At this point, a lot of us are reading this from the comfort of our couches/beds/bathrooms, since many folks are working from home right now. If you’ve never worked remotely before or fall in the camp of people who prefer to work in an office, good news — we have some adjustment tips for you.
Designedgate has had a remote team from its beginnings, and now operates as a fully distributed team across 3 times zones. We’ve learned a lot as a distributed workforce. We polled our team on their favorite Work From Home hacks as we all adjust to this temporary change to everyday life.
Some of our favorite tips and tricks:
“Kick-start your day by doing something that makes you feel accomplished (i.e. make your bed or clean something). Listen to music or podcasts — staying in silence at home while you’re working (or not) can make you feel depressed. After your work day, you’ll need a routine to replace your commute. For example, you could clean your desk or your mug. Also, during these strange times, clean your phone, keyboard and other devices with wipes when you wash your hands.“ – Julie, Design
“Get up an hour before you start working and normalize your day by doing tasks as you would before work in an office. Eat breakfast, have coffee, relax or clean.” – Aaron
“Keep your work zone clean as an office.“ – Rado, Sourcing
“Schedule a break where you go outside for a walk or sit in another room reading a book. It’s essential to schedule time away from the screen doing something nice for yourself.” – Abadesi, Market Outreach
“If you have the space, move around your home throughout the day. I rotate between my desk, my couch and the kitchen table to mix it up. If you’re near a window in your designated ‘spots,’ even better.” – Taylor, Editorial
“Know when to log off. WFH can be hard to detach from work because you’re always connected and you don’t have any travel time between home and work, and this is amplified further if you work with teammates across multiple time zones. Set yourself breaks during the day and a time you plan to finish work and stick to it. Having a normal routine helps you not feeling like your home is your workplace 24 hours a day.” – Dan, Social Media
“Get dressed for WFH. It creates some psychological thing where you’re in the mood to be productive. If you work in your pajamas you’re going to work like your in your pajamas.“ – David, Sales
“I find it helpful to set a specific area to work and when I’m not in that area, I’m not working” – Lanre, Sales
“Use music to reset your mood. If you are musically inclined, working remotely can provide an excellent opportunity to play some music at random points of the day. For instance if I need to clear my mind in between different types of activities to reset my mood – singing (for me) can be a great way to hit reset. For someone else this might be playing a musical instrument or even just listening to a favourite song. A five minute outlet can stimulate creative thinking and relieve stress by taking your mind away from the immediate task before moving on to another. This is much easier to do at home than in an office environment.” – Emily, Operations