When I first read about ‘putting first things first’, it made a lot of sense. Just figure out what you want your life to look like and reverse-engineer your life from there. See what needs to change/accommodate it to make that ‘end of your life’ vision come to life. Want to see yourself as a millionaire at 60? No problem. Calculate how much you need to have/invest by the time you are 50, 40, 30, etc., and, work towards those goals to ultimately become a millionaire. And, if you are already at 30 with a huge gap between your goal and reality, change your life to meet your goals. It’s as simple as that. But, life seldom works this way. We (atleast most of us) cannot just drop all our commitments and take a path leading to our dreams. Our lives are more complicated than that. What do we do then?
Archives for May 2014
How to start a successful blog? The internet is full of experts advising on the topic. I’ve had this blog for two years now with April 30th marking my two year anniversary. When I started writing, I was plagued with number of doubts (not that I don’t have them now) – do I have enough to say? Do I have something new to say? Or at-least a different approach to say things that’ve already been said? I put aside all these and started on my strong belief that I had to write, I had stuff which I wanted to get out of my system, to put things onto paper. So, I made a list of topics I wanted to write about and started this blog. I confess ’had only 10 blog post ideas with no guarantee I would pen a 11th one as I started, but nevertheless, ’ploughed through. During these initial days, I also read up all on ‘how to create a successful blog’ on the internet which boiled down to these few key points:
One year ago I wrote a post on ‘digital strategies’ – on how to manage our digital lives. That was not professional advice and it was never meant to be. Just like everybody else, I was struggling to manage my digital life and that post reflected my thoughts & workflow. Over the year, as our one year old kid started to grow, we started snapping his pictures in reckless abandon on our phones and cameras, storing them in our mobiles, laptops and desktops. When I wanted to see his gradual growth over the year, I couldn’t to my satisfaction because his pictures were scattered between my iPhone, iPad, my wife’s iPhone, my laptops (work & personal), my wife’s laptops (work and personal), my digital camera, my handy-cam and my desktop. With 10 devices to collate from, I went mad. How do I get all of them to one place? Is there a way to do it without losing my mind? Is there a way I can ensure I don’t fall into this situation again?