Passion with a Purpose

passion with a purpose

This particular article is a leaf out of my own life. Had I personally not taken this journey, I would not have been able to endorse the concept of ‘Passion with a Purpose’. In my case after marriage I had to go to USA with my husband. I did not have a work permit and so could not do any kind of job that I would be paid for. Since I could not work in my chosen field I did not have many options. But burning desire to do something was always there. We were soon blessed with a baby girl and when my daughter was 3 years old, was when I felt that I had to do something to keep myself creatively busy… and alive. Besides, my BE and MBA degree I am a trained dancer in the Indian classical dance forms Bharatnatyam and Odissi.. So, when I came upon a flyer of an academy “SUR Academy” that was looking for dance teachers, I immediately volunteered to teach. I always loved dancing and performing but never wanted to take it up as a profession. Through teaching the art forms to kids and adults, I discovered a whole new dimension to the art. I personally evolved as a dancer and a teacher but the more I taught the more I learnt. Through the years, with a valid work permit I was also able to earn through teaching. I also got opportunities to showcase my creativity by choreographing for various events […]

5 Reasons Why Working Moms Are Highly Productive

working moms

I have been hiring for the last 7 years and hence I speak out of  experience when I say that mothers make highly productive employees. I have seen my mother working all through my childhood and teen years, and I can tell you that it was no easy task. I am not a mom myself, but I spoke to many working mothers to conclude that the number one reason for the correlation between a mother and her productivity at work is that it’s a choice she makes. Each day they choose to leave their children at home, to work for your organization. It’s a sacrifice with high stakes and hence should be one that is worth a lot. So let’s dwell a little on the reasons why Working Moms are highly productive, making them a good hire for your company. Five Reasons Working Moms Are Highly Productive: They are highly focused at work Mothers know the value of time spent away from their children and home. Hence, they make every hour away count. They are well organized, plan their day to ensure the allocated work is completed within working hours and to take no work back home. They are more committed to their jobs. They take lesser breaks and find ways to accomplish the task assigned in the most efficient and time effective manner.   2. They know the importance of building relationships Working mothers understand the importance of nurturing relationships at work. They have higher emotional quotient and are more […]

Ten Things to Let Go for A Happy 2019

Happy 2019

Another New Year is here and I am sure you are looking forward to a wonderful time full of surprises. However, there are few things you need to cast aside in order to make sure the New Year really brings happiness in your life.   Gossiping: “Gossip reflects the insecurity of those who initiate it” No matter how appalling, intriguing or accurate a particular piece of information about a person is, refrain from passing it on to others. Not even casually. Resist the urge to give away unnecessary details about anyone. Try not to spread the bad happenings in others’ lives. If you find out that your girl gang has started sharing some juicy piece of news about someone, make it a habit to mention a good thing about that person or try to change the subject. That way you will keep up the positivity and tone down unnecessary drama. Badmouthing others won’t keep your mind happy and peaceful.   Judging: “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” Literally every single person in this world is guilty of jumping to conclusions about other people. The worst part is that these conclusions are derived from some random aspects about that person. Believe it or not, you cannot judge a person’s character based on their dress sense, whether or not they have tattoos, their hairstyle, the kind of job they have or even their past mistakes. Be kind. Open your mind and your heart a bit more […]

Struggling to Increase Your Productivity at Workplace?

Struggling to increase your productivity at workplace

Time is prestigious and you must utilize it in an effective way. There are two ways to enhance your output, either start working long hours or do the tasks in a smarter way. Which one do you want to choose? Of course, everyone wants to complete the task in a short span of time. So, why wait for so long? I am sharing some of the tips which you can implement in your working schedule to increase your productivity. Avoid going to unnecessary meetings On an average, unproductive meetings cost a number of hours of the employees. Start evaluating the goals of your meetings first before booking your schedule. If you can complete those tasks through phone or email, prefer them and skip such unproductive meetings. Lay down your own deadlines There are several open-ended projects which keep on continuing for a long time leading to self-imposed stress. Set your own deadlines for such projects and follow the same. You will be amazed to determine that you will become more productive and focused while setting your own deadlines. Do the small things first Most of the time, we leave most of the work for future. At the same time, it starts creating a burden on our mind that we have so many things pending. Why to wait to complete small work which can be done in just five or ten minute’s time. Start completing small tasks first and then move on to the big ones. It will definitely reduce your […]

Five Things to Consider Before a Career Break

career break

Career break should not be seen as a stigma but a welcome change in a woman’s life. Most of us know that a career break is inevitable, be it a birth of your child, taking care of ailing parents or simply considering a sabbatical to figure your next move. A career break could be a long one that lasts a couple of years or a short one for only a few months. Either way, we want to get back into the workforce and we should not be oblivious to the fact that it may be hard. I highly recommend you these five things to consider before a career break, to ensure you have an easy entry back in. Five things to do before taking a career break: 1. Don’t leave before you are actually ready: Sheryl Sandberg in her TED Talk mentioned: “Don’t leave before you leave”. This means that you must take into consideration all the factors before going on a sabbatical. The one thing you owe to your professional life before a break, is to advance as much as possible to the top of your career graph. When you leave at a higher position, it is that much easier to get back into the workforce. Your last experience, position, and salary will be your weapon of negotiation when you’re looking for a new job after your break.   2. Have a strong professional network: Today the professional networking platform like LinkedIn, conferences, seminars, meet-ups, have brought the world […]

10 Easy Tips to Staying Motivated

10 tips to staying motivated

What is the need for motivation? Why do we need to look for motivating ourselves as well as others? Shouldn’t everyone understand that sometimes activities that we do, may not get the result that we expect of. Why is it that some people are more practical and seem to accept failures as part of life, whereas some others cannot even accept a NO from someone? The circumstances, the upbringing, the culture, the society and even the genetic makeup influences how the person would react to a situation. But at the end of the day, we as humans, being the most intelligent species on this world, can practise anything due to continuous learning. The process of being motivated is also a learning process. Humans are social beings by nature. Though privacy is considered the in-thing and most basic requirement of our modern lives, we do need company. Loneliness most often leads to depressions.   Here are a few tips that will help everyone to stay motivated and happy. Stay fit. We cannot achieve anything if our bodies are not capable of supporting our interests. So, eat healthy, sleep well, practise meditation or yoga or go for running, swimming etc. Follow a routine that suits your style.   Throw away toxic people. The earth is the home for all types of species and it is not essential for every species to get along nicely with the other! We are here to live our life and not to please or to be compared […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]