Supercharging Productivity

  “Pretend your time is worth $1,000/hr. Would you spend five of them doing extra work for free? Would you waste one on being angry?” –Niklas Göke Most of us have clue what we are doing with our time and yet we complain we dont have enough of it.The main culprit is busyness and lack of focus.Treat time as a resource similar to money and you will get more productive. Time unlike money cant be earned making it even more precious. What should we do ? How can I get more productive ? Here is the thing folks power concentrates around us, being consistent in your routine and sticking to it no matter what is the only way you are going to be productive.Consistency helps create psychological spikes and ticking items off your daily to do checklist provides a dopamine kick to the brain. A technique I have personally found very effective is timeblocking my days into chunks. If I can get in the zone for 3 hrs, stay uninterrupted I feel I get a lot done. You can’t keep waiting for inspiration to strike or when you have a good mood. You have to be in the moment and […]

How To Buy a Smartphone? [2016 edition]

  This one is for techies and the not so techies.I have been working in the semi-conductor industry for quite some time,I have looked at smartphones inside out.Reverse engineered circuits and algorithms through my understanding of basics of electronic circuits.India is ongoing digital revolution and the world is going mobile.There is a flood of smartphone companies and its very difficult to decide which one to buy.This post is to explain a little bit about smartphones, the technology and also how to pick the phone that is perfect for you.     Based on the market research studies I worked with at my job the smartphone market is divided into 3 segments-low,mid and high tier.What it means is that they have a smartphone for every price, under 10k, 11-25k and premier segment 26-60k.Based on the price of the phone each component and features are decided.For example a better resolution camera, better battery life, better APPS processor for higher cost.Always remember a better optimised software for a hardware gives a better performance.This is the reason for the high performance of Apple products , they own their software iOS which is very well optimised for their hardware which they assemble from multiple sources.   The heart of a smartphone is the processor as you all might […]

How to Promote your Blog?

  First I would like to thank you all for the overwhelmingly positive response to my previous post “How to start a blog“. I have received quite a few requests on promotion of blog and efficient social media marketing strategies that work.This is a post to give back to you all for all the encouragement I have received.Are you too busy to schedule your posts leave alone promote them? Have a 9-to-5 job that keeps you busy during hours of peak customer-engagements ?Are you feeling stuck up and unable to grow your audience? Are you experiencing poor search and analytics results? Is your bounce rate very high?Do you suffer from 404 errors/broken links on your website?Is your website loading too slow?Do your servers have constant downtime?This post has got you completely covered.Lets get started.   Last year I took some time off and completed a course by Kellogg on Social Media Marketing.Its called what is social.the course exposes you to various tools at your disposal for effective marketing of your business. There are tools that help you analyse customer behaviour and traffic patterns.Social Mention and Bluemetrix are such tools. There are tools for sentiment analysis you could use.For effective scheduling of your posts there is hoot suite which helps you connect your website to all social media platforms.   For selecting […]

How to Pick a Smartphone

  It’s been some time since I wrote my first two posts on how to buy a smartphone.A lot of new phones have come in the market since then.Quite a few new features introduced and your needs changed as well. There are things in the market you didn’t even know you needed. That’s the beauty of capitalism. In case you have missed them I will link them down below.Previous post1 and post2 I suggest you go through them first to get comfortable with the basics of the shopping guide, what features suit you and what don’t. I don’t have any personal recommendation for a phone, it totally depends on what you like. Also I am not working with any of the Phone Manufacturers to be inclined towards a certain brand or kind of phone.   New Features that have been recently added to smartphones include, 3D touch, Fingerprint to unlock phones /make downloads/payments ( my favourite feature, trust me it saves a hell lot of time and is convenient ) , High End Cameras , Larger Batteries  with Quick Charge 3.0 supported and on and on.I have listed them for you, so make a pick and move ahead. I have a […]

How to Start a Blog? Complete How-to-Guide

It’s been an year an half since I started blogging. The only advice I have for you is start sooner. Unless you are completely mortified and embarrassed by your first design you haven’t started on time.I would say you can do it, no matter how busy you are, you have no experiences in web design or knowledge of social media marketing what have you take the first step.First there is always a started point, and there is a learning curve. I started stepping into blogging in the year of 2013.I started with a trial run in SquareSpace. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out so well. I put off until 2015.In the fall of 2015 is when I finally decided I am going to jump in.I had no  prior experience in web design or graphic creation or social media marketing.Blogging is a very creative hobby.For me I find that writing my thoughts down in a post relaxes me. Its a great feeling to create and share something of value with other.If you are a novice you have stepped on the right blog post. This post is newbie’s guide to getting started with a new blog. A good domain name is the identity of your website. Its the name by which your website would be known so chose wisely.Once decided register […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimisation for Blogs

  SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is very important for your website.It determines your website’s ranking on various search engines.To get started first pick a summary of your website’s niche, pick the category and keywords you want your work to be identified with.Add text as well as amigo content to your blogs.Use LSI keywords.Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) keywords are a fancy way of saying: “synonyms and closely-related terms”.Reuse your old blog posts.Instead of deleting posts and leading to 404 broken link errors, update them and improve.Not only does it save you time its also a great way to add content and personality to your website.     SEO TIPS   Focus Keywords, very very cruicial for your site’s SEO, make sure to include your focus keywords atlas in the first paragraph if not the entire post. Post Length, must be between 600-900 words, posts lower than that are not rated very wellby google and even your readers, want more. Excerpt, a handcrafted summary of your content ,helps in getting your post found on the internet.   Meta Description, similar to Excerpt but a shorter summary of your post.Make it catchy, use curiosity to hook your readers on. Title, Pick a catchy one, preferably with the below templates to help.Use your focus keywords as […]

How to Buy a Smartphone -Part II [2016 edition]

  In the previous post which you can find here we understood the basics of a smartphone , the components its build up off , the processors in a smartphone chip and an overview of functions of them. We had glazed through the features to look for when buying a smartphone.Today we will go further in-depth to understanding whats important to us.I will also give newer features which are coming about in the market and my personal experience with various brands in the market.I have highlighted the key features out of the ones I listed in my post to help you in a situation of compromise. Before you buy a 4G Enabled smartphone, you should check what band it supports to know if it will work in your area.Some popular phones which support 4G LTE in India today (must support 2300 MHz TD LTE band) include LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, LG F70.Refer a list of LTE phone here. Some phones aren’t optimised for battery current limiting and under voltage shutdown.You might have heard news of phones exploding, well its the battery that explodes.Some smartphone manufacturers remove the protective coating around the battery to reduce weight of the phone but that is […]