Channel Switching Time…

… is reducing. I think Soo could probably make a cartoon of me switching from one thing to do to another…the increase in pace, and the things to do is not fun anymore. A positive is that I’m able to deal with situations quicker, faster and perhaps not drag things. My main fears now are forgetting stuff that I had to do, forfeiting on some plans, seeming too curt on the mail or not even responding (something which I was once particular about). I don’t think it’s even one tenth of what Rafat and Staci handle…
Not sure if there will be time to post any of the five half written posts at mixedbag, or new ones…

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  1. I sure can…but i’m in the same spot as you…too many things and forgetting to do some of them. try using rememberthemilk.com, i find it very helpful 🙂

  2. Nikhil, yesterday somebody on a network asked a question ‘Are you tired?’ and all hell broke loose.

    I am keen to see if this is a trend we are identifying, a sort of ‘side-effect’ of economic boom.

    Collect more stories and you may have an article for the blog or your employer.

    PS: Just a curiosity, obvious one: do you make to-do lists? Simple ones, on paper, every morning. Not web-based or anything fancy involving technology. Writing in blue or black and then using a red pen to strike off things in order of importance/ urgency is a great motivator and also forces you to think along the important-urgent space. Good Luck.

  3. Shefaly: I think it’s a mix of many things – our institutions are churning out people who have the degrees, but aren’t really qualified, or for that matter – have a clue. The boom itself has two sides – firstly, with the VC money and probably exit options, some of these good guys are taking the entrepreneurial route, often without a clue about businesses. The other is the increase in demand, which creates such a churn that those who get left behind end up doing two-three peoples work. Also reminds me of Atlas Shrugged, where the better you are, the more you’re made to work to account for those who dont/cant. At some point, John Galt is going to walk out of that factory…though in this case – to another one.

    Frankly, I don’t know many who are not tired. The thing with me is – I like getting tired…I get good sleep that way. I also find it difficult to understand those who aren’t passionate about what they’re doing — somehow, I can’t get myself to truly respect that kind.

    Have half written a post on HR issues, btw. 😀

    I make to do lists, though not every morning. The moment something gets decided, I set a date and a time as a reminder on my mobile phone, for that day. In the morning, I reset the reminders for a specific time. I used to make to-do lists on paper, but things are often so disorganized without technology that its more confusing that way. Then there are sticky notes for the desktop.

    Soo: thanks, have signed up for rememberthemilk.com. hope I remember to use it 😛
    hope they have a desktop app and a mobile app. btw, probably wont be able to help much with momo this time.

  4. Nikhil – I think all explanations are valid and contributory to the tiredness trend.

    To me, the most obvious way out would be if this growth trickled down to B-towns and C-towns, thus including their residents in the boom. Some movement towards B-towns is already being seen, but C-towns are slower to benefit for a myriad of reasons.

    It is not the immediate health of a young workforce that should worry people. But two leaders of NASSCOM have died in their 40s. I think there is much to worry on that count.

  5. nixxin,

    it is simple. you need to hire someone and shove all the work onto them. then, you can sprawl on your bed, and say, “take this down, ganesha, ‘rediff has announced plans to acquire…'”.

    better yet, you could have the hire dial numbers and hold the phone reverentially close to your ear while you, as ever, sprawl on your bed in full resplendence and conduct interviews. needless to say, the temp will have a spare set of headphones so that it (lowly life. no “he” or “she” while referring to it) can take notes.

    wot say?

  6. shekhar: no chance of that happening – ever. I did consider hiring someone to do the typing because it was all getting tiring, but it would take thrice the time if someone else was typing for me. I need someone to work with, not work at. Taking Sunday entirely off (well, almost) helped immensely. Quite enjoying riding the bike on Ring Road, particularly in such splendid weather…

    Shefaly: I think it will take time to trickle down to B&C class towns: Apart from the FDI and FII, it’s the service economy that is (still) driving the boom. How fit are the B and C class towns for the ITES sector? The next surge is going to be in retail. I think we need some kind of consolidation in land holdings in agriculture, instead of industrialization of agricultural land…and that isn’t going to happen. Economics vs politics is a no-contest.

  7. “Economics vs. politics is a no-contest.”

    Not while India remains a democracy and long may it live to be so (it is one of its strongest competitive advantage vis-a-vis China)..

    As was plainly evident in the last elections, when despite economics going right for some, politics was determined by those who did not get much from the economics going right for some.

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