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How Accenture’s Amit Mehra Doubles His Productivity And Well-Being

Mindful practises help find balance and purpose, he says

Beginning the day with meditation and prayers helps Accenture's Amit Mehra stay focussed and be more productive.
Beginning the day with meditation and prayers helps Accenture's Amit Mehra stay focussed and be more productive.

Thrive Global India: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?

Amit Mehra: I do gratitude exercise by recalling, and sometimes writing down all the things I am grateful for starting from family, friends, health, experiences, lifestyle, communities, impact, track record, etc. I also practice mindfulness by recalling my purpose and vision for my life. Most days, I begin my day with meditation and prayers.

TGI: How do you unplug and recharge?

AM: I do various breathing exercises and make time for running. Also, nothing energises me more than conversing with family and friends. These work best for me.

TGI: What’s your favourite well-being tip?

AM:  Breathing deeply and consciously—as often as you can.

TGI: Tell us about your relationship with your phone.

AM:  It’s very good generally. I schedule time during my day to respond to Whatsapp, Telegram and e-mails—although not always succeeding, but working on it. Usually, I don’t take any unscheduled phone calls unless from family and close friends and prefer returning them in chunks during my allotted time.  

TGI: How do you deal with negativity on social media?

AM: I am not active on it, for example, I have used Facebook twice in the last 10 months. I have my communities on Whatsapp and Telegram, and they are all constructive and very diverse.

TGI: What would you do on an ideal day?

AM: Read a book, do some yoga, spend time with family and friends. I would also like to explore a new place with family.

TGI: How do you incorporate well-being into your daily life?

AM: Being grateful and being mindful for the most part. I ensure that I stay connected with my family and close friends—virtually or in person. Additionally, I make time for physical, mental and spiritual engagement as often as I can in a week.

TGI: What benefit do these habits have on your ability to perform?

Let’s say that my productivity and mental well-being drop by 50 per cent if I don’t follow these practises due to a change or when I’m travelling.

TGI: When was the last time you felt burned out?

AM: Towards the last few quarters of running Reuters Market Light/RML as the CEO (and its founder). After completing a major reorganisation in the last few quarters I then decided to leave the firm as soon as I ensured its growth and impact to continue beyond me.

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