NODWIN Gaming co-founder likes to fill up his empty calendar slots, says it helps him boost productivity

Akshat Rathee uses a number of apps that improves his productivity.

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During the lockdown, Akshat Rathee realised that if he didn’t make time for exercise, family time, me time, they would quickly disappear from his routine.
Billionaire Warren Buffett likes to keep a mostly blank appointment book with only a handful of entries penciled in. Akshat Rathee, co-founder, NODWIN Gaming, likes to do the opposite, especially when working from home.

Asked about how he structures his work from home routine, Rathee said, “I could say eat, work, sleep, repeat. However, I quickly realized that all empty slots in my calendar magically filled up if I had not blocked them. I now have regimens for everything, even lunch, and dinner. I put it all - exercise, me time, family time, food, etc. - on the calendar,” he explained.

To ensure he stays on top of his calendar, Rathee employs a number of apps to help him boost his productivity. “Google Calendar with Calendly (for externals) to manage appointments, Gsuite for collaborations and calls (I chose it over Zoom), Hellosign for digital signatures, MindMeister for mind mapping and brainstorming collaboratively, Google Sheets for collaborative MIS and reports and planning, Google Tasks/ Microsoft ToDo for task management, Trello for workflow management and Wave accounting for simpler accounting than Tally with strong reports and bank integration,” he said listing some of them.


Asked about some of the work-from-home hacks he employs to keep things moving smoothly, he said, “Bluetooth headphones for calls to prevent a bad shoulder and muscle pain, flatheads shoes for walking inside the house while working and an Ipad with a pencil to review documents rather than type.”

Rathee believes that in addition to boosting his productivity, the lockdown has been a nice respite from his hectic travel schedule “I travelled for over 200 days last year,” said the cofounder. “The family loves the fact that I am home. It’s been a humbling and learning experience.”

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