Here are a few tips to help you work from home.
With the spread of the coronavirus affecting everything from international travel to the availability of face masks and hand sanitizer, dealing with COVID-19 in the United Kingdom has become an increasingly worrying pandemic everywhere. Working remotely is now in vogue more than ever before and can be hugely satisfying, but only if you keep your productivity up, sustain a healthy work balance, and keep connected and focused.
To work as from home successfully either in the capacity as a graphic designer or another field as obvious as it sounds you will need to have a device to work from and probably the internet.
If you are a student of graphic design, it is probably useful to have access to your software, a printer to create hard copies of work produced and some inspiration in your working environment. Once you have all these items then you’re all set to have a home graphic design studio.
Even when there isn’t a new virus spreading, other emergencies can necessitate your sudden need to work remotely. Natural disasters, power outages and even common sick days are all reasons you might have to work at home for a few days. The good news is that you do not need an advance plan, but there are many things you can do to make working from home in an emergency successful.
1. Maintain Regular Hours
Set a schedule before you start your day or a “To-Do” list and ensure that you follow it as closely as possible. Having clearly structured workdays and guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day does help formalise many people that work from home. This will help you, in turn, create and stick to a healthy work balance. Remember that working is hard does not necessarily mean working smart. It is not all about the hours! That said, working remotely sometimes means extending your day or starting early to accommodate someone else’s time zone.
2. Get Comfy
Don’t underestimate the importance of getting comfortable and making your work environment a positive and focused experience. It may be worth choosing a certain area in your home that you can associate with your job and leave when you’re off the clock — that means away off the couch, out of bed and the biscuit tin. If you don’t have a desk, use your dining room table or make use of a coffee table, but be careful not to strain your back and maintain good posture.
This will make you feel like you’re at an “office,” which should, in turn, help you avoid distractions, and leave your work behind at the end of the day. We understand that not everyone has a distinct office in their home and space may be an issue. Instead, dedicate a desk area and if you must be creative to achieve the same effect than well done to you.
3. Stay connected with your colleagues.
If you work in a team, make sure to check in regularly with your peers or your clients in the graphic design circle the same way you would in the office. Use your phone, email and social media to interact with others but try not to get distracted checking out your best friend’s wedding photos on Facebook while you envisage your own being even better.
There will be a sense of isolation of course, and it varies on how well your team communicates, or how much they’re willing to sustain a certain level communication using other tools besides messages and emails.
4. Look for Training Opportunities
When you’re not in an office with your fellow employees, you might miss out on training and skills development courses that are taught in person. You may wish to change career or reflect on an online journey where you can be your own boss. In addition to career change ambitions, if there is a course you need for career development, ask if you can take it. Also, if you get the go-ahead to take a course online the skill you learn could be invaluable in a variety of ways.
If you are interested in graphic design and want to explore graphic design there is a lot opportunity form long term career prospects or even a side hustle. A graphic designer does not necessarily need to go to college to get qualified. You just need to have a good portfolio and designing skills. Often people ask what qualifications they need, and the truth is they probably don’t unless of course. At Blue Sky Graphics we equip students with a commercially driven portfolio which is essentially the equivalent of a CV in the graphic design world.
Established in 2005, Blue Sky Graphics is a dedicated one-to-one online graphic design school welcoming student with all capabilities. We specialise in all levels from anyone completely new to design to those with some background experience but looking to boost their creativity skill and credentials. Through our courses, we prepare you as Graphic Designers and prepare with you a specialised portfolio.
Our courses have been prepared with the highest level of care and attention constructed with industry standards in mind. Our class strategy is to ensure an easy to follow step-by-step, well presented, vigorous teaching experience with the learning style of the student always in mind.
We take a cognitive approach to education meaning that every time we teach you a concept of design we also teach you how to put that concept into practice. These practical skills layer one on top of the other in a sequential manner until you are thinking and processing design in a very natural way.
5. Be positive
No matter what you’re feeling or experiencing when you work remotely full-time, you must be positive, to the point where it may feel like you’re being overly positive as this will impact your work, client relations and even the way your colleagues perceive you. Someone once said ” If you don’t like the road you are walking, pave another one”
Another quote we like is what Winston Churchill once said Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
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