Working From Home
Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know this phrase needed an acronym, but I guess it’s easier to text now.
I work as a graphic designer.
I’ve been working remotely on the majority of my projects for over 3 years and I thought that with everyone currently adapting to a new way of working, I would share some of the things that work for me, which may well work for you too.
My tips for WFH:
No commute – This time is a bonus. Make the most of it! Learn something new. Get something done! Skillshare courses, HIIT workout, read a book (I’m reading Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps), start the side project you’ve not had the time for.
Shower and get dressed for work – This is important. No PJs or joggers. Stick to working your normal hours so start at 9am if you’re used to starting at 9am
Put your phone on Do Not Disturb. This is time to focus. (I use Bear Focus Timer if I’m tempted to look at my phone). Disconnect from Wi-Fi completely if you’re easily distracted.
Don’t forget breaks. I take 5 mins each hour roughly. Remember to move and breathe. Let your eyes focus on something more than 2 feet from your face. A change of scenery allows a little room for a new idea to develop. Failing that i’ve just bought some juggling balls.
If you hit an afternoon slump, change it up; grab a drink or a snack, stand in the garden or by an open window and take a few deep breaths – focus on the exhale – that’s where the magic happens when it comes to managing stress. Every time I make a tea, I do 5 chin-ups or 10 press-ups. The shift from the brain to the body helps me reset.
While we’re all staying in, arrange a video date with friends or family. Tonight, I’m doing a quiz with friends on the HouseParty App which I’m embarrassingly excited for.
You need to be your own boss while you’re working from home. So be a good boss. Listen to your body when you need a break to stretch or move. Be polite and supportive of friends, clients and colleagues. We’re all going through a crazy shift and re-defining normal.
These are things that have worked for me.
I like to try and hack my productivity though so if you have things that work for you then please share them and I’ll update this list with anything new!
Stay safe, keep well.
If I can help with anything or you need some advice through all of this, get in touch.