Following on from our blog post ‘12 tips to stay sane during Coronavirus lockdown‘ we asked each of our team to share their experience of working from home. Jess is the next person to share her thoughts!
What have you enjoyed about working from home?
So far, working from home has improved my communication skills immensely, something that probably wouldn’t have happened if we had continued at the studio. One thing I have enjoyed the most is that when I leave my desk at 5 pm I have no rush hour commute home; I can just stroll downstairs and be done until tomorrow.
What have been some of your challenges?
My challenges have mainly been the obvious distractions such as family and pets, I’ve found it useful to set times where my family know they can not distract me and also keep them up to date with my day. It has also been a challenge to ensure that I don’t fall into the trap of being too comfortable and slacking by getting up an hour later because my desk is now only on the other side of the room etc. and ensuring I keep the same work routine that I had when commuting daily.
If you could change one thing, what would it be (other than not working from home)?
I miss the daily chit-chats in the office about anything not work related, it is hard to keep this going when you aren’t sat on the opposite desk from each other in the same room. I think conversations like what you are having for tea or something bizarre you read on the news, are the kind of thing that keeps everyone sane and down to earth in an office job, as well as being a great way to know your colleagues for the people they are and not just somebody you work with.
What is your go-to playlist?
My playlists depend on what work I’m doing and at what time of day. If I have to apply branding to a large confidential document I tend to go for a calm playlist that allows me to concentrate on the work such as ‘Lo-Fi Beats’ (Spotify) whereas if it’s coming to the last hour of the day I try to put a throwback playlist on for some good vibes such as ‘All Out 90’s’ (Spotify).
What are your top tips for working from home?
The main thing I have learnt from my work at home experience so far is to pick up the phone when I need help, you can type the question out sure, but it is easy for this to get ignored or misunderstood, It takes 5 minutes maximum to pick up the phone and ask. And tip number two, make sure you get up and dressed following the same routine you would if you travelled to work. I can’t stress enough that you don’t want to fall into the comfort trap because this can affect every aspect of your workday.