The move from working in a large, open-plan office with high ceilings, to working in your own living room, spare bedroom or kitchen table was undeniably strange at first. While most of us usually prefer working quietly, with headphones or in silence, we all know that we can ask questions, discuss ideas or bring up this morning’s nightmare commute, in person. Now that this isn’t an option, we’ve had to adapt to new ways of working, communicating and keeping track of workload. So here are some things we’ve learned about working from home:
Communication is key
We use the Discord app to communicate, both professionally and socially. With dedicated chats for different projects, we can hold multiple conversations over different chats without the messages for each individual project getting lost. A big benefit of online chat is that you can access the history at any point instead of being tempted to ask over and over again what that link was, or what colour we picked for that button. It’s also easier to address everyone directly at the same time, instead of trying to get them to look away from their computers while they’re furiously writing code.
The lack of morning chats and group meetings is a definite downside – especially when motivation is hard to find, but we do regularly have voice chats and catch-ups. There have been no awkward Zooms so far.
Create a workspace and plan ahead
Home is usually where you rest, eat, watch TV, sleep, play games, read books, do a bit of gardening. Making it the professional environment required to be able to stay productive is not easy, but not impossible. Having a clean work space with no background noise from the TV and maintaining a routine are the best ways to stay focused. It’s always good to know what you’ll be doing tomorrow, so you can dive right in the next day, rather than being tempted to repot your plants or colour-code your books.
Oh, and do not work from bed.
Gifs are the internet’s gift
Every day we greet each other with gifs, say goodbye with gifs, and share stories from our uneventful weekends, with the help of gifs. I’m not sure how we haven’t run out of them yet. The point is – use them, they’re one of the internet’s greatest gifts.
Don’t sit too close to the fridge
Last but not least, the greatest temptation of all. It’s brilliant that working from home means you can cook a warm lunch from scratch, but taking a trip to the kitchen every 15 minutes in search of inspiration and coming back with biscuits might not be that healthy in the long run.
So, there you go! We hope Damibu’s guide to working from home is at least a little helpful. Give us a shout if you have any productivity-in-the-living-room-tips of your own!