Productivity Tips for Work | What I did in January 2018

I am often looking for ways to make my life simpler and more productive. The result in tons of experiments + trails and error on myself 🙂

Maybe it was the rush of the new year, but I tried not 1 but 3 productivity hacks in January. I am thrilled to report that I found them game changing.

Sharing these with you here, hoping you find it just as useful as I did.

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Hack#1: Planning my day the previous night

What I did: I have been into making to do lists and scheduling my day for a fairly long time. What changed this year was the shift from AM to PM.  Earlier I would make my to do lists in the morning. This kinda worked, but not so well on days where I would be pressed for time.  The result was it made my mornings more chaotic, adding one more thing to the long list of things to get done before I left the house.

Instead planning the next day the night before is so much more peaceful. I find that I have bit more time which means that I can put in more thought into what all I can accomplish the next day and prioritize my work accordingly.  It also makes me feel more prepared and ready for tomorrow.  The best part is many times, I would go to sleep looking forward to some work, meeting or some me time which I had scheduled.

Hack #2: Phone free mornings

Like any millennial, I am addicted to my phone and I love whatsapp and Instagram. Also like many millennials, I too have the habit of grabbing my phone first thing in the morning. I have slowly realized how precious the first few minutes of walking up are, they can set the tone for the rest of your day.  First few minutes should be calming and relaxing. Scrolling though social media does just the opposite, makes you feel jumpy, hyper and agitated.

So I made a conscious effort all of Jan 18 to not touch my phone till I come back from my gym. I do carry my phone alone and often take pictures and videos of my workouts, but that’s it. All the posting and scrolling can wait till I am back home.   I have been using the few extra minutes I have in the morning for stretching, deep breathing and some journaling.

Hack #3: Maintaining a schedule

Being a business owner, I often have the freedom to work at my convenient time.  This might sound great, but in the chaotic world of entrepreneurship, not having a fixed start and stop time can drain you of lot of energy. So in Jan I made an attempt to bring in some method to the madness.  I have started waking up at the same time(5 am yikes!), going to the gym at the same time, leaving for work around 9:30 everyday(I live in Bangalore so I can only guarantee the time I leave :)) and putting a stop to work at the same time!

Of course, it does not work perfectly every single day. But,  just having a  general framework of time in which I can function has made me much more efficient and productive 🙂

Love & Gratitude

Shachi ♥

 

 

How to stick to resolutions in 2018

Did you have a crappy Jan?

For so many of us, Jan is not just the beginning of the year, but the beginning of new goals, resolutions, habits & diets!
This is can get pretty intense.

In this video, i share my Jan story & very simple trick that I discovered which will help you stick to your resolutions and turn around a bad Jan 2018. I hope this video motivates you and uplift you a little bit!

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If you find it useful, feel free to share it with your friends and family 🙂

3 MUST Read Books for 2018

Looking for books to read in 2018, I got your covered 🙂

I got around to reading a lot of books in 2017. One of the main reason is that I discovered audio books! Omg! I love audio books, i love listening to them during my walks and also when I am doing random things around the house 🙂

Here, I share my 3 must read books for 2018. These are the books I would go back to again and again 🙂

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Here is a quick review of the 3 books:

  1. Subtle art of not giving a F*CK by Mark Manson: This is a honest, witty, at times vulgar book :). This is a must read for all the millennials. If you find that your buttons are constantly getting pushed and your attention is being pulled in 10 different directions, then this book is definitely for you.  The main theme of the book is that life is not always rosy and comfortable, there will ton of annoying things that will happen everyday. What we need to do is pay attention to what is important and let go of everything else.
  2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: A book on how to approach the creative process and create magic from it. Creativity is no longer restricted to just a few jobs or professions. Every job requires you to be creative and original, so this is a book which will guide you on this process. So many times while listening to this book, I had to pause and take a moment because what she was saying was so relatable to my current situation and the blocks I was facing
  3. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight: An inspiring story of a brand. Shoe Dog is the story of Nike’s founder Phil Knight and how he built Nike.  This book tells you so much about what goes into building a business and a brand.

Thank you so much for reading, hope you find this post useful.

What are the books that you are reading currently? Comment down below and let me know.

Love & Gratitude

Shachi ♥

 

10 Days to Minimalism + printable guide

This video will help you declutter and organise, chipping away at it slowly, without making you feel overwhelmed by the entire process.
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Get the printable guide: 
A 10 day step by step guide which help you break this daunting experience into smaller, achievable steps.  Let’s enter the New Year feeling refreshed and in love with the space around us.
Click here to get my guide. 
Few tips to help you along the way>
1) Take things at your own pace: It’s completely fine if a particular category or particular item takes more time.  Follow the guide at your own pace and also in which ever order you prefer.
2) Keep what feels right: Minimalism does not mean throwing away everything you own and sticking to a few basics. If keeping an old pair of shoes reminds you of a special time in your life or if an old painting has some old memories attached to it, then by all means please keep it.
3)Make it a habit: Once you are done with the 10 days,  you will have a fresh start. Hence it will be easier to maintain things if you can make purging and cluttering  a regular habit. For example, you can clear out your wallet once every week so get rid of old receipts, cards and change.
 Hope you enjoy the video and find the guide useful!
Love & Gratitude
Shachi ♥