Busy Day vs Productive Day at Work

Busy day vs Productive day

“Either you run the day or the day runs you’’ – Jim Rohn Caught up in a web of multitasking, we strive to complete our work within the 9 hours period and head back home with the satisfaction of a day’s labor. Somehow, in the process, we end up extending, despite the meticulous preparation. “ Busy day vs Productive day ’’ is quite a different concept… The former consists of doing sorts of things which keep us occupied, while the latter refers to prioritizing our tasks and completing them on time. So, while the goal is to have a productive day, we have to be cognizant of those time killers which hamper our work and impede efficiency. A few tips to organize your day and be more productive. MEETINGS: Schedule for the noon session: Utilize the morning hours when you have robust energy for completing your tasks. Though meetings are inevitable and form a vital part of the job, schedule them for the afternoon session. An extended meeting in the morning tends to ruin the rest of the day and all other work at hand. Prepare in advance: Have an agenda, stick by it and be prepared for the Q&A session. That way, you can minimize the time spent in flipping over slides or searching for answers. HAVE A TO-DO LIST: Begin your day with a to-do list, ranking in order of urgency. This would ensure you complete the work within the stipulated period and also avoid the risk of […]

Marriage and Finance

marriage and finance

“Marriages are made in heaven” and by the time couples settle down to live the marriage, it comes down to earth.  Well, this is a humorous take on marriage and finance.  Though marriage is the oldest social institution and provides a foundation, it also has political and economic factors too. In the 21st century however couples are confused on how to navigate financially through the marriage. Because the concept of “Finance” and “Money” too has evolved over the years. Couples often have mismatched money styles–one is a spender while the other is a saver. Though this is the best combination and if both the energies can be balanced then finance is not a heartbreaking matter to deal with at home. But to meet at that common point is the real test. If left unchecked, couples end up working against each other, causing fights and tensions. Theoretically, successful couples don’t try to change each other. They adapt their money styles to work for both of them. Here are some simple strategies to combat marital finance. Materialism VS Relationship: When couples come together, they have to understand each other’s belief about money.  Many couples put materialistic pleasures ahead of the relationship. Again, it’s not the lack of money, but the use of money that matters. Some examples are, unbalanced lifestyles, feelings of guilt over spending, unrealistic financial expectations (in spending, saving, or investing).  Acknowledging that this is a gap is the first step towards building a bridge. Being open-minded, non-judgemental and empathetic […]

Home Business Ideas for Women

Home Business ideas

To all the women who want to end their career break, do you find getting back to your old career hard? You try everything from brushing up your old skills to making the most of your networking capabilities, yet  lady luck does not favour you, and you are left at home, feeling defeated. This is not, however, the time to give up, but to explore your fortune elsewhere. You got to do something new. Something which you never have done before. Like starting your own business. Sounds scary, but it is definitely worth a try because you never know- you might reach heights! Here are a few home business options for you to choose from:   Day-care Centre: People will always need a reliable babysitter for their kids and babies, and it is pretty difficult to find someone who would tend to the little ones with genuine love and care. Create a safe environment for the young ones at your home. You can begin there and then shift the base to a rented place if the demand is more. Beauty Parlour: This is another field, where you can’t go wrong. Women everywhere always want to look beautiful and beauty parlours are a way to achieve that. Moreover, many hairdressers give a completely unsatisfactory haircut, and we are left with a bob when we asked for a trim. Invest in a beautician course and commence your business at a small scale. You could be that hairdresser that gives the clients exactly […]

Tips to Improve Your Resume Writing

resume writing tips

Resume Writing has been your primary focus ever since you have started looking for a job. Probably even before that. As you were busy wrapping up the last semester in college by day, you were probably putting together your resume by night. Presenting your accomplishments and accolades in a smart professional manner to attract the attentions of the desired employer is an important start to your career.   However, like everything else your resume too needs an upgrade at a regular frequency. After all your career has indeed come a long way from your first summer job and you too have evolved in the process. Given below are a few tips that may help you brush up your resume writing style so that you have a spanking new resume ready for your next career move.   Rephrase your Summary: The first thing that one comes across in a resume, after the name and personal details, is the summary or objective section. I remember my first resume had an elaborate section on my objectives. However, in the current scenario, very few employers would be interested in knowing about your objectives. Rather they would prefer to know how you can help them achieve their objectives. Therefore, it is best to dump the objectives part and rephrase it as your professional summary. Make it short, crisp and a smart gist of all that you bring to the table. Ideally a summary is a quick glance at your capabilities that will hook the prospective […]

Rise Like the Phoenix, After a Career Break …

You can rise like a phoenix after a Career break

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter into one of the most creative periods of my life” – Steve Jobs Steve Jobs – a Pioneer, a Visionary, an Innovator and a Prodigy. The man who co-founded the remarkable Technology Giant APPLE and turned it into the mammoth that its today. Amidst a power struggle, he was shown the door in 1984, relieving him from major responsibilities. Contrary to how a normal person would handle the situation, Jobs did not sulk into despair. Instead, he went on a journey of self-discovery and acquired the virtues of patience and honed his management skills. He utilised the break to develop the computer company NeXT. Also, he helped to develop the visual effects industry Pixar. Like a Phoenix, he rose from the ashes and built an empire. While it sounds like a fairy tale, no one would certainly know the depth of efforts Jobs took to reform and transition himself as a person and an Entrepreneur. Starting over involves undaunted vigour since it takes more energy than doing it for the first time. Of course it’s not easy to turnover things in a day; nevertheless I suppose a few feats will help to hold the nerve and make the transition seamless. Some pointers: Learn as much as you can, Acquire new skills : While on the break, apprise on topics related to your field. Check for updated […]

6 Tips for Health Management at Workplace

health management at workplace

We are at workplace atleast 8-10 hours in a day, and 5 days a week. Technically that’s roughly 21% in a week  that we spend outside our home in a place where we visit every day, work on computers, share many things with people around us.  Other than the individual health hazards that we face like eye strains, tension neck syndrome, weight gain etc, we also are prone to viruses and infection that exist in the air. We cannot control the workplace environment around us, but we can control our adaptability to the environment. How…? Here are few tips Crunch the “munch” time – our hands and fingers just move to that cookie/ chocolate/ biscuit/ chips that is in the office pantry or that a coworker has so nicely placed on the desk. It’s very tempting but in its own way stealthily adds on calories and also could make you feel sluggish instead of energetic. Healthy snacks are a good option for munch time. Once you start eating healthy, you motivate others to eat healthy too. PS: Fruits, green tea, Health bars, and Baked goods are good replacements for high calories snacks. Increase H20  Intake – 70 % of human body is water and so our diet too requires us to have more water as input to the body. Drinking an adequate amount of water, around eight to 10 glasses a day, helps in keeping the body temperature normal, body hydrated, skin nourished and hunger at bay. Many fruits like […]

Is Returnship Right For You?

Returnship right for you?

Many women today need to take a career break due to childbearing and rearing when they are at the peak of their careers. However, when they do decide to come back to the corporate world they are seen differently. In order to address such a situation and attract talent, Goldman Sachs in 2008 coined the term “Returnship”. So let’s find out if returnship is the right thing for you.   What is Returnship? It is an internship program for senior professionals who would like to explore, brush-up their skills and return to the workplace more equipped. It lasts from eight weeks to about a few months where the qualified candidates get an opportunity to be trained, upskilled and be able to network at the workplace while getting paid and a good prospect for employment. Returnship is a good starting point for women with a career break to get back into the game. Only a few large organizations have the facility and infrastructure to run a returnship program.   Why may returnship be good for you? Opportunity to upgrade your skills: Returnship is built on the assumption that the candidate has some level of required skills. They only focus on upskilling them on new technology or new aspects of the job, concentrating mainly on filling the skill gap. These are usually paid returnships with decent compensation structures. Even if you don’t land up with a job, you will leave learning new skills. Opportunity to network with other industry professionals: Returnships allows […]

Important Interview Skills to Land Your Dream Job

Important Interview skills

Now that you have got a call from your dream company, are you getting worried for your interview? Even the smartest and capable person does get a bit jittery before an interview. Do not worry, just be yourself.  Remember that if you do land a job where you had given exaggerated/wrong information, then you will find that you are not suited for the job very soon and will end up in a quagmire. So, the easiest way to prepare for an interview, is by being yourself. But it is very essential that you be mentally prepared on how you will approach the interview. Be thorough with what is written on your resume. If you have taken a break in career, be ready to face some questions that would cater specifically to your break period. The interviewer would like to be appraised of what you have done to upskill yourself and to be recruited again in that specific field. It is very essential that you be dressed in appropriate clothes for the interview. The clothes will have to suit the type of job that you are opting for.  Go for a wardrobe change if you are trying for a job, after a long stint at home. The cue is being presentable and professional without being overboard. You need to appear relaxed and confident. It is not necessary that you be able to answer all the questions. Be Honest. But there are some positions where the interviewer may be checking on how […]

Sabbatical- Blessing or Curse for Women Professionals?

Sabbatical blessing or a curse for women professionals

You can find a number of Indian women who have taken a break after a successful career. She was well educated, loved her professional identity and financially independent. She was really enjoying her professional life but suddenly what changes her mind to take a break? An inevitable situation such as motherhood, marriage, ill-health of self or family member during her professional journey and so she had to take a sabbatical. I am sure most of you can relate this situation to yours. Sabbatical could be either by choice or due to circumstances from where she cannot escape. Many a times, she was not ready but had to take sabbatical because of unfavorable circumstances. It could be 2 years, 2 months or 2 weeks depending on the situation, but for some, it is for a lifetime. I have several friends who had taken sabbatical and still haven’t joined back, still struggling to get back to work. In fact, I am on the same page too. Took sabbatical in 2016 but I haven’t stopped myself there. Being from a Pharmaceutical background, it was tough for me to get back into industry. However, I searched for other opportunities and I started working as a Freelance academic and content writer and now I have started publishing my technical and non-technical articles in various websites. So, what are you waiting for if you are on your sabbatical? Start exploring new opportunities which can help you to be in race again. Though, it will take time […]

Emotional Awareness for Personal & Professional Success

Emotional Awareness

The Harley Therapy Counselling Blog defines Emotional Awareness as “the ability to recognise and make sense of not just your emotions but also those of others.” This means that being aware of what we feel is not enough to make us emotionally aware. We need to enhance the awareness further by identifying, acknowledging and accepting that feeling in others as well. Also successfully predicting our reaction towards this feeling is crucial in enhancing emotional awareness. It is only then that we will be able to handle our emotions in the desired manner.   As humans we all have emotions. Enhancing our emotional awareness is crucial in ensuring our social well-being. It is deeply linked with how we perceive and build our relationships with our personal as well professional associates. As professionals we go through a whole gamut of emotions, and being able to decipher those early on will help us improve the way we handle ourselves as well as our relations with our co-workers in the professional space.   Build Better Communication Radha was a marketing professional and often had to make presentations to her clients. However, before every presentation she would get sleepless nights. The next morning her eyes would be red and she would be really snappy with her team. Her other team mates would avoid her on such days and made fun of her weird behavior behind her back. Gradually this created a distance between her and her team resulting in an overall poor performance. The above scenario […]