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How To Overcome Your Phone Addiction

📱 Phone addiction is one of the biggest non-drug addiction in human history. 😱

Study shows excessive phone usage leads to poor lifestyle, poor physical health, and poor mental health. 😨

But how to overcome phone addiction? 🤔

Here are a few things I follow:

1. Delete most apps, and ideally disable all notifications or limit to the most basic ones. 📴

2. Schedule a time to check the phone – give as much dedicated time as you want, but don’t check reactively for random notifications. ⏱

3. Keep your phones facing down on a table when meeting friends or at home. 📲

4. Change your habits and routines when you typically use the phone with something else (read books, play chess/sudoku, talk to people). 📖

5. Introspect your phone usage, use self-talk, and keep delaying the urge of checking the phone every few minutes. 💬

Hope this will help you to:

  • overcome your phone addiction (come on, accept it you have it)
  • reduce your screen time
  • build better habits as we kick-start 2021!
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Productivity Sales

What Are Your “Posteriorities”?

As this is the beginning of the month, most of us are thinking about what tasks are our “priorities” for this month. ⚡️

But do you know what are your “posteriorities”? 🤔

“Posteriorities” are the tasks that are not urgent and are prioritized later.

But these could also be the tasks that you should never work on too – something you should prune from your list. 🤭

One of the common mistakes we often end up doing is – we start working on multiple tasks at once. 😬

The better approach is to focus on one task at a time. And when that is done, figure out the next priority task is. 

As you do take care of some priority tasks on your plate, sometimes your situations evolve and so do priories and posteriorities.

Tasks that seem important before, may not be important anymore.

As a result, you won’t waste time working on things that are not relevant anymore. 😇

And that’s how you can achieve more in less time. 🤩

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Philosophy Productivity

Become a Creator

The one resolution everyone should have for 2021:

“Become a creator”.

Create anything from scratch:

  • start companies
  • build prototypes
  • shoot videos
  • write blogs
  • author books
  • create art
  • play music
  • play sports
  • build communities
  • start movements

It could be anything.

Don’t be just a consumer.

Be a creator.

Wish you a very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous, and Creative 2021!! 🎉 🎆

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Philosophy Productivity

You Don’t Need More Time to Get Things Done

There was a task I was dragging for the last 2 years. Finally, I got it done this weekend.

So it’s not that I needed more time.

What I needed the most was – the right energy to decide to work on it.

And once I started working on it – I just needed to focus and commit until I finish it.

I hope we don’t keep telling ourselves and others the same old excuse – “I don’t have time”.

The right energy, focus, and commitment is more important than time to get things done.

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Entrepreneurship Philosophy Productivity Startup

How to Get Unstuck and Motivated?

Are you feeling stuck and not motivated enough to finish your project? Not seeing enough progress or finish line in sight?

Here’s a simple operating principle that keeps me motivated even in the most uncertain projects.

Divide your project into smaller milestones.

Yes, it’s clichéd, but it’s still surprising how often people get stuck because they focus too much on the end goal.

They get overwhelmed, stressed, and lost. And that kills their motivation.

And that’s why – you need to set smaller milestones.

Ideally, a milestone should be accomplished in a few days or max 1-2 weeks.

No milestone should be longer than 2-3 weeks. If it feels it would take longer than a few weeks, then break it again.

Smaller milestones help you get something done.

It helps you accomplish smaller victories and build momentum.

And momentum fuels your motivation and keeps you going.

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Philosophy Productivity

Why are we busier than ever?

Technically, our life should be easier than our parents’ because so much of manual work is done by machines and software.

But for some reason, we’re busier than ever.

How can this happen?

One hypothesis I have is – we’re being presented with a lot more options and opportunities in every single area of our life.

We’ve many growth opportunities at work.

We’ve many fun activities for our hobbies.

We’ve many options to stay connected with our friends and families.

We’ve many videos to watch, articles to browse, and books to read.

More, more, more…

There is only one thing that hasn’t changed from our parents’ days to ours.

And that is – each of us is born with a finite amount of time on this earth and has 24 hrs on any given day.

And it seems like figuring out how we use it wisely is one of our life’s primary activities.

And I don’t know what is the solution to this issue.

Most likely its – do, use, and aspire fewer things.

It’s easier said than done.

But nonetheless, hope it’s a good reminder for everyone.

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Philosophy Productivity

“Required To Be Done” list

Sometimes, small changes can result in big results.

Here’s a small change you can do in your daily task management routine if you want to do “impactful” work.

Rename your “To Do” list as “Required To Be Done” list.

“To Do” signifies what tasks you “want” to do.

“Required To Be Done” signifies what tasks are “important” and are “priority” for your company/team/life that are required to be done “first”.

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Philosophy Productivity

Discuss Ideas vs Events and People

There is a simple hack to improve your productivity.

And it doesn’t require buying new tools or doesn’t cost anything.

Spend your time wisely in discussing ideas instead of discussing events and people.

Discussing ideas give you energy.

Discussing events and people drain your energy.

And the secret of getting more done is not having more time, but having better energy.

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Philosophy Productivity Startup

The Secret for Doing Effective Work

If there is one secret to do your work most “effectively” – then it is “concentration”.

Every single time when I take up too much on my plate and commit to too many things – I mess up.

The quality of my work and results hamper.

And obviously, I never complete everything I commit.

On the other hand, every single time when I concentrate on only one important thing at a time – I excel.

While saying this is easy, doing it is very hard.

Even though I know this, I make the mistake of saying “Yes” to too many things all the time.

But constantly thinking and reminding about this helps me to keep building my self-discipline to say “No” more often.

In fact, concentration helps me to
– Finish things faster
– Produce better quality
– Use lesser resources

So my recommendation to you – review what’s on your plate, pick up the most important thing, and only concentrate on that thing.

There you have it – a simple, yet powerful secret to do your work most “effectively”.

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Productivity

Remote Work: From Synchronous To Asynchronous Collaboration

The big transition with work from remote is going from “synchronous” to “asynchronous” collaboration.

You don’t have to be at the “same place” to work together.

In fact, you also don’t have to work at the “same time” to work together.

This means the tools that have helped us to collaborate in real-time, are no longer sufficient.

Either existing tools need to evolve to help us collaborate more efficiently asynchronously or we need new tools and workflows.

It’s definitely not easy and not meant for everyone too.

It will take some time and practice to get the hang of working asynchronously.

But once you get hang of it, you’ll realize that it’s the work that matters – and not the face-time clock hours.