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Issue 4

Welcome to this issue of The Five Things Journal. 

2020 is almost over. 

Some of us are glad, some of us are ambivalent and some of us are sad to see this year come to an end. 

I, for one, am happy and excited to look forward to the new year. I believe a new year always brings new possibilities.  

I remember last year, this time. I have had a rough 2019 and couldn't wait for the year to come to an end. I told myself that I will make 2020 'my year of change'. 

Who knew it would turn out to be the year of change for the entire world! 

This weekend, I plan to do a deep review and write in detail on my blog about how my 2020 was. I will share my plans, achievements and failures. Will drop in a notification email when I do. 

Now coming back to this edition, I bring to you 'The 5' which will, hopefully, teach you something new, give you something interesting, tell you something fascinating, make you do something constructive and give you some fodder for thought. 

To Read

I would suggest you all to ditch the textbooks, legal articles, career-related web posts, career insights and all such materials this time. 

Only a few days are left in this year and you can very well relax and take it slow. 

That's what I am doing. 

I am taking a break from social media. I have already scheduled my Instagram posts for the rest of the year and I will drop into the IG account only for stories. 

I am keeping aside all the reading-in-progress productivity books for now (I am reading 'Getting Things Done' and 'Atomic Habits') and diving into a crime fiction 'Moonflower Murders' by Anthony Horowitch this weekend. Once I finish it, I will move onto 'A Promised Land' by Barack Obama. 

Go, read something that gives you joy (and no, I don't mean social media posts). 

What's that one book (completely non-law related) you have been meaning to read for a while but couldn't so far due to lack of time? 

Reply to this email and let me know. Once you have told me, you will feel obligated to pick it up and read it. 

Try and see. :) 

To Know

Here is an article on the most noteworthy trials which is likely to take place in 2021. From ex-presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs & MDs, Swiss banks to our own Mistry-Tata and Amazon-Reliance disputes feature in this list. 

It's a fantastic read, I promise. Not very 'law related' but a fascinating peek into the world's corruption, scandal and fraud related trials.   

Read it here

To Watch

I am going live on a webinar with Lawsikho on "Challenges faced by an in-house counsel and how to overcome them" on Sunday 27 January, 2020 at 6 PM.

I know I advised you all to steer clear of career-related stuff but I hope you will join me at this webinar just to say hi and cheer me on.  

You will find the registration link here under Upcoming Webinars. 

To Do

Sit down with a drink of your choice (for me, it's masala chai) and reflect on the year gone by. 

Write down whatever thoughts come to you. Look back month-wise, record your feelings, achievements and failures in a notebook. 

Every small win counts. 

Eg. Work from Home is every working mother's dream state. This year, I got to work and stay close to my 2 yr old daughter. She grew up before my eyes and I had the flexibility to take a break in the middle of the day to cuddle with her before her naps. 

I also became regular at waking up early. Just last year, this time, I was going to bed at 9 PM and waking up at 7 AM, and I was cribbing that I had no 'me-time'. The solution was always clear, just needed some effort on my part. 

This year has been brutal. 

Some of us lost our jobs, income streams or even loved ones. While the failures are apparent, it's important to note the aspects which benefitted us. 

This will teach us a most valuable lesson - how to remain strong in the face of extreme adversity.  

To Think

What's your goal for 2021? Just one goal. 

Do hit the 'reply' button and send in your answers.

I will tell you my goal in the next newsletter. 

Wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy new year! 

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Until next fortnight, 
Stay Positive. Stay Awesome. 

All my best, 

P.S. #1 I will be going live tomorrow, Saturday 26 December 2020, 10.30 AM on Instagram. Follow me there. I do this every alternate Saturdays to answer your questions face to face.  

 P.S. #2 I have a video series called "MentorSpeak" on my Youtube channel where I talk to senior legal professionals and bring to you valuable career insights from their life experience. If you want to listen to someone, in particular, recommend to me in this form

P.S #3 I am doing a short survey to understand in-depth, the gap between academic study and practical need. Please consider filling this form up

P.S #4 The Five Things Checklist blog is now accepting guest posts. Here are the submission guidelines. 

Happy to have you as part of my 'Awesome Lawyers Tribe'.

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