Naga Chokkanathan

Archive for January 2013

“The Tallest Of Smalls” is the first Max Lucado book I read. This well presented Kids’ book made me look for more of his works, especially those picture books with lovely tales, both imaginary or inspiring true incidents.

Compared to those other books, this “The Lucado Inspirational Reader” is a different kind of collection, it has series of quotes from various Max Lucado books, collected under various headings, excellent layout and simple presentation makes you read this in one go, but you will be thinking about it for many days to come.

In a way, this book also acts as a mini “Lucado Guide”, it gives small samples from various other books, and make you look for more. In many cases the book titles themselves create a curiosity and make you google for more details immediately. For example, think about this title: “Facing Your Giants”.

Publisher (Thomsan Nelson) deserves special kudos for making this 400+ page book easily accessible, by providing very good categories and index. This means you can read this book either as a reference for your speech / presentation, or just randomly open some page and start reading.

My only complaint will be, the chosen categories (of quotes) are not wide enough, I am sure Max Lucado has covered many other things (something I have noticed in my limited reading of his books), which could’ve been covered here, instead of making it circle around few topics related to faith.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Today I gave a talk on Time Management Basics (& few related topics), to a team of young engineers @ Moolya Bangalore. Special Thanks to my friend Dhanasekar, who invited me to speak on this topic.

Moolya wanted me not to use any Presentation / Slides and make it an informal session. So, all I have is a list of topics I covered (or wanted to cover 🙂 and the MP3 Audio Recording. I used a tablet PC to record the audio, with no mike, So the audio quality may be poor, But I guess you can manage!

One note, this is a very basic talk on time management topics, don’t expect any advanced discussions / hands on practice, I wanted to cover as many topics as possible in the given time slot and this is the best we could manage. Hope it is useful to some.

Topics List:

  • Time Management <> Scheduling
  • Time Management : Macro Level / Micro Level
  • Tracking your current usage of time / Comparison / Action
  • Task List / Tools
  • Prioritizing
  • Time bound tasks
  • Handling Interruptions
  • Pomedoro Project
  • Delegation & Automation
  • Emails & Time Management
  • Email Flags
  • Phone Calls & Time Management
  • Meetings & Time Management : As an organizer, As a participant
  • Handling “Wait Time”
  • Sleep
  • Work : Life Balance

MP3 Audio Recording

Click Here To Download

Video Recording

<To Be Uploaded>


N. Chokkan …

09 01 2013


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