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    Kool Kanya CEO insists on keeping camera on during weekly team check-in

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    Sharing updates and playing games together every Friday helps you stay connected, says Vanshika Goenka.

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    Why Kool Kanya CEO Vanshika Goenka insists on a weekly team check-in.
    When Vanshika Goenka started working from home in March, she thought it would hamper her efficiency. But eight months on, the Kool Kanya founder has changed her view dramatically. “We have accomplished more without the hassle of travelling,” says Goenka. But she does miss going in to work. “The lack of actual face time with the team, the informal catching up sessions that help us bond more and not being able to brainstorm in person are major drawbacks.”

    Back to basics
    Goenka likes to keep her space simple. Her bedroom doubles up as her home office and her essentials are her laptop, a notebook and a pinboard for reminders. Two things that are always on her desk are a bottle of water and a notebook to jot ideas. “As a team, investing in Slack, for all calls and communications was a good idea. I also use Asana, a project management tool that gives clarity on what everyone is doing.”

    Routine is key for the founder. “I get dressed like I am going to work each day and I am at my desk by 9 am. I prioritise my to-do list before any calls,” she says. “We have a non-meeting block between 12.30 pm - 2 pm every day to do miscellaneous things that may come up or finish pending home commitments.”

    Trigger app-y
    To boost efficiency, Goenka uses app blockers to refrain from social media during work hours. “I also turn off my phone when I am working on something important. Additionally, taking a 30-minute walk around my building complex in the evening helps me focus more while working,” she explains. But it’s not all work and no play. Goenka makes sure her team unwinds via a weekly check-in. “Every Friday, we have a team call where keeping your camera on is mandatory. During this call, we share updates and play games. It’s a great way to feel connected.”

    Downtime
    Goenka says she’s had the chance to pursue her hobbies as well. “With the lockdown, I have had a chance to read more, practise yoga, bake healthy treats and even take up kathak again after years,” she says.

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