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No pride in being workaholic, says Star Pravah Executive VP and GM, Ravikant Sabnavis


Ravikant Sabnavis, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Star Pravah, speaks to Shikha Jain on how he keeps stress at bay and stays rejuvenated

Do you believe in a work-life balance concept? Why is it important?

Absolutely. I enjoy my work, and like all of us who do, I tend to bring it home with me in my head. Phone calls spill over, deadlines loom large and can be stressful. However, it is at these times that I believe I need to make a hard stop, drawback, and engage in activities that re-energise me. All these help me balance out and perform better at work, and be a happier person overall.

How do you manage to create a balance in your life?

First off, I get an early start because I am an early riser. I also find that my morning exercise routine, whether at the gym, or doing yoga, or just a brisk walk – or even a round of golf on a holiday is a must at the start of my day. I also spend some time organising my day ahead, so I can minimise time wasted and can optimise my working hours. Finally, I try to work efficiently so my team and I can leave at a reasonable time as to be able to spend time with family every day. We also make it a point to meet with friends often – and this is a great way for me to relax as well.

How do you keep stress at bay?

I try to stave off stress by keeping things in perspective at all times. I have found that detaching myself for a few moments – either by taking a short walk, or even just spending a few moments thinking is a great way to do this. I have also been practising yoga for several years, which helps me stay equanimous and calm.

What is that one thing that makes you feel rejuvenated at the end of a busy day?

I find that a great workout keeps me going until the end of the day – and days, when I miss it, are markedly more exhausting. But perhaps, the most relaxing activity that I pursue is sailing. I learnt to sail a few years ago, and I usually sail for a couple of hours over the weekend. This helps me completely relax and rejuvenate myself.

What tips would you like to give to readers to strike a work-life balance?

There is no pride in being a workaholic. Tell yourself that you are not indispensable, and learn to head out of the office by a decent hour, so that you can spend time with yourself or your family and friends.

Do you think everyone should have a hobby and nurture it despite the odds?

I think everyone must nurture a hobby – that is, simply doing something for its own sake, when one is truly oneself. Hobbies are wonderful distractions and interludes in our otherwise stressful lives.