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Business

Make Remote Working Work

Written by Samantha Proctor

The biggest question of this year is “how do I make this work.” With curveball after curveball thrown at us, all we’re able to do is dodge and adjust. Between work, digital learning, family, and attempting to maintain a social life, we have done a lot of dodging. But don’t let this get to you or overwhelm you! We have a solution to the question of the year.

Growing up, when I felt overwhelmed, my grandpa would ask me, “how do you eat an elephant?” I thought the question itself was silly, but then he would answer “one bite at a time.” An even sillier response! But as I’ve gotten older and responsibilities seem to pile on top of one another, his answer makes more sense.

Let me make his question relevant:
Question – How do you eat a global pandemic (and maintain life at the same time)?
Answer – One bite at a time.

Our best advice for taking it “one bite at a time” is to schedule everything–including your time out of the house. Part of what makes our coworking space great for remote workers and work-from-homers is our quiet, convenient workspace. Your scheduled time with us will be productive and valuable to your goals (and your sanity). Because we know schedules are flexible and change frequently, we have multiple areas for you to work from! Whether you need a devoted space or just a table for a few hours, we have you covered!

While some of us are new to working from home, some have been doing it for years. But even for the seasoned remote worker, this pandemic continues to twist our arms to its side effects–digital learning being a major one. As more schools offer digital learning, working your typical 9-5 isn’t possible. At our workspace, we provide 24/7 access to members who need to work early mornings, late nights, and/or weekends. Since your office and home weren’t meant to occupy the same square footage, it’s beneficial to your todo list and mind to separate the two when they unexpectedly merge.

Although this is one of many solutions you’ll find along your journey through 2020, we hope to be a space where you can try new ways of adjusting to spending time with your family, working from home, and everything in between.

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Business

SMART Assessment: Reclaim Your Business Goals

June has come to a close and the year is still as interesting as it was a few months ago. Although Covid-19 may have thrown off some of your goals for the year, it is time to get back on the saddle, tighten the leash on your plans, and head off to the races. Whether it’s a business or personal goal, you can reevaluate where you are now to stay on track. Many of us have been able to adjust to this season but some goals have inevitably slipped through the cracks. The SMART assessment is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely, and it will help you examine where you are to help you get where you want to be! Read below to see how you navigate each SMART step:

Specific

This section provides space to ask the question, “what do you want to accomplish?” Then you follow the answer to this question with who, what, when, where, why, and how. Answering all of these questions creates the groundwork for the rest of the assessment.

Measurable

Here, you’ll categorize what you want to see, hear, feel, touch, and experience when you reach your goal. Think of this as the tangible manifestation of your goal’s outcome and who it impacts, whether it’s you or your customer.

Attainable

This step is simple but not always easy to accept. Your question here is “do I have the resources to make this possible?” If you are limited on time, money, or employees, then this goal may be one to save for a later date. But it also allows you to see the reality of what’s in front of you!

Relevant

Think of the end goal and whether it is relevant to you now, when it’s done, and later down the road. You may this is not the right direction to take your goals, or you can see ways to make it better for you and/or your customers!

Timely

Don’t forget the importance and value of your time! Consider the amount of money (and time) you’ll spend accomplishing the goal. Is it worth it? Here, you’ll want to create a realistic timeline and set deadlines for you and your team.

 

To see an example of this assessment, click here!

You can also change a few of the questions, while keeping the concept, to make this your own.

 

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Business

Private Offices Available

We love any opportunity to grow the Cornerstone family and we have a wonderful chance for this right now. Two of our private offices are available for you, or someone you know, to move in! Here’s the rundown of what these offices include:

  • – Furnished private office with desk, chair, and bookshelf
  • – Bring in your own furniture (if you want!) and deck it out with your logo
  • – 24/7 access to the building
  • – Access to the private resident wing with common area
  • – 10 hours per month to use in the Conference Rooms
  • – Business address and mail service included in the price

 

Each office varies in square footage and provides plenty of space for one to two people to work comfortably. Not only will you be able to have a wonderful space in the growing, Downtown Lawrenceville area, but you’ll also join a welcoming community of workers. And current members: if you refer someone who signs up for this office, you’ll receive a free month on your membership!*

To learn more about these private offices, email info@cancollab.com. We hope to make you a Cornerstone Resident soon!

*A free month discount applies only to the membership level costs and will not discount membership add-ons.

 

 

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Business

Balancing Life & Working Remote

Articles on work-life balance may seem like white noise to most at this point, but it’s important not to lose focus! As I was sitting at home yesterday, I noticed a couple of trends: 1) I was putting fewer tasks on my to-do list and 2) it was taking longer to accomplish each one. My time in the office was easily becoming the most productive time of my week. If you’re finding this to be your case and habits while at home, then check out the article below. It reiterates many of the tips we’ve heard before with a refreshing perspective.

“3 Tips on Resiliency to Help You Avoid Remote-Work Burnout” | Alain Hunkins, May 21, 2020

 

 

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COVID-19

Supporting Small Businesses in the Midst of Covid-19

Written by Skyy DeAngelo

As we have all been affected by COVID -19, it is important to maintain a sense of community through supporting and uplifting our local community of small businesses. 

Within the first couple weeks of the pandemic, people went into a position of fear and fending for themselves. But as more information was given on the situation, we have been able to shift from fear to compassion. We have been reminded of how important kindness and community are to easing anxiety during this crisis. 

If we are all in this together, then we are to support each other and the businesses we pour ourselves into. A business isn’t just an entity, it is made up of families, dreams, and goals with the hope of making an aspect of another person’s life easier and full of joy. 

In this post, we are featuring some of Cornerstone’s members, what they offer, and how we can show our support as a workplace community:

 

OBRIA MEDICAL CLINICS

Obria is known for their compassionate and comprehensive healthcare. As we know, many families have suffered through this pandemic financially. As a result, Obria is currently providing pregnancy testing and ultrasounds at no charge, and their well-woman care visits are very low cost.

Obria serves many new mothers and currently has an Amazon baby registry for them. To support this organization, you can follow this link to their baby registry to add items in the Baby Boutique for expecting mothers. Their greatest need is diapers size 5 & 6 and baby boy clothing.

They are also starting a virtual baby bottle campaign to raise money to support current costs of remaining open. Individuals and organizations will have the opportunity to create their own fundraising page and fill their virtual baby bottle with money. 

To maintain the safety of their operation, disinfecting their surfaces is of utmost importance. If you are a business/organization/individual who has a resource to get hand sanitizer or Lysol spray, Obria Medical Clinic would greatly appreciate it!

Website: www.obria.org/locations/lawrenceville-ga/

Phone: call/text 770-338-1622 to set up your next appointment 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/obriamedicalclinicgwinnett/

 

UPPER90

The team at UPPER90 continues their efforts to empower children, on and off the field by being a support to them and their families during this health crisis.

In the midst of COVID-19, Jorge and his team at UPPER90 are currently providing weekly care packages that include food, essential items, and notes of encouragement to uplift those they are serving. 

You can show your support of UPPER90’s mission to help the community they love, by partnering or contributing to the families in their program. Follow the link for additional information and directions as to how you can help. https://www.upper90goal.org/covid-19help.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPPER90GOL/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/upper90gol/tagged/

 

Here are a few more ways you can support Obria, UPPER90, and other members of the Cornerstone Community:

  1. Show some love by writing reviews if you have used their services. Using platforms such as Facebook, Google and Yelp! will help their business immensely. 
  2. Amplify their business using the most valuable avenue of advertising: word of mouth! Even if you do not have a need for their services, you may know someone who does. Share their services and information on your social media, that way people can find them and any promotions or special offers they may have.
  3. A simple thank you goes a long way. Take a moment to send a thank you note or an email acknowledging and thanking the businesses and organizations in your community for their diligent work. 

 

What are some practical ways your business can be supported during COVID-19?

 

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Business COVID-19

Skills to Develop for Post-Coronavirus

In the midst of Covid-19, we are experiencing adjustments in our everyday work flow, getting on numerous video calls and searching for new software. We all have a sneaking suspicion that life after this pandemic will not resemble what we were used to. In this time as we’re learning new skills, we may see some of them shift into new, normal skills. Below, you’ll find an article from Forbes outlining expected skills.

8 Job Skills to Succeed in a Post-Coronavirus World | Bernard Marr, April 2020

 

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COVID-19

Communicating Across the Cyberspace

There is a reason the phase communication is key has been relevant for so long. It’s hardly ever an easy task and has only increased in difficulty during Covid-19. Between text messages and emails, tones are mishandled and wording isn’t always clear. Although many of you who use coworking spaces have adjusted to remote communication, it is new for many of us. Approaching conflict, having difficult conversations, and clearly sharing ideas isn’t as easy as expected. Hopefully, these tidbits of information below are helpful to you and your team! And if you have any additional thoughts on this topic, make sure to share them at the bottom of this page.

Get Tech Savvy

It may sound like a challenge, but it gets easy with a little bit of time. The bulk of this work comes through research–which anyone can do! A simple Google search will help you find a good video conferencing platform, a way to manage your new schedule, or a tool to easily converse with your team. It’s important to keep not only an easy tool in mind, but also how your team will adjust to it. Not all platforms and tools are user friendly, but you’re bound to find one that works for everyone. To help you get started with your search, read our blog about Navigating Business in Uncertain Times.

Keep it Simple

Just because you find a tool that says it’ll help you communicate better with your team doesn’t mean it will. When looking for tools, consider the time it takes to onboard everyone involved. Major shifts in your communication style could cause more harm than good. Instead, try to find your current holes in communication and fill them. Your overall goal is to create a clear communication path where shared ideas are easy to understand, find, and reiterate. 

Rely on Face-to-Face Communication

Although you cannot physically meet in person, do not limit your face-to-face interactions. The best way to stay in communication with your team is through video conferences. Check in with everyone, share ideas, and continue conversations as normal. This will help to prevent any frustrations, misinterpreted tones, and will benefit the overall comradery of your team!

We’ll all learn as we go during this time, but we can help make it easier! And remember: dream teams are important now more than ever. So get together with your coworkers and have fun navigating this change together!

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COVID-19

Coming Together at a Distance

It is no secret that Covid-19 is affecting everyone, in many different ways. Everything is slower if it hasn’t already come to a screeching halt. We are all a little stressed, worried, and anxious about what the next few weeks will hold–not to mention how this will play a part in our economy and lives for the years to come. We are all living through something right now that no one alive has ever witnessed before.

For the most part, this pandemic is out of our control. However there are a few things that are in our control that could help in doing our part.

  • – Help others, without contact. This one is as helpful for you as it is for someone else. When you get lost in thought and start to let the fear and uncertainty sink in…distract yourself. Instead of asking yourself a million questions that you don’t have the answer to, ask yourself, “how can I help someone else today?” We have seen this done in so many ways but for 
    • > Listen to the recommended protocols – the best way we can do our part is to stop the chain. We could prevent the spread to our family friends, and anyone else we come in contact with by simply not coming in contact. If everyone would take the initiative to practice social distancing and maintaining a sanitized environment, everything would slow down or come to the end much quicker.
    • > Helping others could be something as simple as dropping off a gallon of milk or pack of toilet paper on the front porch. Next time you place a grocery order, reach out to a neighbor or something that can’t leave the house and see if you can pick up an item or two for them.
    • >Helping others right now also goes farther than tangible goods. Social distancing has taken a toll on people emotionally. Simply reaching out to someone who has been isolated could change their whole day. Give them a call, FaceTime them so they can see your face and you can see theirs. Make plans for something you can do together when this is all over.
    • > My daughter’s preschool is “adopting the elderly.” I love this idea. They have a list of senior citizens in the community that will not have face to face interactions with others. So to do something small to brighten their day, and keep the little ones entertained for a short period of time, they have decided to have the students color pictures, write letters and do something simple to bring a smile to their face.

 

During these times, helping others looks different than it ever has. But there is nothing more encouraging than seeing a world in panic and finding the few that calm the storm with kindness. Always look to see the good, and work hard to be the good. How we respond, how we come together during a crisis, will define our outcome.

 

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COVID-19

The Good in Gwinnett

In times of unforeseen events, communities–like the one in Gwinnett–show support and care in ways we forget is possible. Right now students are navigating online school, local businesses are rolling with the punches, and parents are taking on a new role as teacher. These shifts in our everyday lives mean a lot of our normal securities are uncertain. With Gwinnett having one of the highest populations of food insecurity, many students are having to turn elsewhere for a normal meal promised at school. Incomes are taking a hit as hours are cut or jobs are completely lost. Luckily, our community is filled with people who are prepared to give back. Here is a list of places to go to if you are interested in helping out or are in need of resources.

Gwinnett County Public Schools

68 schools in the county are offering meals to students 18 and younger from 11am to 1pm. School buses are also delivering meals to certain areas, like: “Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Meadowcreek, Norcross, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett– and for the following schools– Alcova ES, Arcado ES, Berkeley Lake ES, Chesney ES, Duluth MS, Harris ES, Jackson ES, Knight ES, Lovin ES, McKendree ES, Northbrook MS, and Sycamore ES. The buses will be making stops at their regular bus stops between 11 a.m. and noon” (WSBTV). Check out this great article from WSBTV that breaks down resources for each county!

Local Cooperatives

In an effort to continue helping those in need while maintaining the safety of our community, local cooperatives are going the extra mile. North Gwinnett, Lawrenceville, and Southeast Gwinnett co-ops have released their response to COVID-19 while also listing their most needed supplies. Food items–like tuna, boxed meals, and soups are among the most needed. Personal items–like laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper, and toothpaste are also needed.

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Family

Social Distancing but Make it Fun

2020 has been what we all expected. With the devastating fires in Australia, the tornado that destroyed Nashville, and now COVID-19 crippling most of the world. It feels like we can’t catch a break. At a time where we all need to feel a sense of community and support, we are being told to stay home and distance ourselves from others. While this is what the CDC recommends (and is absolutely for the best), it isn’t easy. It’s been less than a week, the stir-crazy is sinking in, and the wilder the kids get the quicker your patience runs out! Before you absolutely lose your mind and lock the kids in the backyard, check out a few of these fun things our team has been implementing in our homes. We hope they are helpful to you as well! 

  • – Connect with nature: Now that it’s finally stopped raining, take advantage of feeling the sunshine on your face! And just because you’re social distancing from other humans, doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside. Go for a walk around the neighborhood with the kids and dogs, break out the soccer ball and run around the backyard, even just take a drive with the windows down. Vitamin D will do you some good! 
  • – Add some fun to your todo list: We are all working from home, but honestly, many of us have pretty empty todo lists. Now is your time to try something you’ve always wanted! Whether that is teaching your kids how to do the cupid shuffle, or working on that puzzle that’s been sitting halfway finished for 3 months, make sure you add some fun to your day. Laughter and joy is what’s holding most of us together when it feels like everything else is falling apart around us! 
  • – Dance the blues away: Like I mentioned earlier, teaching the kids the cupid shuffle is a fun way to break the day up, but also you have to get up and move too! One of my favorite Instagram families ‘The Boss Family’ (Stephen is the DJ on Ellen Degeneres talk show) are live streaming dance workouts throughout the day to get you moving, get the blood flowing, and bring some smiles into your day! You can check them out by searching for @Allisonholker or @sir_twitch_alot
  • – Be Productive: This might not bring a whole lot of fun in the moment, but once it’s done you’re going to be so relieved! How often do you get 2 weeks at home without having a sick kid or having to use PTO? Use this time to tackle the coat closet that’s been collecting junk for the past 2 years or finally do the kid-friendly scie! You have extra time, don’t let it go to waste by binge watching Friends for the 24th time (we are NOT judging you for this!!). Use this time wisely, don’t take it for granted! 

 

We’re here for you during this time–whether it’s to video chat so you can have ‘adult conversation’ or if it’s to give you some ideas to help break the day up. Just know, The Cornerstone Team has your back! We look forward to seeing you all back at Cornerstone in a few weeks once the Coronavirus has run its course and our community is back on its feet! Stay safe, clean & healthy, Coworkers!