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How to Defeat Procrastination

A guide on the four types of procrastinators you might be

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5 Simple Productivity Hacks that will Change your Life

Thought I’d put down my top 5 productivity hacks that are simple, easy to follow, and these are what I’ve been doing everyday for the past many years. Also, my first story in Medium, guys, so show some love! Here goes….

Record Everything: Be it a meeting, be it a holiday, be it even a good experience, like a dinner. Use a note-taking app for this and be religious about it. Write as little as you want but capture the essence. It will help you immensely when you have to do the revisit something similar. And it will astound people how you remember everything about every meeting! I personally use Evernote, but there are quite a few excellent Note-Taking apps out there — Microsoft One Note, Notion, Bear, Apple Notes, etc.Maintain a To-Do List: The key here is have a to-do list that does not get too long, but yet manages to capture everything in different sections. I typically tend to divide my to-do list into Today, This week, Medium Term, & Long Term. Revisit this everyday morning / evening for the next day and you’ll see how it makes a world of difference. I personally use Any Do, but you have quite a few good ones out there — Todoist, Remember the Milk, Google Tasks, et al.Track your Habits: Tracking your habits brings immense discipline to your life. You can set up your habits which you are trying to inculcate in your chosen app — This could be anything right from exercising 5 times a week to Learning for an hour everyday. Every time you complete one of these mark it complete. It will give you immense satisfaction not to mention the momentum that it will provide to the rest of your day and week. I personally use Habit, but again there are many nice apps around — Loop, Streaks, Productive, etc.Do not make Email Folders: Sound simple, isn’t it? But unfortunately most of us still end up making folders in our emails for people / projects/ tasks and that just sucks up a huge amount of time. All of today’s Email providers have extremely powerful search functions (many even search within documents), and there is absolutely nothing you will gain from filing emails separately. At best have one folder marked Important or Documents where you can put in Important Documents that come to you. I guarantee this will save at least 10 minutes per day for you. Try it!Use Keyboard Shortcuts: One of the most under-used capabilities in your Computer. You have keyboard shortcuts for almost every application you use — right from Windows to Excel to your Email. Getting started will be a bit slow, but keep at it for a week and I guarantee you will save at least 5 minutes a day, not to mention that you will whiz whoever is looking at you working! Just Google for keyboard shortcuts for the app you are using, that’s the easiest way to find them.

So then, those there are my top 5. Lots more hacks in the armory, and will slowly roll them out with time. Until then, here’s to a more Productive you!

5 Simple Productivity Hacks that will Change your Life was originally published in Better Humans on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Travel Smarter: Tips & Tricks for the Frequent Air Traveler

Now that air travel is slowly getting back to B.C (Before Covid) days, it’s a great time to look at how best you can travel smart (and safe). I used to take 110+ flights annually pre-Covid, so I kind of perfected the whole routine. So while I’m going to be writing this more from an Indian perspective, some bit of this would be applicable across the World.

Let’s start from the beginning

Getting the Best Fare: So, if you’re flying from one of the bigger airports you can choose not to fly a full fare carrier (Vistara, Air India). Your credit card will get you lounge access for free where you can have a hot meal (so much better than what you get on the flight). If you’re flying Vistara choose normal economy. Premium Economy tends to be full and if you’re lucky you will get the middle seat empty towards the back, which is a far better ride.Getting the Best Seat: Web Check in as soon as the airline lets you check in. I personally prefer an aisle seat but to each their own. The best seat on the plane is the emergency exit aisle in the reclining row. The next best are the aisle seats in the non-reclining row. The seat right up front is over-rated. You can’t stretch your legs and it does feel a little constrained. If you don’t want to spend on the Emergency aisle seat, ideally pick a seat post the 20th row to increase your chances of getting a middle seat empty. Middle seats tend to get filled front to back. For International Flights the configuration will determine which is the best seat. Visit www.seatguru.com which will give you the configuration and the recommendation for the best seats.Make everything electronic: Almost all metro airports accept boarding passes on the mobile. Even for your id, get the Digilocker App which can be used to show your Aadhar or Driving License.When you’re late: Many times, especially when we are on day trips we end up rushing to the airport or missing/stopping meetings to catch the flight. A good way to find if your flight is on time is to track the incoming flight which is the one which will take you out. Now identifying this is tough but most airlines use the same aircraft up and down. So a Mumbai Delhi flight No. XXX coming in at 1730 will go back at 1815 using XXX minus one / + one. Sometimes, especially for cities outside the 4 metros, the same aircraft makes two stops. E.g. Kolkata-Ahmedabad-Mumbai. Track the flight through the FlightRadar24 app. You can use this even when you’re going to pick someone up to see when the flight is landing.Handling Jet Lag: For any flight over 8 hours, jet lag can tend to disorient you. The best way to handle this is to sleep as soon as you board the flight for as long as you can. Once you get up change your watch / ipad / mobile clocks to the destination time and then start following that time to sleep. This will make it much easier for you when you land.

So a few tips which if you follow assiduously I guarantee will smoothen your experience enormously.

Travel Smarter: Tips & Tricks for the Frequent Air Traveler was originally published in Better Humans on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Helping Ali Abdaal Overcome 8 Challenges to Creating a Fulfilling Life and Business

Challenge #2: What Do I Want From My Life?

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You Are More Biased Than You Think

And understanding that is foundational to good decision-making

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Not leaving the nest? — You can live at home and still have an independent life

It may be old-fashioned but it might just secure your future.

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A Rotational Exercise To Strengthen the Outer Thighs and Obliques

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Permission to be yourself except when you want to be someone different.

Issue #101 of the Better Humans Daily. Subscribe here for inspiration and knowledge.

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“Just Rest” Is Horrible Advice for Injuries. I Found a Better Approach to Rehab

“Train what you can train, while you fix what you can fix.” — Dr Aaron Horschig

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Why I Love to Write

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