5 Tips to Boost Productivity While Working at Home.

1. Use tools like Zoom to not only get work done, but also to feel connected to your collogues.

Remote-friendly software tools like this are a critical part of any remote worker’s day-to-day, especially when it comes to getting work done and feeling less isolated from the outside world. *Did you know some of the most successful companies incorporate face-time into their remote culture, whether it’s taking their 1:1’s over zoom rather than just a regular phone call or hosting virtual company-wide meetings.

2. Stick to your daily routines…or not

As much as possible, try to regain a sense of normalcy by sticking with your already established routines. If you are used to waking at a certain time, stick with that. If you eat at certain times during the day, follow that schedule…like me – mini eggs every hour on the hour – LISTEN it’s my schedule.  If your exercise has become a routine on the daily – keep it that way. Anything you can keep the same, try your best to hang onto that routine.

3. Set work hours… or not

When you work from home, you don’t have the natural structure of co-workers around helping you dictate when you are on or off the clock. There is a lot more flexibility while working at home, which is great, but can also be exceptionally disastrous… Decide when you’re going to work and not work and follow those hours as much as possible, and communicate them to the other people living in your home. Unless of course you’re like me and have a six, five and two year old… For some reason they don’t seem to be super understanding and respectful of my “work hours” lol #minisnackgremlins

Now, if you have the flexibility to work whenever, then do JUST THAT. Absolutely nobody can sprint through their day morning to night – your focus and motivation will naturally ebb and flow throughout your day so knowing when you are in your most laser focused space will be essential … yes, even you Debbie…. Sidenote: Did you know that Debbie is our Leasing Agent and also my MIL!? Hehehe that’s another blog for another day.. stay tuned.

4. Pick your office space

Some of you may already have a home office but there may be lots who don’t have that space available to you. If you’re like me, you will find yourself perched at the kitchen island with papers, highlighters and chargers to high heavens! Don’t worry guys – hopefully we will be back to regular programming… soon… right? I mean I’m fine, everything is fine…

5. Seek out social Interaction

In the midst of the happenings around the globe, there are fewer opportunities for social interaction, but connecting with other people is needed more than ever to stay happy, healthy, productive, and SANE. On a more serious note, isolation can lead to depression and anxiety even in the most seemingly level-headed people. Make a daily effort to get some sort of “people connection”. This might look like anything from a zoom call or zoom workout to a regular phone call or texting a friend. Do what you can to make sure that you don’t feel alone in all of this.

The best way to stay positive and resilient amidst all of this panic is to reach out and support each other. And for the love of god – dive into Netflix. Have a good laugh. Build a fort with those kids. Enjoy a glass of wine. Do what makes you happy!

We will get through this together!

#saskstrong #covid-19 #workfromhome #thismonthhasbeenalongyear


Federal Government Relief Strategy and Avana Rentals Deferral Program (Information)


March 18, 2020

To Our Valued Tenants,

As promised in the letter on March 17th, we are keeping our tenants up to date and informed in regards to options available to them during this unprecedented time. This morning, the Federal Government, announced a relief package that will help every Canadian navigate through the financial uncertainties. We recommend that every individual applies for these relief efforts as soon as they are available.

You will find more detailed information here:


To highlight some of the options available for people who have experienced a decrease in pay because of sickness, quarantine, or forced to stay home to care for children:

– Income Support: For Canadians without paid sick leave, even if you do not qualify for EI (including self-employed), commencing March 15th, you are eligible to receive up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks. Applications will be available April 20th.

– Canada Child Benefit: For over 3.5 million families with children, who may also require additional support, the Government is proposing to increase the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit payment amounts, only for the 2019-20 benefits year, by $300 per child as part of their May payment.

– GST: For low and modest income families, who may require additional help with their finances, the Government is proposing to provide a one-time special payment by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit. This will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefits year. The average boost to income for those benefiting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

– Student Loans: The government is placing a six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals in the process of repaying these loans.

– Personal Tax Returns: The government is delaying the filing date until June 1, 2020. Payment of income tax is deferred to August 31, 2020.

– Canadian Banks: Canada’s Big Six Banks have committed to offering relief on credit products (ex: loans, lines of credit, credit cards) by offering payment deferrals of up to six months and/or relief for customers facing hardship. Call your bank to find out what options are available to you.

For more information please visit https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/big-six-coordinate-relief-including-six-month-payment-deferrals-1.1407842

We understand that some of these payment are not available until May, so in the event you are unable to make your full April rent payment on time, we will allow you a three mont catch up period. This means whatever rent you are unable to pay in April, divide that amount by three and if can be added to your rent on May 1, June 1 and July 1, with no penalty or interest.

We ask that you only use these flexibilities if you have experienced a decrease in income – we need to support those affected, to ensure we have the capacity to help those who truly need it. We, as a community are all in this together. Stay healthy!


The Avana Rentals Ownership Team