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Monday Reads – 20/01

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Today’s articles might require readers to register, but it’s well worth the effort.

The first two articles are from MIT Sloan Management Review’s Winter 2020 issue:

You’re Going Digital — Now What? – Some tips that can help ‘transform’ your Digital Transformation initiatives. Key insight for me was that “the formation of new and initially invisible social networks… may be the most important ingredient in driving digital transformations.

Five Rules for Leading in a Digital World – Tips for leaders in this “VUCA on Steroids” world.

16 Rules for Living with Less – So you would like to declutter and adopt a more minimalist lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? These set of rules could well prove very helpful.


Monday Reads – 13/01

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In which I list down articles that can help us in our daily lives…

Beat the clock: how you can save two hours a day – It’s interesting to see the increase in articles these days that speak about how to reduce time wasters and focus on one’s priorities. This article has an interesting suggestion for how one could actually put this theory to practice. In this article, author Marie Forleo, suggests that one should aim to free up two hours a day by first understanding where one’s time is presently being spent. It might sound tough, but there are some useful tips on how one can achieve this.

The Mental Health Benefits of Having a Daily Routine – This might seem counter to the popular notion these days that flexibility is one of the key requirements for success. But I strongly believe that having a daily routine can be a powerful tool to help us achieve our goals. In addition to providing an anchor in this fast changing world, it can help reduce stress and help us sleep better. Interestingly, both this and the earlier article emphasises the importance of developing a good food habit as well.

The morning routines of successful people – I am a morning person, and, naturally, this article appealed to me. While developing your own routine, pay close attention to what your morning looks like.

In the Beginning, Anything is Possible – So, if all of the above articles have helped you decide that you need to make a change, and you are wondering where to start, then this excellent article might just be your best starting point.


Monday Reads – 06/01/2020

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Welcome to the first Monday of the Twenties!

Trendspotting: 2020 can make or break – Perspectives on a broad sweep of issues likely to impact the digital space in India this year, by my first boss!

Nudge Your Way Through Business – The practice of ‘nudging’ to achieve desired customer outcomes seems to be getting increasing attention lately. This article explains this practice comprehensively.

Why We Never Have Enough Time & What to Do About It – Zenhabits is another website / newsletter that I have found very helpful over the past 12 months. This specific piece might resonate with many.

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days. – Fascinating mantra to reflect upon as we begin a new year.



Ring in the New!

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As we begin a new year (and possibly a new decade!), here’s a brief look back at what 2019 had to offer:

Visit places, new and old – While we did not do as much traveling as I would have liked (:-)), I still managed to see quite a few new places – Pench, Shivanasamudram, Talakadu and Annamalai Tiger Reserve – while revisiting some places I had last been over a decade ago – B.R. Hills and Ahmedabad. Most of all, I enjoyed spending a couple of weeks in my hometown, Mumbai, showing my kids some of the landmarks of this unique city.

Bird-watching – I have been watching birds for well over 35 years now, and this year was a good one. Highlights include observing over 90 species over 4 days at Pench, spotting ‘lifers’ at Ahmedabad and Attakatty, and reconnecting with my old bird-watching group in Bangalore. I ended the year with my e-bird checklist showing 163 (with 149 in 2019 alone).

Healthy lifestyle – While my journey to a healthier lifestyle started in 2018, I managed to stay focused on this in 2019. I have tried to make healthy eating, exercise and yoga a part of my daily life and do feel that it’s been beneficial.

Teaching – Again, while 2018 was the year I started teaching, I was lucky to have more opportunities to teach in 2019. This also enabled me to revisit Ahmedabad and the IIM-A campus.

Consulting – 2019 was the year when I expanded my consulting business. I was lucky to work with some exciting brands and great founders.

Writing – I started consciously focusing on writing in the second half of the year. It is something that I have been wanting to do for a while now, so I am glad I finally gave it serious attention.

Reconnecting with friends – I was fortunate to meet and reconnect with a lot of friends in 2019, from my student to working days. This will definitely be one of the highlights of the year.

Spending time with my kids – My kids are growing up fast, and I have been extremely fortunate to have spent some good quality time with them this year. And I am very grateful for that.

So as I look forward, on this first day of the new year, I hope to be able to do more of each of the above.

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy 2020!

Monday Reads – 30/12

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As we near the end of 2019, and look forward to what 2020 holds, here are some websites / newsletters that I found particularly helpful and insightful over the past 12 months and that I will continue to reflect on in the next year as well:

The Minimalists – I am sure that, by now, minimalism is a fairly well-understood concept / philosophy thanks, in no small means, due to the popularity of Marie Kondo. I came across this website by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus while reading more about minimalism and have subscribed to their newsletter. While I admit that it’s not easy to adopt completely, I try to keep the mantras of ‘less is more’ and ‘throw away what you do not need’ front and centre while going about my daily life.

Farnam Street – The aim of this blog by Shane Parrish is very simple – ‘Understand how the world works’. And his weekly newsletter is possibly one of the most useful ones I receive.

Nutrition Science – I have written a few articles on healthy eating. I attended a workshop conducted by Dr. Achyuthan Easwar in 2018 and have been consciously trying to apply the principles to my diet. I believe it has helped me tremendously.

Occam’s Razor by Avinash Kaushik – I have been following Avinash’s blog for a while now and it continues to be one of the most insightful Digital Analytics blog out there. A must read for any Digital Marketer.

Happy 2020!