Waking up early is marketed as the secret to succeeding at everything in life. Self-help books and articles eternally mention the benefits of waking up early, and how this is the one hack to achieve all your goals.
According to an analysis by Forbes from various studies, waking up early is proven to improve:
I am personally an early-riser too because I like to move and meditate in the morning. It helps me set the tone for my day. That being said, it isn’t a rule of life everybody has to abide with. For the longest time during university, I never understood my classmates who would sleep at 3:00 a.m. and wake up at noon. …
I have been obsessed with Instagram for 5 years. I used to upload gorgeous pictures — of food, of me travelling across the world, and of my lovely life.
If you’re looking for me to admit it was all fake, unfortunately, it wasn’t. I truly believe if you have an account with a large number of followers (or even 10 followers) there’s a responsibility you carry.
I perceived it to be my responsibility that nobody should leave upset, angry, or jealous if they see my page.
But enough about me, let’s talk about you. …
When you come from a large country, living in Europe for a year (for university) is a pleasant surprise. It feels like the world is 2 hours away from you. I was living in Manchester which wasn’t in the heart of Europe, but a return ticket to another European city cost less than $100.
I had a chunk of savings in my Indian Rupees which quickly squeezed when it converted to Euros. What did I do next?
I sat and planned a solo trip for 19 days across 6 countries. I printed out the map of Europe, drew my plan with a pencil and kept a tracker of dates, accommodation, travel, and costs. …
Tech is the future.
Careers in tech earn more money.
STEM is the thriving field to pursue.
My previous company which is thriving in e-commerce laid off thousands. Guess the segment which did not get laid off? Tech. This automatically makes you believe that unless you pursue a degree or online course in tech, your skills aren’t savy enough.
I felt this too especially during the pandemic when Linkedin was bombarded by 2 types of updates:
For months I have seen this information every day so I too decided to pursue a renown course on Data Science. I kid you not, it looked beautiful! I even told my close friends and family that I’ll become a Data Scientist. …
I was 13 when my parents put me in a boarding school located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Set across two hill-tops with almost two-centuries-old architecture, there were a lot of history, culture, traditions and ghost stories to this place.
This particular institution was made for the Britishers’ children during the British Raj.
I will skip the boring bit of the history and let you know that the old name for this school was Royal Military College.
Now, the name has changed but the traditions? I wish they did, at least when I was there.
I cried every day begging my parents to take me home. How is a city girl supposed to live in a place where being late by 30 seconds could result in a week of punishment? …
I started an Instagram account when I was just 16, back in 2012. Instagram and I were both quite young back then.
I was irregular because back then it was just another app on my iPod Touch. I would rather spend my time on Facebook chat than to figure out this new app with a weird, brown camera icon.
Fast forward to the 18-year-old me who went to university — I turned my life around with a new journey. The journey of health and wellness. The start of my weight loss journey to lose 50lbs and overcome my obesity.
I started blogging about it on WordPress, and Instagram began to get some fame too. …
My experience after seeing 10,000 job applications
As a former recruiter in an e-commerce firm, we thrived on hiring the best talent for our company. Something I didn’t know as a job applicant was that it’s always the nanoscopic mistakes which made me and my fellow colleagues reject applications.
A recruiter looks at your application for less than 30 seconds. What does your application have that hundreds of others do not?
Here are the 5 most common mistakes, and what can you do to rectify them.
Resumes which come in can be a single page long or sometimes even three.
Some countries and companies look for long and elaborative resumes whereas some look for short bullet points. …
We read it often to have a clear goal in mind and write about them. There are various quotes on how goal-setting can transform your life. I know of all this and so do you if you’re a self-help reader. How many of us have implemented this knowledge though?
Last week, I spent one hour doing this exercise I read about and by the time it ended I was surprised at what all I wrote. I thought I know myself well. I know the kind of income I want to make and the things I want to do in life.
I was wrong. I knew these things vaguely, but in reality, they were ambiguous ambitions. …
I wasn’t a smoker. I really wasn’t. I didn’t finish a pack a day or have recurrent urges. I smoked only when I drank, and every now and then. This is hardly any quantity, and no harm is done to me.
This is how I made myself feel better about my new-found habit.
I didn’t want to acknowledge that I smoked. None of you will die sooner commentaries mattered. The pack of cigarettes was £11 in England (where it all started) and £4 in my home country. …
When I started working out 6 years ago, little did I think that I would ever have the courage to write this down. Little did I think that I’d ever like myself enough to feel good, or appreciate myself for saving my health when my BMI almost fell in the section of obesity.
Oh god, those love handles look terrible.
I’d mutter to myself, every time I changed in front of the mirror. There were more comments, depending on which body part I wanted to focus on. Mind you, this was not a result of my bad mood. …