How I Eliminated Smartphone Distraction

After years of experimentation, many failures and successes, I finally realized the key to quitting compulsive smartphone usage. Eliminate anything that has the capacity to engage you endlessly. Apps that have no end to their content. Social media apps, entertainment apps and endless (and online) games. Here’s how I conquered my three main evils: YouTube…

Join The Running Revolution

Running is exhilarating, yet meditative; tiring, yet energizing. I’ve been running at least once a week since the summer of 2012 and it is hands down my favorite exercise. Back then, I couldn’t run 2kms at a stretch and now I run at least 5kms every time I go out (10-15kms sometimes). I finished two…

Online privacy: Ditch Google

The fact that vast amounts of our personal data is in the hands of huge companies in a distant country is worrisome to say the least. Especially when most of the big players are hell bent on making money by selling our personal data. Google has gathered enormous amounts of data that we willingly gave…

How to prepare for any exam in less time

I like studying, but I hate studying for an exam. This is because I can read whatever I want, any topic, whenever I want. I can understand the subject without having to memorize anything. But that is not the case with exams. Even now, most of our exams are based on retention of facts, not…

Why Can’t We Focus?

Do you pull out your smartphone too often and don’t even realize it? Say, while watching a movie that you are actually enjoying? For me, the big moment of realization was a hard punch in the gut. I was thoroughly enjoying a book and yet, I pulled out my phone to check social media. I was…

Are You Always Busy?

‘Busyness’ (as in having a lot of stuff to do throughout the day) is often mistaken as an indicator of productivity. Just doing stuff all the time does not make you more productive. Productivity is all about getting more done in less time with more efficiency so that you have time to pursue other activities….

How to manage multiple projects?

Most of us have multiple interests and have the ability to pursue more than one at a time. We often don’t give much thought to it as we settle into your routine of college and jobs. What is it that you have always wanted to do, but couldn’t, due to whatever reasons? Widen your horizon…

How to be productive when sick? (Productive Leisure/Active Leisure)

First and foremost: You don’t have to be productive in every waking moment of your life. According to my definition of productivity (getting more done is less time, more effectively) , you should focus on quality, not quantity. Obviously, if you do the best you can on days of good health, you have every right…

Are we losing real friends?

Mental health awareness has grown more than ever. Is it because more people are reporting it or are more people negatively affected in the digital age? I believe it is the latter. Theoretically, we should be happier, sitting at home, able to see what’s up with everyone’s lives in a couple of clicks; able to…

Is Boredom Good for you?

You sit in a lecture and as the professor drones on, your mind wanders. You think of the past and future. You doodle something and it turns out well. You write down a story, an idea; just something to get away from this boring present moment. Sounds familiar? Research and our personal experiences point out…