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Working from home? Vani Kola suggests setting boundaries for better work-life balance

The Kalaari Capital MD shares few hacks that kept her sane while she was working from home.

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Last Updated: Apr 01, 2020, 04.35 PM IST
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​When your living space suddenly becomes your workspace, here’s what Vani Kola suggests you to do. ​
When your living space suddenly becomes your workspace, here’s what Vani Kola suggests you to do.
Though it’s a privilege to work from home, it’s not exactly easy to be productive during a global pandemic. How can you give your job the focus it demands when family members (be it kids or elderly parents) are clamoring for your attention, emails keep hitting your inbox and your shoulders slump from hunching over your computer?

Last week, Kalaari Capital MD Vani Kola shared a few work hacks that helped her keep sane while working from home. The key is mimicking a usual workday as much as possible; whether that’s by dressing for work in the mornings or replicating your daily office routine, meetings and all.

Set A Fixed Routine
For Kola, her office hours, waking and sleeping hours are fixed. She wakes up and 5:30 am and begins her day with a little yoga, meditation, and a gratitude exercise. She also ensures she includes a fifteen-minute break every three hours to get up and move around.

Eliminate Distractions
To ensure that work flows seamlessly during those three hour slots, Kola avoids taking lunch breaks and makes sure that no family members are nearby during video conference calls. “I told my mom when she came and sat at the dining table (during an) office zoom meeting, I am working so I can’t chit chat’’. And (during) lunch breaks I avoid making it a family socializing break so that I can get back to work. This is normal for me because I generally don’t take lunch breaks during my normal workday.”

​For Vani Kola, her office hours, waking and sleeping hours are fixed. ​
For Vani Kola, her office hours, waking and sleeping hours are fixed.

Build In Some Spontaneity
To beat the monotony of working from a single spot, Kola set up three dedicated workspaces at home that she could retire to during different parts of the day. “On a normal day we might go to different meeting rooms in the office. So now I setup the balcony, home office, dining table, etc for different slots of the day. I pick up my computer and other paraphernalia and go to the meeting in another part of the house,” she wrote.

Call A Friend
Lastly, Kola believes one should make room for socializing and has even scheduled it on her calendar.

“Social distancing doesn’t mean emotional distancing. It should not create social isolation. I have been reaching out to connect with friends and checking on them. Call at least one friend with your heart full of love and make their day joyful. ”


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