Lockdown Day 6: Stay@Home with Neelima Burra: 5 Things to Ask Yourself

30 Mar,2020

It’s Day 6 of the National Lockdown and we bring to you our all-new all-new series called ‘Stay@Home’ that we introduced last Thursday. Today, we have with Neelima Burra, Co-founder and Board of Directors, Ganymede Business Ventures Pvt Ltd, telling us about five things to ask oneself. Read on…


5 Things to Ask Yourself


My ‘to-finish’ roster had an avalanche of projects ranging from getting better organised, to home makeover, to having a social life, to the entrepreneurial (so many business ideas, etc, etc, etc!). I felt like I was drowning in the sea of things I wanted to do versus the time I had to do them. I knew I needed a system to get myself in the right state of mind to efficiently and consistently create.

Not to mention, occasionally, you do need a kick on your back to rethink and re-reinvent yourself. If I don’t get these occasional wakeup calls, it’s so easy for me to fall into the trap of replicating how others are doing the thing I want to do, rather than just putting in the minutes and hours doing it myself.

The Lockdown is helping me create time and space for getting in the flow state. These are the 5 things I found most relevant to start with.


1. Declutter your everyday living. Be Minimalistic. Simplify your lifestyle:

After all, as a former shopaholic and workaholic, my life was one big cluttered mess! I was already so busy and decluttering just seemed like another item on my already overwhelming to-do list. With the supply of commodities shrinking up, this is a good time to revaluate what you should consider ‘essentials’. Most of us have acquired too many belongings that complicate our life. Trying to maintain them and keep track of them, we feel stressed and irritated. It sounds like an extreme privilege, but it’s true. Try and figure out what you really need and what you don’t. This is a good time to do some trimming and lighten up. Rest assured, the experience will help you gain a completely different perspective on your life. You will realise the number of things you take for granted in your day-to-day life, and the few that you really need.


2. Connect with Family, Create new memories, Relive childhood :

With busy work schedules, it’s often the family and friends who take a backseat in life. It’s time to strengthen your inner circle of bonding and create a larger outer circle of influence. There are at least half a dozen people, at any given point of time that you need to call back. Parents, that slightly touchy friend, or a former colleague — you really meant to call them back, but you know how it is. This is a good time to find out how your friends and family are doing; if the elders among them are coping up well.

Once you are done with your work-from-home time, you can sit with the family every evening for a round or two. Relive your childhood as you play with your children. Ludo, Scrabble, Monopoly, and many other games accumulating dust in a corner of your house. Bring it back and get playing with your family. Relive memories and create new memories for future with your kids and family, cooking together, eating together, reading, watching movies, listening to songs, flipping old albums and pictures and many more, you always wanted to do, but never had the time to.


3. Feed your mind… READ, READ, READ:

This can be a great use of your me-time, simply because you will enhance your knowledge of people, society, history and culture. It’s a no brainer.  Reading books keeps you smarter and more empathetic. Five books to read for sure –


a. Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life Kindle Edition by Joshua Fields Millburn(Author), Ryan Nicodemus  (Author) : Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things—which actually aren’t things at all.

b. Deep Work by Cal Newport :  One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results

c. Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of BusinessBook by Dan Keldsen and Tom Koulopoulos : In this revolutionary new book, the authors delve into a vision of the future where disruptive invention and reinvention is the acknowledged norm, touching almost every aspect of how we work, live and play.

d. Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean

Book by Kim Scott – Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism – delivered to produce better results and help your employees develop their skills and increase success.

e. Nothingness: The Science Of Empty Space

Book by Henning Genz : Nothingness addresses one of the most puzzling problems of physics and philosophy: Does empty space have an existence independent of the matter within it? Is “empty space” really empty, or is it an ocean seething with the creation and destruction of virtual matter?


4. Be your most Awesome Self, Create a new Body, Mind and Soul:

In our stress – ridden and hectic lives, we often found ourselves in a hurry to do and achieve so many things – trying to balance career, families, side hustles, social lives, workouts and more leaving us with a feeling for lack of a better word – drained. It can be considered somewhat of a recent phenomenon for people to feel dissatisfied if we’re not experiencing complete happiness & fulfilment in every aspect of our lives.


If you have been thinking of getting fitter, take up yoga or pilates, or join a functional workout class from home. Many yoga and fitness trainers are offering classes online at this time—follow them on their social media pages to find the best option. What’s more, the fitness and aerobics videos on YouTube can be real fun! Set your wellness goal, draw a plan and create a routine to follow.

1. Start with your food you eat

2. Give yourself time to rest

3. Pamper yourself – create a spa at home comfort

4. Disconnect from technology

5. Yoga, Meditate and Chant


5. Skill up and Prepare Yourself for Post Lockdown :

Introspect, analyse and work on improving your strengths and managing your weaknesses. Make your wish list for post lockdown and likely scenarios. Three weeks is a long time, but know that this too shall pass. Make a list of all the things you want to do once the lockdown is lifted. Plan for reboot and relaunch.

Work on a skill you always wanted to acquire. Maybe you could simply start with an online course, webinars, online tutorials or simply practice something new. 21 days of practice would be good enough to make it a habit.


Neelima Burra is a Co-founder and is on the Board of Directors, Ganymede Business Ventures Pvt Ltd. She is a senior marketer having worked with HP Inc, Cargill Global Edible Oils and Foods, Usha International Ltd, Whirlpool of India, Britannia Industries and HLL Lifecare.

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