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Masaba Gupta gives working from home an Airbnb twist

While Working From Home has become the new normal, ‘Home’ doesn’t have to be the same place you have been cooped up in for the last few months. As the world changes, visuals of the corner office are  also changing to become a ‘favorite little corner’ of a warm comfortable home, whether it is your own, a villa on a beach or even a lodge in the Himalayas.

Taking inspiration from this, celebrated fashion designer Masaba Gupta, chose to pack up her bags and move to an Airbnb Villa in Goa. True to the philosophy of ‘Work From Any Home’, sheis currently working on her upcoming line from a quaint Airbnb villa in Goa. With a private pool, beautiful gardens surrounding the home and ample natural light, it is the perfect home office away from home. The villa presents an ideal example of comfort, relaxation, and luxury where Masaba can soak up some sun, visit the beach, or relax by the poolside, all while she works from home on her new collection. 

Talking about and her stay at the Airbnb home in Goa, Masaba Gupta said, “Over the last few months, we have all had to adapt to the new normal and new way of living – both in our personal and professional lives. Personally, one of the most significant changes for me has been the way I work. As a designer, I find inspiration from nature, travel and the world around me. While I was able to work on designs for House of Masaba virtually over the last few months, I was truly craving a change in scene to add a fresh perspective to my designs and work. As things have begun to open up, I am excited to venture beyond the confines of my own home to spend some time in a home in Goa & it has been a refreshing change for my creative spirit. What these last few months have taught all of us is that you can literally be anywhere in the world and still continue to stay connected to your friends, family and colleagues.”

As she settles into her new workplace, Masaba shares some tips to ‘Work From Any Home’: 

Plan your day to maintain regular working hours 

While you are working from home, you need to ensure that you are not living with your work too. Plan your day in the morning in a manner that helps you wrap up in time. For me, this gives the perfect opportunity to relax and make the most of my new Airbnb home – whether it is chilling in the pool with some cocktails or reading a book out in the sun. 

Create a dedicated workspace 

While change of scene is definitely something you need, you also need to ensure that you form a dedicated workspace in your new home. Whether it is a table on the terrace, or a work desk in your room, find a corner that works best for you. It will help you focus better. I believe a clutter free workplace can help keep a clutter free mind.

Stay connected – with colleagues and friends 

Long working hours can often be draining, and personally staying connected with friends and family makes for a refreshing break. While meeting in person may be difficult in the foreseeable future, face to face interactions over video calls are a great way to stay connected. 

Be comfy in work casuals 

While you may have been tempted to turn on your laptop in bed, and work in your pajamas, it is important to not give into the temptation. Change into comfortable and casual clothes, because dressing up, even if slightly, will help you get into ‘work’ mode. After all, if you continue to be dressed for bed, your brain will think it’s okay to laze around too!

All work and no play, makes for low productivity 

With deadlines looming and projects to be completed, we often tend to lose track of time while working. Long working hours with no breaks result in reduced productivity and more distractions. So, reward yourself with planned breaks – take a short walk in your garden, breathe in some fresh air and relax before you jump from one virtual meeting to another. 

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