(Although this article was written for children but sometimes adults need this lesson too. I must admit that I myself am not a very orgnized person, maybe I wrote this as a reminder for myself!) 

The van driver was blowing his horn repeatedly as Rehan frantically searched for his science journal! Only last night he had finished his assignment and kept the journal … if only he could remember where!
Giving his room one last searching look, he picked up his bag and ran to catch the school van. Disappointment was written large on his face as he stared glumly out of the window.
“Why don’t I find my things on time?” he wondered to himself. He had worked so hard on the journal, neatly drawing and labelling diagrams till late into the night. But instead of getting the praise he was expecting from his science teacher, he was reprimanded by her for not submitting his homework on time!
We often see that some of our friends always appear relaxed, are always punctual, whether it is attending an event or submitting an assignment at school. They are not jittery or nervous during examinations and seem to enjoy life better than us. This is because they are better organised than us and follow some rules which lead to a more successful and meaningful life. If we want to lead a well organised life, some habits have to be cultivated consciously.Organize inside20042013_CMY


Often when we are in a hurry or in a lazy mood, we keep our things in the wrong place and then waste a lot of precious time and energy searching for them. Usually it becomes a habit for which we have to pay a price.
To lead an organised life, we should make sure to keep things back in their proper place. Instead of keeping his journal in his bag after he had completed his assignment, Rehan left it on the carpet. And when he changed for the night, it got buried beneath his clothes because he did not put them in the laundry bin (which Mummy told him repeatedly to do!). Had he not been so careless, he would not have to face embarrassment at school.


Clearing clutter usually makes life more organised, because the fewer things we will have, the easier it would be to manage them!
Often we are reluctant to give away stuff we have a vague feeling we shall use sometimes in the future. This results in utilising more space for things (clothes, stationary, books, shoes, toiletries or any such thing of our personal use) and wasting time on managing them.
The rule of the thumb is to ask ourselves, “Will I need it this week, this month or this year?” If the answer is “No” to all the options, we should just give the thing away, especially if it is not too expensive to replace. If you have not used something in six months, you may or may not need it again, and if you have not needed something for as long as two years, you are definitely not going to needed it. So, why keep it?
Often after keeping something for years, when we try to use it, more often than not, it is outdated or no more in a working condition.
“The bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, it’s clutter and it needs to go,” Charisse Ward


Often when we are trying to do more than one thing at a time, we cannot concentrate on our work properly, resulting in a downslide in our performance. A well-organised person does one task at a time according to his/her priority. We should be clear about what has to be done and what is just a pastime.
For example, while doing our homework, if we keep our cell phone within our reach and keep on replying to friends’ forwarded messages, our quality of work will suffer.


Planning ahead is an important trait of an organised personality. But we should be realistic in our plans. There are times when we plan to do a lot but in the end, we find a big part of what we had aimed to do undone.
Are we being over enthusiastic and planning to do more than what is possible, or we are not utilising our time properly? This is a question which only we can answer.
Practically, planning our daily, weekly and even monthly goals and trying our best to achieve them will make life more organised and tasks more manageable for us. We should make it a habit to assess ourselves regularly to find out whether we are carrying out our plans effectively.


Another key to lead a well-organised life is to manage your time in the most fruitful manner. To make the best use of your time, decide on what is the most important thing you need to do right away. Leaving your homework or preparation for a test unfinished, just to watch your favourite TV show or to chat with a friend, is not a sign of an organised personality.
Schedule your time each day to work on your top priorities and then stick to your plans. Often we are at a loss because we find ourselves unable to finish our day to day tasks. This is often because giving in to temptation usually results in wasted hours which we regret later on.
The famous columnist Harvey MacKay said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
Well-organised people are usually successful in life. Remember that the door to a successful future often opens with a combination lock. We can open it only when we use the perfect combination of planning, hard work, discipline, proper usage of time, sincerity, dedication and yes, Divine Help and a bit of good luck too!

Courtesy: Etiquette of using the cellphone! By Yasmin Elahi | From InpaperMagzine |

Faisal is having dinner with his parents and siblings. Daddy is in a jolly mood today and telling the family about his childhood pranks and how their (then) strict grandpa punished him often for his naughtiness.

The children are enjoying the anecdotes and at the same time protesting aloud to grandpa for punishing their father so. It is hard for them to believe that their indulgent grandfather was once so stern with his only son!

Faisal’s cellphone begins to beep and he pulls out his phone from his jeans’ pocket. A friend has sent a joke. Losing interest in the table talk, he starts punching the keys to answer the text message of his close friend. Daddy looks at him with a displeased look, but Faisal is so engrossed in receiving and sending messages that he is not even aware of his father’s stare!

After 10 minutes he realises that he had been listening to a very interesting account of his father’s childhood. “Daddy what happened after grandpa caught you flying a kite from the terrace?” he asked with an innocent tone.

But Daddy’s mood has changed! “Faisal you should have enough manners to know that when you are listening to someone,
especially an elder, you should not be busy texting a message! I don’t feel like repeating what I have told everyone already.

And from now on, you will not bring your cellphone to the dinner table,” he says in a firm tone as he leaves the dining room!

Like every technological invention, the cellphone has its advantages and disadvantages! Although it has broken all barriers in communication, bringing the world to our fingertips, it has also made us a bit alien to our family. Most of the times we are so engrossed in our cellphones, text messaging friends or just forwarding interesting messages, playing games on it or calling friends, checking and replying to mails if we have a Wi-Fi phone, we often forget that there are some etiquettes for its usage, which we all should follow firmly.

If you are in company and your cellphone beeps, make sure to move away from the earshot of the people you are sitting with. Often I see people of all ages talking intently or laughing aloud while talking to someone on their mobile phones when there are in others’ company. This is often irritating to the people around them and a bit disturbing too. So, if you think it is important to receive a call, do not make it a nuisance or disturbance to other people. Distance yourself from the people around you and attend to the call.

Be careful when you are in a sober situation, i.e. if you are visiting someone in the hospital, sitting with elders who are having a serious conversation or are in the mosque for prayers. The silly songs set as dial tunes are really unpardonable. In my opinion, such unethical dial tunes should be totally banned. Bizarre ringing tones, such as the cry of a baby or someone laughing uncontrollably, could be very disturbing when you are in sober company. Make it a point to be sure to switch your
cell to a silent mode if you are in such places.

Your parents and elders are more important than your friends, so when you are conversing with them, don’t attend a friend’s call or SMS by cutting short the conversation. You can drop the call or excuse yourself for a moment and just inform your friend that you will call later if it is something urgent. You can ask him/her to send you a text message which you can check after a few moments.

Set limits for yourself! Time is very valuable as you have to work hard to reach your goals and carve out a brilliant future for yourselves. Schemes floated by the cellphone providers, i.e., free SMSs (or at a very nominal rate), nightly free packages, unlimited internet usage on the cellphone, are all offers that help their sales.

We are being used as pawns in the tough competition the companies are giving to each other. Don’t be lured and refuse to be misused! How can a student who has been up nearly all night enjoying the 12 midnight to 6am free talking package, perform well when he/she comes to school the following day!

You may be surprised to know this, but it is a fact that teenagers currently make up the majority of the world’s cellphone users! In these times of insecurity, parents have no other choice but to provide their children with cellphones, sometimes even before they reach the proper age, only to remain in touch with them and know where they are. So, rise to your
parents’ expectations and prove that you are enlightened enough not to use this gadget to your

The Pied Piper of Today

COMMUNICATION: The Modern Pied Piper

Cellular companies are the modern Pied Piper. Our youth chase them blindly, dancing all night to the tunes of incoming calls or the beeps of the text messages, writes Yasmin Elahi

Who hasn’t read the fascinating story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin who played a musical pipe, luring hundreds of children to follow him out of town into a cave, never to be seen again?

The story holds true to this day, where the Pied Piper of Hamelin has been replaced by slogans floated by cellular companies of our age.Sab keh do, Tum hi to ho, baaton baaton mein, Feel free are some of the slogans adopted by these companies. The way consumers are attracted to them, especially young people, paints more or less the same picture and the use (read misuse) of the cell phone is becoming more and more common by the day.

With these companies offering new incentives and bargains with every passing minute to capture the market, the tele-density of mobile phones has reached 55.60 in the country (Pakistan Telecom Authority report) which means that more than half of our population has access to mobile phones with over 89 million subscribers. In the 2007-08 fiscal year alone, cellular phone companies added 22.36 million subscribers to their networks amid cutthroat competition.

In times like these, when a fulltime homemaker gets painfully exhausted by the end of the day with endless chores and responsibilities around the house, the working woman is too busy juggling her time between her home, family and social commitments to use her cell phone and the man of the house after being stuck in a mad traffic jam on his way back from work, prefers to be called a couch potato as he flips lazily the channels on TV, the young end up falling prey to these cellular companies. They cater to and target our only hope for a better future, and the rest is a Pied Piper tale, where text messaging and calling each other endlessly on the mobile phone without any rhyme or reason is relative to walking into the cave.

In their competition to win over the market, the mobile servers are cutting their rates to outplay each other.packages like these are common, “Five hundred messages for Rs50!”, “Unlimited messages for a month for a [paltry] Rs80!”, “Free extra time in lieu of the air time used!”, and the most outrageous: “Free calls and text messages from midnight to six in the morning!”

The cellular companies’ television commercials reflect the kind of customers they are targeting. Take the dancing damsel in a flowing ghaghra hopping about in the fields, for example, or the college students laughing and joking in the cafeteria behaving as if studies were the last thing on their minds, or the glamorised anorexic young models endorsing mobile phones, being idealised by young girls of today. Most sane people will seldom find these commercials realistic or even sensible.

It is irresponsibility on the part of parents who think they only have a role to play as long as their children are going to school and not beyond. It is during youth that we happen to be the most vulnerable and it is during youth that most parents these days give children more freedom than they can handle. This is how they get carried away.

Wasting time sending unnecessary text messages or calling each other keeps young people awake till the wee hours of the night, and then they are expected to be on time for their classes and perform well at their studies. The boy meet girl has become something of the past; the modern way for teenagers to flirt is boy text- messages girl or the other way round.

Cell phones are an incredibly ingenious invention if put to good use, for they have broken all barriers of communication. It is the abuse of the device, triggered by the greedy policies of cellular companies and the recklessness of parents and teachers, which is the trouble. In this day and age of insecurity and lack of law and order, parents feel more at ease when their youngsters carry a cell phone with them. But in an attempt to outclass each other, cellular companies are turning this device into a big nuisance and their dirty marketing strategies are playing with the very future of our youth.