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7 ways you can lead a healthy, balanced life

Rajneesh Mittal, CTO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, tells us the strategies he uses to ensure life at home and work is happy.    

Rajneesh Mittal has spent over 18 years honing his expertise in communication and media domains and remains passionate about the business impact of technology. He is very passionate about his work and is constantly looking for long-term technology strategies that will aid business. However, he’s very aware of the fact that while professional growth is important, so is personal growth.

“I love my work and make sure that whatever I do is to the best of my ability,” says Rajneesh. “But this shouldn’t mean that it takes up 24 hours of my day and all my mental energies. This shouldn’t be the only dimension that defines us. We need to lead a wholesome life. And as passionate as I am about my work, I’m equally clear about taking time off, which is what keeps my energy levels up and keeps me productive. It shouldn’t be that you turn 50 and feel like you’re already burnt out.”

1. Yoga and meditation
“The work environment we’re in invariably leads to a lot of stress and pressure; because of the multiple projects, the multi-tasking we do, and the sheer number of interactions we are supposed to have. While we might not be aware of it at the time, all of this tends to take a toll. So I have found that regular practice of yoga and meditation helps me, both from a physical as well as mental point of view. It helps me relax and sleep well (I make it a point to meditate before I sleep). A good night’s sleep is the best ingredient for good health. Our sedentary jobs make us prone to ailments and issues like lower back pain. In fact I had a bad back injury a few years ago, and yoga helped me get back on track. So I make it a point to start my mornings with yoga; if not every day, at least every alternate day. And then my day ends with meditation which ensures a good sleep and recharging of life’s batteries.”

2. Keep social interactions to a minimum
“Family time is very important to me and I make it a point to set aside time for this. To do this, I keep my social interactions to a minimum beyond work. I don’t want them to eat into the time I love to spend with my family. That’s something I’m definitely not okay losing out on.”

 3. Find something other than work that energises you
“You have to expend your energies into something other than work as well. Whether it’s a hobby or something as simple as playing time with your family or watching movies together. I find that playing with my children really refreshes me and helps me recharge my batteries. I try to spend time with them as much as possible. Together we play sports and do extracurricular activities that help build our bond.”

4. Sometimes shutting down is important
“You also need to know when to shut down your laptop and turn off your phone and just take a deep breath. There are certain times at work when you’re planning something important or thinking for the long-term. So at those times it helps to shut yourself away from those regular emails and conversations, and move away from your desk and think with a clear head. This is how I manage balance at work. I cut myself off from the regular humdrum and focus on that bit.”

5. Travel time with family
“I make it a point to regularly go on vacations and take time off. It’s something I enforce with my family. If you don’t have a significant amount of time, then even weekends can make up for it. Your weekends can give you the feel of a family vacation. A game of cricket with my son, badminton with my daughter, going swimming with them, a movie with my wife, a quick family aimless drive—these small things all add up and make for wonderful memories.”

6. Make work easier by empowering your team
“Because of my role, productivity for me is the productivity of my people, my team. So I ensure that I’m there for them and provide feedback throughout the year, not just during appraisals. I coach them, discuss with them how to deal with certain situations because there’s just so much to be done. This way I empower them to deal with situations and grow. It also means I have more time available to look after the bigger picture. This in turn means I’m being more productive.”

7. Pace your workload
“Today, executives don’t have the luxury of a 9-to-6 work day. So you need to pace your innings like they do in cricket. I don’t try to squeeze in everything into my schedule when I’m at work. I stagger the load. For example, if I have to read something, like a design document or an architecture, then I postpone it to a time when I’m alone, maybe at night or early mornings. That way when I’m in office I’m more available for my team and my business colleagues, who are my internal customers.” 

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