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Art of getting things done



“In an ideal situation, it takes 10,000 hours for a person to perfectly master any form of art or skill.” -10,000 hours rule.

The art of getting things done is more off numbers.  Don’t believe, read further for yourself.

It is said so that Pablo Picasso used to work on his artistic masterpiece for 22 hours straight.

Mozart used to write his master piece symphonies in his studio for days together.

The result of uninterrupted work was beautiful and brilliant.

In the 21st century, deep and uninterrupted has escalated from a possible episode to unattainable result.

The constant buzzing of smart phones, unwanted bots of ads on internet and constant feeds of social media has made even working for 15 minutes (uniterrupted) a herculean task. Of course there are some people who conquer this battle, and emerge as winners. But most people lose to this distraction.
  • Instead of designing a platform like Facebook and twitter, people spend endless hours scrolling through meaningless newsfeed.
  • Instead of developing building and bonding relationships, we follow people and send them friend requests.
  • Instead of enjoying the rising sun by waking up early, we enjoy likes in our notifications.
CHANGE IS NEEDED!!!

Carl Newport, has written an entire volume of book, called Deep Work, and he underlines, why’s and what’s of deep work. Carl also explains the three reasons why deep work is becoming a herculean task in the 21st century: [1]
  • Prioritisation
  • Procrastination
  • Distraction
Prioritisation:

The major task, of completing a herculean task is to decide to what to do. In this confusion to decide, we end up in utter confusion and endless tyranny.

Well there are many such strategies that help immensely in prioritising things.

But this one is classic. It’s the Warren Buffett’s 25-5 Rule. Warren Buffett is consistently ranked among the wealthiest people in the world. Out of all the investors in the 20th century, Buffett was the most successful. So Buffet does applies this particular strategy to prioritize his busy schedule, [2]
  • Lists out his 25 important goals or to-do lists.
  • Then list out only 5 important tasks that need immediate attention.
  • Cancel out the remaining 20-tasks and start working on first task amongst five.
It sounds simple, yet would have an effective and productive impact on any professional’s life. It’s important to figure out what’s not needed compared to what’s needed, which navigates to second problem, procrastination.

Procrastination:

Human beings have been procrastinating for centuries. The problem is so timeless, in fact, that ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behavior: Akrasia.

Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment. It is when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else. Loosely translated, you could say that akrasia is procrastination or a lack of self-control.

Here’s a modern definition:

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks. So, whether you refer to it as procrastination or akrasia or something else, it is the force that prevents you from following through on what you set out to do.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

Ok, definitions are great and all, but why do we procrastinate? What is going on in the brain that causes us to avoid the things we know we should be doing?

This is a good time to bring some science into our discussion. Behavioral psychology research has revealed a phenomenon called “time inconsistency,” which helps explain why procrastination seems to pull us in despite our good intentions. Time inconsistency refers to the tendency of the human brain to value immediate rewards more highly than future rewards.

The best way to understand this is by imagining that you have two selves: your Present Self and your Future Self. When you set goals for yourself — like losing weight or writing a book or learning a language — you are actually making plans for your Future Self. You are envisioning what you want your life to be like in the future. Researchers have found that when you think about your Future Self, it is quite easy for your brain to see the value in taking actions with long-term benefits. The Future Self values long-term rewards.

However, while the Future Self can set goals, only the Present Self can take action. When the time comes to make a decision, you are no longer making a choice for your Future Self. Now you are in the present moment, and your brain is thinking about the Present Self. Researchers have discovered that the Present Self really likes instant gratification, not long-term payoff.

So, the Present Self and the Future Self are often at odds with one another. The Future Self wants to be trim and fit, but the Present Self wants a donut. Sure, everyone knows you should eat healthy today to avoid being overweight in 10 years. But consequences like an increased risk for diabetes or heart failure are years away.

Similarly, many young people know that saving for retirement in their 20s and 30s is crucial, but the benefit of doing so is decades off. It is far easier for the Present Self to see the value in buying a new pair of shoes than in socking away $100 for 70-year-old you. (If you’re curious, there are some very good evolutionary reasons for why our brain values immediate rewards more highly than long-term rewards.)

This is one reason why you might go to bed feeling motivated to make a change in your life, but when you wake up you find yourself falling back into old patterns. Your brain values long-term benefits when they are in the future (tomorrow), but it values immediate gratification when it comes to the present moment (today).

So Question comes, “on how to stop procrastinating!!!”

Well James Clear underlines these three strategies for effectively getting things done.

Make the Rewards of Taking Action More Immediate

If you can find a way to make the benefits of long-term choices more immediate, then it becomes easier to avoid procrastination. One of the best ways to bring future rewards into the present moment is with a strategy known as temptation bundling.

Temptation bundling is a concept that came out of behavioral economics research performed by Katy Milkman at The University of Pennsylvania. Simply put, the strategy suggests that you bundle a behavior that is good for you in the long-run with a behavior that feels good in the short-run.

Make the Consequences of Procrastination More Immediate:

If a particular task  is postponed or procrastinated, make the consequence very critical. If you miss a task or daily routine scheduled, stop eating food for a part.

If you commit to working out with a friend at 7 a.m. next Monday, then the cost of skipping your workout becomes more immediate. Miss this one workout and you feel guilty.

Make the Task More Achievable
  1. Small measures of progress help to maintain momentum over the long-run, which means you’re more likely to finish large tasks.
  2. The faster you complete a productive task, the more quickly your day develops an attitude of productivity and effectiveness.
 

 

Distraction:

In 21st century getting distracted is the easiest task among all. A guy who decides to meditate for a while, ends up allocating time for watching  an episode of his favourite sitcom.

A developer engrossed in developing a feature or debugging a system is distracted by the constant notifications of slack and mail.

Finding a distraction free environment is one of the key aspects of getting things done.

The first 90 minutes, when we are beginning to do something are the most important time. The best and productive always get done at these 90 minutes.  In this rule, the first 90 minutes have to become uninterrupted and 15 minutes of break. This particular rule is called 90/20 rule. The decided 90 minutes shouldn’t have any distractions. If in any case, there have been any distraction, then the cycle should be started all over again. This ensures sense of discipline in the work we are doing.

The art of getting things done one wanted is the prior Dharma of every one. This article is an attempt to device some strategy to accomplish that. Hope the reader like that.

Green lights ahead! See you soon!

Chaitanya

Software Engineer

MindLogicx

 

 








 

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Yes , I am drunk

I am drunk,
Yes I am drunk with juices of life,
Walking towards the path of End

I am drunk
Yes I am drunk with happiness
Questing towards the question of eternity

I am drunk
Yes I am drunk with consciousness
So that I can breathe the path of life

Joe says I am drunk,
“So what Joe, I have drunk bliss and found love in consciousness”I say
“I am drunk”

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Arena of Mind

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In the arena called Mind,

Where each thought wages the war against another

Each thought kills another another thought, which rises to another thought

Emotions vandalize the arena; flooded with blood of jealousy, hatred and arrogance.

Once the arena of myriads, where innocent children played and bloomed; now is a doomsday damsy

The more war is tried to put and end in  mind

The more emotions rise and thoughts multiply

It’s an endless war, in which neither victor can emerge

It’s only a turmoil.

In the quest of peace, the intellect castles its magic stick

Dew drops fall on the eyes and mind notices it.

The mind becomes the dew drop and the dew drop becomes eyes.

No thoughts become an arena and arena becomes a thought.

All the thoughts end this cruel war and unify into an huge thought.

The kingdom was called consciousness and there was peace around.

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The truth of Awareness & Consciousness

Hello readers,

How you doing? Hope you are doing great and your things are in flow! I also wish a happy Valentine, and strongly wish you experience(find) the true love. (Well I am single :P, though)

Well this article, would be bit deeper. This may seem a bit uncomfortable in the middle, too. But, I am sure that it will bring a definite sense of calmness and awareness to your existence.

I stumbled upon this random book, Freedom from the Known from the suggestion of Sandeep Maheshwari. The book was really boring, I was not understanding a single piece of that book, but internally there was some profound meaning in this book.

In our day-to-day life, each and every moment is comprised of decisions,judgments and implications. Our mind is chattering each and every second. It is asking you to to do this, “well that”.

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How are things, that you do and decisions you make are based on. It has come through your external and mental conditioning, your goals, your influences, your parents, your spouses, your demography and everything. When you deeply study your influences, some influences has come from the minute ant to micro organism.

I will explain with a simple example,

Whenever you see a guy with red shirt, you may like him because he is wearing a red shirt, or you may dislike him because he is wearing a red shirt. This is the image you are creating about a thing. Now concatenate this with any of your personal experiences.

You are the observer, liking and disliking a shirt is your image.

So you potentially create 1000’s of images. It’s great that you make some images, and it’s human nature. But if your concentration shifts to “how you make these images“, you come to realization that,”you(I) are (am) an image itself“. You learn to identify things by the images that are created in the society.

I understand, this is bit confusing. But I am asking you to dive deeply, because your consciousness is so deep, and you have never tapped.

So, you differentiate between the images that have been created and you(the observer) you can observe your self. Now I will make the key statement.

Observing the observer.

This statement defines you. When you go deeply into this word, you feel connected. Now images just vanish. “You become your central image“.

The mind stops thinking, your conditions perish.

Now everything you do is made of some divine nature. It is un-motivated, unbiased, intuitional, pious and pure.

Do you know why kids loads of joy in very small things? It is this, because they don’t have any images, but they itself are central images for them.

It is essential that one goes through this state often, and find his true nature. That reduces the contradictions with himself, stops war, drugs, illicit things. That is true opening.

If you want to carry one single sentence in the article:

“Observing the observer, and know that you are present.”

Hope so, I have given a small divine space in your life.

Green lights.

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There is a thing called…..

“Consider this: You have a second brain in your gut, and it’s every bit as important as the brain in your head. This second brain is a network of more than 100 million neurons that communicate directly with the brain in your head. The neurons form a latticelike sheath surrounding the entire alimentary canal, or digestive tract, the nearly 30-foot-long tube running from your mouth to your anus. This sheath isn’t concerned with poetry, love, philosophy, or whether there’s life after death. Its main preoccupation is the daily grind of digestion: breaking down food particles to extract the nutrients, absorbing those nutrients, and then eliminating waste. It’s an enormous job, yet all this neural firepower isn’t dedicated exclusively to digestion and elimination. The vagus nerve—the longest of the cranial nerves—snakes up through the body from the gut to the brain, carrying a variety of vital information.”

100 million neurons.

IN YOUR GUT.

Every time I read that I’m blown away.

You have a second brain. And it’s every bit as important as the brain in your head.

Alberto calls it your gut-brain and it’s constantly communicating with the brain between your ears.

Get this: “The gut-brain produces—and uses—95 percent of the serotonin in the body. Serotonin is both a hormone and a neurotransmitter. It plays a crucial role in developing our forebrain, which processes our emotions. Serotonin also enhances the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the limbic brain that regulates the fight-or-flight systems. The hippocampus enables us to have new experiences and learn from them. Both the forebrain and the hippocampus have to be functioning optimally for One Spirit Medicine to work.”

Alberto goes on to make the point that serotonin, the “happiness” hormone, is chemically similar to DMT, “the spirit molecule.” He believes that serotonin plays an important role in the creation of DMT—allowing us to access higher states of consciousness in which we perceive the inherent interconnectedness of our existence.

Check out the book for more on that.

For now, KNOW that if you experience ANY emotional, mental or physical challenges, it’s wise to start the healing process by looking at what you EAT.

Might sound weird, but the growing body of research is unequivocal—if we want to optimize our lives, we need to start by optimizing our gut-brain.

Get the gut-brain right and the head-brain follows and we have a solid base from which we can most powerfully take the next steps in our actualization.

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Productive Vs. Procastinator

This is a kind of infographic post.

To be honest, I am kind of procastinator. I divert myself quickly from what I am doing. When I was going through this particular image or infographic actually published by Sira Masetti, in, I had a guilty me looking into me. I guess it is time to change and share with my beautiful followers: Expecting comments

Lifehack.

By Sira Maseeti

So see it yourself,

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fine tune yourself,

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refine yourself

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and plunge into action(I am Sharpova fan :))

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Hook to that things

“Try to be the original, everyone else is taken” Oscar Wilde

Hello readers, how are you doing? Hope you are living with your bigger spirits, extended lips with downer curves, a loved ones to cuddle with and making that inner talk to your inner self.(Love to hear, them in the comments section)images

 

And today I want to write something about the thought, the idea that has been going through mind.  It would be a kind of careful analysis, and conclusion of the thought. So I put my mind dialogue in this post.

Warning: It’s bit genuine and harsh. 

So see the mountains far ahead from you, and take that bigger leap step.

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I have become an officially post-graduate on November 28th. I had to travel from Tirupati en route to Bangalore, Coorg, Mangalore and Manipal.

I was waiting for this journey for 5 months. My job life became as hectic, and there never existed a personal life. I stopped reading books, writing blogs, talking to kids around, sleep on my mom’s lap (these things are my personal priorities). All I had was work, come home then prepare for tomorrows work.

 

“I am only pushing my limits, the more I push, the better person I become.”  I thought.

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I literally had the image of Jake Gyllenhal in Night Crawler movie.

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I was doing fine in my office, people around started like me, and then there was pride inside me.

But there were few moments in my life:

  • While drinking my Coffee
  • While taking a break
  • When I eat something I really like.
  • The one minute before I go into sleep.

In this moments there raised a small voice which leads to a thought following a feeling. This feeling led me to a strange gauntlet (Oh! My god, this post got a bit bigger).

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Well, finally in the tesseract of these incidents of frustration, the day arrived for going to my convocation.

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My journey started with my bus at 10.00 P.M, (I had to beg for two days leave) . I was free from every side. I had time to think.

I felt a JERK. I felt strongly aware.

Quick suggestion:

If you feel you are lost, or if you are going through a tough time, pack your bags and go on with a journey.

P.S:-Don’t use your mobile. Turn OFF your Whatsapp.

And then, I had my journey destined to Coorg. I was completely in a new scenario, planning to places, checking for hotels, catching buses, calculating expenses. There were new sets of habits and I haven’t done them for ages. Well had to say, I met many of my old friends and that was quite refreshing.

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When I came back to work, my productivity bar just raised above. I was not doing anything but I was achieving everything.

That’s the end of the story.

Well, I don’t mean that happened to me was incidental.

I want you to grab a pen and paper, immediately. Do it. Pick it up. If you are reading on mobile, then jot it down in notes.

What means to you more other than your passion.

It may be swinging in your chair, or eating the ice-cream in your favorite shop or playing that bounce back with ball game.

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Jot it down and come  back to that event immediately.

Well here is my activity, I am blogging. Look out for such activities, when you really feel depressed, have this written note as back-up.

I strongly hope you find such great things in your life.

In life you get depressed many times, things don’t work out the way you want to. If that is going that way, then you are really moving forward.  But many times you step back with disappointment. 

I am telling you get disappointed and find your happy corner.

So that’s all for this post. Hope you shine much brighter and find the treasure of happiness.

Bye, Bye.

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