Gul Panag discusses maximising WFH output in her ‘Cool Tech’ series


As we enter Week three of the lockdown, Gul Panag notes, “This is going to be at least a semi-permanent way of life. And as with any challenge, when we see one, we always find ways to rise to it.” The Dor actress has been holding Cool Tech talks on her Instagram web page (@gulpanag) with individuals who have used know-how to maximise their output in these difficult occasions.

From businessman Anand Ahuja and designer Anita Dongre to comic Kenny Sebastian and photographer Gayatri Nair, Gul has been speaking to people who find themselves staying forward of the curve. “The lockdown has fundamentally changed the way we operate, and we need to ask ourselves how we will adapt to it, and continue to operate in this environment.”

The present lockdown is just to flatten the curve, she provides. “So that if there is a trickle of cases instead of a flood, we will be better equipped to handle it. From a health point of view, the pandemic is not going to just go away once the lockdown is lifted. So we better adapt to the times.”

She discusses how to take action, with her visitors in her dwell classes. Given we’re closely reliant on our telephones and iPads as we work from our properties, we have to make it possible for we optimise their use. “For instance, my talk with Anand Ahuja reminded me of how we need to be accountable for every minute of our time spent, rather than whiling it away on apps. Anand keeps his phone permanently on silent — phones constantly distract you with unnecessary notifications and are the biggest impediment to productivity. I do all my work on my iPad now instead, and use my phone just as a phone.” She provides that for every day reminders and memos, she has begun to counting on the nice outdated pen and paper. This economising of effort and time could be utilized in every single place, she says, “I have become so much more efficient in the kitchen too, and learnt to use the minimum amount of utensils to cook the healthiest food possible.”

Her present series ends with Soha Ali Khan on Tuesday midday, however she plans to host extra such talks in the approaching future. “I want to bring more people for another edition of the Cool Tech series,” she says. “But I also want to speak to a psychologist, about how to deal with our anxiety levels. They have risen to unprecedented points.”

Clarifying that there’s a distinction between stress and nervousness, she says the previous has a particular origin, whereas the latter is a imprecise concern of the unknown. “It is not just health anxiety: economic anxiety, about pay-cuts and layoffs, is only just beginning to kick in. We have to figure out how to handle that as a community.”

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