8 Tips for Staying Productive
Now that you’re working from home, you may be finding it difficult to stay on top of all your communications, keep your information secure, stay in touch with team members and projects, and keep track of all those gosh dang passwords.
But it doesn’t have to be an annoying, time consuming, technically frustrating nightmare!
The Artella team is a 100% remote workforce which is no surprise given that our entire business philosophy is built around enabling remote workers at game studios and animation studios to create and make entertainment together.
That said, we’ve developed some tips to help the noobies get comfortable with working at home without getting distracted and frustrated, gaining 50 pounds, or going stir-crazy. (Okay we can help with the first one definitely, the other 2 are up to you…)
Create Your Work Space
The first thing we recommend is to find a place in your home that is completely dedicated to work where people who may be living with you will know not to go so that you can concentrate. Some of us don’t have extra rooms or doors that close, so we may have people wandering in and out trying to talk to us. I’ve found that wearing a headset — even when I’m not on a conference call — quickly signals “Do Not Disturb” and reminds people to respect my work zone.
The other thing I can’t live without is some sort of morning routine that gets me into the right mindset to stay focused on my objectives and keeps me motivated throughout the day. I use Headspace morning meditations, and also spend some time reviewing my weekly goals and setting up a daily to do list. I’m working on adding in more exercise to my routine, but for me, it’s challenging to add a bunch of new things overnight. Instead I’m making small positive changes every day — the baby step approach to change.
Keep it Clean
The major thing I’ve changed since the Corona Virus has come to town is that I’m much more vigilant about keeping my workspace clean and wiped down. I use rubbing alcohol to wipe down my phone, keyboard, mouse and desktop work area every morning. I also do it whenever I’ve had to go out and may have brought something back to the house. I also wipe down door knobs and handles and other high touch areas.
Helpful Tools to Make Working at Home Easier
We’ve researched and tested a list of tools we recommend that will help you get up to speed quickly and increase your efficiency and professionalism while working at home. For example we recommend Zoom rather than Google Hangouts or Skype for conference calling because it’s more stable than those platforms and doesn’t freeze up or cut out mid-call. In addition, they have a free option.
Top Tips for Staying Productive
We’ve created a downloadable cheatsheet with all of our top tips for staying organized, in touch, and productive while working from home. You’ll find recommendations for free tools to keep track of passwords, keep your browsing secure, and organize and manage all your communications.
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