The easiest route to great life skills

Time and again I have found myself saying (to others and myself), “see this as a thing that builds a skill within you.” That is whenever one comes across a personal or professional challenge, an inner or outer strife (with yourself or someone else), a conflict or a discomfort-causing activity. Its all about life skills.

Life is one long skill development program

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Coming to think of it, we must all adopt this mindset – that life is one big, long skill development program. An apprenticeship with a practical curriculum wherein we are constantly exposed to new opportunities to develop newer skills.

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lessons I wish I learnt five years back

Obscure now, obvious in hindsight

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This is a random rambling – a reflection of nuggets collected over half a decade – lessons learnt, experience gained. Here’s a key realization – what’s obscure in the present becomes obvious in hindsight!

Here‘s a collection on work and general existence:

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Why imperfect confidence is not a bad thing

I face it every time – a confidence crisis. When I have to speak in public, delivering a workshop session, talking to a group of people, network during an event, or even writing an article.

Embrace imperfect confidence

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That tiny negative voice inside me starts questioning my ability. I can sense myself shrinking, with statements such as, “they are not going to accept you”, “who do you think you are?”, “why did you sign up for this, its so uncomfortable” and so on. I can feel my chest constricting, and butterflies in my belly.

What’s up? Those ANTs (automatic negative thoughts, as Dr. Daniel Amen calls them) start creeping all over my system and eat away my confidence. But I don’t give up. I start crushing them. One by one. And then I launch into the activity.

So what is confidence after all?

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Here’s why your productivity is going down

and what you can do about it

Are you worried about your decreasing productivity? Are you a knowledge worker who handles multiple projects with a growing task list, requiring long periods of focused attention? Do you feel your capacity for concentration-filled work dwindling due to constant interruptions and distractions?

Productivity problems

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In this age of information overload, the one capacity that human beings are fast losing is ‘attention’. It’s common knowledge now that the current human attention span is less than that of a goldfish. How did we end up here?

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Losing your capacity for peak work? Try this

How to program your mind to be a better knowledge-worker

Are you knowledge worker? Getting paid for your thinking, analysis and information-skills?

Do you have a growing task list requiring long periods of focused attention?

Do you feel your capacity for concentration-filled work dwindling due to constant interruptions and distractions?

Strategies for Peak Work

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In this age of information overload, the one capacity that human beings are fast losing is ‘attention’. Attention-ability affects productivity, which affects performance. It’s common knowledge now that the current human attention span is less than that of a goldfish. How did we end up here?

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