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Pomodoro Technique: One at a time, using Pomodoro Technique in order to get things done.

Pomodoro in Italian means ‘Tomato’. The technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1980s. A ‘tomato’ shaped kitchen timer is used to break the task in 25 minutes interval to stay indistractable. Short break of 3 minutes is prescribed on completion of one Pomodoro to stay directed and achieve focus.

Even if you haven’t completed your task on hand, break it down to 25 minutes Pomodoro. Breaking down and taking breaks after 25 minutes is to praise you for accomplishing, not the other way round that you didn’t completed. Have few Pomorados a day and you will be more focused with high achievability. Its the art of getting things done.

One at a time the most priority one gives you accomplishment instead of having many and doing nothing.

Getting competing thoughts out of your head is mandatory if you want to be able to stay focused. Keep it aside by writing it in your urgent but not so important quadrant as said by Steven R. Covey in his best selling book the ‘7 habits of highly effective people’.

The fight between ‘have to’ and ‘want to’ is known as the ‘Terrible two’. When people push work on you, it’s unlikely you’ll enjoy doing it.

In the Pomodoro technique, you select the number of activities in the morning that you believe you can complete during the day.

By actively pulling the activities into your To Do List instead of getting them pushed on you,you increase your personal commitment.

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Most important thing is that try to sow good seeds so that the plant, flowers that will grow will be very bright and outstanding in this world.

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“Accept Negative Advice only as a Challenge.” As big men don’t laugh at big ideas.

Don’t let NEGATORS destroy plan to success. Negators are everywhere and they seem to delight in sabotaging the positive progress of others.

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When do I read? I CAN’T find time to read.

The Context, Not The Time

Ohh yes, I always wanted to read, but 24 hours aren’t enough.

There’s no time to breathe. When do I read.

THERE IS NO TIME TO DIE. And you talk about reading?

I hear this from so many people, and then I wonder, how come Bill Gates, Mukesh Ambani, Warren Buffet, Narendra Modi, and some of your friends never say this.

Implement this one concept, and you will never have a TIME issue again!

Your Mission:

1. Watch the following videos:

https://youtu.be/d645-_wmBSc

Best time to read

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Get the ACTION Habit

Got a good idea? Then do something about it. Use action to cure fear and gain confidence. Action feeds and strengthens confidence, inaction in all forms feeds fear. Every big job requires a man who thinks ACTION, i.e. ability to get things done, to get results.

Excellent ideas are not enough. An only fair idea acted upon and developed, is 100% better than a terrific idea that dies because it isn’t followed up. Think of it. Everything we have in this world, from satellites to sky scrappers to baby food is just an idea acted upon. Mr. Activationist gets the things done he wants done, and as by-products he gains confidence, a feeling of inner security, self reliance and more income. Mr. Passivationist is a don’ter. He postpones doing things until he has proved he shouldn’t or can’t do them or until it’s too late.

Ideas are important. We must have ideas to create and improve anything. Ideas in themselves are not enough. An idea is of value only when it is acted upon, else they will be buried deep down into the mental graveyard. First, give your ideas value by acting upon them. Second, act on your ideas and gain mind tranquility. Someone once said that the saddest words of tongue or pen are these: it might have been.

To fight fear – ACT. To increase fear – wait, put off, postpone. A good idea if not acted upon produces terrible psychological pain. But a good idea acted upon brings enormous mental satisfaction. To wait for the perfect set of conditions is to wait forever. In every big decision the mind battles with itself – to act or not to act, to do or not to do. It’s a good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.

Make up your mind to do something about your ideas. Expect future obstacles and difficulties. Every venture presents risks, problems and uncertainties. Meet problems and obstacles as they arise. The test of a successful person is not the ability to eliminate all the problems before he takes action, but rather the ability to find solutions to difficulties when he encounters them, i.e. cross bridges when you come to them.

Only cure for stage fright is action. Getting right out there before the audience is the cure for dread, worry and fear. Waiting ever makes the experts nervous. On a trip to jump site a trainee thought too much about what may happen and panicked. The jump really isn’t too bad. it’s the waiting to jump that gets a fellow into fear. Nothing comes merely by thinking about it. To wait for the perfect set of conditions is to wait forever. So what’s stopping you. Get into ACTION.

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The Power of Less

Focusing on the essential produces the most results for the least efforts. If you try to tackle everything that grabs your attention, you’ll constantly find yourself stressed, overwhelmed and burned out. Simplicity is the art of focusing only on what’s essential to your goals and your personal satisfaction and ignoring the rest.

You must set limits, they don’t set themselves.

The essence of prioritizing is deciding not to do something. Without limits, we mistakenly assume that everything is important and also assume that we will be able to do whatever is necessary to get everything done. If we don’t set limits we tend to waste time and energy working beyond the point of Diminishing Returns.

Parkinson’s Law states that, “work expands to fill the time allotted.” That’s why it’s easy to work until you collapse, surf the internet endlessly and spend too much money on things that don’t really matter.

Focus on only one thing at a time. Multitasking is a myth. Our brains are only capable of truly paying attention to one thing at a time. When we think we are multitasking, all we’re really doing is rapidly switching the focus of our attention from one task to the next. Every time your focus shifts, it takes your mind a while to load the information it needs to operate effectively.

Limit your active goals and projects to no more than 3-4 at a time. It preserves your focus and attention, allowing you to actually accomplish your most important objectives quickly and move on to next.

Establish 3 Most Important Tasks (MITs) everyday and do these before working on anything else. Try to finish these MITs as quickly as possible. Once you accomplish your MITs, the rest of the day is a bonus.

Batch similar tasks together to preserve your focus. Every time you switch the object of your focus, you lose a great deal of productivity – the immoral Cognitive Switching Penalty. To avoid the penalty, it pays to find ways to switch your focus less often. Batching is the practice of grouping similar tasks together, then tackling them all at once. Errands or daily chores are best to batch. Eg. Checking emails once or twice instead of checking every 5 minutes. Or how productive would it be to drive to the grocery store every time you want to buy a single item? Putting what you need on a list, then buying everything at once is clearly more efficient. Doing multiple errands at once, like going to the post office right before you go grocery shopping is even better.

Installing positive habits is easiest when you start small, then build on your early success. Installing habits takes willpower and willpower is very limited resource. For best results, focus only on installing or changing one habit at a time and start with small increments. Even the smallest win motivates you more than the slightest failure. Whatever you do focus on ONE (and only one) habit at a time. Practice that until it becomes second nature requiring no thought or willpower to do everyday.

Consciously minimize your active commitments and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to new ones. The truth is your time, attention and energy are limited. When you overwhelm yourself with commitments, you’re shortchanging the most important activities that will contribute the most to your productivity, satisfaction and success. You’re also shortchanging the less important commitments since they’re competing with all of the other critically important projects in your world.

Slow down, pay attention and enjoy the process. Looking back on life, one of the most common regrets people express at the end of their lives is that it all went too quickly, and they didn’t focus enough on what was clearly the most important – family, friends, important contributions and enjoying the small moments of life.

When all is said and done, no one really cares how many zeros you have in your bank balance, what your job title is, or how many followers you have on Twitter. Recent research indicates that memorable experiences do impact your happiness and life satisfaction, so it pays to focus on ways to create memorable experiences. Slowing down and mindfully enjoying your daily experience of life is simple, effective and free.

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Desire for life

There’s always that desire for life that’s better than the one you have now.

When you do try to stay in your comfort zone, you never truly feel comfortable. There’s always that nagging feeling that you could be doing more. The more we try to stay comfortable today, the more uncomfortable we’ll be tomorrow.

There really is no destination, only exploring, exploring and exploring. Stop doing all that shit you know you shouldn’t be doing and start doing all the shit you know you should be doing. Those who succeeded, succeeded not because they were certain that they were going to succeed but they didn’t let uncertainty stop them. So rethink and start doing.

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Virtual vacation to boost your productivity.

One of the great ways for you to overcome procrastination is by working as though you had only one day to get all your most important jobs done before you left for a month or went on a vacation.

By putting the pressure on yourself, you accomplish more and better tasks, faster than ever before.

You became a high performance, high achieving personality. You feel terrific about yourself, and bit by bit, you build up the habit of rapid task completion that then goes on to serve you on all the days of your life. So when are you going on a virtual vacation?

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If we do not believe we can make it, we will not get the resources we need to make it. The moment we believe, the gates are opened and a flood of energy is unleashed the same way as we find in some treasure hunt.

Keep exploring step by step and you will get the clues and the resources. Both hope and despair are self fulfilling prophecies.

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Habit of Winning

Sometimes a simple little snippet can point to larger life lessons.

Eg. ‘Aoccrdning to a rseearch at Cmabrgide Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are. The olny ipromoatnt tihng is taht the frist and the lsat ltteer be in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it woutit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istelf but the wrod as a wlohe.

The road to success in life is too is quiet similar. Getting started is key. And learning to finish tasks is priceless. The rest is well commentary.

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“The seed of money is Service.”

Put service first is an attitude which creates wealth. You don’t get a raise on the promise of better performance, you get a raise only by demonstrating better performance.

You can’t harvest money unless you plant the seeds that grow money. And the seed of money is Service. Put setvice first and money takes care of itself.

Always Give people more than they expect to get. Each extra little something you do for others is a money seed. Money seeds ofcourse grow money. Plant service and harvest money. Make it a rule in everything you do, give people more than they expect to get.

Under-promise and over-perform. Amazon is the best example for this statement, it exceeds people’s expectations. It promises to deliver in 7 days but mostly delivers in 3-4 days. As if you overpromise and underperform, you will loose goodwill. But the vice-versa will make people trust in you and enhance your goodwill.

Grow the Service First attitude.

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Have the right attitude. Enthusiasm can make things 1100 % better.

To activate others, to get them enthusiastic, you must first activate yourself and be enthusiastic.

When our attitude is right, our abilities reach a maximum of effectiveness and good results inevitably follow.

Grow these three attitudes. Make them your allies in everything you do.

1. Grow the attitude of I’m activated.

2. Grow the attitude of You are important.

3. Grow the attitude of Service first.

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Go First Class

That’s the excellent rule to follow in everything you do, including the goods and services you buy.

“But I can’t afford to go first class. ” is often we hear. The simplest answer is: you cannot afford to go on any other way.

Certainly in the long run, going first class actually costs you less than going second class. It’s better to have fewer quality things than to have many things and have junk.

People rate you for quality, often subconsciously. Develop an instinct for quality. It pays. And costs no more, often costs less than the second class.

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Birds of a feather do flock together.

Be sure you’re in the flock that thinks right.

Don’t let negative thinkers pull you down to their level. Let them slide by, like the water from the proverbial duck’s back.

Cling to people who think progressively. Move upward with them.

You can do it, simply by thinking right. Be careful about your source of advice.

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Tools for creative thinking

1. Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, your mind will find ways to do it. Believing paves the way to solutions. Eliminate “impossible”, “can’t”, “no use trying” from your thinking and speaking vocabulary.

2. Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind. Be experimental. Try new ideas. Pick random things. Be progressive.

3. Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?” There is no limit to self improvement. Keep trying.

4. Ask yourself, “How can I do more?” Capacity is a state of mind. If you want anything to be done, give it to a busy man. Asking yourself this question puts your mind to work to find intelligent shortcuts.

5. Practice asking and listening. Big people monopolize the listening; small people monopolize the talking.

6. Stretch your mind. Get stimulated. Associate with people who can help you to think of new ideas, new ways of doing things. Mix with people of different occupational and social interests.

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Ideas are fruits of your thinking. But they’ve got to be harnessed and put to work to have value.

Two ways to get mental stimulation are, first join and meet regularly with atleast one professional group that provides stimulation in your own occupational area. Rub shoulders and minds with other success oriented people. Remember, a mind that feeds only on itself is soon undernourished, becoming weak and incapable of creative, progressive thought. Stimulation from others is excellent mind food.

Second join and participate in atleast one group outside your occupational interests. Associate with people who have different job interests broadens your thinking and helps you to see the big picture.

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“Clarity is Power.” Meditate to get more clarity and a broader long term perspective. Meditation is not an escape from reality. It is getting in touch with reality. It is a way of understanding reality and a way of understanding yourself and “your operating system.”

Meditation also helps to have a big picture and broad perspective on life (right brain approach) as well as focus on details (left hemisphere approach).

Having a big picture is very important now, especially in the times when the left brain approach has dominated the western thought and culture we are loosing our peripheral vision.

Life is about discovering yourself and creating yourself. A wise old man was asked what he learned about the meaning of life. Well, he answered, “I have learned that I am here on earth to help others. What I still haven’t figured out is why the other people are here?”

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In Mahabharat, Karna asks Lord Krishna – “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault I was born an illegitimate child?

I did not get the education from Dhronacharya because I was considered not a Kshatriya.

Parsuraam taught me but then gave me the curse to forget everything when he came to know I was Son of Kunthi belong to Kshatriya.

A cow was accidentally hit by my arrow & its owner cursed me for no fault of mine.

I was disgraced in Draupadi’s Swayamvar.

Even Kunthi finally told me the truth only to save her other sons.

Whatever I received was through Duryodhana’s charity.

So how am I wrong in taking his side ???”

**Lord Krishna replies, “Karna, I was born in a jail.

Death was waiting for me even before my birth.

The night I was born I was separated from my birth parents.

From childhood, you grew up hearing the noise of swords, chariots, horses, bow, and arrows. I got only cow herd’s shed, dung, and multiple attempts on my life even before I could walk!

No Army, No Education. I could hear people saying I am the reason for all their problems.

When all of you were being appreciated for your valour by your teachers I had not even received any education. I joined Gurukula of Rishi Sandipani only at the age of 16!

You are married to a girl of your choice. I didn’t get the girl I loved & rather ended up marrying those who wanted me or the ones I rescued from demons.

I had to move my whole community from the banks of Yamuna to far off Sea shore to save them from Jarasandh. I was called a coward for running away!!

If Duryodhana wins the war you will get a lot of credit. What do I get if Dharmaraja wins the war? Only the blame for the war and all related problems…

Remember one thing, Karna. Everybody has Challenges in life to face.

LIFE IS NOT FAIR & EASY ON ANYBODY!!!

But what is Right (Dharma) is known to your Mind (conscience). No matter how much unfairness we got, how many times we were Disgraced, how many times we Fall, what is important is how you REACTED at that time.

Life’s unfairness does not give you license to walk the wrong path…

Always remember, Life may be tough at few points, but DESTINY is not created by the SHOES we wear but by the STEPS we take.