Take it from Saasha K
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
Saasha Karunarathne dabbles in a few different things. She’s a media personality, TV and radio presenter, voiceover artist and online personality. Currently she’s the digital presenter of The Voice, Sri Lanka.
Needless to say, Saasha plays a balancing act every day, taking on many roles both, in and out of her workplace. She also has an insider’s perspective on the world of mass media and social media. Ceylon Today reached out to learn how Saasha manages her time to live life to the fullest and what her advice would be to stay safe in an era where our privacy is always under attack.
‘Do it now’
When asked about how she manages her time and what advice she could share with our readers, Saasha had this to say.
“Time management is something I struggle with as well. Since I do so many things at the same time, it’s quite challenging to keep track of everything. What helps me the most is jotting it all down, and sticking to the discipline that, ‘if something can be done now, do it right now!’ Procrastination is my nemesis. I play with her occasionally and I always end up losing. So as a rule of thumb, just do it now.”
However, Saasha isn’t ‘all work and no play’. She’s a firm believer that having some time to wind down and relax is important as well, especially for those who are workaholics.
“I worked 16 hours a day, seven days a week for years. While you might feel like you’re accomplishing a lot by doing that, it isn’t productive in the long-run. You will burn out. So treat down-time as an absolute necessity, just like eating food. An enjoyable necessity and an investment for your future work.”
A good support system
Even when you’re working your hardest, things won’t always go your way. That’s why it’s important to not only have the right outlook on life, but also surround yourself with people that will be there for you when you’re down. Saasha shared her sentiments with us.
“I’m passionate about my work. That’s what has always kept me going,” she said.
“But when I hit rock-bottom, it has always been outside support that got me out of it,” she continued.
“I have found solace in my dad, my boyfriend and my best friend, in the toughest of times. Even the simplest act of just talking about something can give great comfort. Just talk about what’s going on in your head with someone. A lot of people don’t have the opportunity to do that. If you don’t have someone, talk to yourself in the mirror. I guarantee that speaking your problems out loud, audibly, will help you to find the answer and solve them.”
Media has evolved, so has the people
Speaking of her experience as a media personality, Saasha shared her excitement towards how the creative industry in the country is on the path of growth.
“There used to be a time in the 2000s and early 2010s where things weren’t looking up for the creative industry. But the impact of the internet and globalisation has been pivotal in driving the local creative industry in the right direction,” she added.
When asked about her insight on social media and how it has influenced people’s lives, Saasha had this to say.
“It’s a double-edged sword isn’t it? But truly, the internet represents both the good and evil of society. You will find extremes of both, depending on where you’re looking.
“Some would say we are so oversaturated with content that we’ve become numb to it, but I would argue that social media has helped people develop a better palate when it comes to entertainment. I think we now demand higher standards for production quality, storytelling and better content value thanks to social media.”
She also stressed the importance of protecting yourself digitally.
“Please, activate two-step verification whenever you can. Also, change your passwords every couple of months. Do not share sensitive content though any social media platform and always be aware of what is being uploaded from your phone or computer to online data storage services like the iCloud, Google Photos and Google Drive. It is crucial that we become smarter as consumers of these digital platforms. Just as you would lock the door before leaving your house, we now have to learn and figure out how to do that digitally for our own safety.”
Saasha’s Message to You:
1. The people around you will reflect who you are, so choose wisely. They will play a critical role in your success and happiness.
2. Have fun with whatever you are doing and remember that your unique touch is what makes everything you do special. So be you, and be ‘you’ proudly.
3. Take care of yourself, stay positive and stay hydrated.