All about time and how to manage it!

Time is precious to all of us; It is the irrevocable code that we are programming everyday. It’s important that we utilize the same for the benefit of everyone and our own self.

How can I improve my timing?— The most common, yet the powerful answer to this, will be through practice.

Yes, things don’t turn out easy for anyone with the efforts in a single day. It takes months and years of practice and master any skill, hence it’s important to do it consistently. Developing routines and habits that can repeat with a frequency is the easiest way to improve the time.

However, my answer to your questions doesn’t end here.

If I ask a ‘why’ to your question — putting in this way, ‘Why do you want to improve your timing?’.

I assume that the most common answer will be lack of task management. It’s not time that we’re worried about (after all it’s a human invention), it’s all our tasks which constantly runs on our minds, that makes us to look our watches and clocks (sometimes mobile phones!).

I’m happy to share a simple hack that you can use in your day-to-day life.

One of the important reasons that we are not able to accomplish most of the things is because that we don’t really know — ‘what are the smaller sub-tasks’ that we need to complete over a day/week to complete the bigger goal.

My suggestion, would be write it down. Very simple, set up a thinking time – and write down all of the sub-tasks that you want to accomplish over the next day/week.

In the modern days, you can easily leverage technology and smart devices for the same. Well, how to do it effectively — you may follow this link read one of my previous blogs.

May the ‘force of time’ be with you! 🙂

The power of to-do lists!

Feeling bored? Having too much of ideas on mind but struggling to bring them on implementation? Then, this answer will be helpful to you.

Today, I learned the importance of creating to-do lists.

The first step of the task management is to list down the tasks itself. It has a lot to do with the focus of our human brain.

Quoting from the article, The science behind concentration and improved focus – Sandglaz Blog, “Focusing on a task is a lot like focusing your vision. It is essentially a top-down process. When you make the decision to focus on something, your brain first takes in all the visual information and starts to process that information to tell you what you should focus on.”

The most notable point is, “once your focus is broken, it can take up to 25 minutes to return to the original task”. Yes, it takes a lot to focus on a particular task, but due to various reasons, if we lose the focus, we may also lose our track with follow ups.

And hence to do lists play a major role helping us prioritizing our tasks and provides multiple options to seek collaboration from our peers. We can also draw our timeline of the tasks with the help of to-do lists.

There are various tools for creating the to-do lists. The most popular one among them is, Google Keep.

Many of you might be familiar with it already.

Is Engineering Education a waste of time?

Why do many people in India say that engineering is just a waste of time?
Putting in simple words, it’s all about Demand Vs Supply.

In the early 2000s, the software industry had a bloom and the technological innovations was rapidly on the rise. The technology industry required so many engineers, and interestingly, they were offered with a lot of salary just because they were very less in numbers.

The demand was so high and the supply was less. In that scenario, a lot more people wanted to pursue Engineering as careers, to find a job and get an enahnced lifestyle.

But, slowly things changed.

In the year 2020 we are right now in – there are more than 4200+ colleges in India. Source: Engineering education in India – Wikipedia

The number of Engineers that we produce are far more than the demand. The equation has become like, the supply is so high but the demand is low. That’s the reason for so much of unemployment among Engineers and lack of lucrative jobs.

But, in case if you’re purusing Engineering as a passion, not just because you want to get a job and settle in life, not just you need a good employment but to genuinely, learn, know and solve problems – I’d recommend go ahead and do it, without giving a second thought. Because, in my humble opinion we need more of passionate Engineers who can solve the problems, not only in the technology industry, but across domains, especially in a growing country like India!

These two surprise skills can make you a great engineer!

First of everything – let’s try to uncover the most required competencies of every Engineer.

#1 Technical skills – While you know a little about many of the technologies, it’s important to develop one key specialized technical skill relevant to a particular domain. Every engineer gets to learn this at their college or in the early days of their professional work in a startup/tech organization.

#2 Managerial skills – Given that Engineering has mostly become a ‘knowledge job’ right now, with a lot of work for the brain and comparatively less the physical work – it is important to develop skills around people management, time management, team work, etc.

#3 Giving what the clients/customers need – Engineers at the end of the are required to solve the problems for some human beings – whether it is your customer abroad in an IT company, local shop vendor who offered you work in a freelancing, students in an institution, etc. Hence, understanding requirements, processing it, providing a solution and effectively communicating it are key for every Engineer tp be successful.

#4 Research skills – The ability to understand the innovations that happened so far, and do research work towards moving one step further of whatever accomplished so far. This involves a blend of both the technical skills and the managerial skills.

While the list can go on, I’m limiting it here for brevity.

Now, let’s think of one scenario for each of the skills listed on top and what’s required to tackle the situation.

#1 Technical skills -> Create a product or service – Let us assume that you have produced a new product or service with the help of your technical skills. The first thing required would be, is to develop a technical documentation – that could be easily understood by the customers/clients – in simple words, writing!

#2 Managerial skills -> Manage a team – Now, let’s say you are managing a team in a tech organization, one of the key things on your job description would be to train and engage with the freshly joined members – you have to groom them by offering suggestions and insights, in other words, teaching!

#3 Giving what the clients/customers need -> Sending them a proposal – If you are in the client facing side of work, you will for sure have to interact with your clients and send communication around the list of the things required by them as a proposal, the fundamental step in every project. The proposals are always in writing, and there you go!

#4 Research skills -> Produce technical papers – I don’t think this needs an explanation, because for sure the engineers will be writing the technical papers!

Conclusion – Writing and teaching are two important skills required for every professional including an engineer, and its key to develop an interest for them during our student life or in the early stage of our career!

Inside the world’s best education system! #Finland

Imagine yourself being a school-going student, and think of the following!

  • Very less homework that can be completed within 30 minutes every day or no homework
  • No rank / No competition / No high stake exams till the age of 16
  • A 15-minute break for every 45 minute class period
  • Same class teacher for 6 consecutive years
  • Free lunch; free books; free school trips; free education!

Sounds exciting?!

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Finding the right virtual tool for your next online class!

The COVID-19 has changed our lives drastically. The world is slowly becoming virtual — especially, the education sector is going through a massive transformation in terms of providing online learning experience without compromising on the quality.

At EduRise, we try our best to support the educators by helping them gain the most valuable virtual skills and provide them awareness about the various resources that are available on the internet.

In this article, we will be covering some of the most common virtual meeting tools that you can use as a host to transform your classes online! All the tools are tested out by our expert panel, we are happy to provide your the first-hand experience directly from them.

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