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Every step is part of the plan: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

On the running track, as in life, it’s vital to fix on a strategy and be prepared. But to really succeed at the things that matter, to stay the course, you must pay the price it commands.

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Updated on Nov 28, 2020 10:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

What they don’t tell you about parents is that the clock is always ticking, says Charles Assisi

‘It is always a hard point to negotiate. How much of your life do you claim, and how much do you dedicate to the people who have loved and raised you?’

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Updated on Nov 20, 2020 07:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Here’s why “follow your passion” is rubbish advice: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

I’m tired of hearing it attributed to Steve Jobs too. What he said, repeatedly, was that one ought to pick a passion and find purpose in it.

Steve Jobs on the cover of the Walter Isaacson biography.
Updated on Nov 14, 2020 06:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks by Charles Assisi: What is your plan for your one precious life?

We spend far too much time on tasks that are urgent but not important. Flip that around and ask yourself, what do I want to go big on?

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Updated on Nov 01, 2020 05:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

There is no living forever and maybe that’s a good thing, says Charles Assisi

‘I would argue that life is not life if it does not permit you to be the person you are, enjoy the things you worked for and want.’

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Updated on Oct 18, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Everyone needs a disaster management plan: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

We can’t predict the future, but we can plan so as to ensure good outcomes in case a crisis occurs. That, in essence, is optionality, a simple but elegant way of life.

The night of rain towards the end of the film Parasite upends an already precarious dynamic between the characters. In life, as in cinema, leveraging optionality helps to buffer a surprise blow.(CJ Entertainment)
Updated on Oct 04, 2020 09:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Is there a good way to handle a toxic argument? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

I plan to start laying down some ground rules — no personal attacks, zombie statistics or fake news. If these aren’t acceptable to all parties, I step away.

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Updated on Sep 18, 2020 07:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

We’re one step closer to becoming cyborgs, and I’m glad: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Elon Musk just announced that he’ll be making microchips we can embed in our brains. Here’s why I will be first in line.

The chips Elon Musk spoke of in his recent live-streamed conference would help monitor health, but also likely enable us to use our brains differently, and better.(AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 05:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks by Charles Assisi: The sublime value of the daily ritual

To ease the stress of lockdown, it will be vital to replace the bridge of little habits that marked the start and end of a day.

Our days, nights and weeks fuse. Our markers of time have begun to erode.(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 01:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks by Charles Assisi: Winning the work-from-home war

Find ways to ease into your day, ask co-workers for space when you need it, delegate all you can to tech.

When I embraced working from home a few years ago, after the initial euphoria, I hit roadblocks too, says Charles Assisi. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks by Charles Assisi: Covid-19 and the maskara effect

In hard times, looking one’s best creates a semblance of control, normalcy. Usually lipstick sales boom; this time, it’s eye make-up.

Through the history of our species, the urge to look good to other humans has been a primal one. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 07:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks: Be like Holmes, and Watson

As kids, we are a lot like the detective’s assistant - emotional and instinctive. As adults, we mustn’t lose all that to cold logic.

Children use the Holmes Method to observe things around them. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 28, 2020 08:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks: How to work through failure

Covid-19 has given us an undeniable glimpse of the future. We must assume we will all fail at some point, and plan accordingly.

One of the many pieces of advice Peter Drucker offers deals with how to think about a plan to move ahead. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 16, 2020 09:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks: All you who sleep tonight…

What happens when our two worlds — home and office — collide?

What happens when our two worlds — home and office — collide?(Unsplash)
Updated on May 31, 2020 08:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

The uncertainty principle: How to deal with fear of the unknown and anxiety amid Covid-19

In the current crisis, there is fear and uncertainty. All of us deal with uncertainty in different ways.

The uncertainty principle: How to deal with unknown fear and anxiety amid Covid-19. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on May 17, 2020 11:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Kicking addiction under lockdown: How to train your brain to say ‘no’

Humans can choose to forget some of the bad habits we’ve learnt.

Kicking addiction under lockdown: How to train your mind to say ‘no’.(iStock)
Updated on May 03, 2020 02:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Life Hacks: Seeking beauty in the monotony of the lockdown effect

Because we’re fed on clichés such as ‘Strive to make every day a masterpiece’, it is inevitable that most of us feel despondent at times like these. Despite starting out with the best intentions, our days become monotonous because we’re locked down.

Seeking beauty in the monotony of the lockdown effect. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 20, 2020 09:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

The work-from-home life: Here’s how to manage stress, reduce anxiety and stay healthy

Working from home by choice is very different from being compelled to work from home.

Working from home by choice is very different from being compelled to work from home.(Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 05, 2020 03:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Should you quit social media? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

‘I've gone back and forth on this. Use it wisely, I’ve discovered, and you can use it well.’

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Published on Mar 07, 2020 07:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

How will you measure your life? Charles Assisi pays tribute to a mentor

Business thinker Clayton Christensen would say, ‘Create a strategy’; it sounds simple, but is so vital. Keep the purpose of your life front and centre - so many completely lose sight of this.

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Published on Feb 21, 2020 10:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Know your heroes and enemies: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

The day jobs of heroes insist they ask tough questions such as what are the range of outcomes possible in the future and the impact of their decisions on others

Heroism lives among those who chose to emulate outstanding traits that otherwise exist in a few individual clusters.(istock)
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 03:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Ways to keep the love alive

Stress and fear can be mistaken for lust, cause cracks in true bonds

In an ideal world, love and lust would co-exist in all long-term relationships. And indeed, they do in many.
Published on Jan 24, 2020 05:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

What superpower might you like to acquire? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

My pick would be the superpower of being comfortable with being alone.

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Published on Jan 10, 2020 07:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Try a different ‘fresh start’: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Don’t resolve to live better in 2020; keep your eye on 2050 instead.

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Published on Dec 27, 2019 04:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

The problem with GTD Lists: Life hacks by Charles Assisi

There’s such a thing as over-planning. Ask instead what values matter

GTD Lists are the worst kind of activity trap — they don’t even look or sound like one.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 14, 2019 08:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

#Newsmaker: Sundar Pichai and the Alphabet soup

He’s known to be a quiet charmer with a steely resolve. Will that be enough to turn the tide on Google, full of PR pitfalls, and its parent company Alphabet, which loses billions a year?

As Pichai takes over as CEO of Alphabet as well as Google, he could be heading for a clash with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. To make Alphabet less of an albatross, he’ll have to kill some of their dream projects. Kill too many, and they could seek to replace him; kill too few, and he could risk it all.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Dec 13, 2019 05:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

Experiments with willpower: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Happiness, anger and determination are primary emotions that can be channeled to generate will-power to fight temptation or get things done.

Willpower is an emotion, much like happiness and anger.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 29, 2019 06:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

How to read a book: Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

Bill Gates reads 150 pages every day and retains most of it. We can, too.

Done right, reading should help you see patterns in the world around you that you would otherwise have missed.(iStock)
Published on Nov 15, 2019 08:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

The bored and redundant: Life hacks by Charles Assisi

As technology redefines our jobs, we can either choose to be bored into redundancy or adapt to suit the jobs our future holds

When we do the same job for decades, we get bored of it. But we often can’t change jobs at this stage if we lack additional skills.
Published on Nov 02, 2019 06:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi

How much money does it take to be happy? Aim for the Enough Point, says Charles Assisi

It’s true what they say... too much of anything can be a curse. Studies have found that happiness levels actually dip as earning rise above a certain point.

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Published on Oct 18, 2019 08:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByCharles Assisi
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