How To Be A Successful Blogger


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Success in any field comes with passion. If you pursue your dreams which bring you joy, you would be successful in those areas. Blogging however, completely relies on passion. If you blog about things, topics or interest that you do not connect with on root level, it would translate in your writing/content. Therefore the first step is to recognize:

 

What to blog about?

… and to answer that vital question one would first have to find the answer to the following questions:

  • What do you enjoy doing the most?
  • What would you surf for on the internet in your in idol time?
  • What ideas keep you up late at night?
  • What do people seek your advice on?
  • What do you get the most compliments on?
  • Lastly, what makes you excited and happy?

Whatever is the answer to those question, is where your passion lies.

What do successful bloggers blog about?

Their content is made of stuff that they are good at and also passionate about. They blog about their burning interests with fervor and enthusiasm. Everyone has such interests. It is just a matter of discovering them.

Until next time,

RP Crew

Rudkin Ritual


Picture 4Inc.com had recently published an article on ‘work place rituals’, which got me thinking about the rituals we have here at Rudkin. I started working here in March 2013 and have been part of three birthday celebrations and one goodbye party. That makes it total of four office parties in 5 months. And might I add the individual lunch orders are taken courtesy of Rudkin Productions. None of my previous work places had this ‘celebratory’ culture.

Before I attended the first Rudkin birthday party, which happened to be of my boss Kathy Rudkin‘s birthday, all my colleagues told me I should be excited, as this would be my first encounter of the ‘Rudkin Ritual’. I truly didn’t know what to expect.

On daily basis our office interaction is purely dependent on the project we are working on. Sometimes it involves hours of teamwork while other times in means a lonely date with your computer and keyboard for days in a stretch. Hence the ‘Rudkin Ritual’ is a good change from the everyday monotony of the work place. It gives all of us (employees of Rudkin Productions) a chance to interact and talk about something other than work without worrying about the ‘billable hours’. And what’s even more exciting is that there are stories from each party that do the rounds for months to come. Becca, our Office Manager remembers her first Rudkin Party by the following story:

I knew I was in a great working environment when I witnessed Josh’s birthday bash!  
Sarah printed out pictures of boy band members and handed them out to everyone 
to put in front of their faces when we sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  
We did not sing it the traditional way … We barked it!

In his article on Inc.com Lee Cohan states, “Effective rituals connect team members to each other, to their leaders…. “ and I think Rudkin Productions has successfully accomplished that goal. As Alan, our Creative Director puts it expressively:

Our birthday and holiday celebrations are really fun. We have food brought in and 
everyone crowds into the conference room and we eat, share stories and laugh a lot. 
It’s a great time to let our hair down and just enjoy being with each other without 
the demands of “I need this now!” I don’t think any of us wants the 
“company meeting” to end.

Take a moment to think about creating something fun, easy and meaningful.  Keep it simple.  Start with just one ritual, stick to it, and don’t compromise it.” says Lee Cohan and we are doing exactly that here at Rudkin. Whoever said, ‘all work and no play makes jack a dull boy’ knew what they were talking about!

Until next time,

Tanvi via RP Team

Beat The Monday Blues: Rudkin Style


Tanvi is our optimistic team member. Though days do not affect her mood, but like everyone else she has a plan to face them head-on as well. Get to know her better here.
Tanvi_MondayBluesHow are you beating the blues this Monday? Share it with us on our Facebook Page or tweet them to us @rudkintweets.

Until next time,

RP Team

How to Make The Most of Your Time?


Make More Of Your Time

Time Management is something most of us learn as we go along. Often, many of us fail at it too. Challenge of being able to effectively manage time is that it needs to be constantly adapted to the changing needs and requirements. And since everyone is different with different needs you would have to find your own work-life balance to zero in on a plan which works specifically for you.

Here are a few tips to help you form a plan:

  1. Make Lists: This is a basic fundamental tool to get organized. Make lists according to the priority (from most important to least important) and tick off tasks as you complete them.
  2. Focus On One Thing At A Time: While people believe that multi-tasking is a great asset for a work environment but studies have shown that being focused on the task at hand can increase productivity. Do one thing at a time and do it right.
  3. Set Long-Term Plans: Having a rough idea about what you want to achieve in the next 3 – 6 – 9 – 12 month increment is a good way to set a goal to strive for. It is what would help you get through the tough days. Revise is regularly to stay on top of it.
  4. Reward Yourself: When you reach your goal, meet your objective/deadline take a moment and celebrate. How you decide to do that is completely up to you. It could be as simple as taking a power nap to treating yourself to a hearty meal. Keep is simple but make sure you do it.
  5. Use Your Downtime: Or ‘idol’ time such as driving, traveling, walking, etc. Not to be confused with your ‘break time’. This is the time in between your tasks that you can use to plan ahead and re-analyze your to-do-list.
  6. Delegate: Do not take up more than you can handle. Sure, no one can do it better than you, but this is where prioritizing comes in. Do what is important yourself and delegate the other tasks. Taking on too much is poor use of time and increases stress.
  7. Set Personal Deadline: Ideally set the deadline for a few days before it actually needs to be completed. Give yourself some buffer time. This helps reduce stress and manage your priorities more wisely.
  8. Disconnect From Technology: While technology is supposed to help us get more productive and efficient, unfortunately it is doing just the opposite. The number of hours we spend on Internet cannot be justified. Plan your day with slots which require you to use technology and others where you completely disconnect from it. For example, set block of hours in the day to catch up on your virtual life and emails and then other blocks where you do not need technology at all (while cooking, family meals, exercising etc.).
  9. Get Enough Sleep: That is the most important step in the time management. Even when you feel you can go on for 24 hours – Don’t. To avoid burnout make sure you at least catch up on 7-8 hours of shuteye.

I hope you would find this post helpful. If you have your hands full and would like to out source your blog or other social media accounts, do not hesitate to contact us. Also, you can click here to check out the other services we offer.

Until next time,

The RP Crew

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