Drip Capital co-founder plans his day in advance, wraps up work by 7 pm to spend time with family

Pushkar Mukewar shares his work from home hacks as well as apps he uses to be more productive.

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Mukewar's first half of the day is dedicated to team meetings and the other half, post-lunch is dedicated for projects that he is personally involved in.
Pushkar Mukewar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Drip Capital feels it is difficult to follow a regular schedule while working from home.

He told ET Panache, "I am working with teams based out of India, and the US which can often mean that time and scheduling seems to blur. Hence, I have instituted dedicated work timings that allow me to focus on everything that needs to be done, as well as maintain a work-life balance. Continuing the last point, instead of working from the living room or somewhere else in the house, I prefer working from my reading room/desk to avoid any distractions. This also helps me get 'into the zone' for work, as I know that when I'm sitting at my desk, I'm expecting myself to work and not do anything else."
With two kids under the age of five, working around them can be a handful at times for the Drip Capital co-founder.
With two kids under the age of five, working around them can be a handful at times for the Drip Capital co-founder.

The company is always connected through Slack for formal conversations and WhatsApp for informal conversation. "For video conferences and town halls, I generally prefer using Zoom - it is easy and convenient for our requirements. Working from home has its own pros and cons and I feel there is no end to the debate. We had recently moved to our new office in Mumbai, and the team had really found its rhythm in the working environment there. I miss the office camaraderie, the opportunity to converse on a whim with my team members, seeing the united efforts of everyone to achieve our company goals, and of course, the chance to meet my team members face-to-face," Mukewar shared.


With two kids under the age of five, working around them can be a handful at times for the Drip Capital co-founder.

"I like to plan my day in advance, so that I have a clear idea of what tasks I need to tackle every day. This helps me ensure that I have a fixed number of goals to achieve every day, following which I can 'switch off' from work for some personal time with my family," he shared.

The first half of the day is dedicated to team meetings and business catchups for Mukewar. The other half, post-lunch is dedicated for projects that he is personally involved in.
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"I ultimately try and wrap my work up by 7 pm on any day. Evenings are dedicated to my family. The best part about the lockdown is I get to spend ample time with my wife and the kids, which was otherwise tough. I also try to find some ‘me-time’ to catch up on my favourite web series or try and read a book," he ended.


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Working from home has become the new normal as companies try to minimise disruptions and keep operations running as close to normal as possible. But with most of us working from home, the lines between "work" and "home" could become quickly blurred.



A few weeks ago, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma took to Twitter to announce that he had been so wrapped up in Zoom meetings (inset from Sharma's Twitter account) that he forgot it was Sunday. And that seems to be the case with most entrepreneurs who are dealing with investor pressure and the stress of a looming economic slowdown.

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In a recent media interview, Zerodha CEO Nithin Kamath (L) confessed, “I start work around 8.30 am and work till I sleep. I am definitely overworking, so are a few of my colleagues.”

“I had assumed that there would be more family time than before (but) the opposite has happened. Maybe I am spending lesser time than before because the boundary between work and personal time has disappeared. That said, daily I work out with my wife and play music with my son, and enjoy a drink with my brother and father once in a few days.”

If you find yourself in a similar situation as Kamath or Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma (R), here are a few practical ways you can quickly establish boundaries.
In a recent media interview, Zerodha CEO Nithin Kamath (L) confessed, “I start work around 8.30 am and work till I sleep. I am definitely overworking, so are a few of my colleagues.”“I had assumed t..
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Working from home can be invasive to your personal life. Without scheduled work hours, work can creep into your home life and just as personal errands can creep into work hours. To avoid this, start and end your workday at the same time every day. Don’t mix household chores into work hours and vice-versa.
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Studies have shown that having a designated workspace helps put your brain into work mode and enhances productivity. If you can’t set aside a designated workspace (due to a space crunch), try to create barriers in other ways. For example, use your laptop for work calls/meetings and use your phone to check social media or chat with friends. Having different devices for different purposes will help your brain switch from work to play mode.
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A shutdown ritual is a set routine of actions that you perform at the end of each workday to finalize your day and signify that your workday is done. Cal Newport, the author of Deep Work, initiated it as a New Years’ resolution to get the most of his relaxation time.

“It has worked better than I imagined. I’ve basically eliminated stressful work-related thoughts from my evenings and weekends. This has really improved my ability to relax and focus on other things,” he wrote on his website.

Some activities you can include in your shutdown ritual are preparing a to-do list for the next day, going for a walk, signing up for an evening fitness class among others. The goal isn’t what you do but that you do something to replace and simulate your commute, which is a built-in shutdown ritual.
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One way to ensure that you’re not blurring the lines between work and home is to create a no-work zone for at least an hour before you go to bed and after you wake up. This will keep your mind ample time to properly recharge.

Research shows that what you do before you go to sleep has an impact on the quality of sleep, and your engagement, your ability to focus, the next day. Passive leisure activities, like watching TV or reading a book, were associated with better sleep than doing something like answering work emails.
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