Gaurang's Thoughts

How to handle the information load in the information age?

We all are surrounded by countless source of data in the form of videos, texts, voices, images and perpetual thoughts in our minds. To ease off and to productivity process them we need to have mental models in place on how to manage them, how to extract useful actionable items out of them and how to successfully store them for future reference.

I was reading a blogpost written by the CEO of Evernote and some of my key learnings and thoughts are:

  1. Have a theme workday - On one day, you can take on all leadership/ business facing tasks which makes you see things in macro/ bird eye-view manner. Mondays are ideal for that as following days you can work on the execution part. Tuesdays can be spent on mobilising your team towards achieving the goals as finalised on the day prior. Also, acknowledging efforts of the top-performers so that they are motivated to maintain the momentum during the rest of the week. Wednesday can be spent on Marketing strategy which will take form and executed in following days. Thursday can be spent on other facets of business such as recruiting and product development/ enhancement. Friday can be spent on retrospecting the week, what were the achievements, fronts where improvements are needed. By following a thematic workweek regime, your work won't be much monotonus and there will be sense of adventure and fun while working which would keep you full of energy and creativity while on work.

  2. Plan ahead, prioritize and execute - Different facets of your life should be mapped in such a way that you can focus on the present moment/ day to day activities as well as what your quarterly goals are and are the activities going to help you in achieving the quarterly goals (for yourself as well as your team/ family members/ friends) and make long lasting impact.

  3. Don't let e-mails dictate your workday - Start your day with the Priority list which you prepared on the last night. Those are your top 3 priority tasks. Try taking on the hardest problems first which needs your absolute attention and good amount of cognitive resources. Once done, move on to less demanding tasks. Filter the emails in such a way that tasks which tasks minimal time can be taken over immediately and others can be checked in night when you will be prioritising the tasks (feel free to delegate that task if you have PAs). Don't keep on checking emails round the clock as it takes away a lot of time and contributes to mental fatigue as well. Instead, stick to whatever you had planned a night before.

  4. Don't go gaga over meetings - Meeting drains out a lot of time and are often unproductive. Have meetings with strict agendas and actionable. There must be a person who meticulously takes MOMs/ Notes of the meeting to ensure that every stakeholder knows about what was agreed and what were the actionable items.

Reigniting my Computer Science/ CS Education in 2020

Pandemic is crazy and it has led to deep introspection. I am pretty sure, that's the case with everyone. So I am going to do is, walk over the path of CS again which I had abandoned about 5 years ago.

So by the end of 2020, I will have covered the following topics and I will be documenting my entire journey in this blog post as well as in my github repository.

1. Python
2. Git
3. SQL
4. Django
5. Linux Server Administration
6. Data Structures
7. TBA

In June 2020, I have rekindled my interest in Python and Git and I will be devouring all the tutorials and resources I have on my disposal to master the skills.

Web Forums having best design for inspiration

Web forums are great for engaging a community wherein they can discuss on any related topic, get their queries resolved, share some new insights. Gamification makes participation in forums more fun and actively factor rises because of it. In this post, I am including different web forums which have an incredible design which makes the forum very user-friendly.

  1. Microsoft Forum - It is simple yet has a great design.

Things I learnt from the book “4 Hour Work week”

Here are the things which I learnt from the book:

Separate income from time to create an ideal lifestyle.
Expert is a person who has made all the mistkaes that can be made in a very narrow field.
If you truly want something, focus and chase, follow up, even if that’s sending emails 32 times to a person so that they eventually give up.
Read E-mails only few times a day. That can save you couple of hours eventually.
Goal has to be to do all the things which you want to do, and to become what you truly want to be.
To be an owner, own the asset or hire people to run those.
To earn money with dreams to chase, timelines, steps included what are you working for.
Have more quality and less clutter – to have huge financial reserves but recognize that the most material wants are justifications for spending on things which dont matter. what’s your life’s purpose>
Pay day comes every day, cash flow first, big payday second.
To have freedom from doing things that you dislike, but also the freedom and resolve to pursue your dreams without reverting to work for work’s sake, Refine passions overtime and eliminate the bad ones, pursue and experience the finest,
Never fool yourself.
Free your time, location – money is 3x to 10x more than its worth depending upon where you are.
what you do shouldn’t be limited to a location.
Once you say you are going to settle for second, that’s what happens to your life as well.
Please everyone and fail. Everything population is mostly wrong.
Find odd timings to follow up for maximum conversions.
Being uniformly divergent then rest of the world.
Working and enjoying throughout the life – rock solid health is critical.
Mini retirements through life, working only when productive and the work is enjoyable.
High intensity learning.
Doing things of greater personal importance, is not laziness.
No right time for great things. Do when necessary — that’s NOW.
Someday is a disease which takes your dream to grave with you. If it is important to you, just do it now and correct during the course.
Ask for forgiveness, never for permission.

Intelligence and success

Intelligence doesn’t means success.

Knowledge is different from intellect.

Success is only one abstraction as there are other elements like emotions, ethics, creativity, work hard, preservarance.

Not perceiving people as threat if you are in same domain as there are so many variables of success and difference so even if they are above you or at par to you intellectually, they may be more or less successful than you are because of above other variables.

Study everything about the domain before getting into the domain.
Absolute mastery of the topic is very important.
It is great to have reference points of where you are heading professionally or life wise.