Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time Management

In today’s world the most important task for any human being is to manage time. If you face troubles meeting deadlines, if you keep running haywire for completion of tasks or even if you really find it difficult to take out time for your family then probably you are one of the candidates who seriously need to work out on your time management skills.

Time Management actually refers to the ability of a person to use his/her time productively at work or at home. We have 24 hours in a day, in which we need 8 hours of sleep so that our minds could function properly. This is a proven reality and very less could be done to make changes to it. We all are slowly and gradually becoming the slaves of time however here we’ll talk about the art of mastering it. As the number of hours in a day cannot be increased we can definitely work on changing our attitude that may help us in future to become organized.

For enhancing our time management skills we should first learn to prioritize our work. We should be able to distinguish which work holds more value. Then come organizing that involves drawing plans according to the priority set. Then comes streamlining, where you put your planning into processing mode. As the work is being processed try not to shift the focus onto irrelevant works and then contribute your best towards the job.

The solution sounds easy but it takes some practice and then you are good to go. The 4 D’s of self-management allow us to get a clear picture of the aforesaid solution. 

They are:

1.     Do It: Get it Done, the sooner the better.

2.   Delegate It: When you know that you are either not capable to complete the task or you don’t have much time to complete it. Get it done through somebody else.

3.     Dump It: If the task is not important, you can push it to a later date.

4.     Defer It: Again if it is not that important, you can add it to your “To do” list.

The 4 D’s of self-management work hand in hand with the aforesaid method of prioritizing. Now as said earlier also that this may take some time but then all good things don’t come easy. Be patient to learn the skills and hopefully you get on your way to success.


Friday, March 25, 2016

Developing Reading Habits in Little Ones

The moment a child opens his/her eyes we want them to be good readers. As parents we always want them to be the best. And our definition of best starts with READING. For inculcating some good reading habits we should acknowledge certain facts like we can never force them to read something which they don’t like. For example if a child is interested in reading ghost stories probably one should never force him or her to read science fictions.
Secondly, it would be great if you could put books at places where they can lay their hands on. All children are curious by nature. When they find something colorful lying around and within their reach they would definitely like to open it . And once opened there’s no looking back. They might not generate an interest instantly, it might take them a day or two but then the result would be positive.
Thirdly, If they want to involve you please be happy to do so. Don’t abstain yourself by passing statements like “we are tired and maybe we’ll read out to you tomorrow”. This uninterest  shown by you might make them think that this task is probably not important or holds no value and they might not even ask you later. So grab any opportunity which they pass on to you. Better fix up a time for the same.
Next, you make sure that you read in front of them. They are real good observers. Take a comfy seat anywhere in your house but definitely where your child can see you and read whatever you are fond of. It can be a magazine, a cookbook or a business magazine or a novel. Your child will just find out what their interest lies in and probably they’ll do the same. Maybe sooner or later you find them in your comfy chair reading or skimming through a book/magazine of their choice.
Going to a library or a book store is always a welcoming option. These places have separate and attractive spots for kids and no kid can escape that. Take a cue from the books your child has picked up and you’ll be aware of their likes. Try and buy them a book every now and then. Though some of them might make faces but then it is always better than buying them something which they might lose interest in after a month.
Last but not the least, read out to them even if they want the same story to be read out again and again. Don’t be agitated! It’s only that they find it interesting and may be they find something new every time they listen to it.
So rather than getting annoyed or frustrated that your child is reading you become the mentor in their lives. Read out to them.  Fix up a time where they have to read and follow it with healthy discussion about what they read or what did they find interesting in it. Soon the change will follow. And you’ll be one leading your precious one into a world full of vivid imagination and what not. So pull up your sleeves and start today!!