January 11, 2014 21:49 by Rohit
So here is my New Year Resolution for 2014:
- Exercise daily. Keep fit and energetic. Set weight-loss milestones.
- Read two books each month. One Fiction, One Non-Fiction.
- Learn something new each week related to existing skill set.
- Learn one new technology.
- Clear one certification.
- Join one more degree course. An add-on to existing qualifications.
- Post on blog regularly. One post every Saturday.
January 1, 2014 10:55 by Rohit
After a long delay, discussions, plans and reviews, I finally decided to buy Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Purchased on 31st-December-2013, a new year gift to myself.
December 22, 2013 12:27 by Rohit
Few colleagues tossed a question: "Rohit, why you write so much?". This post is an answer to end this debate. It is also imperative to highlight the points to them because they are among those few who regularly check my blogs (IRohitable, My Days My Life and Zing Life).
To start with, I want to tell you when and why I started writing. It all started in the year 2006. I started a daily journal of day-to-day happenings. It was only later 2009 when I realized the real benefits of writing. My life had taken a U-turn and I wanted to keep myself occupied with any constructive activity. My blog, Zing Life, is the result of this U-turn. While writing posts for Zing Life I realized, writing not only keeps you busy but also syncs your actions with your goals. My day-to-day journal also became voluminous and I moved most of the incidents online. I later made this journal private.
My blog, IRohitable, is a collection of problems and solutions. It is more like a professional blog. It covers everything related to my day job as a Software Developer. I write here to learn. It is a human tendency that if you write something you far better remember it then simply reading it. Also, when your writing is available online, you get variety of feedback from people around the globe. And when it is related to programming or something conceptual, you should be ready for strong criticism. This criticism helps you dig deeper in understanding the concept clearly.
This blog, My Days My Life, is a place where I share things not related to my professional life. These are not-so-private things which can be shared with close friends.
In the end I want to sum up the benefits of writing and want to tell you, frankly, that I am not a professional writer. Still much needs to be learned. There are several blogs which I regularly read and, at the end of the day, feel how little I know about expressing myself professionally and clearly.
Therefore, my friends, I write because:
- It syncs my actions with my goals. It syncs my Mind, Body and Soul.
- I become a better person when my post reminds me to behave accordingly. Live what you write.
- I can express myself better with writing.
- Writing helps me dig deeper.
- Writing brings discipline in life.
- Writing helps me to remember things longer than mere reading.
- It keeps me busy.
Last but not the least, I am an avid reader as well. I love books, mostly non-fiction.
December 19, 2013 23:06 by Rohit
My company organized a Conclave in Bangalore where I also presented. Below are the photos:
December 19, 2013 00:44 by Rohit
These days I am getting little time to fulfill my passion. From 9 am to 10 pm, the day is tightly occupied. Though office timings are 11 am to 9 pm (50 Hours a week) but including commuting time, it extends 1 hour on both sides.
A typical schedule on business days is:
- Keep snoozing alarm till it is 8:00 am.
- 8:30 am - Check comments on my blog and mails. Read few inspirational posts on other blogs.
- By 9:45 am, get ready and wait for call from cab driver.
- Reach office by 10:30 AM and check mails.
- 11:00 AM - rush to office cafeteria to have morning breakfast. Usually, butter toast with Corn Flakes.
- 11:40 AM - 9:00 PM: Office Work. Mess up and beat head with code.
- 09:30 PM - Dinner in a cafe.
- 10:00 PM - Reach my room. Turn ON television with News Channel and simultaneously check personal mails, blog comments, social-networking sites. Read technical articles or do small R&D things.
- 12:00 AM -Change television channel for old Hindi songs and switch off lights.
- 12:30 AM - Eyes become like Garfield. Turn off television from main switch near my bed. This turns off refrigerator as well because both have same connection. Who cares.
June 15, 2013 09:15 by Rohit
Recently read somewhere that if you want to be a good entrepreneur, spend some time working in good companies. My present company is one such company. Continuous improvement and best practices are its core values. It has several websites for internal use like:
- It has its social networking site similar to facebook which is to be used by employees only.
- A micro-blogging site similar to twitter where employees can post short streams and share information.
- A blogging tool where employees can create their own blogs to share their knowledge with colleagues.
- A website which enable employees to take trainings online.
- A website to get financial information anytime. Employees can set compensation plan, download salary slips and submit tax related information.
- An idea submission site where employees are encouraged to submit ideas on a regular basis. Each idea is analyzed and short-listed. There is an execution plan for selected ideas.
- A website for grievances.
- A website to track transportation.
- A website to share technical documents, tutorial videos and research works.
- A website to recognize your colleagues for their good work.
- A website from which employees can download employment proof, address proof letters.
And many other online initiatives.
Long term resolutions soon fade away and you loose enthusiasm. Short term goals, baby steps, increase will-power and enthusiasm to move further. I also found written resolutions to be more effective. It is rightly said:
"A Goal not written is just another dream"
So my top priorities for August 2012 are below. This list also includes shopping.
- Reduce weight. Includes brisk walking and three to four days workout at nearest gym.
- Hands on new technology (Ruby).
- Join electronic guitar class.
- Buy digital camera.
June 18, 2012 23:40 by Rohit
Relatively low from a Salesman perspective, but enough in two-three hours time. I have a permanent day job where I am working as a Lead Developer. After office hours I have three hours time to invest in marketing my business. So how this resolution of contacting five customers daily initiated?
Well, thanks to Amway seminar held last year in my city. I attended the seminar on request of my neighbor, an active Amway Sales person. I had no wish to attend initially but on my neighbor's intense request, I attended the seminar. I knew I won't loose anything but I will definitely gain something.
One senior Amway member, in his speech, impressed me. He was telling his story of how he started network building many years before when he was a newbie member of Amway. He made a resolution to contact at least ten new potential customers daily after his office hours without any second thought in his mind. Whether a customer would buy his product or become a member under his leg (stream) was not an issue, he said. What was important, than, was to keep building the network and give away his business card. According to him, he was satisfied with the fact that his business card is reaching ten new customers daily and his network of product awareness is growing.
Days became months and months converted into an year. No good news and this chap got disappointed. "I simply broke down", he said. He contacted Amway and someone guided him to keep patience and carry on with his resolution.
Soon a day came when a customer contacted him regarding his products. One customer brought more customers and soon he had many active members under him.
His courage and perseverance touched me. When I started marketing a month ago for my products and services, I had his speech in mind. I made a resolution to contact five new potential clients daily without giving any second thought on rejection. In this short span of time marketing my products, I have not closed many leads, but what makes me happy is that I am not rejected either. Closing a deal is just taking time but it will soon close.
June 16, 2012 17:49 by Rohit
As I sit in my office cabin, cool breeze fills my room indicating the arrival of monsoon. I could see from my office window a nearby road where children enjoying the rain water on roads without hesitation.
This season reminds me of my spiritual journey two years back which started from July. In the first post of my blog, I shared few photos of that journey. It also reminds me of few commitments left unfulfilled in a holy place. I promised to donate water-proof poly sheet to a temple and large storage containers for storing commodities to an Ashram. I want to fulfill these promises this July.
Photos of my garden at home (taken from a poor 10mpx cellphone camera)
May 30, 2012 11:05 by Rohit
I am in a process of restructuring my bank accounts and cashflow. I want to stop all the irrelevant bank charges and penalties by the end of June 2012. The goal is to:
- Close all the bank accounts which require heavy Average Quarterly Balance.
- Transfer all the stocks from an expensive DEMAT service to a fairly inexpensive one.
- Open a recurring amount with auto-debit facility. This will automatically deduct small amount of money from my salary account and save. It is a good disciplinary step.
- Put little money in Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) of a good mutual fund.
- Generate more sources for income from part-time business.
- Use my blog to advertise and sell products of companies that I have partnered with.