daunting to attempt. But Susan Weinschenk Ph.D., who actually used to promote that theory, says that it can be much easier—as short as two weeks even.

Habits are meant to make us more efficient

Most of the time, habits are created unconsciously and carried out automatically. Our brains evolved this kind of autopilot so that we can focus on various other things.

But they can also trap you into inefficiency

Habits like scrolling on your phone, smoking, pressing the snooze button, etc. are often not the kinds that improve your health or success, but they feel the hardest to break.

The biggest reason resolutions aren’t met

We often think that wanting to do something and knowing why it’s important is enough to actually do it regularly, but experts at MBG agree that conscious repetition is the only way to make a new behavior stick.

How habits work

According to Charles Duhigg, author of ‘The Power of Habit,’ routines are made up of a “habit loop” consisting of a cue, a behavior, and a reward. Understanding and interrupting that loop is how you make or break a habit.

The neuroscience of repetition

Clinical psychologist Nicole Lippman-Barile, Ph.D. told MBG that when you engage in a behavior, certain neurons start firing together, and “the more that they fire together, they wire together.” Repetition builds and strengthens neural pathways, creating a mental shortcut.

Habits are relaxation for your mind

Habits greatly reduce decision-making fatigue and stress, and they relax your mental state as your mind passes through a familiar framework.

Habits can regulate your hormones

A 2019 study on adolescents found that consistent meal and bedtimes led to greater emotional self-regulation and lower levels of epinephrine, a fight-or-flight hormone released with stress.

A regular rhythm of life has endless benefits

Integrative neurologist Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D. says habits are important because our brains are circadian organs that, with a consistent rhythm across sleep, meals, and exercise, show improved focus, cognition, and energy.

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13 Ways to Protect Your Lungs During the COVID-19 Pandemic, According to MDs

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You’re not alone if, prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic, you thought only chain-smokers needed to worry about their lung health. But now, it makes sense to wonder if there’s anything you can do to safeguard your lungs from some of the symptoms associated with this never-before-seen strain of coronavirus, like coughing, shortness of breath, and pneumonia.

How does coronavirus affect lung health?

 

What does the coronavirus have to do with your lungs, exactly? Board certified in Family Medicine practitioner Michael Richardson, MD with One Medical says: “When the virus enters your lungs, it can lead to irritation of the lung lining, causing you to cough.”

The virus can cause so much irritation of the lung lining that it causes pneumonia, which is when air sacs in your lungs become inflamed and may end up filling with fluid, he says.

The more inflammation and fluid in your lungs, the harder it becomes to breathe, which can be life-threatening for those with weaker immune systems, such as the elderly and people with significant pre-existing medical conditions, he explains.

MDs’ best tips for short- and long-term lung health

No matter who you are and what your health status is, taking care of your lungs is an important part of taking care of your overall health and wellbeing. With that in mind, here’s what doctors say you can do to keep your lungs functioning optimally, during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

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Tips to stay healthy and get down to kitchen basics during lockdown

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Quarantine has helped us rediscover our hobbies. People are indulging in different activities such as exercising, sketching, cooking and a lot else. Cooking is believed to be therapeutic for people as it helps soothe the mind and also maintain your calm amid the hustle-bustle.

Start with baby steps

Working from home can be challenging, but one needs to stay motivated and work productively. “Start your day with fresh lime water as it is a good source of nutrients that helps improve diet, boost immunity and aid digestion. The added benefit is it’s easy to prepare,” recommends Ritika Samaddar, nutritionist.

Make a list of healthy recipes

Being health conscious is good for your body and mind. Hence, start with a research party of your own and look up healthy recipes that will fill you up with the right proportion of proteins and nutrients. Add those to your list and ensure you have the ingredients available at home. Savour the dishes by adding your own touch to it or concoct a new one.

Welcome the day with a filling breakfast

Have you recently lost touch with cooking because of your busy schedule? Well, this is the time to revisit your skills. Start with preparing a healthy breakfast that has the right proteins, like a glass of milk and stuffed egg, omelette or besan cheela. It is filling and will help maintain your energy levels during the day. A healthy breakfast will lead to fresh mornings.

Healthy snacking alternative

“If you like munching while you are working and trying hard to meet your deadlines, make sure you opt for healthy options such as fruits or nuts. Almonds will help you get through the day, as they are a source of 15 nutrients such as vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium and more that are not only energy-yielding but also known to contribute to growth and maintenance of muscle mass. You can add flavours like Indian spices or make roasted almonds at home to create a healthy and tasty snacking option. The richness of nutrients may lead to a healthier lifestyle,” suggests Samaddar.

Treat your sweet tooth

Add a tinge of sweetness to your life and your plate with some badam halwa or a mug cake! It can be made with ingredients that are easily available at home. All you need is almonds, clarified butter, sugar, and some saffron to get started. Almonds help lower the blood sugar impact of carbohydrate foods that affects fasting insulin levels. Hence, it will balance out the sugar but still maintain the sweetness.

With these healthy options, you will not only improve your health but will also rekindle your love with cooking. Also, make sure you hydrate well, exercise regularly and have timely meals. Wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before cooking and make sure you wash your hands nicely before and after eating your meals.

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Face masks can lead to breakouts — here’s how to take care of your skin

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Some of the most striking images of the coronavirus pandemic are of doctors and nurses showing their bruised and irritated faces as a result of wearing a face mask for long hours.

As more people are wearing masks and face coverings to protect themselves and others, some are discovering skin issues as a result. “Face masks, when properly worn and fitted, create a pressurized seal so no air is coming in and … increases the temperature and humidity around your nose and mouth area,” Dr. Orit Markowitz, director of skin cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told TODAY Style.

Those changes in condition and climate can cause issues. “The constant pressure from the mask, heat and sweat break down the structure of the skin, causing irritation, swelling and compromises the skin, which can be expressed as pimples, trauma lines and skin discoloration,” said Markowitz.

Choosing a mask

Nurses and doctors are wearing a very specific type of medical-grade mask, while the rest of us are wearing different types of face coverings that will impact our skin in different ways. “Surgical and respirator masks can cause physical irritation simply from the rough texture of the mask against the skin, friction and chemical irritation from any irritant substances that they have been treated with — in addition to contact with the microbes that we exhale into the mask, that thus sits on the surface of the skin,” Rachael Pontillo, a licensed aesthetician, makeup artist and author of “Love Your Skin, Love Yourself,” told TODAY.

But nonsurgical masks have inherent problems of their own. “Though fabric masks are softer in texture, they still might cause dryness, which leads to irritation, since many fabrics used for them (like cotton blends) absorb our natural oils,” said Pontillo. The residue from laundry detergent and dryer sheets/fabric softeners themselves can also lead to clogged pores and irritation from contact.

Oily or acne-prone skin

Wearing a mask can cause the face to sweat, which can lead to breakouts — especially for people who are already acne-prone. The best way to address the issue is through a spot treatment, according to Cinthia Lomeli, a celebrity esthetician.

“Spot-treating with a zinc cream will help reduce redness and inflammation caused by acne,” Lomeli said.

Dry or sensitive skin

People with sensitive skin may be prone to uncomfortable dryness and redness at the site of the mask, said Pontillo. “This could become an itchy, scaly rash (similar to eczema) due to the absorption and exposure to unfamiliar chemicals and microbes,” said Pontillo.

When you get home, remove your mask as soon as you can, Pontillo suggested. “Wash your face and apply soothing moisturizer (something with aloe vera would be nice),” she said.

Inflammation

People who already have inflammatory or chronic skin conditions, such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc., are likely to experience increased flare-ups. “I did a poll on my Instagram stories about this last week and several people responded to me that this was the case for them, particularly with rosacea,” said Pontillo.

If skin becomes swollen from the pressure and tightness of the mask or from wearing the mask for long hours, apply a cold compress. “Make a cold compress by putting a washcloth in icy cold water then wringing it out and laying it on clean skin,” said Lomeli. This can be repeated as many times as needed to reduce the swelling.

Bruising

If someone experiences bruising from long hours of wearing a mask, they should apply arnica cream or arnica gel. “Arnica helps reduce bruising and can help prevent it as well,” said Lomeli.

How to protect skin

 

  • Wear a clean mask whenever humanly possible. “If a clean face mask is not possible, spray the inside of the mask with alcohol after every use, and let it dry before putting it back on,” said Pontillo.

 

  • Before wearing any mask, apply a rich oil-based moisturizer or balm. “Look for ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter or jojoba oil to create an extra barrier between your skin and the mask, similar to what you might do for a small child to protect their skin before playing outside in the snow,” said Pontillo.

 

  • Makeup may actually help protect skin, but with an important caveat. “If you have makeup on, this will create an extra barrier, but make sure you remove it as soon as possible because the mask on top of the skin may physically cause the makeup to clog pores,” said Pontillo.

 

  • Make sure your skin care regimen is gentle. Look for milk or lotion cleansers, oil cleansers, aloe-based toners and moisturizers. To avoid any irritants, choose either fragrance-free or products scented with only essential oils.

 

 

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COVID 19 – Smart Survival for Self and Business

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COVID-19 disease has locked us down at home and this disturbance is continuing. There emerges a need to adopt tactics for smart survival for self and business.

The month of March is always very crucial for any business and its promoters. There are several deadlines and several year-end wrap ups usually happen in this month. However, complete lock down situation unfortunately emerged in the month of March creating lot of hurdles in smooth functioning. Luckily it started after due date of payment of last advance tax instalment, so to that extent businesses have protected from landing into penalty, etc.

Government is trying hard and taking all possible economic measures to support distressed businesses and its promoters. However, the said measures  are unlikely to satisfy every business’s need and hence, individually we, out of number of years’ experience are required to create a shield to protect business  and all its stakeholders.

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The first hitting point is cash crunch. The same could be addressed to the extent of reducing unnecessary expenses and investments and payments. The priority payments could be utility bills, government dues and employee dues. Rest of the things could be put on hold. Certain management level employees could be asked for partial payments with an assurance to pay once the situation is streamlined. Certain suppliers could be requested to hold on for some time to get their payments. Those requests to be made personally by the promoters. Certain customers could be asked to quickly process the dues and transfer funds.

The first hitting point is cash crunch. The same could be addressed to the extent of reducing unnecessary expenses, investments and payments. The priority payments could be utility bills, government dues and employee dues.

It would be dangerous to attempt to take short term loans on credit cards or from other street smart lenders, who are not likely to spare anyone in terms of charging interest? Rather our regular bankers could be approached and could be asked to enhance regular credit facilities at least by 25%.

Activate all Internet Banking and electronic payments facilities so as to make quick payments and get quick receipts. Immediately connect UPI (BHIM) facility to bank accounts to have electronic payments without any charges. You must have spare money in your bank accounts, as far as possible so don’t make petty/ personal daily payments through electronic mode. Use available cash for those payments.

Keep proper entries of transactions. If you are familiar with your accounting software use it or else have simple income and expenditure excel sheet. After few days you are likely to forget those entries.

Use this home quarantine time to plan for future. Take review of your business, identify future goals, plan for strategies. Make note of short term and long term steps to be taken in this direction. Also analyse your life style before COVID and during COVID. I am sure there are many good points which everyone can pick up and adopt in the further COVID lifestyle.

I could foresee that many will have different approach and lifestyle after this is over. This could be very well vouched from the actions of people on the very first day when everyone is permitted resume. I have observed that people are more open and co-operative to each other. I think this COVID has rejuvenated cooperation and humanity which was missing for couple of years specifically in metros.

Use this home quarantine time to plan for future. Take review of your business, identify future goals, plan for strategies. Make note of short term and long term steps to be taken in this direction.

I have also observed reduction in garbage and junk e-mails, SMS and phone calls. I think those bad junkies also have quarantined themselves at home. This is positive in this situation and hope to have this continued in future.

Planning and execution of WFH policy for every business has its own interesting challenges and is likely to reveal areas for strengthening for the organisation in terms of data storage, systems, execution part. Once the WFH is achieved successfully, it is going to be useful post COVID. This is also likely to reduce carbon footprints and secure healthier environment for next generations and will be useful for complying with the Individual Social Responsibility (ISR). Make yourself more tech-savvy and utilise this time for achieving additional required skill sets.

Use Zoom meeting, Skype, WhatsApp and other free meeting apps to connect to your colleagues and encourage them to think about future. Don’t allow them to get rusty. Good time to experiment on future strategy to adopt virtual meetings and WFH concept. This will save considerable time and money incurred for travelling and other logistics. Plus, this will be more stress free for individuals.

Planning and execution of work from home policy for every business has its own interesting challenges and is likely to reveal areas for strengthening for the organisation in terms of data storage, systems, and execution.

Speak to your customers and suppliers and understand their viewpoints. Speak to your advisors and understand their outlook. You may in the process get some new dimensions for your business.

Protect your assets, don’t compromise on its security and maintenance. You should be in a position to kick-start immediately once the things are back to normal.

Don’t discontinue your mutual fund SIP. They will definitely pay you back in future. Don’t avoid paying for insurance policies or for its renewals. They will give you required back up if things would be worst.

Look into your succession policy and realign it if required. It would be a good idea to check back all your nominations and back-ups for all banking accounts and investments.

Presume that this may be prolonged till June, think how you can create opportunities for your business domain, when things will restart. Think what customers will need thereafter. What new additions you can bring, in your bouquet of products and services. What could be new emerging areas for you to grow?

Always believe that every disaster opens the door for new opportunties. The patient and persistent will survive.

Most important be with your loved ones the real strength, which makes everyone going.

Stay home, stay safe!

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15 of the Best Time Management and Productivity Books of All Time

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Entrepreneurs are always on a quest to win the race against time. As if that weren’t stressful enough, we also have to enhance our willpower and strengthen our self-discipline. If not, then all of the distractions flying around will stand in the way of us getting things done.

Since I’m an avid reader, I’ve learned over the years that the best way to improve my time management and productivity skills have been through books. Of course, it can be overwhelming when you’re searching online or browsing in a book store for literature that can assist you in living a more fruitful life. That’s why I’ve made the decision easier for you by sharing with the 15 best time management and productivity books of all time.

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1. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey

First published in 1989, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is regularly considered the best book to read if you want to improve your productivity both professionally and personally. It focuses on developing new habits so that you can stay-on-track as opposed to eliminating bad habits. Most notably, defining your goals and priorities.

Covey uses the analogy of placing rocks, pebbles, and sand into a jar to help you define what’s really important. If you start by putting the little things, such as the pebbles or sand, the rocks won’t fit. However, if you begin with the rock there’s enough room for you to put the tinier items around them in the jar.

Key quote: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your scheduling app but to schedule your priorities.”

2. “How to Stop Procrastinating: A Simple Guide to Mastering Difficult Tasks and Breaking the Procrastination Habit” by S.J. Scott

If you’re struggling with procrastination, this is arguably the only book you’ll need to own. How to Stop Procrastinating is a down-to-earth and uses a specific framework to assist you in becoming action-oriented. Scott also shares his own experiences on how he overcame procrastination and explores the main reasons why we drag out feet.

Personally, I enjoyed how straightforward this book. The advice provided isn’t too complex. It simply encourages you to does this, then do this, and after do that.

Key quote: “If you’re someone who procrastinates, then this bad habit is limiting your success in a variety of ways. If you don’t address this issue, then you’ll reduce the likelihood that you’ll achieve your major goals.”

3.“Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” by Brian Tracy

If your procrastination still persists then Eat That Frog! should help you get over that hump. Inspired by a famous Mark Twain quote, “Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day,” author Brian Tracy details why and how you should tackle your most challenging task in the morning.

Additionally, Tracy shares successful time management techniques like how to set goals, get organized, practice the “Law of Three,” and applying the 80/20 Rule.

Key quote: “You can get control of your time and your life only by changing the way you think, work, and deal with the never-ending river of responsibilities that flows over you each day. You can get control of your tasks and activities only to the degree that you stop doing some things and start spending more time on the few activities that can really make a difference in your life.”

4. “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss

Timothy Ferriss shares his step-by-step guide on how anyone can start earning a monthly five-figure income by working just The 4-Hour Workweek. As a result, you’ll be able to live the life you actually want without having to be just another participant of the daily rat race.

If this sounds too good to be true, Ferriss includes over 50 practical tips and real-life case studies on how you can live more and work less.

Key quote: “Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner.”

5. “Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life” by Dr. Jason Selk and Tom Bartow

 

Written by Dr. Jason Selk, director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals, and business coach Tom Bartow’s Organize Tomorrow Today, this book outlines the eight most effective ways to optimize your organization. As a result, you’ll focus on process-oriented goals that will guide you in maximizing your time and breaking bad habits.

Key quote: “Greatness is predicated on consistently doing things others can’t or won’t do. Simply put, success is not about being brilliant. It is about being consistent.”

6. “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen

Since it’s release in 2001, “Getting Things Done” has not only become one of the most influential business books of all-time. It’s also considered the book for personal organization. Although Allen has tweaked the book over the years, the main concept remains intact. When you have a clear mind, you’re able to organize your thoughts, spark creativity, and boost your productivity.

Key quote: “Getting things done requires two basic components: defining (1) what “done” means (outcome) and (2) what “doing” looks like (action).”

7. “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

What exactly is “deep work”? Author and professor Cal Newport defines it as, “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”

The problem is that in an increasingly distracting world getting into this flow is easier said than done. The good news is that Newport outlines specific disciplines that will transform your mind and habits so that you can concentrate and jump into your work.

Key quote: “To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction.”

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8. “Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day” by Jake Zeratsky and John Knapp

Although released just in September 2018, I’m already chalking this selection up as an instant classic. I thoroughly enjoyed the friendly and original approach that Zeratsky and Knapp laid out in “Make Time.” For example, only highlighting one priority per day so that all of your time and energy are present for that specific task.

Key quote: “Believe in your Highlight: It is worth prioritizing over random disruption.”

9. “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” by Laura Vanderkam

Did you know that we all have the same 168 Hours in a week? So, how come some people are able to squeeze every minute out of this time? Bestselling author Laura Vanderkam draws from the real-life stories of successful and happy individuals, Vanderkam discovered that they find creative ways to make time for the important stuff.

Key quote: “The majority of people who claim to be overworked work less than they think they do, and many of the ways people work are extraordinarily inefficient. Calling something ‘work’ does not make it important or necessary.”

10. “The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right” by Atul Gawande

Relying on his past experiences as a surgeon, bestselling author Atul Gawande explains that we’re prone to failure thanks to the amount of knowledge surrounding us. The solution? The Checklist Manifesto.

Through riveting stories, Gawande describes what exactly checklists are, what they aren’t, and how they can assist you in succeeding at getting things done.

Key quote: “We are besieged by simple problems… Checklists can provide protection.”

11. “Surge: Your Guide to Put Any Idea Into Action” by Matt Kane, Steve Garguilo and Sergiy Skoryk

So many of us have ideas that we’re passionate about. Unfortunately, we sit on these ideas waiting for the “perfect” time or opportunity to act. The reality is that there is no such thing as the right moment. “Surge” will provide you with the strategies to finally bring your ideas to life.

Key quote: “If you want something different, it’s time to do something different. It’s time to act.”

12. “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg

Award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg uses fascinating stories and scientific discoveries to clarify how habits work, ways to change existing patterns, and what can be done to establish new habits. By focusing on good habits we’re better equipped to achieve more than we ever imagined. The Power of Habit is definitely a must-read.

Key quote: “The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”

13. “Time Warrior: How to Defeat Procrastination, People-pleasing, Self-doubt, Over-commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos” by Steve Chandler

Time Warrior is an astute and digestible book that instructs readers to become “non-linear.” When you accomplish this you’ll start to manage your priorities and stop letting people-pleasing and fear hold you back. As a result, you’ll become motivated to hone-in on the big picture.

Key quote: “Action is the answer.”

14. “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown

I’d say that the key to productivity is being able to distinguish between what’s essential and what’s not. Thankfully, Essentialism can guide you in determining how to prioritize your tasks and cutting-out the extraneous stuff so that you only focus on what’s most important.

Key quote: “Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”

15. “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management- The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs” by Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse, a best-selling author and entrepreneur, asked 200 different successful business owners, athletes, and straight-a students, “What is your number one secret to productivity?”

After analyzing the results, Kruse found that they all shared 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. These include:

  • Focusing on minutes, not hours.
  • Doing one thing at a time.
  • Not using to-do-lists.
  • Beating procrastination with time travel.
  • Making it home for dinner.
  • Using a notebook.
  • Processing their email only once a day.
  • Avoiding meetings at all costs.
  • Saying “no” to almost everything.
  • Following the 80/20 Rule.
  • Delegating most tasks.
  • Creating theme days.
  • Touching things only one time.
  • Establishing and following a morning routine.
  • Maintaining their energy by getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and working in sprints.

Key quote: “Actually, highly successful people don’t think about time much at all. Instead, they think about values, priorities, and consistent habits.”

Also Read : Essential tips to becoming an effective remote worker

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7 Social Skills That Each Child Must Have

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A Glimpse into the Teenage World:

When asked to write about social skills and looking at how the virtual world has not only captured our imagination but our entire being, made me wonder if these skills were applicable anymore.

But then it dawned that these social skills are more important and relevant than any other skill set for a generation that is probably going to be governed by Artificial Intelligence and facing a reality that is on the other side of a screen.

So, what would be the most important social skills in the coming decade or more?

    • They wanted to be heard, they wanted others to listen.
    • They wanted to be cared for, so that sharing with them became important.
    • They wanted to be included, be a part of the whole.
    • They wanted to be respected, for who they are and what they “brought to the table”.
    • They wanted their past to be forgotten and they be looked at for what they have evolved into.
    • They wanted to be considered important enough to contribute.
    • And lastly but not the least they wanted to be loved, beyond their weaknesses, their follies and their failings.

 

Mulling over both the events made me list down a few social skills that in my opinion, (‘my opinion’ being the operative word here) the so-called Gen 2.0 need to hone for a more cohesive and collaborative life. (Disclaimer: this list was drawn after giving a judicious thought to both sides in the instances mentioned above)

1. Listening:

Listening not for replying but listening for understanding someone else’s point of view, argument or discussion. Understanding does not equate to being convinced or influenced in any way.

2. Sharing:

Chat messages on groups aren’t sharing. Sharing isn’t about information or engaging in charity. Sharing is that fraternal feeling for any another human being which propels us to extend help in times of need without any expectations.

3. Cooperating:

Well, wouldn’t sharing and cooperating mean the same? Not really. Cooperation means being an enabler. Your support towards anything that may not be largely beneficial personally but contribute towards the welfare of others would be a cooperative and “very cool” thing to do.

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4. Respecting:

It seems that in the process of being friendly, we have some where lost the ‘Art’ of respecting. Friendly is a persona, respect is an attitude. An agreement or a disagreement should not let you cross the boundaries of respecting an idea, ideology or behaviour. Respecting does not mean you agree to what is being stated, it just means that you have heard someone without reacting to it.

5. Sieving:

The present world situation cannot more appropriately put into perspective the importance of this skill. The progress in telecommunication makes it possible to have information, literally and theoretically, on your fingertips! But authentication is the need of the hour. It saves spreading of panic and ensures we remain calm in turbulent times.

6. Being Responsible:

It’s important that we take responsibility of our ‘ayes’ but we are equally responsible when we do not firmly express a timely ‘nay’. It establishes your assertiveness about not only your beliefs but also defines the limits which you would not exceed nor let others do the same too.

7. Being Kind:

The new IQ (intelligent quotient) is EQ (emotional quotient)! In a diversified world where getting information is so easy but processing it depends on the individual and the surroundings that they are exposed to.“Being in their shoes” would be essential to make informed decisions. Being kind does not mean pampering or mollycoddling. It means a timely intervention which would save someone from unnecessary heartache or difficulty though it may not get you any benefits.

This almost confirms the doubt that I always pondered upon: Why has Shakespearean literature been relevant through four centuries and the answer which stares back is; it deals with human emotions! I can see frown lines on your forehead questioning the connection between the two. Clearly our emotions drive theñ skills we imbibe for the trait we want to exhibit (either positive or negative). These traits are universally accepted or rejected in any social structure or culture. This defines our confidence and self-esteem and how we view ourselves.

Therefore, be it at home or your workplace, addressing your dear ones or inspiring the young with these skills may just save ‘the human’ in us all!

Also read: 10 Common Teenage Problems And Solutions

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