Coincidently today was the 100th day of Microsoft OneNote on my devices. I switched from EverNote to OneNote on 2nd Oct 2016 because I couldn’t use EverNote on 3 devices at a time (click here to know more about it).
In spite of a bulky interface and thousands of unusable options, heavy battery usage, and other minor bugs I continued to use OneNote thinking that I would get used to it.
But not anymore.
Today I reached my threshold of tolerance when I updated the OneNote just to paste one line from my mailbox and I was not able to do it. I mean seriously.! That’s the one damn thing why it even exists, it’s a tool which people use to store (copy & paste) useful data to use later. If the application can’t even get that thing straight what’s the whole point of using the damn thing?
And Today I have switched it to Google Keep and I am loving it.! It is built keeping the user in mind. In less than first 30 minutes, I got the whole idea. It does not have fancy features but it has what I needed the most. Below are some of the features which may seem trivial but are actually very effective and useful.
Pinning the notes to front- extremely useful for people who take a lot of notes
TODO list- again, trivial but it’s simplicity made me love it
Free all across the devices, and
It’s like love at first sight and since I am using it after OneNote I love it even more.
Yesterday’s was my first post from the iPad’s WordPress application. Extremely elegant and easy to use and with the Apple keyboard it’s just best combination ever for the people who likes to write stuff and publish it. Yes, it has some bottlenecks but which app doesn’t. I cannot use Grammarly on the go to check my grammar while writing, I can’t write the custom excerpt for Facebook(these are the text you see on Facebook when you stumble upon my post on the newsfeed). Other than these two shortcomings, I am absolutely in love with this application.
I have used the WordPress website also for publishing my stuff from the iPad but they suck big time, I just hate it. So if you have an iPad and you happen to write something and publish it too and use WordPress as a your platform, this application is highly recommended.
My life is becoming normal again and I love it already. My mother is recovering fast, tomorrow we will check the total blood count to see the progress on paper. Hopefully, I will resume running from tomorrow onwards.
Finally, I completed the book, “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle”. Well, I procrastinated too much while reading the book and because of that, it took me more than 3 weeks to read the book. The good thing is that every now and then I wrote my learnings from the book on my blog which turned out to be a great asset because now I can revisit it anytime I want and relearn from it. To read all the posts related to this book click here.
The book became really technical in the later half which actually led the delay. If the book is interesting it takes no time to read till the end but when it becomes too technical to understand it becomes difficult to follow through. With that said, I really liked the last chapter because it dealt with my problem specifically and showed the how I can overcome it (I would share the detail of my problem and its solution in the next post).
The bottom line is when we give in to feel good, we procrastinate. That’s it. It happens in almost any endeavor of life. When the going gets tough we find an easy way out and that’s what giving in to feel good mean and it leads to procrastination. For most of us, this has become a habit, we are habitual to procrastinate. Realizing this would be the first half of solving the procrastination puzzle and acting upon it to create a new habit of doing things rather than giving in to feel good is the solution that I have found for myself.
PS: My mother is doing fine, she is still in bed but fever and headache are down thankfully. Thank you for all your support.
Writing things down have made a profound impact on me. It’s incredible how useful they can be at the time when we are confused and don’t know what we should do next. I always undermine it yet every time when I use this tool it I feel like I should have used it more often.
Even writing down the smallest possible steps you can take, has the power to move you from stagnancy to mobility. I love to write, not only for my blog but also for the things I have to do during the day time. I write when I feel down, I write when I feel motivated, I write when I feel guilty of not doing the things I should have done, I write when I plan things, basically I write whenever I get time to write. Writing lessen the burden if I have any, and if I feel motivated, writing makes me feel even more motivated.
If you think you are not good enough to write, you are wrong. You may not have enough expertise to write in public that I can understand but of course you can write for yourself. Doing that more often will gradually make you a good writer and it will improve your writing skills in the long run. For those who always have an excuse for not writing, and those who plan to write and those who love to procrastinate, there is only one message… You just have to start.!!
I have listened and heard a lot of startups stories, today I stumbled upon another one except that it was written exceptionally well and I would recommend it to everyone who is planning to switch to a startup or just wants to know some dark secrets of the startup world. Here is the link to the story.
As a writer, you have a choice, a choice of writing the story with a positive attitude. I remember the time when I used to write in my secret notebook, in those days I didn’t have any intention of ending the story on a positive note and often it ended with lots of negativity. Now whenever I unearth those writings I think how could I ever write something like that.
The best thing about sharing stories with others is that I have to extract out the positive points, the learnings and share it out loud with others. This invariably makes me a positive person and it feels awesome.
“Outliers: The Story of Success” and “David and Goliath” are two of the masterpieces by the author Malcolm Gladwell. I shared my learnings from the books on my blog as well as on YouTube, you can find them here, here & here.
It’s very tempting to see how many people are reading my blog, the website statistics is a place where many bloggers spend most of their time and I used to do that too. Then I came across one of the interviews of Malcolm Gladwell where he shared that he didn’t write those books in order to get popularity, they just happen to be favorite among people. What he did basically was that he produced the best he can and people liked it, not the other way around.
The philosophy of writing without looking at the results(or in this case stats) and focusing only on quality and content of writing is incredible. I always remind myself of that interview as it helps in settling down my anxiety of looking at the stats. The size of the audience doesn’t matter, what matters is am I doing the best I can for the audience that I have?
I have a WhatsApp group where I send my daily articles. It contains a group of very special friends who have shown interest in my articles and they are also the ones who read my articles regularly. I abstain myself from looking at the website stats, it’s very tempting but I control myself. So have no way of knowing exactly how many people are reading my blogs every day.
The day I missed publishing the article, I got many WhatsApp messages asking why I haven’t sent it yet. I was ashamed and happy at the same time. Ashamed because I had broken the routine and happy because it was the first time I witnessed that, that many people were eagerly waiting for my article.
I was an amazing feeling.
Thank you so much for following my blog, it means a lot to me, you guys have helped me grow my blog and myself. Thank you so much for sending me suggestions and sometimes pointing my mistakes.
I love EverNote, the note taking app which is extremely handy and useful for almost every occasion. Sometimes I feel that it stores the information the way we store it in our mind.
I have been using this app for quite some time but in past couple of months (since I started blogging) I am using it extensively. It has every raw idea in it, every article in its amateur state. I have written my victories, my pains and everything else which falls in between.
Today I unintentionally opened some of the articles which I had written 15 months back(I was not blogging at that time) and realized how my life has changed since then. I only remember that I wanted to change myself at that time and now when I saw those notes today, I witnessed the change.
Keeping the journal helps monitor our behavior, it reflects the true part of ourselves which we fail to see because of conflicting emotions.
Ramzan has altered my routine big time, not only the daily running is out of the way but after Aftaar (the time when Muslims break their fast) it’s almost impossible to do anything. The time which was dedicated to book reading is now converted into lying around time and when my father was with me it was intense discussion time. My father is a very religious person and during his visit we discussed life, after-life, and Islam. In the beginning, he didn’t support my decision of writing daily but this time, he seemed pleased with it.
I am very happy that I finally completed this book today and now I’ll start reading the book “Permission Marketing” by Seth Godin. My Evernote is filled with the notes that I have taken while reading “The Virgin Way” and I would be sharing the book review and learning very soon.
Being in top 10% in anything has a story. It says about consistency, persistence and love for the work.
Today’s digital world is filled with lots of tools which we can use to enhance our productivity and efficiency. One of the tools I use the most is Grammarly, an application for people who love to write and need help while editing the content. It points out the mistakes before anyone else does and it does it very well.
One of the best things they do is that they send weekly stats on my mailbox. For a long period of time, I ignored their updates because I was at the bottom. But recently these updates has started to motivate me a lot and I have been writing more articles than ever. Now I wait for their weekly emails to see my progress to see if I did what I was supposed to do in the last week.
Marketing has evolved to a whole new level and this strategy is more customer focused than ever. Instead of shoveling their cutting edge technology down the throat of customers they send stats which are very relevant for the users.