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What Does It Mean To Be Productive?

" You eat every day? " " Oh, Yes! I eat 4 times a day. " " Wow, that must be really important to you. " Some days we eat fast, eat at the desk, skip one meal, but we still eat. We find time for important things. I blog, vlog, learn, run and read because it's…

Focus On Outcomes And Not Checking Off a List ✔

I plan my week on a Sunday evening. It takes 30-40 minutes for this. I have a page for each week in Notion, where I keep track of my plan. I review the week that's gone by to find what worked what didn't and take that into planning the upcoming week. Getting…

My Morning Routine

I love routines. If there is one thing that helps me keep going, it's routines. My routines do keep changing, evolve, and adapt as life happens. But I always make sure to find a routine that works around all the other important things in life. Our days make up…

Sometimes All We Need Is Small Push To Keep Rolling

" I don't want to play this game anymore. " Gautham's no longer excited about the Super Mario Bowser's Fury game. When asked, he said it's too hard. He was stuck. I managed to help him out after some tries, and he's now back on it. " Yay, I love this. I need…

Important Life Lessons Learned From Running

I started running once a week in December 2016. Losing weight was my main goal when I started, which I indeed did. Along with a strict diet and some light running, I lost 13 kilos in 6 weeks. Ever since, I've fallen in love with running and have run over…

I Had A Bad Start Today. What Can I Do?

I woke up at 7 today. It's one of those lazy days where everything is slow, and nothing much happens. Sometimes this goes on for multiple days or weeks before I can get back on track. I feel like I have fallen behind and hard to get back on track. Finding a…

I Don't Like Change. But Here's What I'm Doing About It

I hate change. When I left my first job, I had to move cities. But I ended up quitting my new job in 3 days (2 days and 3 hours, to be exact) because I couldn't handle all the changes. I went back to my old friends, house, and routines. It's then I realized…

Waiting on Spouse Approval To Buy? Try This System

As a kid, I loved pocket money. There were some general guidelines on what are the things I could buy what I shouldn't. But other than that I could choose to buy things that I like. Save up for larger things or go out and have fun with my friends. I could buy…

What's Stopping You From Writing Online?

We write to learn. We write to plan. We write to make checklists. We write emails. We write text messages. We write all the time. But when putting your name under the writing and publishing it, we delay it as much as possible. We find reasons not to write. We…

Is it Obvious? Maybe It's Not!

I don't have anything to write. This is a common excuse I hear when the topic of starting a blog or writing online comes up. I think everyone should be writing online, sharing their journey and their experiences. I tell this to anyone who asks me for some…

Are You Multitasking Within Your Creation Process?

Have you ever felt stuck with a task and not able to progress? I get this feeling all the time. When writing blog articles or video scripts, I get stuck with weaving a story together. With programming, I am stuck with how to refactor code and follow good…

We Need To Fuel Ourselves To Keep Going, But How?

" I don't want to go for swimming classes today. " Gautham woke up last Sunday telling this, but I somehow convinced him to go and reached just on time. It's been a couple of months in the same swimming level, and he's been getting bored. Soon after the…

How To Get More Done? Here Is a Simple Trick That Works

I always have multiple projects progressing in parallel. Anything that takes more than an hour or two is a project for me. A project has multiple steps and needs multiple working sessions. It usually takes more than a day for me to complete a project. A blog…

Looking To Start A Habit? But It Isn't New Year Yet!

I dislocated my shoulder on 2020 New Years Day. Not the best start to the New Year, and COVID made it even worse. It would have been devastating if I had been waiting to be 2020 to kick start many New Year resolutions. The bad start would just have been…

Time's Flying And My Days Are Blank. Is It Really?

Played 'tap tap tap' balloon game with Gautham today. Earlier this morning at the shopping mall, a person handed over a yellow balloon to all the kids. Gautham got one too. 'Tap, Tap, Tap,' that's what Gautham loves to play with the balloon. I still remember…

Passion Will Get You Started. But Is That Enough?

I ran out of ideas for today's essay. Usually, I have one almost ready the day before. I send it to Parvathy, my wife, to review and make the necessary changes the following day. But today, I have nothing. I hit the Dip. I Plateaued. I know this feeling, and…

Bored at Work? Here's What I Did To Make It Fun Again

Work can sometimes get boring, monotonous, and mundane. Not always do we get to work on the latest and greatest, or the cutting edge technologies. Often work will not be as interesting as we hear about in conferences, podcasts, or Twitter. Changing jobs might…

How To Be Amazingly Good At Asking Questions Online

URGENT HELP REQUIRED! I get one of these emails at least once a week, if not more. The default response that comes to mind is to call 911 . I don't reply that for not wanting to come out rude. No question is a silly question. But ask it well if you want an…

5 Tips to Make it Impossible to Get Distracted

Attention is the new Currency. Everyone is trying to get our attention, causing us to be more and more distracted. Distractions can either be External or Internal. Most likely, you will have enough external distractions that you would not even notice your…

Social Media Is Your Best Accountability Partner!

It's 5:30 am and 8 degrees outside. I am lazy to go out for a run. The very thought of going into that breezy cold air makes me want to cuddle up at the corner of the sofa, my favorite resting place. That's exactly what I do. I lie down lazily flicking through…

4 Years Since Losing 23 kilos in 6 Months

I lost 23 kilos over 6 months in 2017. It all started with running once a week, which soon turned to be 3, cycling to work, eating healthier, cutting out on sugar, including more activities in family trips, etc. One small change triggered a domino effect in my…

How Writing Online has Helped Me as A Programmer?

I have been a programmer for 14 years, of which I am writing online for 12 years. Yes, my writing sucked, still sucks; I have not been consistent with it, and it's ok. Who cares? Don't let the perfect be the enemy of good enough. I've benefitted, even just by…

The 5 Productivity Apps I Can't Live Without

Tools are indispensable. For me, since the majority of my work is on a computer, these are software applications. We all have our own likes and dislikes for the tools, for a good reason. Each of us is different. Good tools improve the way to work and think…

The One Thing I Changed About How I Read

Take Notes. Much of my reading is either online on a computer browser or my Kindle. Mostly when I read, I think of a way to share it. It could be a blog post, video, Social Media, etc. Have a clear purpose for your notes; if not, taking them will feel like a…

What Should I Learn Next?

Learning is Endless. No matter where you are, what you do, how old you are, you always have to learn one thing or the other. There is no escaping it. Even if you do, you'll 'learn' the hard way. I often get asked - What programming language or technology…

Capture - The First Step To Creation

How do I make this into a blog post? Every time I do something at work, this is one question on top of my mind. How can I share this with the next person coming along, to my team, to anyone who might need to do the same thing elsewhere? Most importantly, how…

How Twitter Changed My Life!

I landed my first job offer abroad through Twitter. I still remember sending the direct message to Damian Hickey (@randompunter) like it was yesterday. I was in Trivandrum (Kerala, India) on a late evening in January 2015 while my wife and mom played with my…

My Writing Sucks

My writing sucked. It still does. The one thing I always tell anyone who asks me for career advice is to start writing online. Nine times out of ten, I get the same answer. "I am not good at writing. It's hard even to write a line. How do you do this?" If you…

6 Years of The 4 AM Club! Here's How

I wake up at 4 am every day, yes, including weekends. * I have been doing this for over 6 years. I needed some ME time. Everyone needs it. Waking up early is how I found that extra time. It didn't happen overnight. It never was or is easy. Here's what helps…

Hello 'Atomic Essays' World

I am a programmer, so let's start with a Hello World for Atomic Essays! First things first, What is an Atomic Essay? Atomic Essays are single ideas expressed in under 250 words That's simple, so Why am I doing this? I have been blogging for over 10 years and…