How to 10X Your Productivity


Everybody has been provided 24 hours in a day by mother nature but still we find that some people manage to complete much more than most others. Mystery of this lies in being productive rather than remaining busy. To get more done at the end of each day gives a sense of accomplishment to the person. There may be numerous productivity tips, but I give here a few essential ones that I have found very useful in my own  life:

1. Golden Hours

On any given day there are so many tasks waiting for our attention and the most common tendency for most people is to get started with the easiest job in the day. My personal observation is that once we start our day this way, then we no longer remain in control. I find most people doing diligently the works that are not at all required to be done. For maximum productivity I would suggest to devote for next 21 days the first two hours of your work day to the single most important job that you have for you. This acts as a very good catalyst and set up the momentum for the day. Once you work on your single most important task you get better hold of it and give it your best productive time when you are fresh and have the maximum energy in the morning.

It has been observed that 80% of your results are because of your 20% of efforts. When you do as advised above the results start to pour in and you feel motivated. This further increases your energy and you work with increased vigor thus entering an upward spiral of productive work.

Once you continuously work for 21 days in this manner it results in formation of habit and thereafter you will always work in that fashion. There will be no procrastination and final outcomes will be there for all to see.

2. Remove distractions

Another thing that eats away your productivity is distractions. Do you ever check on your social media feed or get involved in unnecessary chit chats with your coworkers during the work hours? Do you start your day with checking on emails? Do you look at your mobile phone at the first beep? If your answer is yes, then you are part of vast majority of people who are killing their productivity because of distractions.

It is a known fact that once your concentration is broken, it takes at least 10 minutes to regain your focus and return to your productive best. Just imagine your status if your phone rings every now and then. Best strategy is to work in an environment where you are assured of no distractions and then just dive into your most important tasks. You will yourself be amazed at the amount of work you are able to accomplish in same time.

3. Choose your peer group wisely

It is said that you are sum total of 5 people with whom you spend majority of your time. The qualities and work culture of your peers gets rubbed down to you. So choose your peer circle well. If you are the smartest person among your group then it is time that you change your group. For personal growth you need to be standing with people who are able to provide you fodder for your development and who encourage you to challenge your limiting beliefs and level up with them.

If you remain with people who are lesser than you (this is different from arrogance and no offence meant to anybody) in terms of habits and work culture than you will not be increasing your potential and remain in comfort zone. Nobody grows in a zone where they are comfortable. You have to Embrace Discomfort for Growth. This is what happens when you upgrade your peer circle, your hidden desires to reach their level gets wings and remember desire is the first step for all accomplishments.

4. Leverage and delegate

As already discussed that your 20% tasks contribute to 80% of your results and for maximum productivity you should focus on these most important tasks. Having said this there are still many tasks and sub tasks which may not be so important but still are required to be done. Develop a team, use the power of effective delegation of such less important tasks to somebody. This gives you freedom to devote your time on the most productive jobs. The amount of money you spend on your team will be nothing when compared to the final results you can achieve with more focused approach. Another advantage of having a team will be that you will be able to tap into their perspectives and may be come up with some more ideas. Remember, none of us is more intelligent than all of us.

5. Always work as per the plan

For maximum productivity always work as per the plan. Make a to-do list, arrange in order of priority and keep it in front of you all the time so that you don’t deviate from it. A point to remember here is to make these to-do list a night before so that you have a head start. Ten minutes of planning may save you up to two hours in working.

6. Have your rest time

It is no secret that productivity decreases after some time of your continuous working. Your brain gets stressed out and its efficiency decreases so I would suggest you take a short break of 15 minutes after two hours and a longer break of about 45 minutes to an hour after 4 hours of work. Sip on a cup of coffee or may be listen to some music. Make sure it relaxes you and replenishes the reservoirs of energy to take you again to your peak state and enhance your performance. These breaks apart from offering the advantage of mental relaxation are also physically good for your heart and body at large.

7. Self Appraisal

In the end it is all about your own personal preferences. Every individual is different so in order to get best out of yourself make your own strategies or tweak these as per your nature. Always develop the habit of self appraisal. Analyse what is working for you and what isn’t.

There are other large number of productivity enhancing activities that you can adopt according to your own liking but always try to be more productive rather than just spending more time on the desk because now is the time for not only hard working but also smart working.

Related article: 8 Time Management Tips

10 Best Super Foods


When it comes to healthy eating it is best to consume a wholesome diet consisting of wide variety of fruits and vegetables. One should not expect some kind of miracle food but still there are some items in our diet that are better eating options than the rest. These fruits and vegetables, many a time are classified as superfoods. These are nutrient rich foods that are good for our health. Though superfood is only a marketing term and has no legal or medical definition these foods have earned this name as they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  Consuming these items on regularly basis may prevent diseases and help live a healthier life. There are many healthy options, we list here a few of these superfoods

1. Broccoli

Broccoli belongs to cabbage family of vegetables. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, sulforaphane and carotenoids. It’s consumption offers various benefits:

  • Antioxidants in broccoli help fight cancer cells and boosts immunity.
  • Helps lower cholesterol.
  • Beneficial for bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
  • High fiber content helps digestion and prevent constipation.

2. Blueberries

These are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and high dose of antioxidants like anthocyanins and resveratrol. Blueberries consumption is beneficial as:

  • Free radical scavenging offers anti aging properties.
  • Antioxidant helps fight cancer.
  • Decreases LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio thus promote heart health.
  • May also improve short-term memory.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, biotin, potassium and lycopene. Health benefits because of these nutrients are impressive:

  • Lycopene reduces free radicals and combats cancer.
  • Tomatoes decreases cholesterol and triglyceride, and prevent atherosclerosis.
  • Vitamin A helps improve vision and prevent night blindness.
  • Tomatoes are beneficial for skin health.

4. Almonds

Almonds have great medicinal value. These are rich in fiber, riboflavin (vitamin B2), magnesium and iron thus used for many health solutions:

  • Riboflvin and L-carnitine increases brain activity and helps in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Almonds helps lowers cholesterol, thus beneficial in heart diseases.
  • Mono-unsaturated fatty acids help control blood sugar level, beneficial in diabetes.

5. Spinach

Spinach is highly nutritious and very low calorie food. It’s 100 g provides only 23 calories. It is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid.

  • Spinach boosts immune system.
  • Carotenoids present in spinach prevents night blindness.
  • Beneficial for heart because of many antioxidants.
  • Rich source of iron so is beneficial for red blood cells production.

6. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are large and sweet tasting roots. It is high in beta carotene, potassium and tryptophan

  • Beta carotene and other antioxidants slows the ageing process.
  • Anthocyanin and other pigments give it anti inflammatory properties.
  • It modifies insulin metabolism and improve blood sugar levels.
  • High fiber contents helps in digestion and avoid constipation

Also read: 9 Tips for Good Health

7. Apples

Apples are very popular fruit which may be called a superfood. These are extremely rich in soluble fiber, flavanoids and vitamin C. Health benefits of apples are impressive:

  • They helps in improving memory and other neurological benefits.
  • Reduces risk of stroke.
  • Improves good cholesterol ratio.
  • Because of high fiber level it reduces blood sugar fluctuation.
  • Low calorie food, helps fight obesity.

8. Kale

Kale is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, and other phytonutrients. Kale is one of  the healthiest vegetables around:

  • Alpha lipoic acid in kale improves insulin sensitivity and improves blood glucose control.
  • lowers cancer.
  • Vitamin K contents help in absorption of calcium thus improves bone health.
  • It is associated with reduction of kidney stone formation.

9. Oats

Oats are full of fiber, magnesium and potassium

  • Oats lowers cholesterol levels and prevents heart diseases.
  • Magnesium regulates blood sugar level.
  • These are protein packed and low on fat, providing energy boost to the body.
  • Fiber helps in prevention of constipation.

10. Quinova

Quinova is a grain crop and it’s seeds are edible. It is gluten free and high in protein. In fact it contains all essential amino acids. Quinova is also rich in calcium, magnesium and manganese. Benefits of Quinova include:

  • It is gluten free, so is a good alternative for people allergic to wheat.
  • Quinova offers good anti inflammatory properties.
  • Saponins in it promote healing of skin injuries.

In end we should keep in mind that superfood is more of a marketing term and there are many other food items from vegetable as well as dairy that are equally nutrient rich. Healthy diet will consist of wide variety of vegetables, fruits, dairy, whole grain and animal products. So ther is nothing like magic diet or miracle food.

Also read:Steps to Easy Weight Loss

Decide Your Destiny


A predetermined and inevitable course of events that is to happen in future or has happened to a person is Destiny. People say what is written in stars is your fate. The supreme power guides the events of our life. But if it is already decided can we do something about it? My view is yes. We may not change our final destiny but can definitely give it a direction for leading a life of purpose.

Most critical factor that helps us decide our destiny is our thoughts. We become what we think. Our feelings are the net result of what goes on in our mind and the things that we focus on. We humans are emotional creatures and whatever way we start thinking about a situation in our life, our feelings for that become more and more powerful. Our past experiences whether good or bad, impact our present thinking, which in turn shapes our future.

Depending on what we have experienced in our past, we start giving a meaning to what is happening. On facing setbacks if we think it is the end then we are destined to fail or else we take it as a new beginning and change the course of our life and others around us. Take the example of sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. He grew up in very poor circumstances with no formal education, failed in business, lost most of his elections in US  Congress and Senate, yet he did not allow his failures to overpower him and the meaning he gave to his setbacks was not demoralizing. He persisted on his path and finally made a spectacular comeback when he was elected. Such are the people who give a new direction not only to their own but to the destiny of the entire world.

One person could see the positive side of the situation, another could see only the negatives. On failing, you either start thinking that life is punishing you or make a change of approach and attempt again. The way you give wings to your thoughts is the way your destiny is decided. As the saying goes, “Ask and it will be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

It all depends on you, what you are going to do. Are you going to give up or move forward. The choice you make will make you or break you. If you decide not to go full way forward and listen to your fears then you will never reach your full potential and will always live in regret. Instead if you listen to your heart and condition your mind, even Universe will conspire to make it happen. More doors will open for you than you could imagine. When you move in the direction of what your heart says, you connect to a greater source and feel boundless energy.

Whatever you do, follow your heart. May be your heart already knows what is best for you. You are here to win, nobody is created without purpose. Connect to that bigger purpose, move away from negativity, have faith in your maker and go on to make your own destiny.


13 Things Mentally Strong People Do


Habits have the power to make or break a person. We discuss here a few habits that mentally strong people possess:

1. They keep control

Mentally strong people always keep control on themselves. Life presents you with all kind of situations and only a mentally strong person can deal with them with a balanced approach. This doesn’t mean that one is a control freak rather the control is to be exercised by themselves on their emotions. If one doesn’t keep control on their emotions and is swayed by circumstances then they will never experience fulfillment and success.

2. They Embrace Change

Only thing that is constant in this world is change and only a strong person can be open to change. You must be ready to embrace change as and when it arises to have the life you always desired. Whether it is in your personal life or professional life, keep asking what’s next. Be ready and don’t fear change. Learn the new skills required to face new situations. Initially it may cause you difficulties but in long run it will make you grow as a person. As Bill Clinton said “the price of doing same old thing is far higher than the price of change.”

3. They Stay Happy

Life is the game of wins and losses, ups and down. A balanced person is one who has the ability to remain happy in all situations. Happiness is a choice and not a product of some situations. Happiness is contagious, if you remain happy then people around you will also be happy and that entire environment of happiness and positivity will make your life much more fulfilling and enriched.

4. They Take Calculated Risks

For innovation and enterprise one is required to take calculated risks. It is not being rash but taking a chance after careful estimation of probable outcomes. Only a mentally strong person can be willing to take risks. Those who don’t feel confident will want to remain in the comfort of familiarity but miss out the chances of growth and moving ahead in life.

5. They Live in Present

Life is happening now but many a time we find people living in their past or dreaming about future. They keep imagining how life would be if it had been different or how they will do in times to come. A mentally strong person realizes that he can’t change what has happened in past nor can he have full control of future. Living in present and adjusting ourselves as the time and situations change is the only way to move forward.

6. They Take Responsibility

People usually call themselves the product of their circumstances and put the blame on all things other than them. Whereas the mentally strong person will take full responsibility of their actions and behaviors. They believe in designing their life and never feel insecure.

7. They Celebrate Other’s Success

Some people are always reminded of their own shortcomings when they see the success of others. They become jealous of them because they are in habit of comparing, whereas if they decide to be inspired they can completely transform their life. Other’s success can make you aware of the possibilities that are presented to all.

8. They Are Willing To Fail

Are you willing to face your fear of failure. Failure is associated with fear, shame and rejection whereas failure is the stepping stone for innovation and achieving success. Nowhere in the history we find an example of a successful person who has not failed. Successful and strong people learn from their mistakes, change their approach and adapt accordingly. As renowned scientist Thomas Edison famously said “I have not failed but i have come up with 10000 things that do not work.”

9. They Enjoy Alone Time

Alone time with yourself is a very important element for your growth. You will recharge, get hold of your emotions and improve your productivity. Most of time we are caught up in daily grind of life and don’t think of various privileges we have enjoyed.

10. They Work Real Hard

Mentally strong people understand there is no substitute for sheer hard work. They burn the midnight oil when others are sleeping. They don’t believe in luck and rather make their luck by leaving no stone unturned. There are no shortcuts and there is no overnight success. Today people talk about smart work but any smart strategy requires a thorough action to be taken.

11. They are Persistent

To continue with your course of action in the face of all kind of adversity and opposition is the quality of persistence and tenacity. It is one quality of discipline that gives the people a distinct edge on their road to success.

12. They Tolerate Discomfort

On path of growth it is most likely to encounter problems that cause a great deal of discomfort to you. Many of us could not tolerate discomfort even for small amount of time. Whereas if we see successful people they always have their goals in mind and for fulfilling these they don’t hesitate to Embrace Discomfort for Growth. They understand that without facing discomfort they will not be able to grow to their limits.

13. They Focus On Productivity

Successful and mentally strong people know the difference between being busy and being productive. They always keep their focus on the outcomes and results of their tasks. They are capable to figure out the most important job at hand and avoid the distractions and then with single minded attention get on with it.

How to make people like you


Being likable is under your control and it can be cultivated by following some simple guidelines. To develop instant rapport and to be liked it requires that you develop some good conversation skills. Different people may have different approach towards this but there are a few common and general steps that you need to master to make people like you instantly. These are some basic ideas to be followed and mistakes to be avoided to boost your chances of making rapport with people.

Genuine Smile

I mean no other thing will help you to develop rapport then a Genuine Smile. Everyone likes a person who radiates positive vibes and warmth. When you smile genuinely the muscle around your eyes are engaged and there is a noticeable change in them. This is not possible when your smile is fake. People respond faster to a person whom they find trust worthy and a warm smile does just that.

Be conscious about your body language like making eye contact, it indicates your interest in them. Whereas negative body language like crossing your arms at chest indicating your boredom are to be strictly avoided.

Reflecting or Paraphrasing

Repeat something they say rather then just nodding. When you reflect on what the other person has said, it helps you to get better clarity on the topic so you can answer well. At the same time you come across as more authentic and serious person to them. You are telling them that not only you are hearing them but also understand their feelings and emotions. Also bear in mind that you can also reflect a person in his body language, for example give him a hand shake like he has or may be casually adopt the seating posture or hand positioning like him.


Affirmation and to say yes as you start your reply is an immediate rapport builder because ‘yes’ opens up trust and creativity. If you start with a yes, you are more likely to get a yes back but if you start with a no, you shut down the collaboration and responsiveness of other person.

Start with yes even when you differ on something and then correct them with a smile and other body language. There is a hell of difference when you say no with a serious and tight face and when you say no with a warm smile. Other body language principles like may be touching someone when you differ may make your ‘no’ more palatable to others.

Active Listening

Active listening is you conveying to the other person that you are understanding completely. Listen with a squint, smirk or a smile and you change the whole chemistry between you two. While listening keep open palm position facing upward, which indicate openness and honesty and help to build trust. Nodding when listening straight away gives the other person confidence that you are in agreement with them. Active listening builds rapport, understanding and trust.

Intensity while speaking

Your use of punctuation and emphasis with body language show the intensity you are putting in your conversation. People like to connect with those who packs intensity in their work. It convey to them that you are really passionate about the things being discussed and value this engagement. Just think what will be your reaction if you come across someone who is speaking in a monotonous tone without any warmth and conviction. If you don’t like such people then be careful don’t be like them. Don’t stammer and don’t use many ‘Ahs’ and ‘Ums’. These are signs of nervousness.

Talk Win-Win

Another step in developing rapport with someone is to talk win-win. Try to go deep in conversation and get to know their interests and what they might be looking to achieve. Talk from the other person’s perspective and lead the conversation so that you come to a common ground and the situation becomes beneficial to both of you. When you talk in this manner the other person finds it is easy to trust you.

You will get visible sign of people getting in rapport with you when you find them start mimicking you and getting animated.

“First impression is the last impression,” goes an old saying and it is true to the core. Many people think that some people are born good communicators but they need to realize that they also can learn all these skills and practicing these over a period of time will go a long way in they becoming able to strike a rapport with others in a jiffy.

Related Article: 5 Keys for Effective Communication

7 Tips For A Bright Day


Every morning marks the beginning of a new chapter of our life. Once we get to work in our busy life it is easy to get caught up with the routine and the stress it brings along with it. To fight this stress and make our day bright it’s important how we set tone for the day right in the morning.

1. Rise early

Yes, for all the night owls out there these days, it is very difficult to rise early but if you give it a try I am pretty sure you won’t go back to your old routines. Getting up early, say at around 5 A.M. will allow you to get so much more done as it is so refreshing, peaceful and calm at that time. With birds chirping and sun rising you feel so fresh and naturally motivated. You have sufficient time at your hand to plan the day in advance. Rising early will give you a head start.

2. Think Positive

Morning is the time when there is no chaos and in this calm you can meditate for peace of mind. Think positively to strengthen and align your mind, body and soul. Practice gratitude and feel privileged to be alive. We get lost in thinking about the past or worrying about the future. We long for all the things we don’t have without realizing the precious worth of all that we have. Develop this habit to think positive and see how your days turn out bright and cheerful.

3. Exercise

Once you get out of sleep your body requires to improve the circulation and stretching for a few minutes, even if it be. Stretching helps to improve posture and eliminates rigidity, aches and pain that sleeping may cause in joints. You may also try yoga if you are so inclined and get ready to face the day. Do some mindful breathing and experience the surge of energy in the body.

4. Eat Healthy

Start your day with some warm water and lemon. It will be easy on the body and will wake up the internal organs and systems. It helps in rehydration as your body has gone without fluids for a long time during sleep. You can add honey also in this which will also have an additional benefit of weight loss. It also helps in flushing out the toxins accumulated in the body.

Take a breakfast that is healthy and rich in nutrients. Try to incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals. Remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it gives you energy for facing the hectic day ahead and also has been linked with reduction in obesity and reduction in high blood pressure.

5. Read More

A 15 minute reading of something that is inspirational can be a great tool for uplifting your mood. Successful people have this habit cultivated in their morning schedule. Listening to some audio book or upbeat music also helps in conditioning the mind and brings it to top motivated state right in the morning.

6. Relax

As soon as we wake up, our mind starts running in all directions and relaxing our mind by relieving it from stress and filling it up with positive and inspirational thoughts is a top priority. In addition to meditation and practicing gratitude as discussed above taking a shower will give you a feeling of relaxation and freshness. Once you allow the relaxing and warm flow of water on your body, your mind will ease up.

7. Work with Focus

When you prepare to go out of home for work ensure that you have your goals list for the day ready and written with you. Don’t leave home without it. In your goals list mark top 3 tasks for the day and in the morning time when your productivity is at peak straight away immerse yourself in completing these tasks. Leave anything that does not fall in this list for sometime later, do them only if you finish your top 3 for the day.

When we wake up from sleep our body is rigid, internal organs slow, mind trying to figure out what is happening and what to do. In this vulnerable state to start for the hustle of the day and prepare ourself for the upcoming challenges, it helps if we follow the things and methods discussed above. Keep it simple, try some other ways and make them your own. Go out and enjoy the day.

5 Keys for Effective Communication


One of the most essential and vital skills to possess is effective communication. All leaders and managers require to master this skill for success in their career. Communication is a two way process and you need to develop mastery in both speaking as well as listening to be a good communicator. As you go on to improve your communication skills, you will be able to improve your rapport with the other person. In this article we share some of the key communication skills:

1. Practice the Pause

Pauses in speech can add huge impact on your statement. It brings the attention of the person to the conversation and builds up anticipation. Before you give an answer pausing will give a short time gap that will ensure that you are not interrupting the other person in their speech. You don’t want to be speaking at the same time as the other.

Another advantage of pause is that it gives us a short time to consider what we are going to say. Speaking slowly and pausing in between will enable you to come up with best words and avoid the controversial topics or words.

As we know that communication is a two way process, a pause between the lines or before a reply will allow you to hear better, and not only better but also understand better.

2. Question for Clarity

Powerful and skillful communication is possible when you use many questions. If you question someone like what do you want or what is your opinion, the other person feel more important and valuable, and is encouraged to speak. Use of open ended questions opens up the other person and they are inclined to give longish answers or views or may be their stories. It brings out the secrets on which you can then build up your conversation.

When you ask open ended questions like ‘do you have a morning ritual’ or ‘what are you looking forward to this week’ the other person will not be able to give you short reply and will start talking. This allows you to connect with them at a much deeper level and your conversation is much more productive and effective.

But you need to bear in mind not to overdo questioning, otherwise people will see it as nagging and intrusion into their privacy.

3. Paraphrase Speaker’s Word

Another key communication skill is if you paraphrase the speaker’s words. Paraphrasing means to repeat the same thing that the other has said in your own words. It is not just repeating or parroting what the other person has said instead first listen to the basic message and understand the feeling behind it. It is a powerful tool to enhance your understanding and bonding with the speaker. It allow the speaker to hear their own thoughts and give them the confidence that you are serious in your attempt to understand them. When paraphrasing refrain from giving your own opinions or ideas.

4. Listen Well

Careful and attentive listening is another key element to effective communication. When you listen you make the other person feel important and they develop trust in you. Trust is the most important cornerstone of personal relations.

When you listen attentively, it increases the self esteem of the other person. They realize how much importance you are giving them. Careful listening also helps you to focus and concentrate your mind on the topic being discussed otherwise your mind will be running in thousand directions.

5. Non Verbal Communication

Non Verbal Communication like your positive body language and eye contact also makes your communication very effective. When you make eye contact with the other person it reflects your confidence and genuineness to them. You come across as more warm and friendly person and strike a good rapport.

Good communication remain a key to success in life, work and relations.  Some people are born good communicator and it is a great asset to them. If you are not very good at communicating remember it is a learnable skill and you must work on this craft as no other skill can be as helpful as effective communication skill. It will increase your social circle of influence and will take you to great heights of success in life.

Related Article: Communicate to Connect

9 Tips for Good Health


Health is not only absence of disease but a state of complete physical, mental and social well being. As much as it depends on the individual genetic makeup, the lifestyle choices you make also affects your health quite a bit. There may be environmental factors also, over which we have little or no control. Mentioned below are few factors controlling your health

1. Avoid Empty Calories or Junk Food

Empty calories means calories that our body get from food which otherwise offers little or no nutritional values. These are usually food with lots of sugar or solid fats. Food like soda, carbonated drinks or food full of trans fats are main culprit of these empty calories. Avoiding empty calories can go a big way in keeping us healthy. Try to replace the junk food with food which is more rich in nutrients and fiber.

2. Exercise

Benefits of exercising on our health is no secret. It is a great way to feel better and improve health.  A simple walk for half an hour a day can be beneficial for heart. Aerobic exercises and weight training help prevent any excess weight gain and a quick session in a gym can make us even more energetic. Another advantage will be in form of better sleep quality.  Exercise also helps us to get a quick mood lift and make us happy. Also see benefit of exercise in 8 Ways to improve your Mood

3. Water

A great health tip is to maintain your fluid balance. Our body is majorly composed of water, which serves many important functions like maintenance of body temperature, transportation of nutrients among others. Water balance in body is maintained by kidneys by absorbing back or excreting in form of urine, so if your intake is adequate, it will be beneficial for your kidneys also. If you want to lose some weight, water intake can be helpful in doing so. Refer Steps to Easy Weight Loss and the role of water in it. Water will also greatly benefit your bowel movements and keep your skin young and healthy.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is practically calorie free but very rich in antioxidants. Green tea consumption is said to be associated with reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases. It also increases the metabolic rate and can be helpful for weight loss. Caffeine contents in green tea act as stimulant. Some studies have also related it with inhibition of virus and bacteria thereby lowering the risk of infections. A cup of green tea daily will go a long way in improving your health and immunity.

5. Mental Break

Beside physical health your mental health is also of paramount importance. In your daily routine take some time out for yourself and the activities you like. Keep in mind the age old wisdom ‘all work and no play makes jack a dull boy’. Not getting mental breaks during your days will be a big reason for stress and if you don’t control stress in your life, it can make you ill. Include consciously some time for relaxation in your daily schedule.

6. Gratitude

We humans are emotional creatures and one of most powerful emotion is gratitude. Thanking God for all what you have can have a magical effect on your physical and emotional health. Studies have shown gratitude reduces stress and help overcome trauma. Practicing gratitude is also highly motivating and fills you with positivity and energy. Being thankful to your relations or co-workers makes you more social and improves inter-personal relations.

7. Laughter

As is said laughter is best medicine. A hearty laugh relaxes your body and relieves stress immediately. Body experiences ‘endorphin rush’ when we have a good laugh, and endorphins are feel-good chemicals having natural pain and stress fighting capability. Laughter boosts immunity and improves your resistance to diseases. Besides physical benefits, laughing also has mental health benefits like lowering tension and improving mood.

8. Meditation

Best practice for our mental health and feeling of peace is meditation. Even when we are resting, our mind is always preoccupied with one thing or other. Meditation is taking back control of our mind and thoughts. Meditation makes the mind calm and provide inner strength. It gives a sense of comfort and stability.

9. Sleep

Adequate sleep is of paramount importance for healthy lifestyle. Healthy brain function and emotional well being are closely related to proper sleep. Sleep deficiency makes decision making and problem solving very difficult and is linked to depression. Sleep is responsible for healthy immune system. As far as physical health is concerned sleep deficiency may cause hormonal imbalance, increases risk of obesity and heart diseases.

Achieving and maintaining health is an ongoing process and there could be various other means to stay healthy and fit. Follow these few practices or find some others, those which serve you better. Keep in mind, no amount of money or possessions will be able to make you happy but only your health and fitness.

Golden rules by Warren Buffet


Warren Buffet or Oracle of Omaha is an American investor, businessman and philanthropist. World over he is famous for his value investing principles and has ranked number two on the famous Forbe’s list for 15 continuous years. Despite having so much wealth he is famous for his frugal living and donating for charities. Even for his children he once said “I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel that they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing.” He has inspired a whole generation of investors and enterpreneurs with his philosophy of life and work ethics. We have listed here a few Golden rules as given by Warren Buffet

1. Find your passion

You need to find something you like, something you are passionate about and earlier you find it, better it will be. You will find that you are gifted in doing the work you are passionate about. Buffet says he started investing starting at the age of 11 when he sold coke bottles and with the profit he bought his first shares. It came so naturally to him even at such young age because he loved investing. It was never a job for him rather a fun.

2. Hire People with Integrity

If you are in business you naturally have to depend on a formidable team to get the job done. So hiring well become one of the most important component of your work. You don’t want to hire somebody who is lazy but one who has a spark of energy and takes initiative, one who has drive. Buffet advises to hire some body with integrity, intelligence and energy, but he says the first quality is indispensable, if somebody doesn’t have integrity then don’t go ahead, such people will never be an asset to the company.

3. Find Your Sweet Spot

Don’t bother if people disagree with your way of working. Everybody has their own circle of competence and one doesn’t need to be good at various things rather they need to be fully aware of their strong points and then to stay around that sweet spots. To be successful you need to be real good at one thing and that will be more than enough.

4. Read a Lot

Develop a habit of reading books because the knowledge that you get from the books will be more valuable than any thing else. Books are able to mold our mind in some most unimaginable ways. Reading a good book and learning from it may save many years for you in what you plan to do.

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5. Keep a Margin of Safety

Stay well below limits, people usually in haste of doing things, take unreasonable chances and many time loose a lot. This is true about all things in life but more so in the matter of money. People invest recklessly and to gain a little they put a lot on stake. Buffet advises here not to test the depth of water with both feet inside it.

6. Have a Competitive Advantage

In a very competitive environment we are living today, others come to take advantage and offer better deals. They will be able to take away your business if you are not fully alert and don’t offer any competitive advantage. At the same time love your way to be productive, everyone has his own way to work and you will be able to give maximum productivity if you be your own and remain original rather than imitating somebody else.

7. Study Failure

Competition is everywhere and there will be time when you fail but don’t be afraid rather Embrace Discomfort for Growth . Study failure and find ways to overcome it. Have no complacency and be restless. Always be on move and try to figure out what new value you could offer your customers and don’t simply rest on your laurels.

8. Have Role Models

One very important way to grow is to have role models. A role model can offer so much value to you if you study them. What your role models might have learnt over years, you can get to know those things by simply following them.

9. Give unconditional Love

Power of unconditional love is unbound. Whatever you do, do it with love towards others. Be a better human.

Beside being a super successful investor, Buffet has also been a good writer. He has written several articles and has many scholarships to his name. Buffet has time and again advised that the best thing they could do is to develop good habits. And as per him kindness, generosity,modesty and good humor remain the most important qualities in people.

8 Time Management Tips


Time is one of the most expensive assets that we have. All of us have been provided with 24 hours in a day and still we find that some people are able to do so much in a day while we struggle all through. The secret of this could be the difference in time management by these people. Time management is the planning and allocation of time to various activities one does to increase the efficiency and productivity. Time management encompasses the professional as well as personal works. If you are also one of the persons who are struggling with increasing your business efficiency, and work and personal life balance, read on the various manner how you could best utilize your time.

1. Set Goals

When thinking of goals, generally people think of long term goals but one needs to have ultra short term ‘day goals’ as well. As Jim Rohn said, “Never start a day without planning”, goal setting will go a long way in judicious use of your time. 10 minutes of planning could save you at least two hours in the day when you have all the required work organised and planned with you. Key is to write down your goals for the day and to go through this written goal’s list many times during the day. An unwritten goal is a sure recipe for failure.

2. Break into smaller steps

Break your tasks into smaller sub tasks and plan them meticulously in your planner. One, it will cause you to focus on the task to be completed, secondly once even a small task is completed it gives you a sense of accomplishment and provide you the momentum throughout the day. Different components or sub tasks can be delegated to other team members for maximum efficiency.

3. Prioritize

To prioritize your tasks is one of the very important time management skills. In your day list or week list you will be having a lot of tasks to be completed and the most common tendency is to start with the smallest and easiest tasks right in the beginning. In place of this a better strategy would be to start with the most important and difficult tasks right in the beginning of the day or the week. Reason is that usually 80 percent of our results would be because of 20 percent of tasks, which may be difficult but of high significance. So always prioritize. In the planner always mark your ‘must’ items and face them head on at the start.

4. Make To-Do Lists

Today in the time of technology you have a lot of tools available to streamline your jobs. A To-Do list is a must for every person and prioritization and reminders can be done through these lists. Every task that is to be done should be on this list and each time you complete a task check off the same. To-Do list makes your day organised. Apart from this, To-Do list also maintains a calendar where long term appointments and reminders could be added.

5. Avoid procrastination

Best time to do something is now. Procrastination is the biggest single reason of failures in accomplishment of one’s goals and resultant stress. Usually people procrastinate because they attach more pleasure to other things and see the work at hand as pain. They don’t realize if left unattended the same task will cause bigger pain in future and reflect poorly on your performance and results. Most often if you start a task, even if expecting various difficulties in the beginning you will get the means to complete those tasks. As they say, “To complete a journey of thousand miles, take a first step.”

6. Avoid interruption in work

Always try to work in an atmosphere where you can work without any distractions and interruptions. It has been proved that a slight break in your concentration even for a minute will break your momentum and you will find it hard to regain your concentration. These interruptions can be in form of somebody dropping by at your cubicle or a beep of your mobile. Technology was developed for our use and make our life convenient whereas today it is very common to see that people are distracted maximum by their gadgets. Turn them off or at least keep them on silent.

7. Develop Positive Habits

It helps if you have some positive and healthy habits of doing various things like waking up early in the morning and retiring to the bed at the designated time. This helps in maintaining your body clock and those who respect their body clock feel much more energetic and focused than those who don’t follow these simple things. Try to do at least a mild exercise, take time out for some sort of meditation and have some personal time to think about the day and how you fared through it.

8. Delegate

For a person working in supervisory or managerial capacity, delegating work to be done is as important or even more than your own planning and will become a great time management tool. Delegation of work is leveraging your resources for better productivity. Build a better and efficient team and give them a free hand. It may also bring a fresh perspective and a new way to do the job at hand. Another advantage of delegating is that it creates more free time for you, which can be used to do even more important tasks.

With better time management you will be able to improve your quality of life and add value to all the work that you do. It takes away or reduces the stress component in your life. You become more happy and healthy, and achieve better results. Remember being busy and productive are two entirely different things. Purpose is to become more productive and less busy so that you get more time for yourself, that is ‘Smart Working’ and one of the most important elements of smart working is Efficient Time Management.