Over the past couple of months, many of us have made the transition to working from home full-time. While this has many perks, naturally there have also been difficulties for us to overcome in order to balance things out.
We’ve asked members of the team for their top tips, what they’ve found difficult, and what they’ve learned so far…
Raymond - Operations Director
"For me I think having a settled location from where I base myself has been important... it's as close to my set-up in the office as it can be (i.e. screen etc), but not withstanding my daughters are often sharing the table when doing their homework so there are a few more interruptions.
I think working from home has also improved my patience. I am pretty laid back and patient, but working in an environment where all of the family are around makes it tricky. I think I've realised not to let that stress me out as I've greater flexibility around getting the work done - whether it’s an earlier start or a later finish.
Finally, the importance of fresh air for my own sanity - I'll either go for a walk at lunchtime or when I finish the day. I'm not exercising as much as I used to and this is stressing me out a little. I need a shove to get moving so if there was some kind of team challenge/tracking app I think that kind of thing would work for me given my competitive nature!"
Conall - Mobile Marketing Executive
"One thing I've found useful is increased use of meetings - we have a meeting at 9am every morning and everyone goes away at 9:30 knowing exactly what they need to do. For communicating, increased use of Slack calls has helped substitute for the lack of face-to-face work.
Taking time to exercise has been essential for keeping my mind fresh, so having a dog to go for a run with has been a godsend in that.
One thing I've found useful too is moving between different places to sit in the house, your back can only take so much of a desk chair so moving to the sofa can be a game changer."
Rachel - Campaign Manager
"I work in my kitchen where we only have bar stools to sit on, so I’ve created a little standing desk set-up which I really like. I also make more of a conscious effort to move around and stretch which I’d be a little embarrassed to do in the office!
I do miss being surrounded by a team, but I have created some great Spotify playlists for background noise and to keep me motivated.
I think what has surprised me the most is that I’ve been far more productive than I thought I’d be, especially having situated myself so close to the fridge. However, I do experience a far broader range of emotions during a normal working day than I ever would have before – worrying that I should be doing more, exhaustion for no obvious reason, second-guessing myself… I think it’s important to remind myself that I’m doing the best I can, considering the circumstances."
Alison - Mobile Marketing Manager
"After doubting how much I would enjoy working from home, I’m surprisingly really liking it. I’ve been listening to the radio most days to keep me focussed and to provide some company. After a few weeks I came to the sad realisation that I’m too old for Radio 1 as I know hardly any of the songs, therefore I have recently retired over to Radio 2 and I’m really enjoying a bit of Pop Master in the mornings and Sara Cox in the afternoon.
On Team Marketing, we have gotten into a routine that seems to work well. Every morning, first thing, we have a team call where we discuss projects and tasks for the day, giving us the time to ask questions, distribute workloads and set ourselves up for the day. It also provides the opportunity to hear and learn about projects that other members of the team may be working on, allowing us to all stay in the loop! We stay constantly connected throughout the day via Slack and Google Hangouts so a helping hand is never too far away!
I feel I’ve been very productive while working from home as I’m definitely guilty for being a chatterbox when working in the office and distracting myself as well as others! I’m also ensuring I’m getting some fresh air during my lunch break, whether that’s sitting outside in the garden to have my lunch (obviously weather permitting!) or taking my dog out a walk. I still think it’s important to have a good work/life balance so I have been using my evenings to try and switch off and have Zoom calls or FaceTime with friends and family!"
If working from home is new to you too, we hope that our learnings can offer some guidance!
To learn more about our Smart Mobile Marketing approach, get in touch with the team today.