Category Archives: Time Management

Sleep deprivation and Restoration in Mumbai

I once took a poll on my Facebook and most of the people said that it is rather mandatory to get about 8 hours of sleep.

I used to sleep for 8 hours, but now since last two weeks, I have decided to hack my sleep. Getting 8 hours sleep, means one has to compromise on two things.

1) if you sleep early, you miss this quality time with yourself from 12 am to 2 am. So I am not ready to let go of this.

After 12 am, one is free from all chores and distractions. The time between 12 am to 2 pm is the time for some quiet reading or journaling. So now I tend to sleep around 2 am or even later. My circadian clock is set to make me wake up at 7.30 (if not earlier) every day no matter what time I sleep.

2) Walking up early means getting a head start on your work, so I wake up around 7.30 and almost right in the bed, I start organising my tasks for different projects, I’m currently working on at the moment.

As the day progresses, I mange my breakfast and then the entire day is until 6 pm is basically, meeting people, calling, emailing which involves travelling and a hell lot of multi-tasking.

Multi-tasking is unavoidable, and one feels sleep catching up. I doze off in uber or ola ride with my Meditation music from brain.fm for about 15 mins. A nap of 15 mins, charges you up for another 2/3 hours of meetings and stuff.

If I am at home, I try to get a 15min to 30 min nap in the afternoon; that is if one lucky. Sometimes, you are so tired, but your mind over-worked up, that you cannot sleep even when you are sleepy.

Restoration

Tiredness happens because of the traffic, the stress, the various inconveniences in our life and city. My recovery time is appalling; earlier I used just stop working for a few days when I had completed a gruelling task. But that breaks set your back to square one. So tiring is inevitable, some get tired easily, some might not. It depends on your gene’s, your health, your diet and other external and internal factors.

What I do nowadays, is that I have started anticipating when and what tasks will make me tire soon. I try to think how I can get less tired by doing that task efficiently. I also am giving extraordinary attention to my diet, but unfortunately, sometimes skipping meals are unavoidable.

But if I get tired, I see that I recover very soon, bananas is a great recovery food for me, chocolates, peanuts or whatever I can carry in my bag. Also, a lot of water helps.

One of the most important thing I do for restoration is trying to eat my dinner before 7 pm and try to eat a nutritious breakfast.

So these are my hacks for sleep deprivation and restoration. What are your hacks, how do you cheat sleep or restore and nourish yourself back after a gruelling project? Let me know.

Meet Clara, my new assistant

ClaraSo this week, I met Clara and isn’t she lovely. She said she would work for you free for 14 days. Now, who gives you that kind of offer, right? Clara has scheduled for me about five meetings and two calls in last 7 days.
She is super efficient after all she has artificial intelligence. Clara is an AI-powered email bot, once you send her an email, asking her to fix a meeting or a call on your calendar with a particular person, she will take over the mundane task of follow-up and stuff.
Why don’t you give it try! Check Clara here
Psst – If you sign up using the above link, she will work an additional week without cost for me 🙂

If you are a blogger, who is your real customer?

Suppose you run a few blogs like I do and make revenue out of ad sales or content streaming from your blogs.

Now you have 2 bosses (customers) one is your visitors and the second is the sponsor or advertiser. While the visitor doesn’t pay to access your content while the advertiser uses your media to reach your demographics.

Also being a blogger means you are constrained and don’t have a sales team to pursue the advertisers for more ad revenue. So in this case would you focus on getting more revenue or more visitors (quality and quantity) to your website.

Personally I have never focused much on the advertisers. Don’t do sales calls nor solicit clients for advertising money. I focus on my demographics visitors.

But I am planning to change strategy soon, shift focus on advertisers instead of the community. But the objective would be to serve the community better.

What about you?

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