Read below how one of our team members are adjusting to working from home.
I am the Marketing Coordinator for Simple Recruitment
Do you just wear pyjamas all day?
Definitely not, if I don’t get myself ready every morning by midday, I just feel gross, plus getting ready overall makes me feel more productive, don’t get me wrong I’m not suited and booted, but joggers and a baggy top does the job.
Are you crazy productive, or are you streaming Netflix all day?
Some days are more productive than others, which is the same if were home or in the office. Netflix though is a big NO; I may listen to some music or an audio book, but the TV stays off.
What advice do you have for people who are now having to work from home?
My first advice would be to be strict with yourself, set guidelines and stick to them. I am very lucky myself to have a fantastic support system both at work and home, so I have found the transition quite easy, well as easy as one could hope for. Keep as up to date with your co-workers as possible, remember to take breaks and if possible, step away from your computer to do so, also never underestimate a good to do list.
How do you stay motivated?
Honestly, I love my job and I love what I do. I am still learning on a daily basis when it comes to Marketing and I enjoy the challenge. On days where motivation isn’t coming to me as easily, my at home go to is to grab a coffee, stick on some calm music and light a candle, giving my brain some time to rest, even if just for a moment helps a lot.
This hasn’t yet been an issue, before I began working from home, myself and my bosses sat down and created a project list for me to tackle, so I am enjoying ticking things off the list as I go. Luckily, I am still able to be of assistance to the office via the phone or our internal systems so if they are busy, I can still lend a hand.
How to avoid overworking:
This one is one that I am struggling with more than others, the great thing about my job is its not a typical 9 – 5, posts can be scheduled and I have the ability to open my laptop at any time of the day or night to work, as I mentioned above though, I do have to be quite strict with myself. I really do enjoy my work so lunch time flies round before I know it and I have to remind myself to stop and take it.
I thought this one would be harder if I am honest, I have a young daughter who is home-schooling at the same time as me working, luckily though I have an amazing support system at home. We home school before I begin work in the mornings and if we don’t get everything done my partner will pick it up where we left off. Thankfully I have a designated space in my bedroom where I am able to work, I’m not sure how much I would actually get done if I were downstairs with them.
Ah, yes, technology! I must say only a couple of hiccups so far, although I am only on week 2. My internet isn’t as capable as in the office but waiting a little longer for something to load won’t hurt me. We also have a fantastic tech company on the other end of the phone if we need any additional help.
I miss my co-workers; I think the hardest part for us all is not knowing how long this may go on for, I am enjoying working from home, but I do miss the social side of working in our office. Plus, I have to make my own coffee now so that’s a bummer!