Anushree Sharma is the Chief Product Officer at Nuw, the world’s first clothes sharing and swapping app.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
So I am one of those people that started as a Product Manager right after graduation in 2012. I got a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, worked for about 7 years and then got a Masters in Human Computer Interaction. I have always been interested in the user behaviour aspect of a product and I continuously try to create products that make the user feel at the centre of them.
I have worked in startups across countries and right now I am glad to be a founding team member at The Nu Wardrobe (Nuw). At Nuw we are making fashion sustainable, affordable and unlimited by creating a social clothes swapping platform. We are currently in the Ireland and UK market and launching in the US in a few weeks.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
We work from home and are a lean team so sometimes it is hard to cut off completely even after work hours. But I try to have as much structure in my day as I can. I wake up around 7:30, do a bit of stretching, drink a big pot of tea and start my work day. I have realised over the years that I am more productive in the first half of the day, especially things that need greater attention to detail.
I also practise intermittent fasting usually following the 17/7 type most days so I only eat once during the daytime. This makes it important that I am eating a well balanced meal so I put effort into cooking what I eat.
Most days at work I am being pulled into lots of fire-fighting tasks, so I try to have a ‘mindful block’ at some point in the evening where I am winding down and being in the moment. I usually sleep around 10 at night everyday.
3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
In 2023, I am trying to focus a lot on my personal well-being both physically and mentally. Sometimes when you are working hard to build a start-up, other things need to take a backseat, which is needed but ultimately spending quality time with family is my top priority. This is a balancing act but I try to spend as much time as I can with them.
For the last 4 years I have also been doing Reformer Pilates and Yoga regularly, so 5 days a week I will do one or the other. I also love being in nature and I am grateful to be living in Bath, where literally everything is picturesque and all you need to feel joy is walk out the door!
4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I have completely cut sugar and gluten out of my diet. I also eat vegetarian on most days, and since I enjoy cooking, in the last 12 months I have tried to find alternatives to making more traditional Indian recipes healthy.
I have also started to read every night before bed. I am a lover of physical books and this is one of the things that has brought me a lot of joy in the past year.
5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
I read across the board but I am interested in politics, philosophy and poetry. Some of my favourite books in no particular order are:
- The Sublime Object of Ideology – Slavoj Zizek
- The War on Women – Sue Lloyd Roberts
- The Book of Life – J.Krishnamurti
- The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- How to Spot a Fascist – Umberto Eco
- Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche
I love Tagore and Emily Dickinson as poets.
I listen to podcasts sporadically but I enjoy – The Splendid Table, No such thing as a Fish and Naval’s podcast. I also love Cabin Pressure and listen to it when I need a good laugh.
6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Lewis Hamilton! I am very inspired by how focused and hardworking he is as a driver but also in doing things that really challenge him outside of Formula One. He also tries to put his weight behind causes he cares about so I think he is quite multifaceted.
7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
A lot of the transformative ideas I have had about building Nuw have come to me while what Daniel Kahneman classifies as ‘Slow Thinking’. Since most parts of my work day follow a very fast thinking, fire fighting approach I think it is important to take time out for deliberate thinking.
It is also important to take time out for things that give you joy and pursue them regularly!
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