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August 11, 2014 / manveetSingh

Time Management

Time Management is the art of managing time.

The above sentence contains 2 concepts, which are very hard to master.

Art is not for everyone, it’s not easy to comprehend; it never was for me. Though there was one year when I had a feeling of my art pieces being as good as one of Picasso’s or at least his lesser know contemporaries.

I never have known myself to manage my time well. Being probably one of the severest cases of a serial procrastinator, going somewhere was never achieved on time. So, I hardly reached anywhere on time. But then there was a time in my life, around 4.5 months to be exact, where I was never late. I like to believe that it was due to some motivation.

I like to believe that I have gotten better at managing time with time.

A man’s got to keep his belief!

Improvements: I have started to be on time for family functions. I have been able to get to places on time (read as: without a huge delay).

I frankly can’t pin point what I did that is making me better at it.

Clock for time management

I have realized that there are certain ways in which you can get better at managing your time.

Get a calendar. We have been using a paper calendar for like forever, but with Smartphone and different computing devices at hand, virtual calendars are now on everyone’s desk and hands. Use one. But make sure that you use a Goal oriented calendar. A calendar is not so much useful for being productive if it only contains your meeting schedule. It needs to be detailed, so that you can easily reach your targeted goal.
(Realization: Weekly OTD make you be goal-oriented for a weekly target. Was it an intention or unintentional to match a Goal-Oriented calendar? There’s only one person who can tell!)

Create a to-do list. Create lists of tasks that you need to do along with a calendar if it helps to remind you. Here’s a sample of what you should want to achieve at:

to do chart

Reduce meeting time. If you can’t, keep them focused, brief and well-timed. If you are leading a meeting, make sure you don’t let it stretch.

Delegate tasks. Not every task that comes to you needs to be done by you. Many times there would be someone equally skilled & efficient to perform that task well. Delegate it to them.

Plan time for self. Sometimes in our busy schedule we forget things that are important to us, like going to the gym, picking up grocery, reading a book etc. (everyone has a different list) and we end up putting it off for “when I get time”. That “time” wouldn’t come if we don’t make it come to us. Plan (after work) self-time like you would plan your work-time work hours.

scheduled self time

Plan time in blocks. If what you do can be planned in blocks, do them in blocks. For example, if you need to have phone conversations, keep a prescheduled block of time for that; if you need to go meet up with people, or they need to visit you, preplan a schedule block of time for that.

Overestimate. Sometimes it is imperative to overestimate the time it would take you to get a thing done. Some things have a tendency to get out of control, and some are never in our hands. Life happens! You simply cannot control everything around you, neither should you try to.

I started overestimating my travel time to reach office by a few minutes; now I surprise myself by being early to office, and in case there’s extra traffic on roads, I still reach in time because of the extra minutes I estimated.

Don’t work intermittently. You cannot do everything as it comes. I believe you especially shouldn’t when you’re working on something already because if you start on something else as soon as it comes, what you were working on earlier would require more effort, concentration & time to get back to. Finish one, and then start another.

work in continuation

I lose my train of thoughts, as soon as I am told to start on something new when I am working on something and it’s not complete. It takes me a long time to get back on track, so now I try my level best to pick up something only when the current

Schedule and prioritize. When a person has lot of things to tackle, things tend to get out of hands. It happens to the best of us. Just don’t lose sight of the goal, and do the most important thing first.

multi tasking octopusSome people suggest that multi tasking is a good time management technique, I believe it’s only good when you handle tasks of which only 1 required you to be involved intellectually in it. The other(s) if require the same amount of attention, you can’t really do justice to both.

Own your time.Time business concept.

Don’t let it own you!

 

References: medium, medium, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Quora.

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April 15, 2012 / samajdaar

Caine’s Arcade

A cardboard arcade by a 9-year old boy.

An amazingly creative kid. That’s the way to spend your Summer Vacations!

Caine’s Arcade | A cardboard arcade made by a 9-year old boy..

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April 14, 2012 / samajdaar

Linked in 101 For Students – March 2012

Get better on LinkedIn…

…via š

March 04, 2012 / samajdaar

3 Tips To Find A New Job By… Not Looking

How not to look for a job:

  • Fretting – Don’t fret. Calm Down. Being worried about getting a job, a raise is not going to get it to you!
  • “I” – Stop talking about yourself all the time. You need to improve your listening skills if you are all about ‘Me’ all the time!
  • Looking – Stop Looking too hard for a job all the time. When we start looking too hard, there are small things that we might miss in life and otherwise. Sometimes ‘being at the right place at the right time’ gets you lucky!

via 3 Tips To Find A New Job By… Not Looking | The Savvy Intern by YouTern.

March 01, 2012 / samajdaar

10 Interview Questions Designed to Trick You

When you have been without a job for sometime, either being laid off or some other priorities in life which required immediate attention in more urgency than your job, there will be some questions that you need to be ready to answer when you go back to you interview phase.

You need to have answers to some typical questions ready even when you are looking for a job change, sooner or later!

Even those who are getting into a job after

They are trick question of course, else what would the fun in it for the interviewer!

  • No. 1: Why have you been out of work so long, and how many others were laid off?
  • No. 2: If employed, how do you manage time for interviews?
  • No. 3: How did you prepare for this interview?
  • No. 4: Do you know anyone who works for us?
  • No. 5: Where would you really like to work?
  • No. 6: What bugs you about coworkers or bosses?
  • No. 7: Can you describe how you solved a work or school problem?
  • No. 8: Can you describe a work or school instance in which you messed up?
  • No. 9: How does this position compare with others you’re applying for?
  • No. 10: If you won the lottery, would you still work?

See how you should tackle them – Watch Out! 10 Interview Questions Designed to Trick You | Secrets to Your Success – Yahoo! Finance.

February 28, 2012 / manveetSingh

Get More out of Google

Ok. I will come clean this time.

I am not good at Googling. There it is. I had to clear my name!

With the amount of times that people find me online, they think I am generally searching or looking for something. Well Yes! I am, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a meaningful relevant in-depth research. They think that since I spend so much time online, I must be really good at finding certain particular information on the net, but well I AM NOT.

I cannot even sometime locate the information that I badly need, howsoever badly I might need it.

But fret not, there’s help on hand!
We being a fraternity of current students, we need to know how to use Google better. We need to know how to successfully conduct Online Research. How can an MBA be complete without some Research.

I stumbled upon an article with an Infographic on How to Use Google Search More Effectively, reproduced below:

Get more out of Google
Created by: HackCollege

via Mashable

AMAZING!

January 19, 2012 / samajdaar

Customizing your LinkedIn Public Profile URL

Cross-posted from Opine

Following up from the post – Getting your LinkedIn Profile link, now let’s get a customized public profile URL for your LinkedIn profile.

If LinkedIn is your place to go for your professional profile, a customized Public Profile URL is ‘You’ the brand in there!

If you have just been through the steps to get your your own LinkedIn Profile link, it continues from its Step 6:

  1. Go to the Settings option on top-right corner of the screen under your name
  2. It would ask you to sign in, just to make sure no one else messes with your profile settings 🙂
  3. It opens the Account and Settings page for your profile. In the 2nd half of this page you see a section where you can change your settings like – profile, email, groups etc.

Read Ahead!

January 19, 2012 / samajdaar

Getting your LinkedIn Profile link

Cross-posted from Opines

Go to LinkedIn and create a profile for yourself in case you still don’t have one!

It would ask you for your educational qualifications like your schools, colleges etc. It would also ask you for Honors & Rewards and Work Experience.

Fill that all up. It is your connect to the outside world OnLine!
Fill all the information to the best of your knowledge. Remember to be Honest, since Honesty is the best Policy.

Now comes a bit hard/weird part that I need you to do, and following are the simplest steps I can come up with:

    1. When you have created a profile for yourself
    2. Save it (obvious enough but cannot be ever overemphasized)
    3. Go to the search box on right-side top of page you are on LinkedIn Search Box
    4. Fill in your name as the search parameters
    5. Click on your profile when you see itLinkedIn search your name

Read Ahead!

January 14, 2012 / manveetSingh

A Website for Your Resume – More chances of success while you’re looking for a job

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Image via CrunchBase

You have a paper resume, and a cover letter to go with it.
But do you have a web-resume to go with it?

While an updated LinkedIn profile is a must for a job searching candidate, a web based resume on a domain of your own is an added plus point always!

We – me & Mohit – have been wanting to do this for a while for students of SoM, CDAC NOIDA on a portal of our own (much like an about.me page for each student); but somehow it hasn’t materialized. Maybe we got into the idea a bit late, and there was no time to develop code for that, but it would be amazing if we could do something like this, and share it with the recruiters as a one stop point!

Anyways, a note by 1&1 Internet, Inc. talks more about it.
Give it a read, it might make you go for getting a domain for yourself.
(Suggestion: GoDaddy provides the cheapest domain name offers I have seen.)

P. S. If someone knows of a way (code OR plugin sorts) that can be used to create something like a profile page for each member, I assure you a great review of your code, and a few heartfelt Thank You’s!

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January 12, 2012 / samajdaar

Making it out of an MBA Job Interview

There’s nothing as a ‘bad interviewer‘ or a ‘bad interviewee’.
It’s all about how you handle yourself even in difficult situations!

Goizueta MBA Job Interview – YouTube.

January 11, 2012 / samajdaar

What’s up Doc!?

Common Admission Test

CAT - Common Admission Test

Indian Institutes of Management

IIM - Indian Institutes of Management

The CAT is out of the bag for 2011, but sadly enough I wasn’t a part of it this time. It is the first time that I haven’t appeared for CAT since I came to know about it in 2006 and fell in love with it. But I guess just like Government’s 5 years plan, my plan expired in 2010 without doing much!

The result which got declared today has been amazing.
9 have touched the epitome of 100percentile in the result, and there’s one doctor in there who is already pursuing his MBA from FMS.
Kudos Dude.! You live my dream!!