Tuesday, 6 January 2015

14 Things Successful People Do In The First Hour Of The Workday

Dell Inc./flickrSuccessful people greet their colleagues each morning.
The first hour of the workday is critical, since it can affect your productivity level and mindset for the rest of the day.
"Successful people understand the importance of having control over their mornings and know how to use that time wisely," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job." "These people are able to weed out the noise in their first hour and focus on what matters."
Everyone has their unique method of prioritizing, she says. "But all successful people stay focused when they start their day, and with years of practice, they realize that many things can wait, and others cannot."
Here are 14 things successful people do in the first hour of the workday:
They step back and reflect. Taylor says it's important to take a moment to look at the big picture. "It's easy to jump in and 'just do it' when you get to work, but successful people look at their larger goals in order to better prioritize."
They strategize. Successful people take a few minutes at the start of their workday to think about where their career or business should be going, says Laura Vanderkam, author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast." "Few people spend much time on these questions to begin with, let alone when their brains are fresh. But pursuing strategic clarity is a worthy objective. It's hard to get somewhere if you don't know where you're going."
They check their to-do lists and calendars. You don't want to overwhelm yourself first thing in the morning, but it's important that you take a quick look at your to-do list and calendar to know what's ahead. Missing any early meetings or deadlines would likely cause stress and could ruin your entire day.
They update their to-do lists and calendars. "Without a plan, you can't spend your time wisely. But plans must be adaptable," Taylor says. Early in the day is the best time to update your schedule.
They organize their workstations. A clean desk can give you a sense of mental clarity and prevent you from getting bogged down looking for something you need later on. "While most communications are through e-mails and texts, if your boss or coworker stopped by looking for you and left a sticky note about a last-minute meeting occurring in 10 minutes, and it's sitting on a mound of mail or papers, you're already behind the eight ball," Alexandra Levit, author of "They Don't Teach Corporate in College:A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World," tells Forbes.
They acknowledge and plan for the tough projects. There are always difficult projects looming that get put aside. "Address how you're going to attack them first thing so they don't hang over your head all day," Taylor says. 
They don't address "people conflict." Successful people know that timing is everything. If you need to resolve conflict with your peers or boss, don't engage first thing, Taylor says. "Your colleagues are likely overwhelmed when they arrive to work, so you'll want to wait a few hours until everyone is more relaxed, which is usually after lunch," she suggests.
They set a goal for the day. In an article for Harvard Business Review, author and consultant Ron Friedman recommends taking 10 minutes to ask themselves this: "The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?" This will help you distinguish between tasks that merely feel urgent and those which are truly important.
They write something that requires thought. Writing requires discipline, and research finds that willpower is at its peak early in the day, after a good breakfast, Vanderkam says. "Like a muscle, willpower gets fatigued from overuse in the course of the day as you respond to distractions and difficult people." The first hour of the day can be a great time to write a well-crafted email introducing yourself to a new client, a proposal or report, marketing materials, or even an op-ed or article.
They greet the team. Good, successful bosses and employees are aware of their team, and they take the time to greet them first thing. "It shows compassion and naturally builds rapport and camaraderie," Taylor says. "This is the first hour of their day, too, and your actions have a significant impact on their attitude and productivity."
They glance at emails. "There's the famous instruction from Julie Morgenstern that we should never check email in the morning," Vanderkam says. "It makes sense. You want to start the day in a proactive fashion, not a reactive fashion. However, I'm pretty sure 99% of us do check email pretty near the start of the day." The trick is to glance at it, and not get bogged down in stuff that doesn't matter, she explains.
They avoid distraction. The latest headline or office drama can cause anyone to be distracted, no matter how high up the chain you are. "While the curiosity can be overwhelming, focused professionals inherently know when they're taking themselves off-track," Taylor says.
They don't hold meetings. "I'd say the most important thing to not do during that first hour is hold a meeting, unless it requires every ounce of focus and concentration you have," Vanderkam says. "It's better to put meetings at low energy times (mid-afternoon for many people), and do projects that require focus at high-energy times when you feel most motivated to tackle them. Most people feel more energized and motivated in the morning." 
They relax. This one is difficult for most people, but successful individuals understand the importance of creating a few minutes of peace before jumping in. "It helps you better approach the issues at hand," Taylor says. Taking a moment to stretch and breathe will help you make better decisions during this chaotic time of day. 
"Success is a mindset," Taylor says. "If you're mindful of what it takes to succeed first thing in the morning, you'll likely revisit these priorities throughout the day and stay on task."

Monday, 5 January 2015

7 Amazing Historical Places In India You Never Heard About!!

The historical sites and beautiful monuments spread across India are a delight for any traveler. These historical places in India have a story of their own and a visit to them can prove to be a life changing experience. Some monuments like the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Golconda fort, and the Golden Temple are intensely researched but there are others places with precious little information. These locations can enthrall you if only you knew how to find them. At Tripoto we have mapped seven of these sites for your benefit. 

1) Kumbalgarh – Rajasthan

Kumbalgarh, the jewel of Mewar, is situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. History, royalty , power and culture are all packed in this place. It is a treat for human eyes and mind. The fort accommodates three hundred and sixty temples (yes it’s possible) three hundred jain and the rest hindu. And it does not end here, the place has one more major attraction, the Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary. You can take heritage walk, adventure activities, spend time in the lap of nature. The seven tall fortified gates of this masterpiece are open for you.

2) Rabdentse – Sikkim

A former capital of Sikkim, Rabdentse is located in west Sikkim. It is a popular choice among backpackers as home stays are easily available at nominal rates. One of the oldest monasteries of the city Pemayangtse is situated close to the site and adds to the spirit of the environs. Rabdentse provides a vantage point to the visitors from which breathtaking view of kanchengdonga ranges can be witnessed. These ruins are a part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage. It will be a wise choice for travelers on a budget looking to soak in the taste of the Sikkimi culture and food.

3. Tughlaqabad – New Delhi

Tughlaqabad Fort - By Gaurav Saraswat
The site has an uncanny resemblance to the ruins of Mohenjdaro-Harappa, but it exists in the heart of our capital, New Delhi. Any sightseer who comes face to face with this monument will only wonder why it is not one of the biggest attractions of the city. The height of the citadel is imposing and the view from top is truly unique. You will be astonished by the intelligence and engineering skills used to make  artificial lake and embankments around the area. The sheer size of this fortress and its earthy charm never fails to mesmerize visitors.

4. Maluti Temples – Jharkhand

These ancient temples trace their origins to the pre-historic times. Maluti is a small town near Shikaripara in the wilderness of Jharkhand and boasts of 72 old terracotta temples. These are considered one of the top ten ruins in the world. The walls of these exquisite temples narrate the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata in a unique style, which demonstrates the cultural diversity of India. Moreover, these historical places in India are also famous for the sacrifice of 100 goats during Kali Puja.

5) Vikaramsila University – Bihar

Not many people are aware that India had many excellent educational centers in the past including Vikramsila University, located 50 km east of Bhagalpur. It was one of the largest Buddhist learning centers, spread over hundred acres of land.  As you enter the campus you cannot help but be envious of the scholars who once studied here. The centre has an astonishing fifty two rooms spread on both sides of the corridor with an elaborate stupa at the center. What is even more marvelous is the enormous library that has been excavated and testifies to the rich history of India. A visit to this glorious & historical university is highly recommended just to get a sense of advancement that India had thousands of years ago.

6) Basgo-Leh, Ladakh

Disclaimer: The picture has not been taken from the sets of Game of Thrones.
The Basgo fort stands proudly on the bank of a hill overlooking the serene Indus River in Ladakh. The town Basgo separates lower and upper Ladakh, once a very important cultural and political centre; it was the seat of the Namgayal family. There are three temples dedicated to different forms of Buddha including the goddess Maitryi. Sitting in the summit and writing a journal is an exhilarating experience. If you are in search of inner peace and introspection, this is the place to be. 

7) Bhangarh – Rajasthan

The fort has been declared as the most haunted place of India. If you choose to visit the historical place rest assured that you will be told hundred different “authentic” stories about how it is possessed by ghosts. The ride to Ajabagarh is spectacular as tall trees accompany you on both sides of the road. And if you’re in luck the clouds and drizzle add to the thrill.
This monument remains a picnic spot for many families till 5p.m, but after that the place is shut for the living souls except for old priests who roam around with lanterns in his hand. The fort was built by Sawai Madho Singh, and it is believed that the town was cursed by a holy man, due to whom they cannot have permanent roofs. To date, all the houses have roofs made up of tin or materials which are not permanent. The town of Ajabgarh where this fort is situated has been the location of many popular bollywood movies like Karan-Arjun, hum saath saath hain.

Courtsy: tripoto
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Thursday, 1 January 2015

10 Simple Ideas to Make 2015 a Rocking Year

So 2015 is finally here, was last year really quick or is it just me? It was a great year for me. I explored and did new stuff, achieved lots of things and am so content and happy. Friends I hope you too feel the same way. Even if you don’t, let us still say, bye 2014 you were an awesome year; and hello 2015 because you are going to be equally rocking.
Now, if you feel you could have done something more to make 2014 count, why not do it in 2015? Friends, Maximizing productivity is a goal often discussed but rarely reached. As a result, while entrepreneurs actively strive to make the most of their time--reading books, exploring productivity hacks, testing project management tools--too often they feel like they've fallen short. Meanwhile, the to-do list gets longer. Don't worry because New Year is a great time to start afresh.
So here I am sharing with you guys 10 simple things that will increase your productivity in 2015.
Here we go….
  1. Do at least one thing each day, which your future self will thank you for. This is the basis of all meaningful progress.
  2. Fail more often in 2015 than you did in 2014. Why? Because if you’re not failing often enough, you’re sticking to things you already know and no longer growing. Unless you give yourself permission to make mistakes, you will seldom try anything new.
  3. Stop aiming for perfectionism. It will stop you getting started and block your progress. Instead of trying to be perfect, aim to be better than you were yesterday.
  4. Get expert help in any area of your business, where you are under performing. Things don’t just change for the better because you hope they will. Hopeis essential, but it’s not a business strategy. This will help you get it right.
  5. Walk daily for 30 minutes. Studies have shown that walking helps to reduce stress and gives you a general feeling of well-being. Walking also helps you manage your weight and can lower your blood pressure. When you feel better you work better. Start with short walks, then do a little more. Talk to your doctor first, if you have any underlying medical conditions.
  6. Get serious about developing your creativity in 2015. It will help you solve problems and grow a uniquely valuable business.
  7. Stop doing work purely because it pays the bills. Start doing work that makes a difference.
  8. Give people more than they expect. Don’t under-promise though. Instead, over-deliver. This is one of the most powerful ways to retain your clients and get them recommending you to their friends and contacts.
  9. Learn to embrace your inner freak. This idea changed my life.
  10. The Tao Te Ching says that "High winds do not last all morning/ Heavy rain does not last all day." This means that if you want to work intensively and productively, it's vital to unplug and take time to recharge every day, even if it's only for a little bit. Start by giving yourself 15 minutes with no Internet or cell phone--whatever it is, it can wait for you to come back relaxed and ready.
I hope you find some of them valuable. If you do, perhaps give it a share out there on Facebook or Twitter?
One more thing, there is a famous dialogue from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani that goes like this- Life meinjitni bhi bhaag daud karlo kuch na kuch to choot hi jata hai. Is liye, kisi ke peeche bhagne se achcha hai, hum jaha hai wahi, usi pal ki khoobsoorati ko jee le.
So embrace and enjoy the things you have achieved, and there is always a next time for those you want to accomplish. Enjoy the New Year’s Eve and welcome 2015 with open arms. Loads of love and see you next year.  .. YHS...>>

Happy New Year to all!!!