Staying Afloat – How designers can effectively deal with working-from-home
Amisha Singh, Architectural Design Manager
Amid all the tension with regards to COVID-19, not only the government policies but also the business companies have been taken aback. More and more people are working from home as companies take precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. But just because we are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t effectively boost our productivity.
Designers usually receive a bit of flack to be lazy, unmotivated and pushing deadlines, and now that we find ourselves working in comfort, we tend to hide more under that cloud. I have been working from home for a few days now and during this time I have learned a lot about how to be effective, productive and generally perform better – let’s see how!
Dedicate a space
Being at home means you need a dedicated space to work. Dedicating a corner of your living room or a spare room where you only work. Do not sit with your laptop in your lap on the sofa or your bed. I guarantee you won’t get any work done. It helps to keep work and play separately.
Communication is key
When in an office we often use lots of different ways to communicate and update on our work, it is important that you try to mirror those remotely. Also, the correct equipment and the internet are vital. Just because you’re working from a distance, doesn’t mean you have to be distant with your team. Be well connected.
Routine is important
Establish a routine and stick to it, block out focus time and plan your breaks and lunchtimes to be consistent each day. It is also essential at these times to incorporate some exercise into your routine. Not only will it leave you feeling refreshed, but it will also boost your daily productivity.
Train your loved ones
Your family members might not respect while you are working from home, so it will take some getting used to and some rule-setting to work. If you allow yourself to start doing home chores in work time your productivity will drop and you won’t be working as you should be.
Now I understand it does get dull just working for a good stretch of a few hours – so here are a few tips that designers can dwell unto-
Choose a niche
There are many different design branches you can work with, what is the one you would like to work in? While some designers are generalists and work on a wide variety of projects, it is easier and more lucrative to choose a specialty. Figuring out what niche you want to focus on can be a challenge, but if you mind-map your passions, interests, experience, and knowledge you can narrow it down relatively easy.
Build a website
Ultimately, it is every designer’s goal to have their own brand, hence it is essential to have your own website. Having this online presence will help you attract more clients, it gives you a space to showcase your work, list your services and testimonials, and it makes one look more professional.
Adopting the work-from-home culture has ensured that a lockdown of offices doesn’t create a wall between coronavirus and work, so don’t let it create a wall between you and your goals either.