Working in Kathmandu vs. New York City

I have been pretty lucky to have had the opportunity to work in both Kathmandu and New York City. I love both cities for their own reasons. The statements below are based on my experiences working in a technology company/teaching at a college in Kathmandu and working in technology companies/financial consulting firm/law office in New York City.

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For me, working at a growing technology company in Kathmandu has an underdog feeling to it. One is constantly reading online of major news happening in the US such as acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft , space tourism, commercial drones etc through tech blogs, YouTube etc. Being in Nepal, I felt that Nepal was highly underrated on the technology map of the world. We were not making newspaper headlines for advances in technology or doing innovative things with technology (at least not in a major way yet). I day dreamed of Google knocking down on a startup’s door, buying the company and becoming the first company being bought by Google in Nepal. When I attended a Startup Weekend Kathmandu or a Entrepreneurs for Nepal’s Last Thursdays event, I was always excited to hear and feel the hunger and enthusiasm of the youth. These events made me confident that we also have dynamic entrepreneurial individuals making an impact. In contrast, working in New York City makes me feel like I am where the action is. I walk down the street and people are rushing-rushing to be somewhere. Here, it seems like people are finding so many different and creative ways to make money. There are world renowned entrepreneurs, rising entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in every corner of New York City. When I attend a Salestech Meetup in Manhattan or a Nepalese in Entrepreneurship event in Queens, you get inspired by the backgrounds, achievements and passion of the people you meet at these events. What makes working in New York City exciting is the energy, the passion and the ambition of the people living here.

I will be sharing more of my experiences in the coming days relating and comparing many things Kathmandu and New York City. Stay tuned. 

 

 

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Communicating Well…Perspectives from Nepal

Glocal, a company based in Kathmandu, Nepal managed a two day event through King’s Multi Dimensional Program at King’s College. The objective of the program was to discuss current business situations, challenges, opportunities in Nepal to guide college students and budding entrepreneurs.

I attended many sessions during the two days and enjoyed listening to the panelists. On the CEO UNPLUGGED – Communication Panel, I keenly listened to the perspectives shared by the panelists and asked a question on company culture during the Q&A session(48:20). Enjoy the video.

THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK’s ANIMATED BOOK REVIEW

I finished reading THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK by Tim Ferriss. In the book, Tim shares his perspective on time management, productivity, income generation, world travel, mastering any skill among many other things. I still revisit the book to certain sections that are of interest to me and consider the book a useful resource for the current era.

If you have not read the book, this is a very good and concise summary of The 4-Hour Workweek. If you have read the book, this is still a cool video to look at. This is an animated book review by FightMediocrity which I recently found on YouTube. Have a look.

Do You Want To Travel The World?

Yes, you can!!! Nowadays, there are so many resources on the web for someone who wants to travel the world. One particular website I had visited (expertvagabond.com) a while back was filled with amazing content (travel tips, photography etc). I visited the site again today and got more insights from Expert Vagabond | Adventure Travel Blog .

The blog that I really enjoyed reading was My 30 Best Travel Tips After 4 Years Traveling The World. I could relate to some of the tips shared on the website such as Meet Local People, Smile & Say Hello, Splurge A Bit and Keep An Open Mind among others. These tips were very useful when I visited Thailand a few months ago.

Go and discover the world around you!

Being more productive – Part 3

In the last post on being more productive, there was a video on The Science of Productivity. The video mentions The Zeigarnik effect. I became curious to learn more about the Zeigarnik effect and started searching on the web.

Here’s what I found out:

The Zeigarnik effect  is named after Bluma Zeigarnik, a Lithuanian-born psychologist who first described this effect in her doctoral thesis in the late 1920s.

Through her research and studies, Zeigarnick stated that uncompleted tasks will stay on your mind until you finish them.

The Zeigarnik effect means that you are less likely to procrastinate once you actually start a task. You’re more inclined to finish something if you start it.

The key takeaway from The Zeigarnik effect and its relevance to productivity is that you should do the most important thing when undertaking a project: start. Once you start, your mind and body will do all that it can to finish the project. I can relate to this because when I write 1200 word length articles for Republica, the first thing I do is create a Word document just with the title in mind. This way I feel that the article has started and now I need to work on finishing it. Without even thinking about an article topic in mind, it feels forever for me to get started on that article. So starting is the foremost important part of any important work that you do.

Go Ahead & Get Started.

Being more productive – Part 1
Being more productive – Part 2

 

Being more productive – Part 2

Along with the Eisenhower Box, I recently learned about the science of productivity.
Some observations that I took away from this article were:

Amazingly though, research by Anders Ericsson that examined the practice sessions of elite violinists clearly showed that the best performers were not spending more time on the violin, but rather were being more productive during their practice sessions.

If you were trying to get better at basketball, you’d be much better off practicing specific drills for two hours rather than shooting hoops all day long.

One method is to use an Accountability Chart to track what work you’ve completed during your 90-minute productive sessions, similar to how the dieters tracked their food consumption.

What do you think? Have you used any of the ideas above in your life?

Being more productive – Part 1

I’m kind of obsessed with becoming more productive than the previous day. There are many strategies that I experiment with now and then. The latest one that I have been experimenting with is the Eisenhower Box. I found out about the Eisenhower Box when I attended a workshop on balancing work life and personal life. So far, I have found the Eisenhower Box to be a helpful guide in prioritizing my daily work and activities.

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Learn more at How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box

What do you think? Have you used the Eisenhower Box in your life?

Image source: http://jamesclear.com/eisenhower-box