What is the level of Stress on Yourself – Time Management Activity [Article]


1. Do you think that it is difficult to complete all the work in a Single Day ?

2. Do you think Time is passing faslty and you are not getting the objectives till now ?

3. Do you have the feeling that you are not giving time to your family and friends ?

It will not work for everyone. If you see at-least any of the two symptoms in yourself, go ahead. Otherwise, leave here.

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Happy news, if you are reading this text. It means you have a positive approach towards yourself and the issues. You need to learn the art of Time Management. ALMIGHTY ALLAH has provided everyone with equal 24 hours a day, 30 days and Month and 365 days a year. But why we see some persons have MORE in life than you. Actually the Successful person is one who Manage the Time Wisely, Effectively and most important Purposefully.

 The first and foremost thing I will advise in this regard is Discipline. The Self-Discipline is the first start towards knowing and managing yourself. The rest is on the rest till this. You cannot manage the rest, if you cannot manage yourself. Start knowing yourself, make your Work & To-Do lists, Wish lists, Strength and Weaknesses lists and many more what you want. I will specially advise you to make a Not-Possible list and put all the things which can not be possible. Remember everything is not possible for everyone. Prioritize them and start managing them. What should be done? What will be the benefit for this particular task? How it should be done? What time and cost will it input start benefiting me? What quality results will be acceptable for me?

Next to Self-Discipline is, Concentration. Stop multi-tasking anymore. Naturally, we want to get more by doing multiple but it is wrong approach. Doing less but with control is thousand times better than starting with bulk and leaving incomplete and un-understandably. According to a famous American psychologist Harry Lorayne, Nervous breakdown is not due to work-load or hard working itself, rather it is due to the fact that the problems find no solution. Each and every issue need due concentration to get melt. It counts more than paying time, if you are not doing it with attention. Most often, people use to say that we paid enough time but no results. The reason is how much you engage yourself with the task ? How much you have developed deeper relationship which is required ? The highest level of sincerity and dedication plays magical role in improving results with in almost no time. No issue, from today start building a connection with each and every activity of life. Initially it will be difficult for you to pay attention to the details but eventually you will increase your results, boost your memory and faster your actions. Moreover, you will learn more than what you are actually doing.

Time Management Zones

With the increasing need of relationship between work and time, experts have designed four zones in which a person may belongs to.

1st Zone

People in first zone do not like hastily. They do not like deadlines, they do work with calm.

These people have lot of problems related to Time management in their lives.

2nd Zone

People in second zone do not like Planning. Mostly, they like to do work at the last moment.

These people have less level of stress related to Time management in their lives.

3rd Zone

People in third zone continuously do keep any eye on future and like making plans and execute them timely. They love to deadlines and work accordingly .

 These people have moderate level of stress related to Time management in their lives.

4th Zone

People in fourth zone achieve success very early. They know the art of time management and use their time very wisely. Such people challenge the deadlines and try to achieve them before the actual time. Such people always try to finish the work the work as fast as possible.

 These people have highest level of stress related to Time management in their lives.

What is your Time Zone ? Activity

Now the question is what time zone you have ?

For knowing this, you need to do small activity. This test will tell your time zone as well as if stress in Time managements is your problem or not.

Steps of the Activity

1. See the clock and close your eyes.

2. Calm yourself.

3. Consider 60 seconds are passed.

4. Now open your eyes and see the clock.

If the remaining time is equal to or less than 30 seconds, your time zone is 4th. You are highly affected by stress due to time management.

If the remaining time is between 30 and 50 seconds, your time zone is 3rd. You have moderate level of stress due to time management. It shows you think time is less for completing the tasks.

If the remaining time is between 51 and 60 seconds, your time zone is 2nd. You have very low level of stress due to time management.

If the time exceeds 60 seconds, your time zone is 1st . It shows you are careless about knowing the importance of time and its management at all.

By this simple activity, I will advise you to now start knowing and managing yourself by the art of Self Discipline, Paying Attention to the Detail and finally Lowering the Stress on Yourself by Completing more tasks in a day, month, year and in the LIFE.

Did this activity worked on you ? Is it interesting ? Do you want to add your experiences about how to manage your time ?

The author of this article is blog author himself and have interest in writing and personal development area.

What E-Communication and Internet Snatched from Us [Article]


This is an age of Information Technology and we have faster access to people and Information. We are getting many benefits from electronic communication in many fields of life. It has resulted many changes in our lives, some of which
are harmful as well. Some old trends have been diminished almost. Here I am going to discuss some trends which have replaced older ways and what we have forgotten.

1. Letters

Gone are those days when people used to get excited on getting letters of their near and dear ones. Letter used to be a memory and it was considered “Half Meeting”. Letters were saved carefully sometimes so may be read again in future as memory. Today, letters have been limited to only few official posts. At least still we get happy when postman gives appointment letter to someone. :).

This is an age of Information Technology where people communicated through internet and Mobiles. Although, email facility is a blessing but sometimes we miss letters as letter has its own charm.

2. Greeting Cards

Through e-Communication, we can visit hundred of e-cards websites, but do it gives happiness which you used to have on receiving printed or hand made cards. I remember times when we used to buy eid cards with our pocket money. On different occasions, we used to search fascinating greeting cards. Good poetic verses were chosen to write on cards. Decorated cards with quotation, poetry and sometimes with stickers were sent to friends and relatives. E-Cards could never give me that happiness .Hand written eid cards used to entertain receiver and were saved for years as well. Nowadays, if you re-arrange your book shelf or cup board, do you get old greeting cards? Answer is perhaps “No” because electronic cards are saved in our inbox.

3. Book Reading

We remain all day busy with internet and mobiles. We have left reading books. Books are considered good companions of a person but today we have made mobile our companion. We don’t have enough time to read a long good book rather we can read 50-100 messages per day. Actually our attention has been divided into many things.

4. Peoples Gatherings Now in front of TV

Our grand father used to have gup-shup with friends and people had time for this. Then TV replaced those gatherings and our parents become used of Televisions but to an extent. It still did not affect that much when they did not have many TV channels to browse. Within some years, we got access to world wide channels and internet facility. Now, after returning from offices and universities, people sit in front of TV or Computer for hours.

Male don not want to leave sports channels, women are fond of Morning shows, cooking programs and entertainment channels. Children are eager to watch cartoons and animated movies. All this has become addiction perhaps a bad addiction.

5. Grammar and Spellings

If we are using spelling and Grammar feature of Word formatter software, it sometimes make us much dependent for corrections. In case of any spelling mistake, we quickly select correct option from help or choose some alternative. We don’t try to think ourselves. Result is that sometimes, we forget correct spellings when we are not working on computers.

6. Library Visits

It has been also observed that many students now prefer Internet for search instead of visiting libraries. On internet, sometimes, reliability is not verified.

7. Cut, Copy, Paste

In past, students, used to consult library books for preparing assignments. They used to surf different books and then carefully bookmark relevant information. After this, selected information was typed or written. In this way, students used to know more.  Nowadays, assignments are prepared from Internet material mostly. Just copy from 3-4 sites and paste in MS Word. This has affected quality of work and group discussions to some extent.

8. Unreliable Material/Sites

A student is asked to prepare assignment or to write a research paper. Internet is here, just writing a string and it will give you a list of sites. Are you sure that material you got is reliable?  We can’t judge sometimes.  So, wrong information is communicated if not properly handled.

There should be some check and balance to ensure trusted sites.

9. Moral Values

Parents of today have challenge whether their child is getting good moral values or not. Youngsters nowadays have much exposure. It is very hard to keep them away from all kind of dirty stuff.

Bundle of sms packages, cable channels and internet are badly affecting moral values unfortunately. Media sometimes present bad things as good and present unethical programs stuff in glamorous way that people are captivated.

10. Health Hazards

Much in-touch with mobiles, computers and TV are affecting our health and perhaps acting as slow poison. We are aware to some extent but are addictive. It takes our time which we used to surf for a walk.

Nine to five office jobs sometimes result in health disturbances like affect on eyesight, back pain, mental stress, depression, and affect on digestive system.

11. Misuse of Chat

Internet chat facility has many benefits but it is misused my youngsters mostly. Instead of using for useful purposes, I t is used sometimes for finding friendships with opposite gender. We also listen many stories   of deceiving people on chat.

13. Rumors (Mobiles)

You get an alarming message or a message having some wrong information or propaganda.

Like news channel, you want to spread it as soon as possible. You do not want to even authenticate information. Within few minutes, you send message to a list of contacts and within hours it is spread to thousands of people.  This kind of wrong information sometimes badly portrays an event, a religion, a personality and a concept sometimes.

Here it depends on you that how carefully you handle. Always try to verify such information so it may not cause any kind of damage.

14. Mess of Information

Amount of data on internet is increasing at immense rate. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to search useful information from a heap and we become confused. It is also difficult to judge what is wrong and what is right.

15. Propaganda

Internet is also been used for propaganda against personalities, religions, or countries. Everyone has right to say whatever one wants to convey. There are thousands of discussions forums on internet. It is common that a controversial topic is started as thread and end result is very harsh comments among participants.
It is common among enemy nations to blame each other and to use dirty languages.

16. At Home Away from family, near to Friends/Outer World

Due to Internet, Mobiles and other devices, we are now sometimes present at home but are actually away from our own family members. We spent many hours in chatting, messaging, browsing etc. This affects relationship. Excess of anything is bad.

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Ergonomic Tips for Computer Users – [Free .PDF]


It is very important for Computer Users to know these Ergonomic Tips.

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3 Simple Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level [TIPS]


Implementing the following three steps can be extremely useful in making this decision: 

Step One: Know what you want!

To get what you want, you first need to have a clear picture of your desire. Take time to think about what you want in life and what would it feel like to have it. If you merely want a paycheck, for example, you can get one in a job you hate or one you love. Which would you prefer? List your criteria for living well, for having that desire.

When you have a vision of where you want to be, set goals to help you move toward that vision. If, for instance, you want financial independence at a certain age, set incremental goals each year to get you there. The picture or vision will enable you to reach those incremental goals much easier, as the vision pulls you forward.

Set up a crossroads debrief meeting with yourself (or a partner) to review and make a list of what you have done since your last debrief or the past year. If this sounds overwhelming, here is a suggestion: Just as you write status reports to your managers, you can write one to yourself. This personal status report listing your accomplishments each month can be a useful tool for keeping track of your actions while moving you towards your goals and maintaining your motivation. Can you imagine what a jaw-dropping, eye-popping, good feeling experience it will be to review those accomplishments at year end?

Questions to consider:

  • What happened since my last crossroads debrief?
  • What goals have I reached?
  • Where am I on the goals not yet completed?
  • What were my most proud achievements? What did I do to reach them?
  • What challenges/difficult situations occurred? How did I handle them?
  • What did I do well? What would I like to do better?
  • Where do I want to go from here?

Step Two: Feel and act as if it already is here!

Today’s world is a difficult place-recession, workforce reductions, more work and less time, etc. All these circumstances can lead to difficult options. Let’s remember we always have a choice even when faced with alternatives we don’t care for. We can choose to be a victim (why me?) or we can choose to look for opportunities and move on! Step 2 is about taking responsibility for our attitude, emotions, and choices.

A great model I use comes from The Oz Principle by Roger Connors, Tom Smith, and Craig HickmanAbove the Line(Steps to accountability) and Below the Line (the Blame Game).

Below the Line is where we take on the role of victim. We play the Blame Game-why me? Why did they (whoever “they” are) do this to me? We stay stuck in anger, frustration, wishing for what was. We take a wait and see attitude, confused about what to do next, or in denial until our deepest fears happen. How does staying in this ‘victim mentality‘ serve you? Would you not rather be Above the Line, taking accountability for your feelings, reactions, and choices?

This is a four-step process:

1) See it – recognize and acknowledge the current situation and your feelings about it.

2) Own it accepting responsibility for where you are now. Your choices led you to this moment.

3) Solve it – finding and implementing solutions; perhaps as simple as updating your resume; thinking about what value you bring to the marketplace based on its needs, etc.

4) Do it – implement your plan, one small step at a time.

Step three: Be open to receiving it!

Now that you have put things in motion and feeling hopeful and motivated, it is important to be open to receiving the opportunities you want. Sound ridiculous? “Of course, I will,” you say! Sometimes we want something and deep down we do not believe we will find it. You could be thinking, “The economy is bad so there is no way I could get the job I want!” Or, “I will never find the relationship I want”, or… This way of thinking is NOT being open to receive!

Keep in mind possibilities are endless. Be open and know the opportunities best fitted for you are on the way. Otherwise, you may never see them coming!

Chris Sier

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Reference: http://www.careerconsult.co.cc/2011/04/career-crossroads-review-strategy-3.html

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