How to set up your desk properly and how to manage well-being while working from home.
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WEDNESDAY 25 MAR 2020 | EDITION 59
Did you know that some people worked remotely before dial-up broadband, the world wide web, and even personal computers were invented? Physicist Jack Nilles first coined the term “telecommuting” while he was remote working for NASA in the 1970s. Later, he wrote a paper arguing that urban traffic problems and limited oil resources could be overcome if people worked from home. These days, Nilles gets to put “former rocket scientist” in his Twitter bio.
THING OF THE WEEK
HOW TO SET UP YOUR DESK

HOW TO SET UP YOUR DESK

Useful tips, even when working from your dining table

We know that years of hard work have squashed down your chair at the office in all the right places, but working from home offers a chance to optimize your space for maximum productivity. This video outlines some simple ways to make sure your workspace setup is taking care of your wellbeing, straight from the mouth of an ergonomics expert.

YOUR WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION
WORRIED ABOUT THE WORLD? HERE’S HOW TO COPE

WORRIED ABOUT THE WORLD? HERE’S HOW TO COPE

3-minute read | Bloomberg

With unprecedented challenges come unexpected opportunities. This article shares some ways that individuals can practice self-care and reflection, help other people to stay socially connected, and generally adopt a positive mindset during the crisis. “It’s OK to be anxious, but use it to act,” says its author.

BUILD YOUR RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF A CRISIS

BUILD YOUR RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF A CRISIS

5-minute read | Harvard Business Review

In this article, the CEO of a mindfulness company reflects on the negative impact of fear, and the need for us to build mental and emotional resilience during times of crisis. He also outlines three tried-and-tested strategies for nurturing and training yourself to notice your thoughts and move on from the unconstructive ones quickly — a superpower we could all use right now.

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Audrey Mezas
Audrey Mezas started her career going from Flight Attendant to Facility Services Coordinator, and spent over a decade working for a large law firm, after which she decided to switch lanes, and start her own company, Expat in Amsterdam®. Now Audrey specializes in helping Expats and Internationals and several companies, safely land in Amsterdam, guiding them every step of the way with over 60+ services to choose from, such as housing and schooling. Audrey is a member of the Zoku Community and has quickly become part of the family, frequently bringing her clients to Zoku for a soft landing and having clients stay at Zoku.
What path has your career taken?
I started my professional career 33 years ago and did everything from being a Flight Attendant to Operations Crew Controller to being a Facility Services Coordinator. All these jobs have one thing in common, logistically solving problems while taking care of people. It is the common thread which runs through my life and has always given me immense pleasure. My last job was working for a large law firm, which ended up re-organizing the company. After having spent 14 wonderful years at the firm, I knew that my professional life had come full circle.
I now wanted to help Expats/Internationals land safely full-time, by guiding them, their families and companies in a professional manner, with the help of our professional Teamleaders. It meant giving back, exactly what I had missed when I came back to the Netherlands many years ago. I started my company Expat in Amsterdam® on 12/12/2012 which grew into becoming a niche Relocation company, offering tailor-made service to Expats, Executives and VIP clients and their companies. These past seven years have been the most fulfilling years ever! I have been lucky enough to learn many different specialities from my Teamleaders and have always listened to the feedback from my clients.

What is your relationship with Zoku Amsterdam, and what are your thoughts?
I have never stayed the night at Zoku Amsterdam, but many of my clients have. We have always held meetings at Zoku and since then it feels like my second home. Zoku means tribe, clan or family and this is exactly what the staff mean to my clients and myself. My immediate family is spread over many continents and so every time I walk into Zoku, it feels like coming home.

What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?
The Invictus Games created by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex (and the preparation for these games, as a Nations Liaison Officer) have been a life changing event for me! The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. These games are for and by the wounded, injured and sick Military Service personnel from 20 countries from all over the world and will now be held in The Hague, The Netherlands in May/June 2021.

What’s your current/newly discovered go-to product, service or app you would recommend to others?
The Packing Pro app - It’s amazing and so efficient. We all love it and hope to be able to use it again soon!
My Fitbit watch - Whether I now only walk around the house or once we are able to move a little more freely - run, it keeps my steps in order, my heartbeat, calorie burn and even tracks my sleep.

What is your top tip for being productive while working from home?
I love using the Focus Keeper Time Management app. It’s very simple! Work on a task for 25 minutes while your timer keeps track, take a short 5 minute break and then start your next 25 minute task. After having completed 4 tasks you take a longer break. I’ve used it for years and love how it teaches me to focus!

Which book/product have you gifted the most?
My clients always receive a beautiful coffee table book after having purchased their home - with the help of our Realtor team. One of my favorite books to give is “Amsterdam: A Metropolitan Village" by Ewout Huibers - It’s full of beautiful photos which he shot of the city throughout a whole year.

How do you manage to keep up your mental health/wellbeing while working from home during these times?
I try to stick to somewhat of a routine. Get up in time for office hours and stop working at so called office hours. I also try to combine these “work” days with a short walk outside when possible and as long as allowed (not on weekends and by myself.) I do however see my "yoga mat" staring at me and will therefore start to follow my favorite YouTube yoga lessons again tomorrow, given by Yoga with Adriene, I’ve been following her for years.


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