Meditation improves your focus. Alright, I know that and you know that too. You have probably heard that like a million times.
But what does it really mean?
How do you know your concentration levels have improved or your mental agility has indeed increased? These changes aren’t always obvious.
So, I did a little experiment — actually in all honesty — it was accidental. I combined my long-standing love for playing brain games with my newfound love for meditation
Being in the corporate for long screws your brain — you want to see data and trends to draw conclusions. …
The word ‘Bollywood’ itself is inspired by Hollywood. That truly reflects the creativity of the Indian film industry.
When you see any of the cult superhero movies, you know there is a much larger mission at play than pursuing your failed love interest. Not in Bollywood though. Unfortunately, the two Indian superhero movies that we got — ‘Krishh’ and ‘Ra.One’ — they fit the romance genre more than sci-fi.
It would be, however, wrong to say that the industry doesn’t have enough talent or lacks funding. …
You know it when you see it.
The nexus between the corporates, the government, and the politicians has only exponentially grown in the last decade.
Thanks to increased polarisation this ‘scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours’ attitude has become rather prevalent.
The latest Netflix docu-series ‘Big Boy Billionaires’ shows the rise and fall of the three wealthiest business tycoons in India. The story-telling, the narrative, and the portrayal of their real lives are spot on. It leaves you wanting more.
I was rather surprised to find that there is another episode featuring Mr. …
“So much time and effort is spent on wanting to change, trying to change, to be somebody different, better, or new. Why not use this time to get comfortable with yourself as you are instead?” — Andy Puddicombe, Headspace co-founder
Meditation is not just about being calm and composed. It is about learning how to be focussed amidst utter chaos.
It had long been on my agenda, but in all honesty, it never was a priority until recently. Sitting silently even for 5 mins was a scary thought for me. …
In January last year, I did a small experiment — I uninstalled all the social media apps. I stayed off social media for three whole months — three times longer than my original plan. It helped me realize one thing — it is entirely possible to survive without social media.
Any app that has an advertising-based revenue model caters more to their advertisers than to their subscribers.
While those were pre-COVID times it was still easier — we weren’t in lockdown. …
“Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one.
But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.” — Terry Pratchett, Mort
No one can tell you “why” other than yourself. But knowing “why” is the most important aspect of any productivity game. It can help you sustain your habits over the long-term.
I recently took a productivity masterclass on SkillShare that reinforces the basics of productivity — organize better, declutter, stop multi-tasking, calendarize activities, use a to-do list, and so on and so forth.
This is all great advice. But it doesn’t stick.
We read them time and again, but none of them stick. We eventually revert to our old habits pretty soon.
Most times, the change is triggered by a reward that lures us into developing the habit. But when we don’t see the reward, we start slipping and revert to our existing habits. …
“Easy reading is damn hard writing” — Nathaniel Hawthorne.
What seems simple isn’t that simple.
Writing something that seems effortless is hard. The truth is it takes a lot of patience, exasperation, and several edits to make a piece an easy, enjoyable read. The more flawless a piece of writing seems, chances are it was incredibly difficult to write and took a lot of work for the writer to get to that stage.
Over the last year of writing, I must have made a million rookie mistakes — didn’t check the grammar before submitting or didn’t add relevant citations, and very recently — I forgot to add a conclusion to my article. …
This lockdown is certainly not good for the waistline.
I have put on a few kilos ever since the lockdown started in mid-march this year. It’s not that I don’t exercise enough, but I realized I wasn’t doing it right.
Over the past 6 months, I have realized the single biggest mistake I have made— I was exercising intermittently (instead of following an intermittent diet.) There were several factors contributing to my weight gain, but the single biggest factor was the habit of breaking in between workout schedules.
Studies suggest that with just two weeks of inactivity, your fitness level starts…
Let’s be honest, headlines are a pain in the ass.
You write an outstanding article, but you get paltry views because of a shitty headline. Writing headlines can be painstakingly hard. Finding the best 6–8 words that get the reader to click — that’s art. An art that several top writers have mastered, but that many of us are still learning about.
There are so many factors at play when writing a good headline — is it the right choice of words, does it have any emotional appeal, and lastly is it click-worthy (not clickbaity).
So, during my journey of writing, I discovered three tools that helped me write better headlines. The tools themselves are slightly different in the way they operate, but the fundamental concept remains the same. They analyze several data points (power words, common words, word count, and character count) to give you a score. The scores help us understand how likely a reader is to click on an article. …