Wednesday, 6 June 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Is Multi-Tasking possible?

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There has been quite chaos in m organization recently due to the performance incentive that gets distributed among the employees as per his/her monthly/quarterly performance. There are certain parameters on which an individual is tested and evaluated. One of the important parameters is “Multi-tasking”. I do not know why but I have never understood what someone means when he/she utter this word called “Multi-tasking”. Does something like this even exists? I have often heard people describing someone as Multi-tasker. And anyone who is described with this word is believed to be very smart and a hard-worker who keeps on working irrespective of whatever is going on in his surroundings.

To be called and defined with this word, I have seen many people slogging immensely and trying to get into this meritorious club. I have also seen patient and great performers lose their credibility and quality of work because of trying to be something which is not even relevant for them to be. People generally consider their Managers to be a multi-tasker considering that they do several and different kinds of activities and work while they sit at a desk and do only a similar kind of job. People respect such people more because they know that when they are given 2-3 works simultaneously, they get so bewildered that they are unable to manage the same while their manager is accomplishing such targets on daily basis without getting pissed off. But is your manager or anyone really doing multi-tasking? This is something that needs to be observed rather than running behind something which is unachievable.

Any person an only execute one task at a time howsoever genius or super-human he is. This is the basic truth. Suppose I am sitting in an office and writing a User manual for some software. I have just received a call from my client and he ask me to reply a brief mail on something for which he needs clarification. At the same time, I see that my Chat box on desktop is pinging where a colleague is asking me to send him a file we prepared together last week. Now, if someone is witnessing me from behind and finds that I have finished all the three tasks within next 7-8 minutes, he deciphers that I am a great multi-tasker and the word of mouth spreads. But what did I exactly do? I have only done one job at a time considering the amount of time each task will take me. I determined that sending the file to my colleague will take only a minute so I search a file for him even though his request was the latest one that I received. I have finished one task. Now, as I know that writing a User Manual is an endless task, I check the client’s mail and revert back to him in next 5 minutes. And now I am back to writing User Manual which I end up finishing by the end of the day.

I have actually done one task at a time. Isn’t it? Then how am I a multi-tasker? A Multi-tasker must be someone who is able to use his super power skills and execute all these three tasks at one go. And believe me or not, just to be associated with this word, people are seriously trying to do this and ending up as a failure in not only doing this but in their overall career because this is something which you can never do skilfully. Any work you do, either big or small, needs your complete attention. There may be a few geniuses in this world who can execute two difficult jobs at the same time. They are definitely a multi-tasking hero but it has taken them a lot of practise. Also, whatever two or three tasks that they are managing to do at once, these are the only specific tasks that they can multi-task. If you will assign them some other work/job for multi-tasking, they will fail.

You may give me an example that I can write this blog even while talking with a friend for two minutes on mobile. Surely, I can. But if you will observe in the end, I will have to recheck the two sentences that I must have written while talking because it has not been written with complete attention and concentration. You can only perform one task at a time brilliantly otherwise you will end up being an example of mediocrity forever. That’s the reason it is being asked not to talk while driving, chit-chat while writing/learning something, eat popcorn while watching movie, concentrate on the song playing in your headphone while crossing road etc. Because your brain will end up giving priority to one task over another automatically which is not in your control and you will end up in a mess with both the tasks incomplete and delayed.

Always try picking up only one task at a moment and try closing it as soon as possible with your complete attention. The urge to multi-task comes because you execute each task very slowly and thus, all the subsequent tasks get delayed for which you want to pick up thing simultaneously and close all of them together. Not possible, my friend! If you will start concentrating on that one job in hand, you will be able to reach the conclusion at the earliest which will help you move to the next task and close it faster too. This is how what you do within an hour vs what others do will always have a vast difference because of which you will be tagged a great Multi-Tasker automatically whereas in your heart, you would be knowing that you are a man of One Task At A Time only. Isn’t this a powerful tool to keep at handy always? I do and I hope even you will. 😊



Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Freedom from the I by Shashank Kasliwal (Book Review- 4.75*/5) !!!

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There are some books which hold you like a traveler who does not have any destination to go and is here only to enjoy the journey and the newness he finds in every new second at a new spot of this world. You feel like experiencing some book rather than finishing them off and picking up the next one. It took me complete one month to finish reading a 218-pages book written by a debutante, Shashank Kasliwal, named “Freedom from the I”. The book also has the tagline “Ultimate Path to a Free Mind and Real Success”. This is yet another gem from Jaico Publication. This is one such book if you read in peace and silence can bring out several transforming changes in you and the way you think and see things. I can feel the change in my whole outlook within this one month itself.

I have been a great fan of Sadhguru’s books and videos where he explains about this factor of diminishing the ego and identification that we have and lead a life which is as it is. I never believed that someone could write or explain this concept in a better manner and so vastly and yet in a simple way. Shashank Kasliwal’s first attempt at writing this self-help book is a winning start. Initially, when I started reading, the first two chapters did not sound me any different than all these self-help books which keeps releasing. But since third chapter, as soon as the author gets into his zone of explaining the effect of ego and how we have lost ourselves in this dominance of ego over us just keeps surprising the readers. I felt the book remained at its best up till 8th chapter. I did not personally feel any kind of motivation reading the last 4 chapters from 9th to 12th but they are a fine closer to the book where author explains about our dull mind, affect of emotions, our relationships etc.

Shashank has very finely divided the book in different chapters and even within that into different sections with each concept not going over two pages. This keeps your interest intact as you do not get strangled in too many concepts thrown at you within a paragraph. The book is not at all research-based but purely out of experience of the author which makes it more relevant while reading as you can feel the honesty and truthfulness. This book is best for professional people out there as author has given many examples on how to handle professional and corporate stress and pressure. I have also implemented many of his ideas which has begun enhancing my experience of meditation that I had started before reading this book. The book is written in a spiritual context rather than motivational context hence it needs little more attention while reading to grasp the concepts rather than mugging the points. Overall, this is one of the best books I have read in last decade for sure. I give this book 4.75 star out of 5. Recommended for every living soul out here.



Tuesday, 29 May 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

The Importance of your Marks in your Life!

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Recently, the first of the many important results for few students have been announced and reading about their worries and anxiety many people have spoken about how important or unimportant the marks that they have secured are. Whenever we speak about something as sensitive as this, we should be very clear and responsible about what are we about to preach to the students who are already very confused about their future. Confusing them more is only going to add problems to their already chaotic mind. I read so many people writing to the students that whatever you have scored is of no prominence as life is all about how much talented or skilful you are. People have ended up giving examples of Sachin Tendulkar etc. trying to justify how even if you are not good at studies is not worrisome. This is a completely irresponsible message that you have received, my dear little friends.

Let me be very clear with you, whatever marks you have scored are going to stay with you forever in life. This cannot be changed now. There was a whole year when your parents wanted you to struggle day and night so that on the day of result, you do not have to worry about the percentage marks printed on your result. You were expected to think above that about your future and further education. But because you didn’t understand the important of this percentage, rather than thinking about further educational prospective you have, you are stuck in blaming yourself for scoring very low percentage. The first step is to ACCEPT THE REALITY. Accept whatever marks you have got and just believe that it is only going to add up in the total marks you score in your life.

If one series goes bad for the Cricketer, it does not mean that he cannot score again in the next one. Now, accept the marks that you have in your hands and try to understand which subject interests you the most. Also tally your interest with the marks you have scored in that particular subject. Sometimes, we have wrong assumption that we are interested in something while the result keeps displaying our mediocrity in the same. So, the result has to be given some weightage while thinking about which subject you need to continue in the future with. Get yourself admitted in whatever- good or bad college, as per the opportunity you are getting, and start learning more and more and try to secure a better percentage this time. What has gone is something which can never be changed. What is about to happen is totally in your hands. GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY.

Whatever opportunity you have now, just get it and keep reminding yourself that you do not want to be disappointed with yourself ever again on the day of the result. Do not think about what others think about your result. Only think about your dreams and what kind of efforts and marks you need to achieve the same. TALK WITH THE PEOPLE who are already doing what you are dreaming to do in life. Take their advice and learn how they used to study. Incorporate those ideas and structure your daily routine accordingly. The process of improvement is the only process that will take you ahead. If you have secured bad marks this time, it is no confirmation that you are not going to score big the next time. Similarly, for the students who have scored very well, do not think that this will continue forever. Little break of concentration and ego can bring you down like anything. At any time remember that someone somewhere else is preparing to overtake you. Any minute that you waste by not studying, someone else is gaining immensely out of this opportunity.

I am giving my example to you where I scored 61% in 10th, 55% in 12th, 58% in Graduation, 68% in Post-graduation and 78% in my last post-graduation that I did. It was something after 12th that I had determined to achieve because it was enough embarrassment twice by scoring below average marks. I had taken an oath of not scoring less percentage than what I had scored in my previous examination. And this is how I started becoming better in studies and today I have confidence that I can study anything and pass with good marks because that becomes my only target when I study. But do those percentages scored in 10th and 12th std not haunt my career today?  It does. But it gets covered by the good marks I have scored in my Graduation and two Post-graduations that I have done.

So yes, the journey is not over. It is just one series that has gone bad but to ensure that you still lead a great lifestyle and life ahead, you will need to set your routine and make study a prime focus for yourself till the time your educational phase does not end. Give importance to education now as you have whole life to follow your passion and interests. Do not ignore studies for any other interests by reading about foolish examples of how people did well in their life by not studying. These people were excellent in their talent/skills since their childhood itself and got right direction to move towards. If you are on the same journey, I take you as an exception but if it is not, then damn, STUDY for your next exam and prove yourself that you can achieve any marks that you write on your wall and make it a target. BEST OF LUCK for your future from another mediocre student. 😊