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:

Wake Up and Make Your Bed (Video).

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

Avoid just sitting on the sofa with a laptop. If you have the space, create a space for work. At the end of the day, you will switch off more easily.
Grab a tea or coffee. Find some good music and get comfy. I’m currently listening to Vulfpeck.
Go through emails. If anything can be cleared in 2-minutes, get it done and get it gone.
Prioritise where you need to commit most of your brainpower. Get moving on those projects first.

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.

Throughout the day, ignore calls and emails where possible if you are in the middle of working on something important. Distractions can take up to 30 minutes to recover from. You can always call back.

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.

Take a lunch hour! Avoid having lunch where you’re working. You’ll be tempted to check emails. Remember to eat well. It’s easy to be lazy but good food fuels the mind as well as the body.
Exercising at lunch is a great way to energise yourself for the afternoon. Something that gets you out of breath. At the moment there are endless HIIT workouts and Yoga sessions online to keep you busy for years, let alone months. Look for local Personal Trainers putting out content as most of them are freelance and have lost all their work while gyms are closed. I’ve been doing online sessions with Fit Solution Training.
Before you dive into work again, glance at your phone and emails if you need to check in with colleagues or immediate project launches. Don’t let your emails become your to-do list. Keep focused on the tasks you set at the beginning of your day.

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.

Stop working at your normal office time. This helps motivate you to get things done during the day rather than working on into the evening.
Send any final emails and make your to-do list for the next day. Cross-off all the things you completed today. Celebrate the big AND the small wins.
If you’re used to hitting the gym after work, keep up this habit and do a home workout. I often go for a run.
Call a friend or speak to a loved one. Tell them about your day, catch up on something you saw on YouTube or something annoying your boss did. My wife does a great job of feigning interest!
Unwind and eat a good dinner with lots of veg.

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.

Adam

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