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19 SECRETS TO BOOST YOUR PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY

How to Boost Personal Productivity


These ambitious and aggressive times come with their own set of challenges. But a major issue we battle today is how to be productive in a time-constrained environment?

Each one of us thrives to be his most efficient self. But those endless work hours take a toll at our competency rates. Even the best of us face frequent blows to our productivity levels.

You can be the most dexterous worker but your vile can suddenly run out of the precious elixir of productivity. It is in times like these where you need to halt and refuel. It is indispensable as there is a constant need to replenish and boost yourself to sustain and progress.

Being productive is an interplay of time management and sincere attempts curated and customized by you to suit your way of working. But there are some universally applicable and widely practised secrets of being productive.

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This article gives you 19 such extremely useful tips to amplify your productivity.

 
1.         Form Lists

Lists are your friends. Grab a notebook, a listing app, or befriend a smart virtual assistant like Siri or Alexa to take down all your daily tasks. Clarity and visibility are the major benefits of creating such a to-do-list. Jotting down tasks in a list format allows you to keep track and gain the distinctness of all tasks. It gives you the luxury of being mentally equipped, alongside allowing you a head start every day. The idea is to maintain a list and keep it simple with realistic goals. While you maintain a to-do-list, we suggest you leave some extra space to create a not-to-do list (See 6).

2.         Time Your Tasks

After preparing a to-do-list, the next natural step is to time your tasks. Prioritize tasks as per their urgency and list them in a descending fashion, keeping the ones that consume maximum hours at the top. This way you could primarily finish the most hectic tasks and give yourself plenty of room to execute other simpler ones. Such an approach is referred to as the famous Brian Tracy's ‘Eat that frog’ technique.

Scheduling and timing your tasks in the aforementioned style will leave no room for procrastination. Moreover, it will give you a motivational pump by having conquered your most dreaded task in your to-do-list.

3.         Utilize Your Commute

The time you use for commuting to your workplace can be judiciously utilized. When people while away time this time on social media or playing games, you can use it to your advantage. Read, listen to podcasts, learn a new language, or pick up new skills on interactive learning platforms like Kool Stories. This networking platform allows you to exchange skills and make the most of your time. A healthy habit of all productive people is that they use every available resource and manage it well.

 
4.         Schedule Timely Breaks

It is pointless to sit at your desk, hours on end, without taking a break from all your lined-up activities. It may seem counterproductive, but studies have shown that assimilating short breaks improves attention. They suggest that extended hours of work can lead to a drop in the brain's focus, thereby interfering with overall performance. Shorts breaks are the resolve. Walk around your bay or engage with a refreshing conversation with a colleague for those crisp, energizing breaks.

 
5.         Find Your Stimulation

You can experience a drop in your productivity levels when those motivational resources are either drained or remain untapped. Regular introspection is needed to replenish all of that lost energy or motivation. Find the most rejuvenating form of recreation and stick to it. Sometimes creating a soothing or pleasant work environment can also do wonders. A charming view or a well-arranged work desk will bring a splash of freshness in your otherwise mundane work-life.

6.         A Not-to-do List

While you jot down all those daily essentials on a to-do-list, uncap that marker to create a not-to-do list as well. The items in this list are pretty evident - all those activities that hamper your productivity. Having a not-to-do list within your sight will enable you to ditch every unhealthy, unproductive habit and fruitless task.

Sit down with yourself and analyze all things you could have done better or look for simplifications that could save time and lead to efficient habits.

 
7.         Single task vs Multitasking

While multitasking may seem like a fancy special skill to acquire, studies at Stanford University have found multitasking to lower productivity and lead to a decline in IQ levels. Another promising study by the University of Sussex in the UK indicates that multitasking negatively impacts your brain by physically damaging it. These harmful blows of the multitasking stem from balancing several tasks, dividing attention and limiting focus. They impede memory and further contribute to stress and burnout.

 
8.         Plan Ahead

Productivity is a play of sincere efforts combined with efficient planning. A power play of these two elements is your ultimate weapon against laxity and procrastination. Planning your day is a healthy practice that lets you channel your energy into achieving goals most flexibly and conveniently. Careful planning leads to better management with much clarity on approaching deadlines. The best ways to begin planning is by-

➨Creating a to-do-list

➨Using handwritten notes

➨Allocating reminders on apps like Google Calendar regarding all-important upcoming, events, calls, meetings, launches, deadlines, etc. 

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9.         Stay Organized

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein.

This famous saying by Einstein indicates the power of being organized in the most challenging times.
Staying organized is a virtue that you need to imbue in your physical setting. Similarly, these organization skills will be reflected and helpful while you schedule, plan, or execute any task.

10.       Eliminate Distractions

To win at the game of productivity, your biggest rivals are distractions. Distraction comes in all forms and through all mediums. Noisy or chatty co-workers can be major physical distractions. While frequent notifications, engaging in games, or social media browsing constitute electronic distractions. Your goal should be to identify all such sources that accumulate to side-track your mind, write them on your not-to-do list and eliminate them.

11.       Adopt a Proactive Approach

A proactive approach allows you to be dynamic and in charge of situations and tasks. Such an approach can be strategically suffused right from the start when you intend on planning for the day ahead. Authority and total control are the key benefits of having a proactive outlook.

12.       Avoid Unproductive Meetings

Not only are those frequent unproductive meetings the biggest distractions but are also major time and energy drainers. They interrupt and break your workflow. Therefore, you should be mindful when choosing the meetings to attend or look for alternatives to attend via email, phone, or through the Web.

 
13.       Reward Yourself

While hard work is necessary, there should also be plenty of room where you recognize your accomplishments and cherish all that you have achieved. Rewards and recognition are therefore a major productivity booster.

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14.       Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is vital to improve overall body functionality. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) suggests that 7 to 9 hours of sleep is mandatory for the operation of a healthy body and mind. A sleep-deprived mind is less productive and more susceptible to make errors. Therefore, a well-rested state of mind is the harbinger of creativity, improved memory functions, and reduced stress levels. Moreover, they allow you to focus better and improve your decision-making abilities as well.

 
15.       Exercise Regularly

Having an exercise regime not only boosts those cheer-inducing endorphins but are great energy enhancers too. Find the time and incorporate any form of recreational exercise to your routine.

Realizing the significance of exercising, companies have started including outdoor activities or gym facilities. Thus, it is equally important to get moving.

Pick up any form of workout like yoga, pilates, CrossFit or simply integrate a walk in your schedule. Stick to this and you will be able to trace a difference in your overall functionality.

 
16.       Don't Get Hung up on Perfection

The habits to tweak things and modify them to perfection can be the reason for delayed deliveries and work piles at your station. Consequently, these delayed deliveries and deferment will lead to underperformance, accounting for stress. The best strategy would be to complete tasks and tick them off your checklist. Understand that perfectionism is a delusion and cannot always be achieved.

 
17.       End Procrastination

This is the unhealthiest work habit. Postponing work to do it later will stockpile and add to your existing burden of stress and responsibilities. Pick your tasks wisely, pin them on your timeline for the day, and start right at it.

 
18.       Review Your Week

After completing a week’s work, it is wise to sit back, contemplate, and analyze. This way you can recognize your accomplishments, any shortcomings, or the challenges you faced. Learning from your highs and lows is a major contributor to your productivity.

19.       Learn to Say No

As much as you would like to complete all your tasks for the day, it is equally important to make mindful commitments. A jam-packed calendar will only increase hassle and won’t allow you to work to the best of your potential. Learn to politely say “no” to postpone or decline tasks that require more effort or time.

These were the major productivity secrets we had for you in-store. Make sure to imbibe them in your daily work routine and track down significant improvements in your productivity.

If you have a highly handy productivity tip, we would like to hear more about it in the comment section below.

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FAMOUS NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL DAYS IN OCTOBER



Hi Readers, I am welcoming you all to our latest blog and our today’s topic is “Famous National & international Days in October.”

October is a very special month especially for Indians as several festivals start from this month in India. In India, this month is also called the month of festivals. It is high time to visit because if you visit India in the month of October-November, you can become the witness of a very special festival of India Dussehra, Diwali, etc. The famous national & international days in October are as follows:

➨ International Day of the Older Persons

➨ International Coffee Day

➨ World Vegetarian Day

➨ Gandhi Jayanti

➨ International Day of Non-Violence

➨ German Unity Day

➨ World Animal Welfare Day

➨ World Teachers' Day

➨ German American Day

➨ Indian Air Force Day

➨ World Postal Day or World Post Office Day

➨ World Mental Health Day

➨ International Day of the Girl Child

➨ World Calamity Control Day (UN) or UN International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

➨ World Standards Day

➨ Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day           

➨ Global Handwashing Day

➨ World White Cane Day

➨ World Students’ Day

➨ World Food Day

➨ International Poverty Eradication Day

➨ Mole Day

➨ United Nations Day

➨ World Development Information Day

➨ World Thrift Day

➨ Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day

Among all the famous national & international days in October, this blog would be restricted to:

➨ Gandhi Jayanti

➨ International Day of Non-Violence

➨ World Teachers' Day

➨ International Day of the Girl Child

➨ World Food Day

➨ International Poverty Eradication Day

➨ Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day

For the rest of the days, we will take it up in the next blog.

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti is the national event celebrated in Pan India to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 in Indian Gujarati Hindu family in Porbandar, Gujarat. Mahatma Gandhi is the role model of whole India and he is the symbol of nonviolence. The youth of India follows the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi. He is the real inspiration for everyone.


Famous National & International Days In October


International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-violence is observed annually on 2nd October to remember the principles of Mahatma Gandhi.


Famous National & International Days In October


He kept on saying: Ahisha Parmo Dharma which means nonviolence is the highest moral virtue. There is another famous dialogue of Mahatma Gandhi and he says if someone slaps on your one cheek, offer him another one also.

On this day, we remember the principles followed by Mahatma Gandhi and take a pledge to includes those principles in our life as well.

World Teachers' Day

World Teachers Day is also known as International Teacher Day is observed annually on 5th October. The main objective of this day is to appreciate the contribution of the teacher in society. Like other international events of the UN, this event is also organized by the UN worldwide and one theme is decided.


Famous National & International Days In October


The theme of the world teacher’s day 2020 is Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future.

International Day of the Girl Child

Girls/females are a very important part of society. To emphasise the importance of Girls and provide them with equal rights like boys, this day is celebrated. It comes in October and every year, on 11th October, this day is observed. The main aim of this day is to address or highlight the needs and challenges girls face, girl empowerment and the fulfilment of their human needs.


Famous National & International Days In October

 
World Food Day

World Food Day is a global event observed annually every year on 16th October to honour the date on which the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) was established. It is celebrated in the whole world and especially by those organizations concerned with food security, world food program and international fund for agriculture development. Every year, one theme decided by the united nation and conduct program to spread awareness in the whole world.


Famous National & International Days In October


Here is the list of themes of the last few years themes

2014: Family Planning: Feeding the world, caring for the earth

2015: Social Protection & agriculture, breaking the cycle of rural poverty

2016: Climate change, Climate is changing 

2017: Change the future of migration, Invest in food security and rural development

2018: "Our Actions Are Our Future, Ending World Hunger by 2030 is Possible"

2019: "Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets for A # ZeroHunger World"

The theme of 2019 World food day was Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets for A # ZeroHunger World and we had featured this day in our previous blogs. Here finds the link to know about it

Read More: WHAT IS THE THEME OF WORLD FOOD DAY 2019?

The theme of the 2020 world food day is Grow, nourish, sustain & together. Very soon we will write a detailed post on the theme of 2020 world food day.

 
International Poverty Eradication Day

It is another global event celebrated worldwide in October. It is celebrated annually on 17th October. The main objective of this day is the eradication of poverty. This day provides a platform to all unprivileged peoples to raise their voice and whole world fight for them. It is another global movement conducted by the UN for the welfare of the Human being.
 

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is also known as National Unity Day is observed annually on 31st October to remember the iron man of India, Late. Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He played a great role in the unification of India. It was introduced by the Government of India in 2014 that provides the opportunity to the whole nation to remain united. 

Famous National & International Days In October


Statue of Unity, the largest statue at present in the whole world has been built to remember the extraordinary contribution of Sardar Patel for India. We already featured Statue of Unity in our blog and here sharing the links. If you are interested to read, click on the below links.

Read More: Information about the World's Tallest Statue of Unity


Also, if you want to know the biography of Sardar Patel and the key facts related to Sardar Patel, just write to the comment box.

This is all about the Famous National & International days in October. Feel free to contact us in case of any feedback, suggestions, etc.


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WHY DO WE CELEBRATE RAKSHA BANDHAN?

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE RAKSHA BANDHAN?


Social Posts & the entire team of Social Posts wishing you all a very happy & prosperous Raksha Bandhan. May God shower their blessings to all the humankind of this universe on this auspicious day.

In this post, we are going to talk about Raksha Bandhan i.e. what is Raksha Bandhan, why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan and many more things related to Raksha Bandhan, but this is not the sole purpose of writing this blog. Here, the main purpose of this post is to raise the concern/voice against all the evils activities happening against the female like rape, acid attack, molestation, dowry, domestic violence, eve-teasing and many more.

I know you already read so many articles, blogs, magazines on the same issues and still I know “ki tumhe Ghante ka fark nhi pdega is article ko pdne ke bad me bhi” but here I just to want to say that I am a brother and I feel afraid when my sisters go out for work, not only in night but in the day time as well. We all know about Ravana & Shakuni and we consider them as wrong peoples because their karma was not correct, but they had one thing better than us i.e. respect for the females and love for their sisters. If we read the holy books of Hindu Dharma such as Ramayana & Mahabharata, we can also learn from them. Check here what they did for their sisters:

Ravana wanted to take revenge from Lord Shree Ram & Laxman as Laxman cut the nose of Shurpanakha and disrespected her. If we talk about Shakuni, he also felt the disrespect of her sister when Bhim Pitamah came to Gandhar with the marriage proposal of Dhritarashtra for Gandhari. Post this marriage proposal, Shakuni took a pledge to take revenge from Hastinapur anyhow. I know Ravana did wrong with Mata Sita & Shakuni did wrong with Draupadi and owing to this, we consider them the sign of evils.

Do you also want to become wicked?? Just ask this question from yourselves. 

I guess, let us take these topics in the upcoming blogs and in this blog, let us keep talking about Raksha Bandhan in detail because you came here to read that only: why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

 
What is Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated annually by the peoples having belief in Santana Dharma (Hindu Dharma). It is mainly celebrated in India, Nepal & other parts of the world where peoples stay and have faith in Hindu Dharma. This festival is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu Lunar Calendar Month of Saravana which falls in the month of August. If we comprehend the Raksha Bandhan or if we see the meaning in Sanskrit, the meaning of Raksha Bandhan is the bond of protection or love. This is the festival of brother & sister where sisters tie the amulet or rakhi on the wrist of their brothers and in return brothers promise them to protect from the evils. In today’s time, this festival is not restricted among siblings and now also celebrated between friends or closed ones to whom people want to spread their love or care.

 
When was Raksha Bandhan Started?

The celebration of Raksha Bandhan had been started several centuries ago. If we read the holy books of Hindu dharma, we will find several stories related to this special festival. Here we are listing down the main stories related to this festival.

➤Indra Dev and Sachi

➤King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi

➤Santoshi Maa

➤Krishna and Draupadi

If you want to know these stories in detail, write to us in the comment box and we will publish the blog featuring all the stories related to this very special festival of love.

When is the Raksha Bandhan Celebrated?

According to the Hindu Calendar, Raksha Bandhan celebrated every year on the full moon day or the last day of Hindu lunar calendar which mainly falls in the month of August.  This is the reason; this festival is also called as Rakhi Purnima. On the same days, several other festivals are observed across India. On this day, another festival name as “Avani Avattam” observed in south India while “Kajari Purnima” observed in North India. Let me share what happens to these festivals as well.

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE RAKSHA BANDHAN?


➤Avani Avattam: This festival is mainly celebrated in South India. On this day, the brahmin community exchange the threads and do prayer for their ancestors. They thank for their teachings/lessons and ask for forgiveness for their sins. 

➤Kajari Purnima: This festival is mainly celebrated in the north part of India. On this day, farmers worship goddess Bhagwati for the good crops and mother worships goddess Bhagwati for the wellbeing of their son.

On the same day, in some parts of India, two more festivals are celebrated i.e. Pavitropana & Nariyal Purnima. These festivals are related to Lord Shiva & lord Varuna respectively. Pavitropana is mainly celebrated by the Shiva devotees who do special pooja to Lord Shiva on this day and offer a thread made from the mixture of panchgaivya. Nariyal Purnima is another festival celebrated mainly in west India by the fisherman and they offer nariyal to the lord Varuna for healthy sea trade.

 
How is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated

On the day of Raksha Bandhan, the sisters apply the tika on the forehead of their brother and tie an amulet or rakhi on the wrist and then give sweets to eat. In return, brothers give gifts to the sisters. 

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE RAKSHA BANDHAN?
 

While tying the rakhi, following is the mantra chanted by the siblings

येन भादो बली राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः |
तेन त्वानामिभाद्नामी त्वामाभिबध्नामी रक्षे माचल माचल ||

The meaning of this mantra is: "I am tying this Raksha Bandhan to you that was tied to the Demon King Bali. Oh, rakshaa please do not move and waver."

This is all about Raksha Bandhan and why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan. Thanks for reading and kindly bookmarks www.socialposts.org to read all the latest blogs published on this blog.

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