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Aug 29

15 Simple Steps for 3x Productivity

By Sampath | Personal Growth

Productivity Tips (Personal Experience)

1) Start waking up early in the morning. If you have this question “How can I make a habit of getting up early in the morning?” then check out this link:

If you think that you are more productive at night, then go ahead and read this research paper:

You are less productive at night than you are in the morning!

2) Don’t open Facebook, WhatsApp or any other distractive sites in your first hour of work.

If you think, time is money, then you should start planning how you spend it.

3) Create a to-do list of tasks and try complete them within a particular time. We use the “Asana” app (Thanks Amar Ryder for sharing such a great app) for team management and for creating to-do lists.

4) While completing the task, consider all other things as distractions. Human brains are not optimized for multi-tasking. Nevertheless, you can take small breaks (say 3-4 minutes break) in between.

5) Before going to sleep, make sure that you have completed all the tasks as per the plan.

6) Get an early night or otherwise it will not be possible to wake up in the morning. 7-8 hours sleep is a must. Do not compromise with your sleeping hours.

“I sleep 8 hours just about every night. When I can, I sleep more. I believe in sleep. I think a big mistake that young people make when they are eager to be successful is sleep deprivation. Makes you stupid.” – Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Founder)

7) Many people have a habit of opening Gmail and WhatsApp in one of browser tabs and this distracts them. I prefer checking emails and WhatsApp messages at a fixed interval of time.

8) Use QualityTime Android App (Thanks to Arun Prabhudesai for sharing this app), and create alerts. For example. if you create an alert for WhatsApp for a maximum of half an hour a day then after using WhatsApp for half an hour, it’ll show you an alert. Use the Greenify app to hibernate apps like WhatsApp.

9) Use RescueTime extension or desktop software, more details:

10) Last but not least, discuss with like minded people.

  1. Stop over estimating about yourself – No you cannot do everything on your own
  2. Don’t run after every single thing you see – As tempting as it may get, never run after all of them
  3. Set your goals & stick to them – “You are what you consume” – Not just for food & fitness, but for information overloading too
  4. One thing at a time – You’re asked to cook food, arrange the dining table within 2 hours. In another case, you have decided to watch some tv while cooking & also play a little with your pet etc. — Where is the perfection?
  5. No, it’s not gonna work for you – Just because it worked for your role model, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Learn from them, but you don’t have to follow their foot steps — For example, to quote Sir Richard Branson “Accept even if you don’t know work & do it later”
  6. Unfollow distractions – Memes,
  7. Keep things organized – If you are a writer, keeping your resources ready preparing a draft would be easier
  8. Always be prepared – How is it different from the above? Plan B

Don’t forget to share your experiences in comments below.

Aug 29

How to sell better online? [Your website is the Golden key]

By Sampath | Case Studies , Growth Hacking

* Writing content – Talk about the product later in the content & not so early
* Talk to your sales team before writing the content
Nearly 95% of buyers go ahead if the buying process is navigated stage by stage – Have more web pages providing more value to the content & for the buyer – Ensure this is mobile optimized too.
1. At least do five follow-ups
2. Respond ASAP (within minutes)
3. 60% would most likely buy after three months & 20% maybe in 6 months to one year
4. Up to 3 to 7 people are involved in buying decisions
5. Go for more stories with some statistics. 65% remember stories & 15% remember stats
6. Use more visuals in the PPTs
7. Tell stories that explain how the solution solves problems
8. Organize webinars/events through emails & cold calling
9. Best time for Emails – 8 am & 3 pm; Open rate – Tuesdays; Best word – Free
10. Grab the attention within first 10 to 15 words, as they are opened on mobile mostly
11. Try the sense of urgency & exclusivity – Make the reader feel special. Words like alert, breaking perform well for B2B
12.  Subject lines with 3 to 5 words
13. Call scheduling – Wed & Thu – 6.45 to 9am & 4 to 6pm
14. It’s ok to ask for referrals
15. Social Media has 100% higher qualified leads rate than Outbound marketing, especially LinkedIn
16. Content is highly important as 80% of the buyers view at least 5 articles (Case Studies, Success stories etc.) before signing up &nearly 60% of the sales is done here
17. Use landing pages to grab sales leads
18. Automate more to keep the human interaction minimal – Nearly 80% of the buyer interaction with the companies will be without human by 2020
19. Go well prepared for your First Sales meeting, which converts 57%
20. Validate the business leads before passing on to the sales


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book reading tips
Apr 14

How to read a book, even if you hate reading

By Sampath | Personal Growth

Are you someone who just buy books that tickled your interest, but you grab them only to dust off and put it back on the shelf?

I was just like you six months ago, but went on to read 7 books in the last three months. Here is the story of how I did it.

A Forbes Magazine study says 90% of Millionaires & Billionaires read 30+ minutes every day! Click To Tweet

Note: If you manage to read this post, I bet you would become an ardent reader in a few weeks.

I am that guy who loves following successful people (Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg.. the list goes on) on their Social Media profiles, TV interviews & try picking up their routine to see what works best for me to be successful.

Almost every single one of them was mentioning that ‘book reading’ is one of the few secret hacks that helped them become who they are now.

I have got the impression that books could be that new dimension which would take me to the next level.  I started buying books they recommended and it my shelf got loaded up with 30+ books.

Now comes the problem.

Just like you (if you are), I hate to stare at a single object for hours, let alone books. I can sit for no more than 2 minutes to read a book, before falling asleep or grabbing my mobile for no reason.

Things I tried to overcome

  1. Waking up early to start reading
    Result: But plenty of tasks in my To-do list for the day kept distracting me
  2. Visiting library to read book in silence
    Result: Every single time, the librarian walked over to wake me up
  3. Borrowing books from my friends who recommended them
    Result:  I returned the book without reading past the cover
  4. Setting the deadlines to finish reading a book
    Result: Procrastination beat me this time. My hatred for reading fuelled it

I failed every single one of them. These are not bad practices; they just didn’t work out for me.

On an average, Indians read for 11 hours, Americans read for 6 hours & Koreans for 3 hours in a week Click To Tweet

Growing hopeless about my book reading habit, I then continued watching more TV interviews & TED talks. C’mon, videos are not boring anyway!

I started seeing myself as a failure, the man who cannot get a simple task done (although I was doing pretty well with my day job, love life, keeping my parents happy, etc.)

One fine day I was cleaning up my wardrobe & happened to notice that I’ve purchased nearly 60 books (Yeah, I bought more)

I have called it a day already (it was only 11 AM on a business day) and informed my boss that I’d like to take a day off. Fortunately, I had a good boss & he approved it.

Fortunately, I had a good boss & he approved it instantly.

I then switched off the internet, shut down my laptop, mobile into silent mode & just dozed off on the bed. To add fuel to the fire, another book I have ordered a couple of days back just arrived at my doorstep.


I have signed the delivery guy off, kept the book right in front of me and started to wonder what made my purchase this book. Given my mood, I just couldn’t recollect at all.

Decided to go ahead & test my capability by reading the book. PAGE #1 @ 12 pm.

It’s the story of an Indian entrepreneur from his college days, his hatred towards a dayjob, struggles to found a company on his own.

I continued reading & finished off the book @ 3 pm, before having the lunch.

I achieved something in less than 3 hours, what I couldn’t in more than a year. So, how did I do it?

Here are the take-aways that you can try to improve book reading that would help me finish at least 2 to 3 books a month, even if you hate reading one per year.

Pick up your first book after watching a movie / after partially knowing the story

In my case, I watched Varun Agarwal (the Indian Entrepreneur who wrote the book I first read) which I got so curious about to know more about it. His book was the only medium for me to know the whole story.

Keep all the distractions away

Put your mobile in silent mode, switch off your laptop & other gadgets for at least 30 minutes a day. Make sure to grab the book only after doing it so. This way you are training your brain to concentrate only on the book and nothing else. If you have a room for yourself in the house, there’s nothing like it.

Imagine all the way

When you are reading the book, try to picturize every sentence, if not paragraph. Even better if you could relate a few instances in the book with your real life. I do it for every book I read and they always stay in my mind.

Buy books for yourself

Nobody knows you better than you. Do not buy books just because your friends & your idols recommend. Always take a step back, read a preview of the book before buying it. This way you will have a commitment as you are going to read only what you like.

Set the time

Allocate a specific amount of time every day just like your other activities for book reading, even if it is going to be 15 to 20 minutes before the bed say 10 pm.

But make sure to read your book from 10 – 10.20 pm every single day without fail. Going on a vacation? Take the book with you. Do it for 21 days at a stretch and you will get used to the routine.

Decide your next book in advance

This is where most of us fail. We finish with the book and stay stuck not knowing what to read next. Research and order your next book when you are going through the last 20 to 30 pages of the book you are currently reading. Note: Always finish your current book before opening the new one, even if it arrives earlier than expected

Bonus Tips – I call them as Hacks

Listening to audio, podcasts when reading

  • Listen to positive sound waves when you’re reading a book. It stimulates your brain to stay concentrated & you have little to no reason to get distracted. I’d recommend subscription, and you can try with a free account
  • Try an Audiobook before you buy & read a tangible book. Blinkist offers 3 audio books for Free & you can always upgrade your plan. It has saved plenty of hours for me identifying the good ones. You may also download Blinkist for Android / Blinkist for iPhone at your comfort.

If you would like to know any more of what’s discussed above in detail, just drop your comment and I will respond soon.

Happy Book Reading!

Dec 21

7 Golden rules for Success in your Life

By Sampath | Personal Growth , Productivity

1. Never be afraid to ask questions or admit your ignorance on any matter.

2. Read. Devour books.

3. Never raise your voice against parents & grandparents. Remember, what you’re today is because of them!

4. Current politics and news. At the least, have an idea as to what’s happening in the world around you

5. Learn to discuss and debate with people whose thoughts you disagree with, without getting angry/loud

6. The only person you have a right to judge is yourself

7. The times when you think something is falling apart, it’s probably falling together. You probably lack the courage to accept the change