And so, just like many of you, our entire team is working from home. Whilst we consider ourselves lucky in that working remotely if possible for us, we do miss the studio. Working together – in person – makes up so much of our enjoyment in work.
Of course, it plays a huge part in our ability to collaborate, ask questions freely, hold crit sessions, and all the other ‘work’ stuff. But the studio is where we have a laugh, talk about the mundane and the absurd, play games, and simply enjoy each other’s company (n’aww).
Working from home can be a little shocking when usually, you see each other almost every day. It requires some drastic adaptions to your usual routine – one that’s been years in the making to perfect your productivity.
Touch wood, it’s all gone smoothly so far. Despite initial fears, we figured things out quickly and are taking time to appreciate the small silver linings working from home has brought. Lunch time with our partners, more time with our children, that extra hour in bed, wearing slippers at our desk…
That’s not to say we don’t have a touch of cabin fever. Naturally, there are good days and there are not so good days, which is why we’ve taken a step back to think about all the things that are making a difference to our WFH set up. No matter how big or small.
Before we get into it, we’d just like to say that we hope whoever is reading this (hi!), is doing well and staying safe.
Without further ado, here are the things we couldn’t work from home without, and our top tips for working remotely.
ABITotal escapism (depending on what book you're listening to!). After a day of working from home, being able to look forward to lying down and reading a story just takes me back to being a kid. In mentally taxing times, a little light regression can be a great thing. Current books I'm listening to and would recommend if you're a massive true crime/crime thriller fiction fan like me (I've always got a couple on the go): The Night Manager by John le Carré, The Widow by Fiona Barton, The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule, and I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.
SAMI love working from home, and I think this is due to having spent a long time making this area the perfect place for me personally to work, focus, and spend long stints of time. My studies, profession and some hobbies all relate to my computer, so I’ve made the space right for me. I would say the thing which makes the most positive impact is my chair from Noblechair. It's fully faux leather, with a head pillow and lower back pillow, three way adjustable arm rest, and the entire thing can go horizontal, which is just the exact feature every chair needs to have.
EMSay what you want about Crocs but they are the perfect balance of shoe and slipper that working from home requires. Sturdy enough to feel productive and comfortable enough to reap the benefits of nobody being able to see me. Well, from the waist down - from the waist up it’s all profesh. It’s been a real mish mash of outfits so far I won’t lie.
MICHAELOne of my things will always be, if a little thing can make you smile and that eases some stress in your life, DO IT! Sure I could just wear anything to keep me warm in my office space, but knowing my sweater both keeps me warm and says “BE FUCKING NICE”, makes me smile. At a time like this, it’s a valid message too. Thanks Swearing is Cool (swearingiscool.com).
CHELSIEFoamy coffee seems to be all the rage right now but I’ve gone for a straight up iced coffee. Because what morning can be started without a coffee? It helps kick start my isolation routine and gets me pumped for the day. I've chosen iced because our freezer at work is too small to hold enough ice for my obsession, and Joe won't buy a bigger freezer (hehe). At home, I've got an unlimited amount!
EZRAUsing headphones for me is a one way ticket into the zone. They allow me to direct my attitude, whether I need to pick up the pace or feel relaxed. It also helps to keep out distractions and prevent interruptions.
JOEI’ve tried to turn the front room into the designdough studio as much as possible. I felt like I had to get my head into work mode so I stole a desk, the coffee machine, the Bose speaker and our wall prints. I also redirected our CoalTown coffee subscription to my house! It’s not quite the same but it helps!
JAMESMy cafetière is keeping me wide-eyed, sharp and focussed. I’ve also invested in some tasty Italian coffee to keep me fuelled up and get me through the week. It’s also quite nice to not have to fight over the dregs of the coffee machine with the other coffee lovers in the studio...
ALICEMaking sure I’m up, dressed and looking presentable for a group chat at 9am, knowing I’m working towards our lunch break at 12, and then ending the day with a round up with the gang. Oh, and I make sure I go for a daily walk at 5pm with the dog!
GARETHShe keeps me from going insane being stuck here on my own! Happy to sit in the room for chats and banter while I work, so I have just as many laughs as if I was in the office. Plus we get a nice lunch hour together in the Garden.