Saturday, 24 October 2020
Monday, 12 October 2020
Screen hooked? Insomniac? Feeling....ugghhhhh....something that cannot be described??
The new normal is normal now. Or were we normal earlier?
Before we brood on such tricky questions, what was 'normal' after all!
At home or at the office, the work more or less remains the same.
It is the same routine of brushing home chores, whipping breakfast, and rushing to our respective room corners (the new cubicles) for the day!
What actually affected our mindset is the merging of everything.
Professional and personal all on a single platter. The flying arcs of internet ruling the day.
As the world is gusting over 'increased mental stress' in the new 'normal' let us bounce to the
7 Quick Do's to Make the New Normal Absolutely Normal for YOU...
Take # 1
Nature I Love You
We are humans. That is exactly why our ears are missing the same irritating honking of racing wheels stuck in a jam on the road while commuting to the office.
But trust me! You got this one time opportunity to treat your ears and senses with healing sounds of morning birds, fresh air, and relaxed plants.
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Make it a habit that at least 5 minutes you sit in your balcony with your hot cuppa of tea or coffee or better in the community garden to be with nature.
Another quick advantage of sitting in a community garden is exchanging smiles. Yes, this regular exchange of free smiles with community people can actually make a 'socially distant' you feel that all are...together.
Take # 2
Laughter Lip Exercise
Give external speaking a rest. Give your thumping brain a rest.
It is time to speak internally with heart and have a carefree talk with someone who can give you a good dose of laughter.
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Talking frequently to friends off the screen can really make you feel connected with the world.
Laughing off the problems is the best way to refresh and return to the desk with a rebooted mind.
No time to connect? Easy going stand-up comedy on the rescue!
Not to forget, turning the 'child' in you on and roll with your kiddo under the table to crack a joke.
Take # 3
Flexitable YES. Timetable NO!!
7 days in a week. 24 hours in a day. 6 months down the line, your day must be very much fixed and every hour literally labeled with the activities of the day.
Right in the middle of the week, you slow down and the 'routine' is disturbed. First day ok. On the second day, you feel not good. On the third day, you feel bad. On the fourth day, you are an agitated pool.
Do not be rigid with a time-table. Embrace the new normal where flexibility is the key.
Keep minimal indispensable fixed things to irk you if disturbed.
Mondays don't have to be herculean. Saturdays is not the only day for your freedom.
Apart from work hours, treat every hour to what it deserves best and not impose an undesirable chore or activity.
Unwinding yourself from the clock for a while can ease you and make you feel way better!
Take # 4
Kindle the Inner Passion
The best positives of the new normal is a platter of creative arts, heart quenching recipes, restored mini-gardens, and what not!
We are now more aware of the places where we live, and it has become of far more value rather than our retiring dome after a hectic day.
Mini creative bursts with family or in your own home studio, in between, will help you keep miles away from blisters and stress pimples!
Give yourself an invigorating screen-free break. Short but rejuvenating.
Take # 5
The Three Boxes of Priority
Crack your routine of the whole week into 3 important boxes which if filled regularly will keep you at bay from all sorts of paranoia.
Box 1: Your work priorities. List down your top 5 work priorities for the week and paste it somewhere.
Box 2: Your family priorities: Chart out absolute no screen 'family hours' for the week. There is no need to be high on this. Keep it to the minimum possible based on your regular schedules. So that it can be fulfilled and gives you bright satisfaction.
Box 3: Your 'Me' Time: Remember to not ignore it. This is equally important as the other two. This time slot will be when you can finish up with personal grooming, sorting, or anything that is a stress buster for you. The more happy you, the more manageable things become.
Take # 6
Move Your Body
We all know the benefits of exercise.
But only those who didn't put their sneakers on yet, know how much effort it takes to be regular with exercise. Late night work, home chores, the family simply take a toll on you to spare you for a walk.
In such a situation make a 7-minute rule. Do not start with exercise. Start with minor stretching of limbs, shoulders, neck, and toes.
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7 minutes can really do wonders by making your long hour sitting pain-free and comfortable.
Here is a quick video tutorial for your 7 min stretch! Get Set Go!
Gradually the stretching will improve your body posture and prompt you to go to level 2!
Struggling for quick fixes and great ideas in office??
An early morning walk can be a pool of fresh ideas, stress-busting reactions in your body, and a gesture of gratitude to your body and skin.
Take # 7
Believe in Normal. Stop Procrastinating
Though times are quite uncertain, DO NOT let the golden time wash away in procrastination.
School re-openings are like a matter of forever guesswork.
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Rather than focusing on what is going to happen ahead, believe in the present, accept it, and plan your moves accordingly.
Unless we are not normal, we can't define the changing scenarios as normal.
Positivity is the only cushion to safeguard you against all hardships.
Let the time gone be not a matter of regret later. Live It. Enjoy It!
There is no perfect theory or recipe for busting the accompanying stress.
But there are remedies for sure.
Widely accepted, tried, and tested these 7 quick fixes can go a long way in alleviating the unsettled mind and heart.
Mask your worries.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Cheerful!
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
BEAT THE RUSH, NOT THE QUALITY
Ever thought what is the purpose of writing something?
Well ... formal or informal, personal or professional, serious or casual..every line has a meaning.
But along with the literal meaning of the lines, should we not care about the meaning BETWEEN THE LINES?
What do you want your reader to understand? At what level you want your reader's persuasion to reach?
How closely you want to evoke the experience in your reader?
Often even the best of the writers succumb to the deadlines and what you get is a 'Regular Basmati Rice' to be precise!
And then, what lingers in a reader (the client's) mind is, " Ye Basmati Rice hi hai na....?"
Writer: " Haa...kyu? "
Client: " Nahi ji, khusbu nahi aayi na, par koi baat nahi khila khila toh lag raha hai na..."
Writer: " Eh.....OK."
So, what you wanted to serve is not actually served. It is just prepared and kept on the table to eat.
The solution lies in a mutual understanding between the client and the writer.
And if its a sheer business wherein money is speaking, then restrict your promises to deliver the best.
Simply...because, MONEY CAN MAKE YOU RICH, BUT MONEY CAN'T BUY RICHNESS!!
Writing is spiritual. Writing is self-connect.
You are not a word processing factory. You spin ideas, thoughts..in fact, meaningful thoughts.
Write LESS. Linearly Engaging Selling Stuff
Some quick tips to avoid such kind of situation is:
- Plan Your Work Engagements In Advance
- Clear Agreement with Client on Deadlines Best Suitable To You!
- DO NOT Take Abrupt or Unplanned Assignments in Between Ongoing Engagements (Favors are not that flavorful always!
- Relax..relax...relax....Your Content will Be Good if you Relax!
That's all Gyan for today!
Can you smell BASMATI!!!
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Monday, 15 June 2020
Whispering Woodz welcomes our guest blogger for the week, Mrittika Ghosh. A multi-talented, versatile senior educator who has been working continuously towards betterment of management practices in education industry. I thank her for sparing her precious time and throwing some light on the topic for today, "FEAR MANAGEMENT IN ORGANISATION".
Fear is something that is we all have...
Fear is something that is inescapable...
Fear sometimes blinds us to what is right and what is wrong..
Fear dictates our thinking; it even rules our relationships..
So much about fear...??? But WHY???
Fear is one of the most powerful emotions. It has a very strong effect on your mind and body.
Fear Management in Organisations
Fear is good at some point of time. It plays the role of a motivator, moderator and helps in survival tactics too. But now a days many organisations are using fear so that their goal can be achieved in a limited time.
Is it really beneficial in long run?
Studies show that instigating fear in management processes has given birth to very serious issues in modern world. Employees are suffering from stress and emotionally neglected. Their hard work is not appreciated at regular intervals, which ultimately leads to depression. Organisation use fear as a tool for but in many circumstances instead of productive work, it leads to infusion of negative atmosphere and lack of creativity.
Indicators of Fear Management in Organisations:
- Management focuses on what is done wrong and displays frequent criticism of our work.
- Boss yells at employees and uses public humiliation as a weapon.
- Organisation has an abnormally high rate of employee turnover.
- Induces resentment between employees which leads to conflicts of interest.
- Organisation plays and allows others to involve in blame game, " It wasn't me!"
- Destroys creativity and acceptance of change, forcing people into unconscious patterns of behaviour.
- Spends more time micromanaging than watching the external forces controlling the processes.
- Find ways to interfere new employees and ongoing projects.
- Emphasises more on repercussions of missing a deadline, rather than rewards of completing a task.
Often management believes in being stricter or following the carrot and stick approach to manage processes. But is that effective? Can it be a root cause of the possible disconnect between the top management and subsequent levels of staff and employees? How to bridge this gap? Is fear everything or just a wholesome approach to make things work? What can we do, to avoid fear management and still grow?
Meaningful Changes in Organisation not by Fear, But by Positive Reinforcement:
- Focus on what is being done right, should focus more on positive encouragement.
- Praise in public and discipline in private.
- Delegate responsibility to capable employees with leadership qualities.
- Reward actions that foster team development, creativity and innovation.
- Accept multiple avenues of goal accomplishment.
- It is fare enough to share the organisation's good and bad with the employees directly related to it, rather than being temperamental and making awkward decisions.
The process of mindset change, within management will take time. However, if we manage in possible way and encourage people to overcome their fear, then it can get started as soon as possible, Let this fear be not a blockage to productivity.
FEAR is not Face Everything and Respond.
FEAR is Foster Encouragement and Responsibility.
The world is grappling with the pandemic. The economy is witnessing an all time low and the leading companies are now actively engaged in either lay-offs or pay cuts. On the other side, there are few, that are challenging these adverse times and taking care of their employees in the best possible way.
Asian Paints, an Indian Paint Manufacturer is going fearless. It decided to hike the salaries of its employees to boost their morale in difficult times.
Can our management practices leave fear aside and adopt a more harmonious approach to make this organisation not hierarchical, but an equivocal entity?
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