How to Manage Time – Three Tips

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During the last two decades of my experience with successful professionals, one thing where I have seen most of them struggling is time management. In most of my coaching sessions I always face this question – I am never able to finish my work in time, I am always required to overstretch. In most of the cases whatever I have seen people planning to do at the start of a workday, they are not able to finish even half of that by evening and that too after overstretching for 2-3 hours beyond the regular time. This also leads to lot of stress and creates a severe work-life imbalance.

How do we address this issues?

Here are my 3 simple tips for all of you who are struggling with this issue day in and day out and not able to find a solution. These tips are extremely practical and have given phenomenal results in our experiments with more than 100 successful corporate professionals.

Tip 1 – Stop Managing time
It is impossible to manage time as it can’t be managed. Rather focus on managing “Attention”. If you are able to manage your attention, you will be able to achieve much more during your workday. We lose maximum time because we keep diverting our attention from one thing to another and as a result compromise on output.

Tip 2 – Don’t multitask
Human brain cannot multitask. Do one think at a time and do it continuously for at least half an hour. No disruptions. Try it, results would be magical.

Tip 3 – Manage habits
Map your whole workday and check for recurring habits. Tea/Coffee/Smoke breaks, urge to pick up the phone, being on social media/internet, chit-chat with colleagues, etc. This would throw some interesting insights into your behaviour patterns or habits. Managing them or in other words disciplining yourself will free up lot of time – it may even surprise you.

Try these three simple tips and you will realise how much difference they can make to your life.

Don’t forget to share your experiences with me.

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Why Mentoring Is Important?

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Mentoring is a relationship which results into growth and success in personal and professional life. Mentoring is always development and direction driven which helps to achieve goals in all walks of life.

Sometimes, companies and professionals are hesitant to accept the need of it. But for companies to retain employees’ experience and expertise, and to create a workforce that balances their professional and personal life well, mentoring is highly recommended.

Typically, professionals deny mentoring due to their lack of understanding between coaching and mentoring. While coaching gives you goal-focused training and knowledge, mentoring is empowering you to believe in your dreams; it allows you to see the bigger picture, when sometimes it is hidden from your own view due to stress, workload or any other problem.

Studies show that most people who succeed have a mentor. Sometimes it’s difficult to see our own strengths and weaknesses and we stop challenging ourselves and unknowingly create a saturated environment. Mentors can help us to understand ourselves and can give the benefit of their own knowledge and experiences.

According to Kathy Kram, (Kram is the Richard C. Shipley professor in management and an expert in the field of mentoring) mentors provide two types of roles- first, career development roles which involve coaching, sponsoring advancements, providing challenging assignments, protecting protégés from adverse forces and fostering positive visibility. Second, mentors provide psycho-social roles which involve personal support, friendship, counselling, acceptance and role-modelling. Research indicates that employees with positive mentoring experience recognition, promotion, pay and career satisfaction.

Mentoring is essential for women who take a break in their career for some reasons. A mentor can help them navigate their hiatus to advancements in career. Mentoring can help youth as well, as they go through the transitions of life which includes stressful changes at home that demands responsibility and maturity or transitioning to adult hood which needs a career to sustain in this fast paced world.

To sum it up, I would only like to say – “Don’t limit yourself to one person”.

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5 Tips To Crack The Interview To Your Dream Job

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Cracking an interview is a tough task, and it becomes ten times difficult when you actually want the job. Isn’t that right? Anybody can just show up for a job interview and give a mediocre performance, but if you really need the job, you have got to let the interviewer know how much the opportunity means to you, and what better way of doing that than showing the interviewer what you’re capable of?

So, here are 5 tips that will help you make a great impression on your interviewer and help you bag that job you always wanted!

1. First Impression Matters Most
Like the famous saying goes, “First impression is the last impression” might not necessarily be completely true, but we cannot deny the fact that making a good first impression is extremely important if you want to be considered as a possible candidate. Be that good guy from all the movies you’ve seen who’s always on time, dresses up nicely and is polite to everyone. Doing that will get half your job done, and you will be one step closer to getting that job.

2. As Difficult As It May Seem, Be Confident
The level of nervousness you might feel when you’re going for an interview is equally proportionate to how badly you want the job you’re applying for. It is impossible not to be nervous, but make sure that you give yourself a nice pep talk in front of the mirror before setting out for that interview. If you want, you could even play SRK’s 70 minute dialogue from Chak De India before going to the interview to pump yourself up! Who knows? It just might work! However, don’t confuse confidence with being cocky. Trust us, nobody likes that.

3. Make Your Resume Stand Out
An interviewer or an HR gets hundreds of resumes in a day, why should they pick yours? Give them a reason to! Catch their attention. You know yourself and your qualifications best, why not try to create something more creative out of your resume? Make sure you’re not too over-enthusiastic and don’t go overboard either. If your field of work does not allow you to be creative, you can always go for something smart and relevant. For example, being organized is something that’s very impressive. Take Monica from Friends for instance. Okay, not as organized as her, but you get the gist.

4. Be Honest
You do not want to start a relationship based on lies, be it with your boss or anyone else. Be frank and express your views, just make sure you’re not being rude to someone else’s opinions. If you don’t know something, say so. If you do know everything, please do not try to be the ‘know it all’ because sometimes it can get extremely annoying. Take Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory for instance. We love him and all, but what would we not give for him to shut up every once in a while!

5. Always Ask For Feedback
Whether you do or don’t get the job, always make sure you ask for a feedback from the interviewer before you take their leave. This helps you grow as a person and a professional and also helps you not repeat the same mistakes over and over. Even if after trying with all your might you do not get the job, don’t be sour about it. Act maturely no matter how much it hurts and learn to improve from your mistakes. Don’t be immature like Joey from Friends. There’s a reason why the guy did not have a steady job for a long time!

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This simple art of storytelling that every HR should know

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When it comes to storytelling…it has been around since humans have developed speech.  As we come in the age of reasoning where words have lost their power and have been replaced with emoticons, I felt the need to reemphasize the importance of storytelling.  I truly believe that story is still the most powerful communication mode we have.

My interest in this subject piqued when I heard a simple story by a passionate storyteller. It made me realize that everyone around you has a story to tell, it’s just the art of storytelling that’s missing in everyone. While you finish reading this piece you will believe that it’s not very difficult to tell a story for almost anything.

When it comes to business and specifically HR, my area of interest – it’s a complex subject which deals with human relationships in the workplace.  Research shows that HR struggles to get its message across at senior levels. It does not matter how good your initiative, strategy or indeed your HR team is. If you cannot tell a story to your audience you are going to struggle to get their attention.

Here are 4 things your story should have and you’ve got it right:

  1. Make a promise

A well told story is like a pebble pulled back in a slingshot that prepares you to propel through the story. Make a promise to your audience that this would lead them to something worth their time through your confidence and passion.

  1. Change is fundamental

Just like our lives are not static, so shouldn’t your story be.  The highs and lows, the change of expressions, your hand movement, your pitch and the emotions you arouse in your audience of happiness or sadness should not be constant.  Give your audience the elements that will keep them engaged.

  1. Tell something more than just a story

Storytelling is the art of bringing to life a situation and communicating its significance.  A strong theme is always running through a well told story.  When there is a message or a moral or a new belief that you have inculcated in your audience they become the key takeaways for them and even memorable experiences.

  1. Make them wonder

The best stories are those that make the audience wonder. That moment that leads your audience to surrender is magical. And your capability to do so is the ultimate success of your story.

Developing the capability to tell stories effectively is an important way for HR to influence and motivate and engage people with initiatives that may initially be unpopular.

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3 tips to multitask for all the HR’s there!

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There are several researches and studies on the concept of multitasking.  Out of the many I have known, most of them claim that multitasking is harmful and hence not advisable. It is said that it damages your brain, makes you less productive, reduces your ability to remember what you are doing and the list is endless. But let me tell you there are studies that show that if done in the right way, multitasking can be of help to get your work done.

Being in the field of HR I find myself multitasking almost all the time. Constant employee interactions along with database handling and reporting, I have come to realize that it is unavoidable to not multitask and completely focus on one task. Be it in the workplace or at home or elsewhere, I believe more or less this is the reality for almost all of us. The fact that we multitask in the first place is because it makes us feel good. We get that great feeling of fulfilment of getting things done at once.

And if you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner, you have to wear multiple hats and juggle between multiple essential tasks. So here are three simple tips to help you multitask with ease…

  1. Make a routine

One way you can multitask is by introducing some routine in your professional or person life.  Make a to-do-list and do it at the same way every day to create a habit. It will make it easier for you to do it efficiently even if you are not totally focused on it.

  1. Get rid of known distractions

It is said that we don’t really multitask but we switch between tasks. So the next time you decide to accomplish 3 tasks in a given time see to it that you do not allow a fourth unnecessary distraction to affect your productivity.

  1. Group compatible activities

If you have to do two things at a time then go with the right mix. It is advisable to do cognitive activities with physical ones that your brain can easily handle. For example while you go out to make a cup of tea for yourself you can attend a client call or while you go for a walk you can do critical thinking and conceptualising in your head.

So, if you’re a polychronic who performs better when doing lot of things at once or even someone who cannot avoid but multitask to get work done, try these simple tips to continue being productive while multitasking.

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