Using Time Effectively


Time never stops for anyone. It is the most perishable commodity I have ever come across. You waste it, it never comes back. It is therefore important for us to understand the value of time and ensure that we utilize the same effectively for ourselves and the people around us.

When I was a young boy, I happened to learn some good habits from my father. Even though it was initially painful and I was always upset at the strict attitude of my father who ensured that these practices were adhered to, brought a sea change for me in my life. He was very mindful of the fact that we all have limited time and we should not allow that to get wasted. My brother and me would start our day as early as four in the morning. While the summers were tolerable, winters were very cold. Getting up so early was very difficult for both of us. However, when my father waked us up every day, he had already started the fire and would have created a cozy warm atmosphere for us to start our morning studies.

Every day we spend three hours in the morning for studies and the morning time helped us retain and learn things much better. I saved a lot of time in my studies because of that. Every evening we were packed to the playground to practice the game of hockey and keep ourselves physically fit.

While we followed this strict regime, most of my friends slept till late and preferred to loiter around instead of playing some serious games. Almost all of them had to struggle lot more to study and still they were short of time.

Even today, I value my time very much. Any free time is spent in reading good books, playing games to keep myself fit and writing books and articles to keep my mind occupied positively when I am not working. I even use my time effectively to engage with my family and ensure that they do not suffer due to my busy schedule. I ensure that time wasting elements like watching television for long hours, indulging in gossips or sitting on social sites for long time is avoided at all cost. I maintain a tracker of things to do and try my best to follow my open tasks till their logical closure.

Practice of some of the difficult activities I do, help me gain enough experience that helps me reduce my efforts subsequently. I use my experience and utilize my spare time in trying out new things that would help me in doing my work better and faster.

While I have seen good success due to my childhood regime that helped build a discipline in me, I always feel that it is not late for anyone to adopt good practices at any point in their life. Saving time and utilizing your time effectively will open up a lot of new opportunities both in your personal and professional life.

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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3 Responses

  1. Swapnil says:

    Inspiring and motivational for me ..Thank you 🙂

  2. Vivek says:

    Very true… Thanks for presenting in such an inspirational way.

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