PMI Bangalore Chapter

PM Guest Article July 2021

Trifles make Perfection, and Perfection is no Trifle

Mohammad Sayeed Qureshee

Recipient of “Governor Award for Teachers.”

Lecturer Eng. Experience – 23 years of teaching at high school level, Teacher training- 11years, worked in various ELT projects of CG state government., Designed training modules for PS, MS and HS teachers. And Running a Ride N Teach mission individually to reach to unreached student by riding cycle and teach them English in rural, tribal, remote jungle area for last 4 years.

Small things or small acts are of immense importance, but they are mostly ignored almost in all walks of life. Even in the business world, micromanagement that is quite linked to the core idea of small act and big impact has a bad connotation. One of the main reasons is that employees who are being micromanaged feel distrusted and undervalued. They often attribute this problem to the behaviour of others- to the micromanager whom they feel mistreating them. This is one side of the coin but rest assured, in this article formal micromanagement is not going to be discussed at all. But the focus lies on the other side of the coin that is self-micromanagement. How it impacts positively and adds to our success is the main idea of this write-up.

Success is not only the result of proper planning, good management, and nice execution but also cumulative effects of small things. Here small things mean small acts performed in our day today life. Sometimes, desirable results are not gained even after good planning, hard work and perseverance. May be, small acts are not counted well or overlooked.

One needs to be soft to others and hard to self. It means we should not overlook or neglect our own errors and mistakes. On the contrary, we tend to find faults in others and excuse our own mistakes. This is not less than an autocratic behaviour keeping us away from optimum results out of our actions. Here comes self-micromanagement as a rescue for us. Self-micromanagement plays a vital role in all the success stories. Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together. Holistic positivity in our approach is brought by noticing small things and acting upon them. There are various points where we need improvement but here one and only point to be dealt briefly covering the greater part of our life…

Act accordingly the Biological Clock for more productivity in life. All living beings have adapted all their biological processes to 24-hour day night cycle. This cycle is regulated by biological clock aka circadian rhythm. Biological clock pertains to various mechanisms that regulate biological rhythm such as- sleep-wake up cycle, patterns of hormones secretion, blood pressure, alertness level, even metabolism etc.  To put it simply, all humans including all living organism have an inner clock that tells when to wake up and go to bed; when to eat; when to take rest, when to work hard mentally and physically etc. If we don’t follow the signals of our bio clock, we tend to feel lethargic, more vulnerable to diseases, low in productivity and have a slow metabolism leading to obesity and what not…

Merely by correcting our daily routine and restoring rhythm of biological clock may help you become more productive in action, better in health and happier in life.

Sleeping: Do you want to be a night owl or a morning lark? Choice is yours. Humans are designed to work at day light and rest at night. Adults are supposed to go to bed early and get up early. This enhances your energy level. It may take a dip in the early afternoon. Here one needs to take a power nap or a quick break to be become a better performer.

Eating: Studies suggest that eating at a certain time provides with better health. It may control your weight gain, keep your metabolism fast and make you feel more energetic.

Restrict your eating to a 12-to-14-hour window during a day can be helpful. Eating late at night can have negative impact on your sleeping pattern and health. So, take your last meal at least 3 hours before going to bed.

Exercising: Research suggests that regular exercise can help regulate your circadian rhythm and improve your metabolism and sleeping quality. Workouts must be performed between 3 pm to 6 pm to get best out of it and avoid injuries. Evening might be the best for yoga and flexibility exercises. This is because body is at its most relaxed and least prone to injury.

Thinking: you may need to adjust your schedule to make the most of your mental power. Studies suggest and accordingly Indian philosophy, early morning to morning hours are best time to keep your metal level sharpest. Post lunch hours are not suitable for cognitive skills. Even if one needs to work after lunch in any creative work needs a power nap or a quick break to be more performing.

Sleeping pattern, eating timing, work out hours, thinking activities etc. are the part and parcel of our life. But a little mismatch of them with your biological clock may make or mar the quality of your life. Hence, by restoring or tuning our biological clock or circadian rhythm can improve our performance level in all arenas. Believe me to do a small act well is the best proof of ability to do what is great….