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    Vista Rooms co-founder has set up a constant virtual office during the lockdown

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    Ankita Sheth also moved her portable library into her home office.

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    Ankita Sheth is making the most of her time at home as she is saving a lot of commuting hours.
    Work from home has always been a part of Vista Rooms Co-Founder Ankita Sheth’s life but the extended lockdown means that she’s converted a part of a home into her office for the long term. “I have also moved my portable library here, so whenever I get time, I dig through books,” she says.

    The co-founder of Vista Rooms also feels connected to her team thanks to her virtual office, where everyone on her team is accessible on Zoom. “Every morning we all gather and play a motivational song that uplifts our spirits. Being able to see our workforce in a single frame gives joy, and this mainly helps in seamless coordination amongst the team. We are exhibiting higher productivity as well,” she shares.

    Time management
    Sheth is making the most of her time at home, and likes that she’s got a few extra hours in her day thanks to her lack of commute. Work in just a hop, skip and jump away now. “The new work arrangements have also given me time to introspect and observe in tranquillity without getting lost in the noise. However, network connectivity is a drawback as it is not as seamless as in the office,” she adds.

    Her trick to make things go as smooth as possible? Time management. “That has been the most significant learning. Initially, I had faced a little random schedule, but over the period, I have adopted in scheduling tasks based on the priorities,” she says.

    This included trying to finish her work within a 9 hour frame and then spend the rest of her time on family and herself. “Once I started maintaining this time frame, it is came to be a lot easier to manage both home and office,” she recommends. Apart from this, Sheth is also participating in virtual offsites, created for their employees and partners to engage in happier activities to keep them inspired and motivated.

    Sheth is keeping her own spirits up by reaching out to old friends, distant relatives and even her old teachers. “The human race is fragile and social bonding is a need. The world around us can be crushed in a moment, and that future is a blessing. So I have made a conscious effort to reach out. This feeling to reach out and connect with all of them after so many years throws a perspective,” she says.

    Office Interiors To Change Post-Lockdown: Here's What The Future Will Look Like

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    The New Normal

    “For office culture to revive and survive, office spaces are looking at a pretty drastic alteration of layouts and design,” says Pankaj Poddar, the co-founder of Hipcouch, a Mumbai based Interior Design Company. He says the new normal will also see some reversal.

    “We will see the reversing of very hot trends of open offices and shared desks.” While we wait for the official decrees, here’s what the rough framework is looking like so far according to Poddar.


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    User190 days ago
    Nice article
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