Arunabha Ghosh
Arunabha Ghosh

I prefer eating a bit less to being totally full: Arunabha Ghosh

The 41-year-old founder and CEO of CEEW dishes out his #MondayMotivation

Dr Arunabha Ghosh, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), set up the climate think tank in 2010. He has earlier worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Trade Organization (WTO), and has co-authored four books. The 41-year-old executive is based out of New Delhi.

Morning boost

I wake up between 4.45 and 5 am everyday. The first thing I do after freshening up is go to my study and get some reading done. After that, I workout for half an hour. This is followed by breakfast. I am not really a breakfast person—unless I am on vacation. While at home, I use this time to catch up with my daughter over a light breakfast of juice and a variety of fruits.

Fitness files

I do a high-intensity workout five to six times a week, which is basically a version of Crossfit. I carry my own weights and resistance bands when I am travelling, so I get to do my workout regardless of rain or freezing weather. On Sundays, I either go swimming or do a less intense workout. When I am travelling or am in places where the air quality is better, I go for long runs.

Sleep log

I have always slept less than average. Nowadays, I get between four-and-a-half and five hours of sleep. I travel quite a bit for work—about 10 to 15 days a month on average. I combat jet lag by sleeping on the plane, based on the time zone of where I am headed. I also do a quick workout as soon as I reach my destination—it kind of wakes me up.

Food for fuel

I prefer eating just a little less to being totally full. I also try and avoid eating after 9 in the evening.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

How I find my Zen

I spend about 30 minutes playing the piano everyday. I feel this is rather meditative, and it calms me down. I also love reading. The book that I often turn to is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, written in the 2nd century CE. Its direct style helps me hold a mirror to myself and is a great tool for mindfulness.