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What is Procrastination and how to avoid it?

It’s been a long time since I have written anything and the primary reason for that is my habit of procrastination. So in this post, I will be discussing in brief about what is procrastination, its effects and ways to prevent it. Procrastination is itself a very big topic in itself, so I would be focussing mainly on the ways to prevent it. So, What is procrastination ?Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. In other words, It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. And the problem with that is what could have finished at an earlier stage is dragged to the last minutes. What are the effects of Procrastination ?– Quality time is lost – Opportunities are lost – Low Self-esteem & Confidence – Low-Quality Work – More stress and depression-prone – Poor Decision-making skill – Poor Reputation – Non-competitiveness These are few I could think of, there could be many, which really shows that procrastination is a problem which has to be dealt immediately, effectively and efficiently. So, How to determine whether someone is a procrastinator or not ?At some point we all put off working on things that we perceive as unpleasant or hard or uncomfortable, it could be washing a car, cleaning the dishes or making a phone call or even completing the client presentation before hand. The problem arises when these things turn into a habit and slowly we train ourselves subconsciously to delay... read more

What to consider before buying a Powerbank

Few Days back, I finally decided that it’s time that I should get myself a power bank. So, like a responsible buyer I first resorted to research regarding which brand I should go for. But when I actually started searching for power banks online, I was awestruck by the number of brands that were available for buying. Bottom Line, I was totally confused. I mean some known brand’s power bank were so high priced where as the same power capacity was offered by other unknown brands at a much cheaper price. There were many questions that came into my mind as how much power o/p should be sufficient for my needs, which brand to go for, what should be my budget etc. After some more research, I created a checklist which helped me choose my power bank. Hope it helps you too. 1. Capacity of Powerbank > Capacity of Battery. Suppose the capacity of a battery is 2000 mAH, then the power bank should always be higher than 2000 mAH. But the fact to be considered is that, if we are charging a phone of 2000 mAH with a power bank of 2200 mAH, we will only be able to charge the device once from 0 to 100%. So if we want to charge the same device again or multiple devices we would be requiring a power bank with higher capacity. 2. It should prevent overcharging. We are always in a habit of putting the phone to charge in the night and going to sleep. Try to avoid this and if not go for a power bank which automatically... read more

My Startup Story with ‘Webesigner’

It was June 2012, semester exams had just ended. It was leisure time. My only plans at that time was to watch movies, eat, roam around and sleep. But Life has its own way of amazing you. I still remember the movie, “The Social Network”, I was totally mesmerized and by the time the movie ended I had an adrenaline rush, a kick; to start something. That was the first definite step towards my all time dream of becoming an entrepreneur. The hardest decision followed after the inception of the idea was what will be the objective of my entrepreneurship? In short, what will I do? The answer was quite twisted. It seemed so stupid at that time that I had an idea that I should have a start up but have no idea what its gonna be about. I always had a thing for web designing, moreover I had previously designed few websites using WordPress for few friends and family, and there it was finally, I knew what will I do under my start up – I will design websites for people and businesses. The next challenge was to find work. For that I decided I would go from shop to shop covering one area at a time and ask them whether they require a website or not. 2 days later and after visiting around 40 shops I came to understand that it was a bad idea. Not even a single shop showed interest in whatever I had to say. I became so frustrated that at one shop I actually cursed and shouted at the shopkeeper. But I... read more

19 Features you should know about Android Lollipop

Image Source | Intro Text Android 5.0 “Lollipop” is the latest version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google. One of the most prominent changes in the Lollipop release is a redesigned user interface built around a responsive design language referred to as “material design”. Other changes include improvements to the notifications, which can be accessed from the lockscreen and displayed within applications as top-of-the-screen banners. Google also made internal changes to the platform, with the Android Runtime (ART) officially replacing Dalvik for improved application performance, and with changes intended to improve and optimize battery usage, known internally as Project Volta. Below are the features listed, Hope you like it. Material Design – With Android 5.0 Google bought its most anticipated UI change that they ever made to their Android OS. Material design will ensure a consistent UI experience irrespective of the screen size (smartphones to television). The new UI design have features like fluid transition, Dynamic shrinking of elements, 3D appearances, intuitive designs etc. Pick up where you left – This feature was first seen in iOS 8 and now with lollipop this feature has come to the fingertips of android users. Now songs, photos, searches of one android phone can be accessed across any devices. High Quality Images – With Android 5.0 camera, users can shoot images in loseless RAW format. Also, a new camera app (L Camera) is likely to replace the default camera app of your device. L Camera will be packed with range of features. Battery Optimizations – The batteries running on Android 5.0 will be more efficient compared to its predecessors.... read more

20 Little Known Facts about Facebook

Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, is a online social networking service that allows users to create profiles, upload photos videos, send messages etc. Facebook is available in more than 35+ languages. Since its inception, facebook has always been in stories and grabbed attention of practically everyone around this planet and I am no exception. This brings me to my next post which is about the infamous facts about facebook. Do comment and share if you like it. I. When Facebook was first launched in 2004, its homepage had the face of Al Pachino. (Source) II. If you add number 4 after the facebook url (www.facebook.com/4), you will be redirected to Mark Zuckerberg’s profile irrespective of whether you’re logged in or not. III. In April 2008, Facebook became the world’s most popular social networking website leaving behind Myspace. (Source) IV. Iceland, made changes to its constitution based on the suggestions and feedback it received from countrymen on Facebook. (Source) V. There are many countries where facebook has/had been banned permanently/temporarily. The list includes Bangladesh, China, North korea, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco, Syria, Russia etc. (Source) VI. According to a survey, approximately 600,000 hacking attempts are made to Facebook accounts every day. (Source) VII. You can actually change your default language to “Pirate” on facebook. (Source) VIII. Smartphone users atleast visit facebook 14 times a day. (Source) IX. In November 2013, Snapchat messaging platform rejected Facebook’s $3 billion acquisition offer. (Source) X. There are about 30 million dead people on Facebook. (Source) XI. According to a new study, 39% of the total facebook users have between 1 to 100 friends,... read more

Cool Things you can do with Wikipedia

Image Source Wikipedia as we all now is a online content encyclopedia created by the collaborative efforts of people like you and me from all round the globe. You can create articles, edit an existing one, browse through endless knowledge etc etc. Since its inception in 2001, Wikipedia has generated over 33 million articles(for all languages) and alone the English edition of wikipedia has around 4 million plus articles. Well, this is whats happening inside the Wikipedia hub but on the outside world too developers are creating beautiful tools for users to get more out of wikipedia. Here is a list of such tools which will definitely help you in this regard. 1. Kiwix | Source It is an offline reader for web content. It’s a software intended to make Wikipedia available without using the internet. Basically what you need to do is to download the entire Wikipedia database here. And now by using the Kiwix software, you can access pretty much every article in Wikidpedia without connecting to the internet. You can download Kiwix from here. 2. Book Creator | Source Create an e-book of your favorite articles on wikipedia. 3. Wikipedia Traffic Status | Source Now you can know the daily page views of your favorite wikipedia articles. 4. Ikozma | Source Watch in real time the various edits happening on wikipedia from all round the world on a map. 5. Wmflabs | Source Know all the edits made by a particular user on your favorite articles. 6. Wikimindmap | Source Create beautiful mind maps of your favorite articles. 7. Active Wikipedians | Source List of active... read more

16 Legit Ways to make Money on Internet

Well, on a broader perspective internet is more than facebooking and downloading music and movies – You can make money of it too! Internet is surrounded by ample opportunities to make a quick buck. By doing the right things, most importantly the things you’re good at, you can make easy money. Ultimately the amount of money you earn is dependent on the time and effort you put in. Here is a list of ways by which you can legitimately earn off the world wide web. Start Exploring! 1. Freelancing Be a freelancer and start earning. Sites like eLance, Odesk, Freelancer provide an excellent platform for freelancers to take up projects as per their domain knowledge. Fields in which freelancing is common include: music, journalism, publishing, screenwriting, filmmaking, acting, photojournalism, editing, photography, event planning, event management, copy editing, proofreading, copywriting, computer programming, web design, graphic design, website development, consulting, video editing, video production, translating, illustrating etc. 2. Online¬†Advertising Start a website or a blog and earn revenue by displaying ads. There are many online advertising networks which allow publishers to earn a decent amount of money, some of them are Google Adsense, Chitika, Buy Sell Ads, Infolinks etc. Well, you would need a decent amount of traffic on your site to actually start the penny flow. 3. Youtube Channel Create your own Youtube channel and through youtube’s monetization program, monetize your videos. You can post cookery videos, educational videos, animated videos, product review videos etc. It ultimately depends upon your vivid imagination on what kind of videos you post. Click Here if you’re searching for some inspiration. 4. Sell your... read more

9 Free Cloud Services for your Online Storage Needs

Free stuffs and Internet always seems a pretty combination and when it comes to cloud storage, its a rat race out there and each company is coming up with exciting offers to attract users. Big players like Google, Microsoft, Amazon have already captured the cloud storage market in a big way. But things are changing, small players are also taking a dive into the cloud market with tonnes of features and low pricing. So, here is a list of my favorite cloud storage services that will take care of your online storage needs. 1. Box Box Inc. (formerly Box.net) is an online file sharing and personal cloud content management service for businesses. The company adopted a freemium business model, and provides up to 10 GB of free storage for personal accounts.(Source) 2. Dropbox Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications. It provides up to 2 GB of free storage for free users.(Source) 3. One Drive OneDrive (previously SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Folders) is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. It is... read more

11 Free Blogging Platforms For the Blogger in You

A blog is the best way to express your thoughts to the world. The most difficult part is to find a place where you can actually start writing. When I started blogging my prime concern was three things it should be free, it should be fast and it should have features. While searching, I came across many such websites which satisfied these three things. So here is the list of 11 blogging platforms which I personally like the most. Hope you enjoy exploring. 1. Blogger.com | Site Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. A user can have up to 100 blogs per account. (SOURCE) 2. WordPress.com | Site WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. (SOURCE) 3. Pen.io | Site Pen.io is probably the fastest way you can publish your content online. No sign up is required, just the unique page url along with the password will be suffice to get your blog up and running. You can drag and drop images from your local machine... read more
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