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The POWER Of Wasting TIME

Listen – The Power Of Wasting Time

Disclaimer: I am not motivating you to waste your time and be sad about it later. I am telling you to take a break. Basically, I am telling you to waste your time in a more decent way, where you also learn things. I don’t know, keep reading .

Let’s get straight to the point. Who doesn’t like to just lie down, watch movies, read books and eat, sleep, repeat? Yet, our brain is trained to be productive. Our brain is active even when we’re asleep! Talk about being a workaholic! But we must not compete with the brain but with the zeal of it. Being a creative person is exhausting as it is. On top of that is being humongously productive! How can we cope with both, all the time! We need a break. A break to break the cycle of stress and brain-drainage.

You can break the glass ceiling, only when you’ve broken stress!

I have been trying to punish myself by worrying about not being able to create anything. Not with words, music or my podcast. Nothing. You can say, I am lacking inspiration or I am not motivated enough, procrastinating more ecetera ecetera. Yet, I am not going to let you tell me that. Nor should you tell this to yourself. You’re having none of those. You just need a break.

With break, I don’t mean a vacation and ditching social media. Firstly, vacation is impossible, for who knows how long and secondly, I don’t believe in a social media detox. Because in my opinion, it’s quite stupid. Not being aware of what’s going on in the world, especially in 2020, is your lacking as a human being. So, social media is a great way to learn things. But if you still need a detox, may be you aren’t using it the right way.

With break, I mean – Mental Break. A break where you worry less, think less and don’t force yourself either. Basically, waste time but with dignity.

How do we waste time with dignity?

Wasting time often includes- Daydreaming, sleeping more than required, watching movies, scrolling down to social media most of the day, eating more because you’re bored and doing nothing. But wait, are you really wasting your time?

Daydreaming? It’s a part of creative process, so you’re actually working.

Sleeping more? You haven’t slept like that in a long time, you deserve longer naps.

Watching movies & everything else? You’re forming new perspectives, learning about new topics and so, you’re collecting content.

Social Media Scrolls? You’re staying updated. Period.

Eating More? That’s a human need.

Doing Nothing? Your brain is recharging for more work , whenever you’re ready.

Now, with adding some more things, your wasting time becomes a power.

Reading- See, I know what you’re going to say! Reading is boring, it’s hard, I can’t concentrate blah blah blah!! Those are just excuses my friend. If you REALLY want to read, you’ll stop making excuses and start reading.

I read somewhere,

“If you don’t like reading, you just haven’t found the right book.”

Start finding the right book and read, sleep, eat, repeat.

Spending time with your heart- Meaning, do what makes you happy. Like for me, I read, sing, learn to play an instrument and spend time with friends and family (virtually). This makes me happy and the pressure of writing and creating becomes little. So, do what makes your heart sing.

Talk to more people- I have been talking to many new people on different social media platforms. Like the people, who I knew, but never got the chance to really know them. You know what it did? It made me more compassionate, empathetic and literally happy.

Because we’re all struggling with one thing or the other, it’s better to do it together. Right?

What happens when we waste time like that?

WE LIVE.

That’s the POWER of wasting time. It just helps us realise what’s important and that even with all the toxicity in the world, there is so much more to life & we just need to live it right to feel it.”

Thanks for reading. Namaste.

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My Ebook Is Finally On Amazon !!

BUY HERE.

Just like everyone else, I’ve let justify success for me. I’ve let people tell me what achievements I have appealed to! But, when opportunities doesn’t come your way, you have to create one for yourself. No matter how scary it looks, once the opportunity is created, it’ll all be for the best!

I won’t lie, I was scared and so anxious about how I am going to do it and how it’s going to be received! To my surprise things turned out to be just fine! I wanted to publish a book for a long time, may be I was just looking for the right knowledge, the right platform & moreover, the right time!

My FIRST EBOOK- ” THE POETIC JOURNAL” is now available on Amazon & Kindle Stores.

CHECK IT OUT.

The book is self-published via Kindle Direct Publishing. I won’t lie, it took me a while to finally hit PUBLISH! Just writer things!!! The book is a collection of my poems and a journey of love through the rhythm of words.

TAKE A LOOK OR BUY HERE.

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WORLD BOOK DAY: How I Went Back To Reading!


It’s not easy to break a habit. Once broken, it’s not easy to re-form it. Especially, a habit that requires will, concentration & determination but ends up only in procrastination!! No. I am not talking about writing, although it’s traits are quite similar but as clear from the title, I am talking about reading! 

Reading has been a core part of my routine for a longer time, but somehow with the job & house chores & more, I kind of lost interest in it! I used to keep my books on the desk, in the front so that I can let myself WANT to read, but that never happened. Then, the lockdown happened & I still didn’t read!! I know I wanted but I didn’t. I picked them up, looked at the covers, the ones I’d left half read, I embraced them with my fingers, remembering about the story & just before I could open it, I put it back on the desk! Instead, I watched movies & series! I felt guilty sometimes, but not enough to actually do something about it!


 “We need change in order to survive!”

What I did to get back to Reading:

I shifted to a different room & gave it a different ambiance so that I feel the CHANGE. Because we need change in order to survive! That room didn’t have a television, nor it had the wifi. I just had my phone, some books, some stationary for writing & colouring & my laptop. So, basically, I minimalised the sources of entertainment. For some more, I also had my ukulele. Never much used it, as I was procrastinating for it as well!! But, this isn’t about it. It’s about reading. 

Once I started living in this new room, I felt more free and less pressurised to DO things! I just did what I wanted to IN THE MOMENT. So, at first, I did some colouring! Threw some random oil pastels on the sheet, hoping to get something for the wall!

“I didn’t force myself to do things & it helped me to do more.”

 Here’s what I created:

I think it’s better than what I used do in the name of art!!! Anyway, the point is, it worked. I didn’t force myself to do things & it helped me to do more. I started watching Harry Potter for like the 100th time! Then, I picked up a book & started reading from where I had left. The book was The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni . This book is based on the Indian epic — Mahabharat. Only in this book, the author have narrated the story through the perspective of the female protagonist of the tale , Draupadi.

I started re-reading it and I was trapped in the story, all over again! Now, I am liking it and I have time for it or should I say, I value my time for reading!! So, my reading list now involves:

  • Women by Charles Bukowski
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (1/4th read)
  • Incognito by David Eagleman (1/4th read)
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

I love all of these but just like a child loses interest in some of the toys, I lost it too! Only the child doesn’t know the value of those toys, but I do. So, that’s how I went back to my books & resumed my reading habit after months.


Points to remember:

  • Human Beings need constant change in life in order to survive better!
  • Minimalising is the way to de-clutter our minds & life.
  • Do things you feel like doing in the moment.
  • Do not force your way to creativity. 
  • Books are our best companions.

With these points, I leave you with a motive to not be bombarded with thoughts but ways to organise them.

Thanks for reading. Namaste.


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HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR 21 DAYS

With sleep in my eyes and a cup of tea on the side, I start my Day 01 of the NEW 21 days nationwide lockdown cycle! That sounds heavy, but is it really that tough? 3 weeks! 21 Days! 504 hours! Is it even enough?

With the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is facing economic failures , people are losing lives and it still isn’t stopping! It hit India almost a month ago I guess, and until now more than 600 people have been infected of the corona virus. To break the spread cycle, last night the Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown starting midnight – for 21 DAYS! People lost their minds, they still are. But Panic isn’t the solution. Patience is. It is our responsibility as human beings, to take steps within our reach , so that we can go back to our normal lives. For that, all we’re asked is to STAY HOME!

I understand, 21 days seem a lot, but YOU can make it easier and make the best out of them. Starting right now, reading this is your first step. Right now, we have been given the best gift of all- TIME. Embracing it is going to bring out the best in us.

Hence, this is not just about the coming 21 days. This is about ANY 21 DAYS. As a proven fact, it takes 21 days for a human brain to form a habit. So.

WHERE TO START?

Easy right?

IT IS EASY. To make it easier for you, I am going to break it day wise so that you understand better, the extreme positive effects of the 21 days we’ve embarked on.

But there are obstacles, it isn’t that easy. There can be two scenarios. Let’s understand them one by one.

SCENARIO – 01

DAY 01: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 02: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 03: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 04: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 05: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 06: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 07: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 08: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 08: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 09: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 10: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 11: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 12: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 13: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 14: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 15: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 16: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 17: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 18: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 19: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 20: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

DAY 21: You’ll sleep, surf the internet, binge watch, eat, roam around, yawn, sometimes work and repeat- and wait for 21 days to be over.

YES. YOU SKIPPED. KINDLY SKIP SUCH HABITS IN REALITY, IF YOU WISH TO TAKE OUT THE BEST OUT OF THESE DAYS.

NOW, LET’S BE SERIOUS AND REALLY GET INTO THE 21 DAY HABIT CHALLENGE!!!

SCENARIO – 02

DAY 01: You are reading this post and realise that I might be right. Or may be not. You already have a habit/routine that you follow and it’s best for you. So you chill. The ones, who don’t and are attracted to Scenario 01 (above)- You are thinking about taking up the 21DaysHabitChallenge. It’s a good start. Sleep on this thought.

DAY 02: You wake up and realise you’re going to stay home for a next few days. You wish to do something about it. You check your phone and put it down because , aren’t you tired of seeing the same things every morning?! You decide to workout today. Starting this day, but how? I will help you with that. There’s a website https://centr.com/ by Chris Hemsworth and he is giving away the membership FREE for the next 6 weeks! I have started using it and IT IS AMAZING. Try it. Exercise and workout is one of the many habits we must form.

DAY 03: You worked out yesterday and you feel better about yourself. Now you feel energised to do something more. After this day’s workout, you decide to cook a healthy meal for yourself. You calculate the ingredients you have and what can be made out of them. You do. It tastes heavenly, doesn’t it!!!

DAY 04: You wake up at the same time you did yesterday. Your sleep is better. You workout, cook yourself a great breakfast and pick up your laptop. You go through different websites in search of something. Then you come across https://www.udemy.com/ , A website for online courses. You look it up and see that the courses are briefly accessible at an affordable price. You buy one course that interests you best. you start to study. You feel like you’re in college again. You want this feeling to stay and you continue with the course until it’s finished.

DAY 05: You have three things to do daily in your routine- workout, cook, study. You feel a bit lazy today, but you still go through all these things. Now you want more. You want to read things that are different and the things available at one place. You come across https://medium.com/ . You read the articles there and you are intrigued. But now you’re bored. You want some entertainment. So you start to binge watch.

DAY 06: You slept late last night as you were watching a web series and hence, you woke up late! Missed your workout! Didn’t feel like cooking and not at all energised to study! You lie down the whole day, scrolling through your phone. But you don’t like this feeling, do you? You wasted the day in procrastination and daydreams… Now it’s upto you, how you want your tomorrow to be!

DAY 07: Today is the end of the first week out of 3 weeks! You started off good but you’re having anxiety about your own decisions, that led to an entire waste of the day yesterday!!! Now, you want to cease everyday you have. You don’t want to feel like you felt yesterday!!!!!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

DAYs 08-09-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21 ARE UPTO YOU.

Call To Action:

There can be many different interests for different people, yet everyone can bring out best from them. I have been doing gardening, making my own clay from garden soil to make pottery (learnt from youtube), singing, writing, reading, cooking, cleaning, exploring the internet for information that can help me grow, studying an online course, binge watching, working out, eating, sleeping and REPEATING it all…. 24 hours-12 hobbies. One plus or minus sometimes (painting or learning a new language or an instrument). I am able to do all this because of the blessing of technology and understanding it’s utilisation for the best of me. You can do this too…

It’s your turn to bring out the best out of YOURSELF. Comment below of how you’re utilising all the hours in the day. Let’s share ideas.

Thanks for reading. Namaste.