Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Productivity Quote


I am starting this series to motivate us at the middle of the week, when we need it most! "The Wednesday hump" is what we call the phenomenon. I will be putting forward a quote now and then by someone that matters. Don't worry, won't be me! Of course, as always you will see my thoughts along with the quote.

How many times have we told our friends, "I'm busy!"?
More often than not we have excused ourselves from things we don't want to do by saying this.
However, the problem arises when we tell this to ourselves. We often lie to ourselves about being busy. The worst happens when we give some work our time, but not our mind! So this is where this quote comes into play. It really doesn't just matter how many minutes or hours we are giving some work, but also how much effort we are putting and how much output we are getting.

Productivity may mean different things to different people. In a blogger's life, it may mean what useful research she can do, or how fast she can edit photos well. In a students life productive work might be solving a certain number of problems in certain time. In a software developers life productivity may be writing number of lines of useful code. And in the life of a teacher's may be how well the students understood in the 1 hour class that she just took. Etc.. Etc..

Productivity =  time + efficiency

So lets try to be productive, instead of busy!

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Friday, October 24, 2014

TGI Friday: Happy Diwali

Hi guys, So, technically diwali was the last two days! but I didn't really finish my post, so I'm posting it today!

If you are reading this, I want to wish you a very Happy and prosperous Diwali! Hope the best for your family and friends. 

Last Friday we decorated our work place. Since we are freshers, this was the task assigned to us for that day.

We ran to the near by store, picked up a few things to decorate the place. We were given a budget of course. Got back, and decorated our section of the floor. It was a fun time with the team. I guess this experience enhanced the team spirit in all of us!

The last two days were great!
On the first day of Diwali, I visited the Shiva temple. Its a beautiful place to visit in Bangalore. I will be a doing a post on my experience shortly.

On the second day of Diwali, I didn't have an off, so I was at work. My friends and  I went out for lunch in order to not let work completely make us forget that its a festival. We had a good time.
In the evening I went for a Diwali party with my parents, where there was great food and good music and good crowd. I also had the pleasure of meeting Nandan Nilekani, The Chairman of AADHAR. Every time you meet some iconic personality you are touched by their presence. I felt the same way!

This Diwali definitely brought me great experiences. Hope they did for you too!

How did you celebrate Diwali? Please let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Declutter your life- Step 4: Little lesser load on the gadgets


Has this ever happened to you?

You walk in to a room wanting to take something, and then you check your phone, and the walk out of the room without taking that thing? 

What happened while you were in that room?
You might be wrong there! You might have checked your phone. Or there might have been something that you were chatting about with your phone prior to entering that room. Since that was on your mind, something possibly more important slipped out.

So anyway this is just an example I was taking to start off on how distracting our phones are. They are a necessary evil. Can't do with them, but can't do without them.

However, here are some demerits of gadget, particularly phones, that you might want to look at.

>> Waste of time: Well, we might think that a gadget is speeding up our work, and we are right! We must however not disregard the time we waste in the middle, on distractions, like social networking websites or videos streaming websites.

>>  Negative Health concerns: Health problems ranging from fatigue to eye problems to obesity are triggered by use of gadgets. Gadgets promote a sedentary lifestyle which leads to obesity which in turn leads to plethora of health problems. Use of mobile phones have be related to Alzheimer's disease as well as cancer. Read more, here .

>> Stress: When you're connected all the time, there is always a possibility of news reaching you as an when it happens. There is a constant stress factor associated with being connected at all times. Work from home has erased the line between personal and professional life. This does lead to added stress.

There are many more demerits. But its impossible to do away with something that is so important to us, right?

So here comes my advice. Tried and tested. So I went a whole day without using my cell phone or laptop. I picked up a real book, as in stead of my Galaxy Tab on which I usually read. Did chores around the house. It was a good day.

So you don't have to go Oh So Dramatic and disconnect completely for an entire day, but what you could do is unplug yourself for 2 hours a day. 1 hour in the morning after waking up and 1 hour before sleeping at night. Perhaps a little more during the weekend.

Do you agree with me? Do you have any other suggests. Put it in the comment box below :)

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha 

Friday, October 10, 2014

TGI Friday: A hopeful day

Fridays are always beautiful! They bring to us joy. Joy that the week full of work is gone and the two golden days have arrived. And hope. Hope that these two days will bring us joy and productivity. Cheers to Friday. Good Weekend to everyone!

Friday, October 3, 2014

TGI Friday: Pajama To Do's

Have you ever had a weekend when all your plans have fallen through and you have caught your self cursing yourself for have not planned better. Here's my list of things to do when there's nowhere to go( in the comfort of your jammies ;-) )

I enjoy going to work. Yet Fridays are my favorite! The thought of staying in and relaxing is extremely pleasing. I have usually have one day when I stay in and one day when I go out.
If you are a "stay in" person, you probably already know what you will do for the weekend. But if you enjoy going out and your plan falls through, here's your guide to staying home.

  1. Watch a movie online or on television. I usually catch up on my seasons during the weekend because no time for one during the week.
  2. Reading is oh-so relaxing. Books which are in no way related to your life are the best way to escape reality. Currently reading: Mortal instruments . However if you're not a book person, pick a magazine or read a blog... Or many ;)
  3. Bring out your inner Martha Stuart/Male version and spruce up your place. When else will you get the time?
  4. Organize your home. File up your paper work. Fill up your calendars. Just do it now!
  5. Too stressed? Try meditation. Try this : Set a timer for as long as you like. Close your eyes. And concentrate on your breathing. Count it. If you forget your count, try again. Do this till your timer buzzes.
  6. Whether you are a health freak or not, home is the best place to get the best food(Unless you burn it up)! So pick your recipe and mix it up and serve it for yourself.
  7. How long has it been since you spoke to your best friend from school? Call em up! 
  8. Pick up a tune you like or  turn up the radio. I like this online radio station.
  9. May be dance to something from ^ 
  10. Day dream! Ponder over things. Things you like, dislike, want from life... Etc.
  11. DIYs are all over the Blogosphere. Just try out something you like.
  12. Of  course, read my blog! :P Or you could work on yours :-D 
Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coming up on Defining Me

defining ayesha

Hi All!

I have been MIA for a while. So I decided when I do start blogging again I'll make a few changes to the blog. When you invest some time on something, you tend to show more commitment to it. So I gave it a few days, came up with a different header, made a few changes to the layout and planned a few posts in advance to prevent procrastination and in turn avoid long gaps between the posts.  I've also taken up the 100happydays challenge on instagram and you can see the pictures at the bottom of this page. 

What's coming up on Defining Me?

Declutter your life series
As you all know the last 9-10 months have been hectic and stressful. I started this series to share my experience while I de-cluttered my life. I have realised I enjoyed writing this and I know that many people can relate to my experiences and so I want to continue this series.

Know my city series
Bangalore is a resplendent city. Capturing its essence completely is not possible, but I will share my experiences and joys as I revisit the places in Bangalore. I want to share my opinions on wherever I go. Since I don't go out too too often this may be an infrequent series. But I will try to make it as insightful and entertaining as possible.

Previous posts:

Tip off series
I have a tip on my mind. Do you think I can keep it to myself? Mostly not! I go around telling everyone around me if I have read something new. Be prepared for a bunch of tips in this series.

Previous posts:

Life in the corporate series
I started work 3 months ago and I am experiencing new things everyday. Anything share-worthy will be up here. Wish me luck!

TGI Friday series
Friday always brings happiness to the people who have weekends off. In this series I want to share anything that makes me happy. #allabouthappiness #TGIF

Previous posts:

Loads and loads of standalone posts 

 Random stuff come to my mind. Oh, I like that outfit. Might do a post on that! Or that speech I heard on news; may be that! OR anything else, without a category. 

Hope all goes as planned. And hope you enjoy all the nonsense that I put in front of you!

Thanks for reading,
Hope you continue to do so,
XO Ayesha