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Relocation is not easy, but here are some useful tips that can help.

Recently, I relocated to New Delhi from Bangalore, a city to which I have given ten valuable years of my life. Staying in a city for ten long years makes you a part of it; Bangalore is a part of me. So, when the time came to leave a city that is so deeply rooted in me, it was heart-crushing. Bangalore was a home away from home. The memories of the last morning in Bangalore are still fresh in my mind. The morning looked beautiful than any other day. It was the monsoon season and had rained the entire night before. The sky was partly cloudy, partly sunny, and the temperature was naturally set to perfection. The excess water collected in the ground beside my rented apartment had created many surface-runoffs that resembled mini rivers. It was beautiful that day, and I was completing my last-minute packing before I leave the city. Honestly, I was so numb and appalled from the realization of leaving the city that I did not feel anything that day. 

Well, now that the felling is absorbed, let me come to the shifting part of the story. In short, it was a storm that came and went. I was an amateur in shifting an entire household, and therefore, I never had an experience with the packers and movers. Thus, to save you from the panic and trauma of relocating your household, I have listed some important to-do tips from my vivid experience below.

  • Call the packers and movers company and book a time of their arrival as per your convenience. I will like to stress on ‘as per your convenience’ because you should be mentally and physically free for what is coming for you.
  • Ask them specific questions like how many executives / field-workers are coming to accomplish the job. This is important for you to know as you will be the one to supervise the entire activity. If the company is sending more than 2-3 people, you might want to reconsider your supervising team as well, and add few more trusted persons to accompany you that day. The packers and movers team will come and start packing from every room simultaneously. If you are single-handedly supervising them, you will soon start seeing stars above your head!
  • Inform the packers and movers company about the count of fragile items you are sending. Ask them to send the appropriate wrapping materials accordingly. Instruct the company to send big containers. Personally, I informed them a count including 3 extra containers, all of which were utilized. So, if you assume that you might require 10 containers, inform 12 or 13 based on your luggage and probability.
  • Do your homework. After all, it is your luggage that is being packed. So, it is always better if you segregate your useful and not-so-useful stuffs before. It will eventually help you to quickly decide what to take and what to discard. Believe me, if you keep everything for the last hour, you will have no time to think and decide. You might leave useful stuffs behind or you might send unnecessary stuffs along with the luggage.
  • Keep your stationery kit handy. The vital stationery kit should include pair of scissors, some good heavy-duty sellotape, a notepad, and a marker with a thick nib (something like board markers). You will need them every minute while the packing is going on.
  • Make sure all your valuables are segregated and kept aside safely. It is not advisable to send them in the containers as they may get damaged or lost. You don’t want to lose that diamond-studded neck piece of yours, do you?
  • Keep food and drinks in stock for yourself as well as for the executives / field-workers. The packing and loading job is a very tiring activity and you need to keep yourself upright and standing to supervise. The workers will do the most difficult part of the job, so make sure to be a generous host, and provide them with regular refreshments, in case they fall weak.
  • Keep you tummy full. Ensure you and your family members complete having your meals, and the tableware is thoroughly washed and dry. The tableware will be packed for quite a few number of days, so, if they are not thoroughly cleaned, chances of fungus outgrowth are prevalent.
  • No meetings (or party). Last but not the least, keep yourself free that day. Avoid trying to have other meetings or events. The entire process of shifting your stuffs demands that you are mentally and physically free. It will be tiring experience for both your mind and body.

I hope these tips serve you well before you initiate your packing and relocation activity.

If you think anything else, that I might have missed here, is useful, do share them in the comments. Looking forward to knowing your thoughts!

 

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Tips to successfully work under pressure

If you have attended an interview for a job, which I am sure you must have, chances are there that you have been asked if you can perform under pressure or how well can you perform under pressure. If you had to face similar questions and had to take a pause figuring out the best reply, be sure of the fact that once you get hired by any chance, you will definitely have to display your talent while handling multiple projects at the same time, with or without tight deadlines. In the span of my career till date, I have met people who can and cannot deal with the pressure at work and have reactions suiting the situation they are put in.

Before you have to face such tight situations and developing stress wrinkles on your face, here are few tips which will definitely help you work smoothly even under the severe workload.

Know your priority – This is the first and foremost information you should have if you are allocated to multiple projects at the same time. Obvious chances are there that this particular piece of important information has not been passed to you for certain reasons, but you should always ask and get a final reply to clarify the priority project. Without this information, you will be in a state of confusion which will reflect on the quality of your work.

Have proper time management – This can only be accomplished once you already know your priority tasks. With that information in hand, you can perform a self-assessment and assign a realistic timeline to yourself to complete all the projects smoothly without postponing the project deadline. Time management, sometimes, turns out to be a difficult task so do not be afraid to consult your seniors for getting a small piece of advice. Proper time management will make your transition from one project to another easy and stress-free.

Learn to say no – Sometimes you have to be stern. You should know when and how to say no to unrealistic deadlines. Communication skills will help you a lot in this scenario. Tell your constraints clearly while deciding upon the deadlines, else you might miss out one and am sure neither your boss nor the client will be happy to hear about this.

Communicate – If you are facing any bottleneck and you are unable to proceed, seek help. Asking for help from others will not chasten you, instead, it will assist you to get the solutions to clear the issue and the piling workload on your desk. You should be very clear about the solution and should ask multiple times when in doubt. In doing so, you will clear the air of uncertainty and deliver quality work even if you are having work pressure. Keeping a doubt open from your end will accumulate as pending tasks and will add up to the work pressure and stress.

Give a break – You must have heard that ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. Do you want to be like Jack ? If the answer is no, then give yourself a break. Just because you have too much work pressure does not imply that you have to work all day long. Giving breaks in between work will refresh your brain and mood which will help you to get a better insight of your work and will bring out fresh ideas to successfully finish the in-hand project. This is very important for your mental as well as physical health as too much stress causes various health issues in the long run.

Be optimistic – Have faith and confidence in yourself that you will complete all project successfully before the timeline is crossed. Keep reminding yourself that you can do it. By doing this, you will build a positive aura around you which will help you finish all tasks and will relieve you of your work pressure.

As an employee of any organisation, big or small, it is always good to have the capability to work, not curb, under pressure. Your employers will gradually grow a trust on you which will be a major deciding factor of job satisfaction in the long run.

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How to conquer a bad day at work

Are you feeling stressed out and sulking to attend your boss? Are you feeling annoyed at everything around you? Are you frowning at the silliest jokes? If yes, then definitely you are having a bad day at work.

Want to know how you can cope up? Well then, read on.

Now that you have already punched your card at the door, booked your attendance and most importantly, your boss’s eyes have fallen on you, I presume that you are not escaping from your office anymore.

Everyone, including me, has tales of bad days at work. We can be whiny, we can start complaining about every minute thing, we can submit bad deliverable (and later hear the music from bosses  :P). All these are natural instincts when nothing feels right. The most important and difficult thing to do, at provoking times like these, is to cope up with the distressing feeling at your workplace and get back to normal.

Well, listed here are few things you can attempt to do to revive your mood when you are having trouble and just about to add another new story of your bad day at work.

Close your eyes for some time and think nothing

This helps. It really does. Free your mind of all the vexed and negative feeling and start afresh. You can do this only when you stop your vision and give your brain a break from being annoyingly judgmental. So, close those weary eyes and completely remove all kind of thoughts from your mind. You will feel lighter.

Close your eyes and take deep breaths

Deep breathing is a very good therapy to ease your stress. Take deep breaths and blow them out gently. Keep your eyes closed. When you take deep breaths, the process sends a signal to your brain which in turn sends a message to your body to relax. By practicing this, your anxiety will reduce and you will be able to relax.

Listen to music

Well, this is coming more from my personal experience. I listen to music, anything that suits my mood at that hour. This is an entertaining way to calm your nerves as you will get to enjoy the nice flavor of music. But be careful, do not listen to songs that make you sad; there will be an emotional explosion and you might find yourself in tears. Rather, listen to something that will pep you up or make your cheerful.

Make your brain work

Do anything that will keep your brain engaged. Try to solve a mathematical calculation, play Sudoku, solve puzzles, play tik-to game etc. You will eventually divert your thoughts from your bad day and will feel relaxed, or even victorious if you end up solving anything successfully.

Doodle

The best way to express your bad day is doodling. Paint or write anything you feel. Trust me, when you will get back to normal, you will be amused at your talent and will chuckle in astonishment.

Take a walk

When you are irritable and not able to concentrate on work, there is no point in sticking to your chair. Get up and get moving. Take a walk, stroll along the alleys, climb the stairs, visit the washroom or cafeteria. Seeing happy and greeting faces on your way will calm you down.

Take your picture

I am sure that by now majority of the population is using the smart phone and clicking random selfies. So, why not now? Take your picture when you are having a bad day at the office. Believe me, you are going to hate those frowns on your face and will end up smiling. Nobody likes to have bad pictures of themselves. Some people can get extremely conscious about how comical they look when annoyed and will change the annoyed look on their faces.

Read jokes

Yes, go online and read anything that is funny. Read it alone and laugh. People will surely look with suspicion, but that hardly matters when you can have a good laugh and relax your mood.

Lastly, if none of the above is helping you out, make yourself some good, refreshing coffee.

This is an immediate mood enhancer and will regain your composure.

Nevertheless, out of all these thoughts, I wish that no one has to face bad days at work as we spend the majority of our days’ time there. Thus, here, I end my post with a happy note and wishing lots of happiness for my readers.

 

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