Like others who are lucky enough to still be working during this unprecedented time, our entire team is now working from home. We knew for the safety of our employees and our clients, we had to make the switch to remote working for a bit. Other than client meetings, we’re pretty lucky in that most of our client work can be done digitally or online. Over the last few weeks, we’ve learned some tricks that have helped us to stay productive and remain a steady resource for our clients. Here are some things that are working for us.
CREATE A DEDICATED WORKSPACE
While not everyone has a home office, especially not those who typically spend their work hours in the office or on location, a dedicated workspace that is set specifically for work is a necessity during this time. Keeping a consistent environment just for work is going to help you stay productive and separate work space from personal space. Keeping a healthy work-life balance during this time (or any time you’re working from home) is important. This is the first thing our team worked on once we received word that we’d be working from home. Check out our spaces:
We’re keeping it real and doing our best, adjusting our spaces every day as this new way of work continues. Keeping to-do lists and schedules nearby, with tools like Google Calendar, also helps us stay productive.
MAKE USE OF DIGITAL TOOLS
Our favorite tool to stay connected while away from the office has been ZOOM. Zoom is a popular video communication tool that is perfect for team meetings. There are both free and very affordable account options that make it useful for anyone – freelancers, small businesses, large corporations. Virtual meetings, rather than constant back and forth emails, have helped our team continue on in a way that doesn’t feel too far off from our typical office experience. It allows us to connect face-to-face in a digital way during a time that can feel very isolating.
Worried about what might show up in the background during your meetings? There are plenty of background options at your use, including the option to upload your own videos and images. Block out that overflowing bookcase mail or that basket full of dirty laundry with a fitting background! Try a fun and interactive background from Canva or a perfectly decorated (and clean!) background from Behr®.
Another tool that has been especially useful in gathering files from clients (and vice versa) has been Hightail. Hightail is a user-friendly file sharing platform, perfect for large and multiple file situations. We have an upload link on our website where clients can upload their files of any size. This helps us keep their marketing projects moving along, despite file size issues and the lack of in-person meetings.
GET SOME FRESH AIR
During a time as unusual as this, while we’re stressed about the coronavirus and keeping business moving, it’s important to take care of our mental health. For most of us, working from home isn’t our usual way of work. We aren’t just working from home, we’re working from home amid a global crisis and that comes with a lot of new stress and many unknowns. We have found it very beneficial to find time in our daily schedule to get outside. Many of us are taking breaks to go for morning and lunchtime walks through our neighborhoods.
When we’re feeling stuck or antsy, it’s nice to have the ability to take our work outside for a bit. Take your laptop to the porch, patio, or even a hammock while answering emails. These are the perks of working from home and even though we’re here under uncertain circumstances, we should take advantage. Fresh air and a little sunshine are great for our mental health!
Being quarantined can start to feel a little like Groundhog Day, but we need to keep our brains stimulated and creativity flowing. Here are some outlets that are keeping us inspired, productive, and creative:
- Spotify: Put in your headphones or turn up your speaker and listen to your favorite tunes or an interesting podcast. Once you create an account and start listening, Spotify will create curated “Made for You” playlists tailored to your tastes and preferences. They’ll bring you both tunes you love and some new-to-you songs to mix things up!
- Pinterest: Quotes, organization tips, DIY projects, future travel ideas, recipes – they’ve got it all! One account we look to for inspiration is Behance, Adobe’s creative showcase platform. You’ll find plenty of things to keep you busy during downtime and inspiration for your latest design and creative projects.
- Webinars + Classes: Everyone from music artists to corporate businesses are putting on webinars and live videos to keep us entertained. Webinars like #CMOOfficeHours and LinkedIn’s digital marketing courses are perfect for marketers trying to stay on top of current trend changes. Brit + Co, a creative media company, is offering free classes until April 9, 2020. This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new!
Are you currently working from home? We want to hear your tips and tricks for keeping spirits up and staying productive during this time. Let’s connect on Twitter and share!
If you need help to stay connected to your team and clients during quarantine, we’d love to help you find a digital solution. Contact us and we can jump on ZOOM for a brainstorm session!