A New World – post covid

If there is such a thing as a new world, it has arrived. All who made the journey have given up old habits, acquired new skills, the word ‘time tested‘ has become obsolete and ‘planning for the future‘ is a bubble that has burst. The first adventurous lot are arriving in their dinghys and boats exhausted but hopeful and excited.

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If there is such a thing as a new world, it has arrived

The rest will follow in big steam ships meant for the general populace. No, this is not a scene from a sci-fi flick, its the reality of a reinvented human kind that lives today as we wrestle with holding covid at bay.

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One invisible enemy has united mankind and helped clean up the world of physical excesses, mental garbage, and imagined dysfunctional systems like finance, education, work and governments.

One invisible enemy has united mankind

Real Reading Material

WEC Challenges & opportunities in the post covid world

Whats at risk: An 18 month view of a post covid world

Consumer trends after the virus

Office work will never be the same

Insights and implications for Business

Behavioural trends that will reshape our world

Economic impact of Covid-19 on India

The world will be less global and less urban

Reimagining a post Covid world

What should tomorrow look like

Book browsing will change forever

Even more serious Reading

Footprints – David Farrier

David Farrier explores the traces we will leave for the very distant future. Modern civilization has created objects and landscapes with the potential to endure through deep time, whether it is plastic polluting the oceans and nuclear waste sealed within the earth or the 30 million miles of roads spanning the planet. Our carbon could linger in the atmosphere for 100,000 years, and the remains of our cities will still exist millions of years from now as a layer in the rock. These future fossils have the potential to reveal much about how we lived in the twenty-first century.

Storm before the Calm – George Friedman

George Friedman turns to the future of the United States. Examining the clear cycles through which the United States has developed, upheaved, matured, and solidified, Friedman breaks down the coming years and decades in thrilling detail.
American history must be viewed in cycles—particularly, an eighty-year “institutional cycle” that has defined us (there are three such examples—the Revolutionary War/founding, the Civil War, and World War II), and a fifty-year “socio-economic cycle” that has seen the formation of the industrial classes, baby boomers, and the middle classes. These two major cycles are both converging on the late 2020s—a time in which many of these foundations will change. The United States will have to endure upheaval and possible conflict, but also, ultimately, increased strength, stability, and power in the world.

Unreported Truths about COVID-19 – Alex Berenson

Alex Berenson provides a counterweight to media hysteria about coronavirus in this series of short booklets answering crucial questions about COVID. Drawing on primary sources from all over the world – including state and national-level government data, Centers for Disease Control reports, and papers in prominent scientific journals – Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns offers clear, concise, and measured answers to some of the most important questions around the coronavirus: How are COVID deaths counted? How many Americans are likely to die in a worst-case scenario? What is the evidence that lockdowns do or do not help reduce the spread of the illness? Are masks an effective way to reduce the spread? Why did the forecasts for coronavirus hospitalizations prove so wrong? Are children at serious risk from coronavirus? What has the mental health impact of lockdowns been?Whether you have been skeptical of the media’s panicked reporting all along or are just starting to wonder why the predictions of doom from March and April have not come to pass, this guide will provide you with the factual, accurate, and impeccably sourced information you need.

Two steps to start a great productive day

When you are in the race for peak productivity, the start of a day really matters. Like any race there is a start and a finish for productive days too. If you have watched athletes prepare for a sprint, they take a couple of minutes before the start of the race to set the mental state, to run through their goals and primary focus for the match. Something similar for productive days is called setting the pace. Even if you don’t follow rules like a robot, sticking to the general idea of a great start through the week will maximize your productive days.
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Its tempting to check your messages and email as you stumble out of bed. I used that as a simple example of a habit that could potentially break your day, just think about what are the first few things you do in the morning.

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2016 – A peek into the horizon

Just opened up office for 2016, hoping for a glorious year and wishing all my friends and readers a great year ahead.

Opening my SOHO office translates to ‘booting up my laptop’ and jotting a few notes on whats coming up, where we need to be heading and defining a few checkpoints both personal and business. I’ve been a big Evernote user all the while and the folks have come up with a very nice month and year planner. They’re free and work inside evernote.

Whether you like paper or digital, a bit of planning ahead for the year is invaluable. Its like peering out into the horizon from your ship’s masthead, you need that once in a while to get your bearings right. Do remember to check back in a few weeks and take stock of what’s working and what needs to change.

With that, here’s my horizon study of finance and economy and how I’m planning my year ahead

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The making of a progress card for a bootstrapped startup

Briteli is ready for prime time.

It took 6 months, 4 iterations, 2 people, a metaphorical garage, all of which doesn’t sound like much until you add focus, energy and a spark of an idea. This potent combination has brought out the official release of Briteli today.

I woke up with a question on my mind, its been 6 months since I started Briteli and we have a major milestone today, Have I achieved what I wanted and how would you write the progress card of a bootstrapped startup with 2 people.

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Productivity nirvana with Focus & Buffer days

We’re all running out of time, no matter what profession you are in. Being the productivity warriors we are, the density and diversity of tasks demand a systematic approach to do them all and with the required attention levels.
Entrepreneurs live in what I call “The Results Economy.” They get paid only for the results they produce – Dan Sullivan

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Key takeways from Google For Mobile 2015

I was out at the Google for Mobile 2015 conference at BIEC Bangalore. This is the second year for GFM in Bangalore and I got an email to request an invitation, nevertheless I fell for it and turned out to be a great event. Very well-chosen venue, some nice product announcements and involving sessions. My personal favorite was Ronnie Screwvala’s fireside chat with Rajan Anandan. If you missed the event here are some key takeaways for the dev community.

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Invest in yourself, when you are the only employee

It may sound great to be employee number #1 and the only one with nobody to tell you anything, on the flip side there’s nobody to tell you what to change, nobody tells you whats wrong with you, or nobody around to tell you how to meet your ambitious dreams without draining yourself.

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Book: Mojo – positive spirit towards what you do

A year ago I read half of Marshall Goldsmith’s Book – “Mojo”, and at that time I stopped reading to apply a few learnings. One year on, I can say it works. He does not preach any magic formula but discipline and awareness of what we are doing at any point of time will take us a long way. In his own words:

The simple knowledge that you’re going to evaluate any activity will alter your experience of that activity. It makes you mindful and awake. – Marshall Goldsmith

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A day in my SOHO workplace

Ever wonder what it feels like to work from home fulltime? Here’s a peek into my SOHO workday as I go about the job of running Brite.li. Also included are a few productivity tips for any kind of workplace.

7:15 am

Woke up at around 7:15, just in time to saygoodday to my 8-year-old as he leaves for school. After my morning wash and breakfast routine spent a few minutes meditating, Just deep breathing and thinking about what needs to be done for the day.

I believe in this thing called setting the pace for the day

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