Virtual Day in the Life: Pansy Cheung Provisional RGD
In a new spin on our "Day in the Life" series, we're asking RGD Members to take us through their days as they work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This time Pansy Cheung Provisional RGD, Strategic Designer at Klick Health, gives us a glimpse of her WFH day.
Name: Pansy Cheung Provisional RGD
Company: Klick Health
Job Title: Strategic Designer
Take us through a brief overview of your remote workday.
Morning: I usually start the work day with a team update and a project briefing zoom call. It's always great to say hello, connect on non-work life things and do a mental check to kick start the day on a positive note.
I typically work at the pace of completing one project a day, in collaboration with a variety of teams across the organization so it's important to touch base and make sure everyone is on the same page.
Lunch: With quarantine, I've been trying to eat healthier with more home cooked meals! My favourite is chicken barley soup; I prepare a large batch on Sundays for quick and easy reheating throughout the week.
Afternoon: My speciality is presentation and information design. A lot of my job requires thought on how to better craft marketing stories and present data through thoughtful design. After the morning's briefing meeting, I'm rejigging, formatting and/or reorganizing information for presentations and documents.
Coffee Break: Recharge and Refresh! Keep caffeinated and carry on.
Evening: I try to end my work day around 5-6pm (or whenever the deadline for the days work hits) and either do a quick workout or prep dinner.
What are you currently working on from home?
Klick does company wide monthly breakfast meetings where we have teams share successful client projects, interesting things they're working on and business updates from the CEO. I've been working with the presenters every month to create fun, engaging and uplifting presentation decks to deliver in a new COVID-19 pandemic format.
Have you found any helpful tactics or strategies for staying focused and productive?
Before bed every night, I write one (unique thing) that I look forward to doing the next day. For example: trying the new Dalgona coffee trend, listening to a new song, doing a 5 minute drawing, etc.
It helps to add a bit of flavour to an otherwise monotonous schedule and gives me something to look forward to every day. It's all in the small joys. :)
How do you combat feelings of isolation or disconnect from your team?
The morning zoom calls definitely help. I also love asking to be introduced to people's pets when I see them roaming around in people's backgrounds.
Have you discovered any advantages or disadvantages to working from home? If so, what are they?
Advantage: Less distractions and interruptions from coworkers = more focus
Disadvantage: Less distractions and interruptions from coworkers = less fun
Do you have a favourite playlist or podcast that you’ve been listening to while working from home?
I love old Hollywood stories so "You Must Remember This" is one that I love listening to, especially when it comes to keeping focused and doing heads down design work.
Though seemingly contradictory, social distancing and community are intertwined. Do you have any thoughts or insights you’d like to share with other designers during this time? We’re all in this together.
This is a great time to explore new avenues of creativity or to return back to old ones left behind once upon a time.
I recently got back into the practice of keeping a daily sketchbook, (an old art school habit) and started to learn how to cross-stitch! (there are some really crazy wicked things you can do with just a sewing needle and thread!). I love looking at what other designers/creatives are experimenting with on Instagram and how they find inspiration during this time, aside from their graphic design work. There's so much creativity in all of us and it won't be stopped by this pandemic!