Day with a Difference – 31-Dec-12

Quote of the day
“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.”-Leo F Buscaglia
Thought of the day- Thank you for your time and Happy New Year
It has been a year since I started collecting quotes, motivational stories, life tips and some laughter. Thank you all for spending your time reading what I shared. I hope it didn’t made you felt like your time is wasted [I would like to thank who are all criticized it, and they are also people who really made me to send again and again 😉 ]. I was really astonished when some people asks “Why no ‘quote of the day’ today?”, “Oh! I didn’t get that for some day, please check the listing.”. Really overwhelmed by such responses. My cousin sister who is the starter of this DWD deserves the appreciations. When I was joining my first job, she gifted me a dress set with her visiting card pasted in the cover; on the back of it there was a quote saying “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. That quote really ignited my mind for some good searches. She used to send “Day with a difference” mail some years.I was sending this mailer for a complete selfish reason. I don’t really have any good habits I practice on regular basis. So only I thought of starting something and ended up starting this mailer. I really didn’t believe I had send this on many of the days in 2012 J (Some days, I hadn’t sent with the reason I tell myself that I am a busy guy ;)). Though a year of sending such a mail is not a big deal, I can’t stop applauding my first almost consistent effort!

Thank you all for your time, your patience, your encouragement and your responses!

Have a happy new year. May this new year brings you a lot of happiness, hope, peace, laughs, fun and more. May this new year lighten good thoughts/humanity on people’s mind and make humans to be a real human always (remembering some worst/inhuman things happened in 2012 in this world, and hoping for good year).

Joke of the day
You know it’s time for a New Year’s resolution to lose weight when you step on a talking scale and it says, “One at a time, please!”-
A man asks his friend for a cigarette. His friend says, “I think you made a New Year resolution to quit smoking.” The man says, ” I am in the process of quitting. Right now, I am in the middle of phase one.” “What’s phase one?” “I’ve quit buying.”

Have a great, super fun, thoughtful, lovely, happy and memorable year ahead!Regards,
Prasanna
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Day with a Difference – 31-Dec-12

Day with a Difference – 28-Dec-12

Quote of the day
“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.”– Phil Jackson
Thought of the day – 12 Unconventional Habits of Highly Productive People
1. Meditate

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about all the wonderful health and cognitive benefits meditation offers. But did you know Stanford University researchers consider it the #1 way to boost willpower? Regular meditation increases grey matter in the prefrontal cortex, which governs decision-making. Over time, you’ll greatly improve your ability to avoid distractions and stay focused on the task at hand. To learn how to start meditating, check out this article.

2. Optimize Your Morning Ritual

How you spend your first waking hour sets the tone for the rest of your day. In his program Get the Edge, peak performance coach Tony Robbins strongly encourages taking at least 15 minutes every morning to get your body and mind in an optimal state. This can be done through meditation, visualization, physical activity, prayer, reading, practicing gratitude, yoga, journaling, or even taking a walk around the block.

3. Visualize Your Ideal Day

It is common practice among elite athletes to visualize their performance before game-time. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus once said, “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my mind.” You can use the same strategy to increase your productivity. First, get clear on what you want to accomplish during the day, then visualize yourself going through the different activities swiftly and efficiently. Once you open your eyes, you’ll be ready to make your own day a masterful performance.

4. Rest Before You’re Tired

One of the keys to optimal productivity is to stay mentally fresh through the day. Productivity expert Tony Schwartz, author of the book The Power of Full Engagement, tells us, “Human beings are designed to pulse rhythmically between spending and renewing energy. That’s how we operate at our best.” In other words, a great way to avoid fatigue is to take one or two small breaks every hour. I personally use the app Time Out which basically blocks me out of my computer for 10 minutes every 50 minutes. By resting regularly, you’ll keep your energy up and get more done over the course of a day.

5. Get Active During Your Breaks

What should you do to optimize your 10-minute break? While it may be tempting to head straight to Facebook, that’s not your best bet. What I’ve found to be optimal is 5 minutes of physical activity (50 jumping jacks, 20 push-ups and 20 squats) which increases blood flow to the brain, followed by 5 minutes of meditation that calms down the mind and helps you get clarity over what needs to get done next.

6. Work with Intention

The Internet is a wonderful tool, but it’s also the greatest time-waster in history. To avoid falling prey to its endless distractions, make sure that whenever you sit down at your computer, you are intentional about your work. Get crystal clear on what you’re about to do and write it down. Once that’s done, get straight to work. Don’t waste 1 minute. Even checking Facebook or your email once is bound to throw you off track.

7. Unplug

In a world that’s constantly connected, we forget how taxing this is to our cognitive system. Try to take 1 day a week to unplug and do a technology detox. Put your computer aside and seek out nature, spend time with your loved ones, read a book, paint, journal, lay in a hammock, call a friend, volunteer, etc. If you’re courageous, why not put your phone on airplane mode for a few hours too? I promise, the next day, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and refocused.

8. Optimize Your Work Set-Up

When working on a laptop, it’s easy to get a very bad posture. The laptop is too low relative to your eye level, which gets you to slouch or look down at an awkward angle. This is not only bad for your neck and back, but it’s also detrimental to your productivity. A good posture energizes us, while a bad posture makes us more lethargic. Consider buying a laptop stand (with an external keyboard and mouse) or setting up a standing desk. Check this video to see my own work set-up.

9. Learn to Speed Read

Reading is an essential part of daily life, in both personal and professional environments. Learning to speed-read is a great (and easier than you think) way to improve productivity, but it holds one caveat. It’s really hard to do on a computer screen. So instead, you can use a neat web application called Spreeder. It allows you to paste the text into a box and it then flashes the words across your screen at the speed you choose. It makes speed-reading on the computer almost effortless and is sure to save you time and energy.

10. Be Grateful

In his excellent TED Talk The Secret to Happy Work, Shawn Anchor reveals that our brain performs up to 30% better when we’re feeling happy. A simple way to boost your happiness level is to take a few seconds every hour to think about the things you’re grateful for. This can be anything, from your health, to your access to food, the internet, your family, your friends, the beautiful weather, etc. Really feel the gratitude and you’ll be both happier and more productive.

11. Practice Optimal Breathing

Take a second to notice your breath right now. It is deep and full, or short and shallow? If you’re like the majority of people, it’s probably the latter. When we’re working, it’s easy to get so caught up in what we do that we forget to breathe properly. Taking a few deep mindful breaths regularly will help you relax, get present, and oxygenate your brain.

12. Ask for Help

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re the type of person who takes pride in doing things all by yourself. For the longest time, I did the same. But recently, I’ve realized that asking for help not only makes my life a LOT easier, it also gives other people a chance to share their gifts and feel more accomplished. Win-win! Next time you’re stuck or unsure what to do next, don’t bang your head against the wall, just ask for help.

Source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/11/05/12-unconventional-habits-of-highly-productive-people/

Joke of the day
The tough businessman was feeling very ill and went to the doctor. The doc examined him and backed away, saying, "I’m sorry to tell you this, but you have an advanced case of highly infectious rabies. You must have had it for some time. It will almost certainly be fatal." "Could you give me a pen and paper?" said the businessman. "Do you want to write your will?" "No, I want to make a list of all the people I want to bite."
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 28-Dec-12

Day with a Difference – 27-Dec-12

Quote of the day
"Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions." – Dalai Lama
Thought of the day – Keys to happiness
Happiness is an emotion, and just like all other emotions it’s fleeting and impermanent, however there are certain activities and ways of living that can help us create a happier life. Below you’ll find some keys to happiness.

1. Having a healthy mind and body

Healthy mind

Do you have strategies for reducing stress? These can include everything from stretching, exercising, deep breathing, disputing negative thoughts and beliefs, creating more balance in your life, and having moments of amusement and humor.

Healthy body

A healthy body can come from increasing your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, eating whole grains, limiting animal fat, taking vitamins every day, and cutting back on sugar and caffeine. This will not only improve your emotional state but will give you greater energy and confidence.

2. Feeling good about yourself

Happiness ultimately comes from within. We all have positive traits and things to be proud of. Feeling good about ourselves can come from using our signature strengths and developing greater self-awareness about our personality, skills, talents, and values. As we develop greater self-awareness about who we are, we can begin to accept where we are in the present moment and experience a sense of peace, serenity, and contentment. This will lead us to have more moments of joy and happiness.

3. Facing problems honestly

We are not going to be problem free for our entire life, and happiness can’t protect us from life’s woes. This doesn’t mean focus on problems, worries, and regrets, but it does mean we can hold realistic expectations and meet whatever may happen with positivity. We can handle more and do more than we realize. When we respond to life’s difficulties with a sense of hope and responsibility, we can work through these effectively and become a better person because of it.

4. Being satisfied and appreciate what you have

I recently wrote a post at PsychCentral that discusses the idea of how money relates to life-satisfaction. The research I read explained that it’s not how much we have, but our perception of what we have. This is similar to many domains of life. Our expectations and perception is a major factor in the level of satisfaction we have. It’s possible to never be satisfied despite countless accomplishments, possessions, and opportunities. If you want to amplify your happiness, learn to appreciate the little things, and be grateful for what we have.

5. Focus on others and have good friends

Do you have friends and family that affirm and encourage your positive qualities? What about people who you can help and offer support to? Friends and family bring a deep sense of joy and communality, and can increase positive energy and that which is good in us. Relationships offer us a chance to do kind acts for others, and to receive support when needed. Reaching beyond ourselves and serving others will offer a sense of meaning and compassion.

6. Enjoying life

Do you enjoy your life overall? Do you find there are meaningful experiences and times when you really cherish what you do? Finding moments of pleasure and having fun are all important to increasing happiness. We all have the ability to experience greater happiness, but this is only possible by seeking outside hobbies, spending time with friends, and finding moments of inspiration and excitement. Look for the adventure and meaning that fills you life and start engaging more fully every day.

Acting intentionally and taking responsibility for our happiness if freeing and gives us greater control of our feelings. You can begin to develop your own plan to being happier according to your personal needs and values. Practice taking control of your happiness today by using your strengths, being content with what you have, engaging in life, and building positive relationships.

Joke of the day
Husband: What was that for…?
Wife: I found a paper in your pocket
with the name Jenny on it.
Husband: I took part in a race last week and Jenny was the name of my horse.
Wife: Sorry..!
Next day wife hit him with the frying pan again
Husband: What now..?
Wife: Your horse is on the Phone.
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 27-Dec-12

Day with a Difference – 25-Dec-12

Quote of the day
“It is better to look ahead & prepare than to look back & regret.” -Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Thought of the day – The Power of a Plan
A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology along with new features on smart phones may mean a lot less thinking and more doing. In a series of well-designed studies, E.J. Masicampo (Wake Forest University) and Roy Baumeister (Florida State and PT Blogger) demonstrated that committing to a specific plan for a goal frees up cognitive resources for our other pursuits. So, in addition to helping us be more successful with the specific goal we’re planning, planning lets us get on with other stuff too. Once a plan is made, we can stop thinking about the one goal and make room for others. Of course, this is absolutely necessary as we all juggle many goals throughout our days and lives. These plans are similar to the pre-decisions that we make with implementation intentions – a concept developed by Peter Gollwitzer that I’ve discussed at length in previous blog postings. The key thing with these pre-decisions is that they put the cue for action into the environment so that we act more unconsciously in our goal pursuit, hence freeing up our cognitive resources to think about other goals. We don’t unnecessarily perseverate on one goal and how to attain it.

Recently, Apple’s new iPhone 4s, and similar smart phones that have modeled the iPhone’s functionality, has been programmed to allow for geotagging of tasks. For example, if you have the goal to "pick up milk on the way home," your iPhone will use the GPS to notify you of your goal when you’re actually on the way home and near the grocery store. This is a wonderful example of distributed cognition, where our planning is done in part by a machine. Taken together, the research on the effective role of planning in our lives as well as the new capabilities of our mobile technologies offer us some exciting new possibilities for more successful goal pursuit. The message is: Plan first, make the plan specific and time/place dependent, let your smart phone do some of the thinking, and then move on to other tasks at hand. Oh, of course, there’s always the chance that you’ll put it off when your phone reminds you that you need milk and the grocery store is just there on your left. Weakness of will is always possible when we’re in the gap between intention and action. However, I think clear plans and useful tools will help narrow that gap considerably!

Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-delay/201111/the-power-plan

Joke of the day

Source: http://psychologyjokes.tumblr.com/

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 25-Dec-12

Day with a Difference – 21-Dec-12

Quote of the day
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Thought of the day – Respecting People or Their Opinions?
Opinions. We all have a lot of opinions. And recent societal trend is to teach children that all opinions are of equal value. Unfortunately, this well intentioned message has turned into a bit of a disaster. In our effort to treat people who share different beliefs and values with respect, we have mixed up the idea of treating people with respect and treating their ideas as “true”. Thus, it has become a maxim that everyone’s ideas are equally valid. I experience this assumption in the classroom every day. Students feel uncomfortable with challenging each other’s ideas, because they feel that everyone is equally right. And if everyone is right, how can anyone be wrong? Yet at the same time, because everyone’s opinion is equally valid, then it is much easier to hold on to an erroneous point of view, because I’m entitled to my point of view. This might explain why we are continuing to see declining empathy among 20-somethings, and increasing requests from employers to emphasize team-work skills. We’re also seeing increasingly hardened party lines in political discourse, because, of course, our ideas are better than your ideas. The result? Increased unwillingness to negotiate or compromise.

Increased ability to express our opinions with little or no editorial guidance though blogs and social media has increased the tendency to express our “untested” opinions. Just stating or holding an opinion does not make it valid. I can have the opinion that the sky is green. But that doesn’t make it true. I think we’ve mixed up the idea of respecting the person, with respecting the belief.

So what is the fix? Let’s start with evidence. We all hold opinions. Let’s start providing evidence to support those opinions. And at the same time, let’s be aware of confirmation bias — our tendency to look for information that confirms our opinions, and ignore evidence that is contrary to our opinions. Let’s face it. When debating an issue based on opinion, usually the most powerful person in the room wins the debate. The only chance we have of persuading others is to develop informed opinions. Understand the facts, evidence, research around the issue, and come to a well-reasoned opinion that includes multiple perspectives. I can still respect a person without having to believe that their opinion is valid.

Joke of the day
A business man was riding home in his limo and noticed two men sitting on the side of the road eating grass, he told his driver to stop and investigate.

His driver went to the two men and asked, sirs why are you eating grass? The first man replied, I have no money and must eat grass. The driver told the Attorney. The business man would not hear of it and said come to my house and I will feed you. The man stated, sir I have a wife and three children, and then the second man spoke up and said I have a wife and six children. The business man says it is ok bring them all, there is enough for everyone.

It takes about twenty minutes to get everyone into the car and they are on their way. Shortly after the two men are totally overtaken and are saying to the business man, sir I do not know how to thank you and we are not able to repay you, thank you for your kindness. The business man says to them do not worry about it, it is fine and plenty for everyone. You will love my house, the grass is about two feet high.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 21-Dec-12

Day with a Difference – 20-Dec-12

Quote of the day
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
Thought of the day – Being Thankful
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind.
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral: Be thankful for what you have…Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear. The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… And even more beautiful, knows that you are the reason behind it!!!

Source: http://amuslimsistermaria200327.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/a-story-with-a-moral-being-thankful/

Joke of the day
A teenage girl had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up. Wow!," said her father, "That was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?"

"Wrong number," replied the girl.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 20-Dec-12

Day with a Difference – 19-Dec-12

Quote of the day
“If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense making them.”– Anonymous
Thought of the day – The Swallow and the Other Birds
It happened that a Countryman was sowing some hemp seeds in a field where a Swallow and some other birds were hopping about picking up their food. "Beware of that man," quoth the Swallow. "Why, what is he doing?" said the others. "That is hemp seed he is sowing; be careful to pick up every one of the seeds, or else you will repent it." The birds paid no heed to the Swallow’s words, and by and by the hemp grew up and was made into cord, and of the cords nets were made, and many a bird that had despised the Swallow’s advice was caught in nets made out of that very hemp. "What did I tell you?" said the Swallow. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Joke of the day
Teacher: Can you tell me something important that didn’t exist 100 years ago ?

Pupil: Me !Teacher: What is an autograph?

Pupil: A chart which shows car sales.

Have a great day!

Regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 19-Dec-12