Apr 2020

I am Mela and I would like to share with all of you my #WFH experience during this COVID-19 outbreak. Here at Happy Marketer, we use Clifton StrengthsFinder introduced by Gallup to help the #HappyTribe discover their top 5 strengths. When I took my test, DISCIPLINE emerged as one of my top 5 strengths. And I am used to routines, so it took me less than a week to adjust to the work from home (WFH) situation. Its been 3 weeks and I am loving it so far. 

My normal day, whether it is on the weekday or the weekend, starts as early as 5am. I will have a cup of coffee and start the day with a morning exercise. Before this pandemic, I used to jog outdoors. After which, I would take a shower and prepare myself for work. 

But nowadays, I prefer to stay inside my house (you should too, so that we can all combat this together and quicker). I move my furniture around and turn my small living room into a mini workout studio. I start with a cardio, continue with weight training and sometimes even break into body combat moves after watching YouTube Fitness videos. 

Since we started WFH, I realized the immediate need for having face time so that the #HappyTribe does not face any cabin fever. Every morning, we have a daily morning huddle for 15 minutes, 8.45AM SGT and 8.45AM IST for our Singapore and India teams respectively. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I an amateur fitness instructor for the team while Tuesday & Thursday our CEO & Founder, Rachit Dayal and Managing Partner, Prantik Mazumdar share business and industry updates with them. 
From teaching stretching to low impact dance and body combat, I tailor my classes for the different people attending it especially for those who are not used to dancing or exercising vigorously so that they do not feel its too intense. Take a sneak peek into my exercise classes here.
Since the first class ends around 9AM and my next class is at 11.15AM, I do not change out of my sports attire. But instead, of wasting that spare time in between, I start planning my day so as to make the rest of the day productive – I check my emails and make a list of my priorities for the day. 
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After the second exercise class is over, I finally jump into the shower for the second time and get ready to tackle the day ahead. When I cook my lunch, I will try to cook a healthy one as much as possible. 
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Now that lunch is done, it is time to move the furniture back, create a small desk with a bunch of comfortable pillows so that I get comfortable. And then I’m ready for the one after another zoom calls through the day. 
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And so… that’s how I started my part-time job as an amateur fitness instructor for Happy Marketer. Since the other HR duties such as hiring are slowing down at this point because of the current situation, now my main job is to not only keep the #HappyTribe alive, but healthy and sane so that they are ready to come back to the office. 
Let me tell you a secret (actually not so much as a secret), I am someone who loves being outside. So initially when I stopped exercising outside, I did not enjoy the indoors especially jogging on the treadmill. What a torture that was! So I started getting creative with my exercises. And I would like to share them with you if you find yourself in a similar boat like myself.

1. Follow the best fitness channel on YouTube

YouTube has an abundance of fitness channels to get in shape at home. From the hardcore to low impact, from serious fitness videos to funny ones. 
For me personally, if I am looking for a serious workout I go to Les Mills channel – they have different types of exercise from body combat to body jam. But if you are looking for dance moves that help to break a sweat while having fun, visit The Fitness Marshal. 
2. Change your exercises
Let’s be honest, whether you are in lockdown or not, doing the same workout over and over again is just going to bore the heck out of you. So experiment with new exercise forms, do different ones like stretching, cardio, lifting weight or even dancing. 

3. Take exercise breaks throughout the work day 

Try to make time for a simple exercise between your calls. For instance, put a timer on your phone to get up every 2 hours from your seat, and do 10 sit-ups or push-ups. This will force you to have a break, which people tend to forget about when WFH. And at the same time it helps you get in shape too πŸ˜‰

What kind of exercises are you experimenting with at home? We’d love to hear all about it. Meanwhile, stay safe and stay fit! 
Mela Anwar
Mela Anwar

Head of Talent and Culture a.k.a The Mommy of #HappyTribe

At work, she wanna make sure everyone is happy 😁 and be part of HappyTribe

Off work, if she is not jogging πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ or cycling πŸš΄πŸ»β€β™€οΈ, you can find her doing DIY painting 🎨 or watching crime documentary πŸ“Ί and reality show πŸ’ƒπŸ»