Bhargava introduces us to the concept of Focus Days, Buffer Days and Free Days
For Vivek Bhargava, who is the CEO, DAN Performance Group, every weekend is about new learnings. Here's a glimpse of Bhargava's impressive weekend schedule. Take a look...
How do you typically spend your weekend?
I attended a workshop at Toronto by Dan Sullivan where I was introduced to the concept of Focus Days, Buffer Days and Free Days. Free days are basically where for a 24-hour period, you’re not doing any work related task. So generally on weekends, it’s almost a Free Day for me. I try to avoid looking at or replying to emails, etc.
One work-related activity I do try to do on certain weekends is meet the people I want to hire. I want to spend a large amount of my time towards hiring quality talent. Meeting people in an informal setting is important. I believe that in our industry people make all the difference. You never get to have a real conversation with the person in a formal interview, so meeting a person informally is an integral part in hiring senior employees. I make it a point to meet them over lunch or coffee and have a discussion on a topic which isn’t specifically work related.
Secondly, I spend a lot of time on learning, I really enjoy learning something new. For example, I undertook a news anchoring course over 6 weekends for 4 hours every weekend – which in fact has helped me given my involvement with The Vault Show and UTT. I similarly did a speed reading course over a few weekends.
I am a passionate Table Tennis player and I think it’s a sport which I can improve on only if I play with different players. Over the weekend, apart from my table tennis academy, I also play table tennis at other clubs like Hindu Gymkhana where you get to play with a more variety of players.
Some of my other weekend activities include the usual catching up on movies and TV shows, visiting a spa and meeting friends over drinks at home.
Did you spot any interesting ad campaign this week?
I saw the HDFC Bank #StartDoing ad campaign this weekend and I think it’s quite impressive. It’s a series of ads which prod you to, as the name suggests – start doing, and it’s a thought that resonates well with audience sentiments.
Any interesting thing that caught your attention on the internet this week?
One of the interesting things I saw on the internet this weekend was a Simon Sinek TED talk on what makes good leaders and how good leaders make you feel safe. In a lot of companies, people are willing to stick their neck out because they know that if they make a mistake, it’s not going to be used against them. This contributes in making it a safe environment to work in for team members.
One book you read recently that's work a share?
I’m reading two interesting books simultaneously right now, both of which I’m really enjoying and highly recommend. One of them is called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and the other is Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow which is the next version of Sapiens. Both the books are written by Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari. Mankind or Homo sapiens is ripe for disruption and if you want to know what the future may look like and what you need to do to prosper in it, then these books are a must read.
A cocktail you would recommend our readers for the monsoon?
I’m fond of whisky, however never took a liking to Bourbon whisky. I recently discovered this cocktail called ‘Old Fashioned’, which mainly has Bourbon along with orange bitters, some cherry and club soda. I’d surely recommend this interesting cocktail to the readers for the monsoon!
A fun event in town that our readers can catch up on?
Although you have just missed some thrilling matches of Ultimate Table Tennis which happened live at NSCI in July, this weekend would be a good time to catch all the action on Hotstar!
Any movie that you would recommend our readers to watch over the weekend?
I would like to recommend a couple of TV shows instead of movies. Mr. Robot is a drama–thriller television series that I watch. Black Mirror is another great show. I recommend starting with the last episode of season 3 and watching it backwards. Both the shows provide great insight into understanding the future.
Do you have a getaway recommendation?
I try to match my learnings with my getaways. There’s a paramotoring course in Dubai and Turkey which I plan to do this year. Then there’s a table tennis academy in Germany that I will also visit. All these learning activities are part of my holidays – it works really well for me. I’m also planning trips to Atmantan Spa, Mulshi and Della Adventure, Lonavala. I would recommend all these places.
Your comfort food on Sundays will be?
Arhar ki daal, chaawal, aloo ki sabzi, hari chutney and papad.
How do you prepare yourself to get started on Monday?
I take some time out on Sunday to plan for the entire week, so Mondays are just another day for me. Furthermore, I plan only three big things to be accomplished for each day and my aim is to complete those specifically by the end of that day. This automatically takes care of the week and then the month and quarter.