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Friday, November 7, 2014

Piece of Paper brings Peace of Mind

Maintaining to-do list is one of the must have practise for a productive daily work.
My to-do list on Nov 6, 2014
We all think that we are super intelligent and can store our to-do's on our mind and recollect it much faster. I was also a victim of this thought for past years. As we all love to be organised in a smarter way i tried almost 20+ to-do list software both on desktop and mobile. It eventually added a new to-do task "add to-do to to-do list manager" but did not work out the way i expected.

I often use the sticky notes on my Windows 8 to write short notes and this is how it looked late.

Oops! That's not motivating me to remove any to-do task from the list, it was only growing and i could not see much improvement. I thought this is eco-friendly and would help me look at it any time and of course it was available to me at ease but did not meet the purpose. I mean did not help me much on finishing the to-do list.

It was by accident i noted Mr. Ranjith B Nambiar (My manager is previous job) was using his pen and paper note to list down his tasks every day and strike out tasks one-by-one after finishing it. First i looked at it and suggested him to use a web based tool to manage to-do but he said he is fine with it. I thought it was waste of pen and paper in this modern world.

After few days I was tempted to try this to-do list management using pen and paper, started my day with listing down my pending tasks and scheduled work. It was a long list and i found though i felt everything was on my mind, when listed on paper the list was long i realised lot to do for the day. Prioritised the list and was working one by one, struck the finished tasks. By end of the day i felt much satisfied for spending valuable time really working on the tasks rather than wasting time on remembering the to-do tasks.

The most happiest feeling was when I stick the finished tasks one after the other. When I flip back, it also helps me to see if there is any task pending for more than days. This is the moment i felt "Piece of paper brings peace of mind".

From then, I started practising to maintain my to-do list on a book with date and flip through to see backlogs. On practising this process, I also included how i spent the day and on which task with time taken, before leaving office on a corner of the page.

This is some thing i learnt and now this helps me feel good to go to bed without worrying about any to-do task to be missed.

How do you maintain your to-do and which works best for you? Please share it on the comment section,

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Going back to college as an entrepreneur after three years

The biggest advantage of going to college according to me is the alumni network. The best schools are made of strong alumni support.

About the Event
The department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Computer Science and Technology of Karunya University (KU) conducted the second national IEEE STEP EVENT 2014 on “GROOMING ENGINEERS AS ENTREPRENEURS” on 27th October 2014. IEEE-Young Professional, Madras Section. The objective of this event is to transform budding engineers as entrepreneurs.

In this regard CSE department of KU invited Mohankumar Swaminathan, an alumnus to be the resource person for the session “Spark of Inspiration” for one hour duration to talk on "Show inspirations of start-ups; Alumni-Start-ups; Incubation Advantages".

My Preparation:
Thinking about going back to my college was early waiting moment, that too for delivering a guest session for a national level event to talk to my own juniors made me work over nights to make sure I give my best.

First, when I decided to prepare, one thing that came to my mind was NOT to make it a boring session. It's NOT about, I got a stage to proudly say what we did, instead i was very keen on take away i wanted to pass on to students.

While i was studying in college, I would start opening my text book just few hours after our study hours in night. But this time absolute opposite, spend more than days digging all my previous tweets and started to put it up in one PPT and organised.

I wanted to make sure even the photos and references i use should be from Karunyans. And when a junior listens to me his expectation would be more of brotherhood. So I need to be open minded to say real inside out, give tips and build bonding.

My Talk


My Experience:
Got up early, grabbed some breakfast at home, got into car on a drizzling climate and took a back seat to make sure I enjoy every second of my travel recollecting my college days. Its about 40 kms from my home and while i entered the college area, I still couldn't accept that it's been three years since I left this place. Smile built up itself and was measuring every step I had recollecting moments spent with friends and teachers.

My session was second in morning and with the above PPT walked them through how we lived in Karunya? and how i was able to find co-founders and build a small start-up from our own hostel rooms.

Had lunch in our hostel mess, went to my department. Had chance to interact with staffs who believed in me even when i was in college being an average student.

News coverage:

HTcampus: http://www.htcampus.com/article/workshop-grooming-engineers-entrepreneurs-karunya-university/

Being an alumni
Getting out of college with a campus placement would be a great thing for us at that moment, but the real happiness for teachers is when you go back visit them and share your industry experience with juniors. It's our responsibility to make sure we keep in touch with our college/department often and give back what ever we learnt to the juniors.

We schedule our vacation and family outing, it's equally important to visit our college every year to meet our juniors, staff and contribute as much as possible. Alumni contribution is very much important to build a strong freshers out of college.

Would like to listen to your experiences on helping or guiding your juniors after coming out of college. Lets get to know your experience in the comments section.