How to Manage your E-Mail ?

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Did you ever feel over whelmed by the number of unread mails in your inbox ? We tend to subscribe to every tempting service and end up cursing their automated mails later. I want to be honest and say “It happens to me every time I open my Gmail account”. A small correction, it happened to me until recently when I could not tolerate the pile of unnecessary emails and took some serious action to sort out and cleanse my inbox. I had noticed that my inbox had 8300+ mails and greater than 99 percent of them are not useful to me in any possible way. I selected all the mails, unchecked some important ones, took a deep breath and clicked the trash icon. Boom! It felt as if I was more lighter than before. I want to share those techniques with you people. Hope you release your anchors for a smoother sail .

Problems associated with clutter full inbox :

a. You may miss an important email (or emails) in the ocean of unrelated mails

b. As soon as you open your account in the morning, you may feel bogged down by the quantity of junk mails

c. Not all services are necessary (studies show that more than 98 % emails are irrelevant and redundant)

d. It eats up your most valuable possession i.e your time

and plenty more..

Managing  email-over-load and inbox better :

 Unsubscribe to every service that you do not require

This is the first step and it is a pretty easy task. Go through your inbox and open an unwanted mail.  At the end of the message there is a an option called “Unsubscribe”. Click that and you will never receive any mail from that company or service.

 Delete all the unsubscribed mails 

Never execute this step before the first step because if you don’t unsubscribe you will keep receiving junk even after deleting all their mails. Generally the default mails that a page shows is 50 in Gmail. To increase that go to settings and change it to 100 per page and save those changes. In the search box, search for that particular unsubscribed service(say amazon). You will get all the mails related to it(like amazon offers,etc). Then keep clicking “check(tick) all mails” option in the page and trashing them. Just kill them all. Have no mercy!

Time for unimportant mails

Congrats by now you might have cleared at least 90% of your inbox. Now time to decorate your room by sweeping away the dust. Unimportant mails are those which are not service or company related but those messages which you once required but not necessarily important now. Examples include the mail that you had sent to Pizza-hut for poor delivery feed back or a conversation with your ex-colleague,etc. Be selective while trashing them because some mails are required for evidence if any issue crops up all of a sudden. After the second step, keep selecting “check all” but before you trash them, once give a cursory glance at every mail and “uncheck” the important ones and then click trash. When you weed out bric-a-brac plants from your backyard it is equally important to save the healthy shrubs, wonderful lilies & beautiful roses

Release the fear of emergencies

Most people have the compulsive habit of checking and rechecking their mail every now and then. I call them mail addicts . They read every email , spend at least a couple of minutes to every non-sensical email and then preserve it. Avoid that, be ruthless with email. Damages can be reversible most of the times. Stars are not going to fall if you don’t read your mail. Keep a specific time in a day and read all your email at that point only. Practice the habit of opening your gmail or yahoo only once a day and that too for 5 to 10 mins only. Slowly increase that period to days and weeks. Seriously and Trust me. Nothing will happen. In-fact you will be 5 times more productive and a lot more relieved. You need not reply people instantaneously. Let them wait. After-all your life is more important than that of others. Simplify your life!!

–Raviteja Visakoti

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Stay Healthy with these 5 simple Hacks (with Info-graphic)

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If there is a Genie in front of you (Remember the good old days when we used to watch Aladdin) and if you could ask for only magical favor you should ask for immense and super robust health. Because if you are hale and healthy you can literally achieve anything. Without a healthy metabolism it is not possible to stay motivated and work hard even if you have indomitable spirits in you. In pursuit of success it is equally important to keep yourself in good fettle. So how do we do that because we don’t possess nor can have an Aladdin Lamp. I have tried some techniques which worked and the below ones are my favorites :

Include exercise : There is no point of following a diet if you do not include physical effort in it. What is the use of driving a silver BMW if you are a fat man? You should look pleased to your eyes. I agree we cannot change what God has blessed us with but I am not talking about the fairness or any other unchangeable physical quality. I am talking about what we can maintain and improve. For example physical fitness or more accurately a flat and fit belly. I can promise you that you will be 10x more confident and feel more worthy of yourself if you reduce your girth even by 20 percent. There are numerous other benefits with a good workout. Research proved that while exercising and after that brain releases something called “Happy Hormones” which can keep you cheerful throughout the day. Select any time slot and make a habit to stick to it. I personally stick to playing 60 to 80 mins in the evening of Badminton or Cricket no matter what. I cancel appointments or rewrite schedules to accommodate those wonderful minutes of intense gaming.

Chew Food : Never be in a hurry while you are eating. Though sounds archaic, always prefer dining table to eat even for the basic of routine consumptions like an evening fruit salad or oat cereal. The importance of doing so increases your mindfulness while eating and therefore better chewing. Enjoy what you are eating and relish every bit of it. The first process of digestion starts in the mouth so why not do it correctly. Body starts to assimilate the nutrients in the food only when it is properly digested and the food is properly digested only if it is properly chewed!

Stay Hydrated : Water is needed to keep the engines of metabolism running. Some people say drink water when you are thirsty and some say drink water at all times. There is little truth in both of them. You should drink adequate water (neither too much nor too little).  Allocate specific times and stick to it. My personal suggestion would be to drink 12 glasses or Approximately 3 Liters of water for a healthy adult.

Reduce Junk : People damage their valuable blood pumping machine to satiate a mere 3 cm tongue. There is no more dangerous enemy to health than junk food. Pastries, Pizzas, French Fries, Doughnuts and Burgers  undoubtedly tantalize your sensory buds on tongue but simultaneously reduce the life span your most important organs. These foods not only have abnormal levels of oil in them but also have salts and sugars in dangerous amounts which should be avoided like poison. It is also known that foods with high salts and sugars cause premature ageing and wrinkles. After all why does your skin want junk ?. Replace highly dangerous junk with their healthy and natural counterparts. For Example- Drink sugarcane juice instead of artificial sugar-stuffed carbonated drinks.

Keep a Cheat Day : You cannot continue to practice strict regime without a break in between. A cheat day is a time which you should allocate periodically to rejuvenate your taste buds. It is impossible for any body to continue with zero junk for years together until he is a sage of kind. Gap between cheat days generally varies from 7 days to 200 days. I advise you to start with a 4 day gap. As I always advice, never try to do too much at first . On your cheat day eat and drink anything that you want so that you do not loose motivation to continue your health regime. Slowly increase your power to allocate more number of days in between successive cheat days. The greater the number of days in between the greater your self-control and more importantly the better your health. Famous WWE wrestler and Hollywood actor Dwayne Smith(also called “The Rock”) waits for 173 days for a cheat day, no doubt he has an awesome physique!

–Raviteja Visakoti