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In the last 8 years of my work, I have never appreciated working late nights and sleeping in late.

In the last 8 years of my work, I have never appreciated working late nights and sleeping in late. Irrespective of the organization, I have worked till 1 am and been asleep at 2 am.

While working with corporates and governments taught me a great deal about work ethic, designing problem solutions, stakeholder management among many other things. Unfortunately, all my jobs required late nights and long hours to do the #work.

My morning yoga and meditation practice have been compromised and I have dragged my body out of bed on multiple occasions. My sleep has gone for a toss, mental #wellbeing has declined, and I have stress eaten. Both mentally and physically, I have struggled.

In true honesty, running my own impact venture has helped me control my time. In 2021, looking back getting freedom over my time is the biggest achievement I have made. Today, I could run the venture at the time I like and from the place I love.

Ironically, I work much longer hours but my morning ritual and time independence have brought a sense of higher sense of wellbeing.

True happiness is not binging on TikTok or Netflix till 2 am with popcorn filling your mouth-- the truest form of wellbeing is having control of your time. As Morgan Housel rightfully puts in Psychology of Money "Use #money to gain control over your time, because not having control of your time is such a powerful and universal drag on happiness"

Independence over your time can set you free. I sowed the seeds of my impact venture three years ago. This new year, I would strongly urge Gen Z to do the same so that none of us is left behind working like machines.

And frankly, even machines need downtime :)

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Author- Shatakshi Sharma, Cofounder Global Governance Initiative, Ex- BCG, Advisor, Tony Blair Institute

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