It’s that time of the year when I am headed to the ATD international conference and exposition in Atlanta. Yayie… time to meet all the awesome training, learning and development folks, from around the globe. It’s a lot of fun. I am quite excited for it. ATD calls people like me “young professionals” and I fall under the category of millennials. I love that word.
No matter what the size of our companies today, more and more millennials are joining it. In the immediate future, millennials will occupy more be in every aspect of work, micro, small, medium or large. This has been my informal focus area of study, for a while now.
This article is important for all of us because no matter which sphere of life we’re in.. we will be interacting with millennials… So, it is important Continue reading “Working more effectively: How do “millennials” respond to hierarchies and why.”
Recently, I was asked a question by a “potential client” of mine, “what do I do to keep myself on track with my schedule and maintain my focus.” I know she was struggling with time management and productivity (her version of it). She felt that she could approach me with her concern. I know her, so I do know that what she has been doing it great. I wanted to let her know and specify that I try really hard to stay on track. In the sense that staying on track and being productive hasn’t come easily to me. The first thing that I politely told her was that it is not always that I can stay focused. I have my weak moments too, but yeah, 90% of the times, I’ve trained my brain to stay focused on my set goals. The one thing that really helps me juggle all my tasks and stay focused is, journaling. Let me tell you how.
Journaling helps us rewire or retrain our brain in multiple ways, and there is a lot of research to prove that now. I’ll share my juggling story with you: When I was in the second year of college (undergrad program) studying mass media, I applied for part-time work and thankfully got two opportunities in journalism. I was staying in the hostel and wanted to make some extra buck.It has been quite a few years since then that I’ve been juggling education, work, and personal life. I continued this pattern even in my post-graduate course. I took it upon myself to make money on the side and do the course, no matter how demanding it was. It almost became a pattern that I would sleep late, get up early and just roll. To think of it now, I really don’t know how I did it all. I had extremely limited social life, for sure. However, I was focused on my goal. I moved on to a full-time and then got married as well. Nevertheless, I didn’t leave myself at that now, did I. I went ahead to pursue my master’s degree while I was working full time, and now I am doing my doctorate in human performance improvement and alongside I even got myself certified in nutrition, all this while I am running a business, taking of myself and my family. Crazy, right? But this is what keeps me going. I love to juggle.
It has been quite a few years since then that I’ve been juggling education, work, and personal life. I continued this pattern even in my post-graduate course. I took it upon myself to make money on the side and do the course, no matter how demanding it was. It almost became a pattern that Continue reading “Simple techniques: How journaling helps my productivity and focus.”