'Make an effort to reach out to people you want to learn from': Aakanksha Tangri

Filed on January 24, 2020

How do you typically start your workday?
I make a list the night before of what I'd like to achieve the following day, which helps me immensely to prioritise, so I start by reviewing that, and then have a check-in with each member of our team to set our intentions for the day.

What is your favourite thing about your job?
I love the fact that no one day is the same. We're always working on new stories and ideas - so, some days, I'll be focused on editing; otherwise, a major part of the day goes in design ideation, or I'll be focusing on the business side.

In your workday, what is the one thing you cannot do without?
Water (and my laptop)!

What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
I would tell myself to appreciate and enjoy the small milestones, instead of always looking toward what's coming next. Be more mindful and present.

Who's your role model as the perfect professional, and why?
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She's paved the way for women everywhere and created history in so many ways. She has been through so much in life, yet still persevered. RBG is 86 and still going strong despite her recent health challenges. She's often the only woman in the room and still manages to hold her own. I think that's incredibly inspiring.

What is one important skill you think every professional should have?
Empathy.

Your favourite indulgence when you need a break from work.
A good cup of coffee and playing with my dog!

Any insights or tips you can share on how to make the most of your workday?
Use the time-blocking technique to figure out which tasks will take most of your time, then work and prioritise your day accordingly. Define the roles and responsibilities of each team member and delegate accordingly. Trust your team to deliver.

How do you maintain a work:life balance?
I think any start-up founder will tell you that it's a struggle. I'm still learning and actively working on maintaining a work:life balance and now, on most days, I try to switch off at 8pm. Post this, I will either work out, hang out with my family and friends, or binge-watch a show.

Any advice for youngsters just getting into the professional arena?
Find yourself a mentor, someone who can be your sounding board when you're about to make difficult decisions, and make an effort to reach out to people you want to learn from - personally or professionally. It's always worth a shot. I got an opportunity to shadow one of my favourite journalists as a student, simply because I took the time to write them a note after listening to a talk. This later led to an internship and was a great career opportunity for me.
- Staff Reporter


 
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