GameTamilan

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Software Engineer, Amature video gamer, Loves psychology, philosophy and productivity. Believes in practice rather than inherent talent.

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Change your World Day 12

The way to happiness:

Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry.
Live simply,
expect little,
give much,
fill your life with love.
Scatter Sunshine.
Forget self, think of others.
Do as you would be done by.

Try this for a week and you will be surprised.

H.C. Mattern.

Change your world Day 11

I shall never forget Ralph Rockwell. He was the farmer on our place in the country. Ralph was a New Englander of the
old school, always caring for the place as though it were his own.

He said to me once, when I was presuming to give him advice: 'Tell you what, Dr. Peale, you do the preaching, I'll do the farming.'

It is good to remember to take advice as well as give it.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world Day 10

George Reeves was a huge man, 6 feet 2, weighing 100 kgs. H ewas my teacher in the fith grade. In class,
he would suddenly shout, 'Silence'.

Then he would print in big letters onm the blackboard the word CAN'T.

Turning to the class, he woudl demand, 'And now what shall I do?'

Knowing what he wanted, we chanted back, 'Knock the T off the CAN'T.'

With a sweeping gesture, he would erase it, leaving the word CAN.

Dusting the chalk from his fingers, he would say,

'Let that be a lesson to you - you can if you think you can '

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world Day 9

Self-confidence and courage hinge on the kind of thoughts you think.

Nurture negative thoughts over a long period of time and you are going to get negative results.

Your subconscious is very accomodating. It will sd up to you exactly what you send down to it.
Keep on sending it fear and self-inadequacy thoughts and that is what it will feed back to you.

Take carge of your mind and begin to fill it with healthy, positive and courageous thoughts.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change you world Day 8

"You cannot..."

Louisa May Alcott was told by an editor that she would never be able to write anything that would have popular appeal.

A music teacher told Enrico Caruso: 'You can't sing. You have no voice at all.'

And a teacher warned a boy named Thomas A. Edison that he was too stupid to pursue a scientific education!

Never let anyone shunt you off from the main line of your aspirations.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world Day 7

Fear can infect us early in life until eventually it cuts a deep groove of apprehension in all our thinking.
To counteract it, let faith, hope and courage enter your thinking.
Fear is strong, but faith is stronger yet.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Productivity Hacks

This is a collection of ideas to improve the fruitfulness of the time I spend here on earth. I will keep adding or modifying it until I feel comfortable with the grind. 


The big picture

  • Vision statement
  • Mission statement
  • Roles and goals
  • Eisenhower matrix
  • Activity Management
  • Time Management


Way to plan, organise and execute

Action management

  • GTD - Getting things done Method - helps to organise and manage actions aimed at stress free productivity.

Time management

  • Pomodoro Technique  Helps to execute the actions that is determined beforehand.



Eisenhower Matrix


Roles and Goals

Example: You roles as a  Family member, team member, Friend, Entrepreneur etc and Goals



Action Management - GTD

1. Get everything out of your mind or email inbox. Collect them into a physical inbox. (may be a word file, Paper or physical files)

2. Sort them based on the question "Is it actionable in the immediate future?"

        If yes -  

                Classify based on Eisenhover matrix

                         do it immediately if it is important and urgent  or if it is important and will take only less than 2 minuites.

                          If not important try to delegate it. 

                If it cannot be done is 2 minutes plan and split it into actionable chunks and create a Action inventory sheet and schedule it based on urgency.

                Use Pomodoro to execute the actions. 

        If no  - Classify it as 

                1. Trash

                2. Someday

                3. Reference

3. Review actions every day and keep adding new actions each day. 

4. Review actions every week.

5. Review someday actions to see if they become important or urgent.


Time Management - Pomodoro

The Rules:

  • A Pomodoro can’t be interrupted; it marks 25 minutes of pure work.
  • A Pomodoro can’t be split up; there is no such thing as half of a Pomodoro or a quarter of a Pomodoro.
  • If a Pomodoro is definitively interrupted by someone or something, that Pomodoro should be considered void, as if it had never been set; then you should make a fresh start with a new Pomodoro.
  • You are not allowed to keep on working “just for a few more minutes” even if you’re convinced that in those few minutes you could complete the task at hand.
  • When the Pomodoro rings, mark an X next to the activity you’ve been working on and take a break for 5 minutes.


Work flow

1. Activity life cycle - use GTD to manage activities and review the list of activities

2. Todo today sheet - Create a sheet with list of activites that needs to be done today and estimate the number of pomodors each will take.

3. Journal the number of Pomodoros per task and number of interruptions per pomodoro.

4. At the end of each day do a retrospective and mark which of the activities are completed. If not complete it means we have either over estimated or activites are more broad and needs to be broken down. 

5. Copy the unfinished activities to "Todo Today sheet" and also some more activities from Activity inventory sheet. 



References

1. GTD Book - https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0143126563?keywords=GTD&qid=1539682242&sr=8-1&ref=sr_1_1

2. Pomodoro Technique - https://www.amazon.com/Pomodoro-Technique-Illustrated-Easy-Pragmatic/dp/1934356506?crid=2KS7FPKMNL41N&keywords=pomodoro+technique+illustrated&qid=1539682269&sprefix=Pomodoro%2Caps%2C401&sr=8-1&ref=sr_1_1

3. 7 habits of Highly effective people - https://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly-Effective-People-Powerful/dp/1451639619?crid=1D8DO68GMK5GY&keywords=7+habits+of+highly+effective+people&qid=1539682324&sprefix=7+habits+of+%2Caps%2C483&sr=8-2&ref=sr_1_2



God and me

The light of God surrounds me.
The love of God enfolds me.
The power of God protects me.
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is!

Change your world - Day 6

A big battle was building for the morning. the place was Korea, the hour midnight. It was bitter cold, the temperature below zero.

A burly U.S. marine was leaning against a tank eating cold beans out of a can with penknife.

A newspaper correspondent watching him was moved to propound a philosophical question: 'Look,' he said,
'if I were God and could give you what you wanted most, what would you ask for?'

The marine dug out another penknife of beans, thought reflectively, then said, 'I would ask for tomorrow.'

Perhaps so would we all - a greate tomorrow.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world - Day 5

Theodore Roosevelt, a strong and tough-minded main, said:
'I have often been afraid. But I would not give into it. I simply acted as though I was not afraid and presently the fear disappeared.'

Fear is afraid itself and backs down when you stand upto it.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Building a rock solid routine. 99U

Building a Rock-Solid Routine 99U


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GREAT WORK BEFORE EVERYTHING ELSE

Do your most meaningful creative work at the beginning of your day, and leave “reactive work”—like responding to e-mail or other messages—for later.

JUMP-START YOUR CREATIVITY

Establish “associative triggers”—such as listening to the same music or arranging your desk in a certain way—that tell your mind it’s time to get down to work.

FEEL THE FREQUENCY

Commit to working on your project at consistent intervals—ideally every day—to build creative muscle and momentum over time.

PULSE AND PAUSE 

Move rhythmically between spending and renewing your energy by working in ninety-minute bursts and then taking a break.

GET LONELY

Make a point of spending some time alone each day. It’s a way to observe unproductive habits and thought processes, and to calm your mind.

DON’T WAIT FOR MOODS 

Show up, whether you feel inspired or not.

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Sharpening Your Creative Mind


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PRACTICE UNNECESSARY CREATION

Use personal creative projects to explore new obsessions, skills, or ways of working in a low-pressure environment.


WANDER LONELY AS A CLOUD

Make time for your mind—and body—to wander when you’re stuck. Disengaging from the problem allows your subconscious to do its work.


DEFINE “FINISHED” FROM THE START

Keep your inner perfectionist in check by defining what finished looks like at the beginning of a project. And when you get there, stop!


DON’T GO ON AUTOPILOT

Repetition is the enemy of insight. Take unorthodox—even wacky—approaches to solving your stickiest problems and see what happens.

SEARCH FOR THE SOURCE

When the well runs dry, don’t blame a lack of talent. Creative blocks frequently piggyback on other problems. See if you can identify them.

LOVE YOUR LIMITATIONS

Look at constraints as a benefit, rather than an impediment. They activate our creative thinking by upping the ante.

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Finding Focus in a Distracted World


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DEFEND YOUR CREATIVE TIME

Book time on your calendar for uninterrupted, focused work—and respect those blocks of time as you would any client meeting.


FOCUS WHEN YOU’RE FRESH

Tackle the projects that require “hard focus” early in your day. Self-control—and our ability to resist distractions—declines as the day goes on.


KILL THE BACKGROUND NOISE

Turn off your phone, e-mail, and any apps unrelated to your task. Even the presence of background activity (and temptation) can drain your focus.


MAKE PROGRESS VISIBLE

Marking progress is a huge motivator for long-term projects. Make your daily achievements visible by saving iterations, posting milestones, or keeping a daily journal.


GIVE YOUR BRAIN A BREAK

Alternate challenging creative work with more “mindless” tasks to give your brain time to rest and refuel.


TAP INTO TRANSITIONAL MOMENTS

Take a break from checking your smartphone during transitional moments, and open yourself up to opportunity and serendipity.

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Taming Your Tools


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KEEP THE LONG VIEW IN VIEW

Post your complex, long-term goals by your workstation to keep them top of mind when prioritizing your tasks.


BE CONSCIOUS OF YOUR BANDWIDTH

Practice letting go of certain e-mail and social media conversations. There will always be more opportunities than you actually can take on.


CHECK YOURSELF, OR WRECK YOURSELF

Distinguish between compulsive and conscious behaviors. Are you acting out of boredom or blind habit when you could be serving a higher goal?


HIT THE RESET BUTTON

Make a ritual of unplugging on a regular basis. Turning everything off is like hitting the “reset” button on your mind—it gives you a fresh start.


DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH

Be conscious of your body. Breathing deeply and regularly can decrease your stress levels and help you make better decisions.


IN IMAGINATION WE TRUST

Don’t trust technology over your own instincts and imagination. Doing busywork is easy; doing your best work is hard.

Change your world - Day 4

The way to success:

Have a clear goal, not a fuzzy one.

Sharpen this goal until it becomes specific and clearly defined in your conscious mind.

Hold it there until, by the process of spiritual and intellectual osmosis, it seeps into your unconcious.
Then you will have it because it has you.

Surround this goal constantly with positive thoughts and faith. Give it positive follow-through.

That is the way success is achieved.

Norman Vincent Peale.

Change your world - Day 3

I once knew an extraordinarily successful salesman who told me that every morning he says aloud, three times, 'I believe, I believe, I believe.'

'You believe in what?' I asked.

'In God, and in the life God gave me', he declared.

Norman Vincent Peale

Change your world - Day 2

Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do.

We are all capable of greater things tha we realize.

How much one actually achieves depends largely on:

  1. Desire
  2. Faith
  3. Persistent effort.
  4. Ability.

But if you are lacking in the first three factors, your ability will not balance out the lack.

So concentrate on the first three and the results will amaze you.

Norman Vincent Peale

Fav Quotes

Everybody at the beggining of everything is absolutely horrible! and they know it.

"Do you want to know the difference between the master and beginner ? The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried."

"Well-typed program cannot go wrong" - Robin Milner

"Your mind is for having ideas not holding them" - David Allen

"Charishma is combination of Presence, Power and warmth"

"Nature decrees that we do not exceed the speed of light. All other impossibilities are optional." – Robert Brault

"One idea followed up well than having hundred ideas left unattended"

"It is better to know a little and act than know a lot and then not"

Change your world - Day 1

Champions are made by playing their best game today, then tomorrow and then the next day.

Life, too must be lived well one day at a time every day. And, in both sports and living, success is the

result of a succession of more good days than bad ones.

You never need to settle for what you are. You can be a new person.

We were not merely created: we can be recreated.

Norman Vincent Pele