Tips for staying sane in a pandemic from… Talk Shop Media co-founder Sara Padidar

She preaches a work-life balance during these times.

She preaches work-life balance during these times

After graduating from UBC, Sara Padidar started out in the magazine industry before (wisely) exiting to launch her own public relations company and co-found Talk Shop in 2011. 

Padidar, who has worked with clients like Ford Motor Co., Starbucks Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., has taught at SFU and UBC Sauder School of Business. 

Heres what she recommends doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

1. Get up and get ready for work each day

Staying in your PJs, while novel at first, will inevitably impact your mood and productivity at work. Because many meetings are now held via video, getting dressed for work also helps to ensure you are video-ready.

2. Create a home office setup for yourself, in any way you can

This will make a difference to your mindset and your ability to stay focused, and help create separation between work and home life. 

3. Consider the use of online tools like Asana to manage and share workflow with your team

Asana can help team members share and work on projects. 

4. Schedule coffee breaks and lunches with your colleagues via video conferencing

This way, you can maintain connections and ensure proper breaks throughout your day.