5 Lessons I Learned in 2017 to Avoid Burnout

The year 2017 turned out to be a remarkable year for me for a multitude of reasons. My body showed symptoms of burnout, which I ignored completely.  I was focused on getting jobs done perfectly and there were never enough hours in a day to do all that I wanted done. This made me suffer more intensely from burnout.

Eventually I learned to let go of old routines to make room for new practices focused on taking care of my health. Now I adhere to practices of meditation, yoga and pilates in my daily routine. Here are a few key lessons that I have learned in this brilliant, turbulent and challenging year.  Continue reading “5 Lessons I Learned in 2017 to Avoid Burnout”

Muslim females and their representation in the media

There are times when we have been thinking about something for a while, muse about it, and then the moment of truth strikes when we know we have to raise our voice. For me this moment was when I read an article on Adage titled “How to reach Muslim women (Hint: They’re not an aesthetic)”. The arguments presented in the article are over simplified and I will be gentle in my criticism of the female writer cutting her some slack for her young age. Nevertheless, why can’t they be an aesthetic? I didn’t quite understand what the writer meant by the hint.

Muslims are expected to be a big market for many industries. I recently heard a University of Queensland (UQ) academic talk about the same Continue reading “Muslim females and their representation in the media”

Home schooled

We know that schools sometimes kill creativity and the shortcomings of academia ingrained through best practice that’s often a reflection of the past but this is fresh https://lnkd.in/f5qMFNV. Could home schooling be the future for really bright minds? A flight away from indoctrination, the way things are done, a silent respect for the status quo and a fear of shaking things up beyond comfort and reason.

Inspiration and its side effects

To feel so charged that you cannot stand still. The urge to move in rapid motion for your whole body to be in rhythm with the speed at which your mind is interpreting an experience, a conversation, an encounter. Such moments in life are the highlights of our personal stories. You cannot attach a price tag to these moments even if you wanted to. A heartfelt thanks to Dr Pierre Benckendorff for infusing my learning journey with tons of inspiration.

Micro moments can make (or break) experiences

The entire experience of an organisation can be built or broken in the tiny details or micro moments. As Ahmed Shuja, an experience designer, aptly explained over coffee

“Micro moments really matter to users because small niggling problems, which they know can be fixed, drive them more mad than bigger problems. Feelings of empathy towards the brand can make users a little forgiving when it comes to big problems.”

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Thoughtfully choosing your fight

No matter how hard you try, it is tough to win over everyone. While there will be those who believe in you and see the promise in you, there will also be an army of those who just refuse to see the light in you. Don’t let it frazzle you for long. The best strategy would be to fight harder and smarter the next day and the day after. If you are investing every minute into becoming the best possible version of yourself, the opponents or those who are just not convinced yet will one day see what everyone else saw a lot earlier. Continue reading “Thoughtfully choosing your fight”