Working Remotely With Your Creative Design Agency

How’s home working going for you? Under usual circumstances, if we asked this question, it would only apply to a handful of our readers. These days, working remotely is something almost everyone can relate to.

Working Remotely With Your Creative Design Agency
Giles Taylor writes for W/Brand Design Blog
Giles Taylor, April 15, 2020

To say that this is a difficult time is probably the understatement of the century. Finding a “new normal” means honing the home office, coping with school closures. Coexisting in previously unthinkable ways. And the reality is, there are more questions than answers right now. We don’t know how far-reaching this pandemic will be.

This uncertainty is an uncomfortable state to exist in. But if we were to look for positives homeworking is proving itself to be a powerful business asset. As a remote working design agency, we already know how effective it can be on a global stage.

So, here are our tips for maximising it to the full.

Top tips for effective remote working:

1. Exercise.

Our favourite way to embrace exercise is early in the day. Whether that’s walking the dog first thing, or just doing a circuit around the block. And when you do it, what do you notice?
Chances are if you tune in, you’ll hear things you wouldn’t usually with the lack of traffic and ambient noise we’ve grown accustomed to in “normal” life.

Doing this before you start work or get sucked into messages and emails on your phone will help you start each day with a clean slate.

2. Make a plan.

We love a plan! Because with one, you can stay on track and dodge the minefield that is mixing up home and working life. Many of us escape home and work elsewhere. Now, it’s all too tempting to get stuck into the washing. The gardening. Putting that picture up. You name it!

If you start each day with an outline of what you want to achieve, you’ll feel a lot more fulfilled when it comes to home time. If you can still call it that.

3. Take breaks.

It’s all too easy to miss breaks when you’re working from home. There are several reasons for that. You might feel paranoid about proving that you’re working to your boss. So, you put in extra hours. Or you’re getting side-tracked by home life and making it up by extending your working day and skipping breaks.

Just remember that the laws around breaks at work are there for a reason. You’ll be less productive if you stare at your screen for hours on end. One way to stay disciplined with this is to schedule regular 15-minute breaks. Be strict. It’ll benefit your work and your mental health if you do.

4. Delegate.

You don’t need to do it all. We repeat you do not need to do it all. You might feel alone sitting at your office at home, but most of us are part of a wider team. It can also feel a little disjointed to delegate when you’re all sat remotely.

Find a way to make it more comfortable for you and your colleagues. Chatting over video calls might work well. Just be sure to lean on team members when you need it and offer help if you can to keep that team spirit going.

5. Finish with a plan.

Yes, we love a plan. As we’ve said! The most effective way we’ve found is to end with a plan and pick that up the next day. Write down your work, deadlines, aims for the next day before you clock off. Of course, these plans may need some fluidity, but just by doing it, you’ll have closure at the end of your day.

A remote working design agency

Creative projects may fall by the wayside as teams reduce numbers, reshuffle, or just adapt to new working methods. The good news is that we’re a remote design agency. We’ve spent years working effectively with clients across the globe to create brand identities and websites. For us, it’s all about creative design agency home working.

So, if you’re struggling to fit your creativity into the 9-5, get in touch now. W/Brand creative team is well placed to cope with this uncertainty, and we’re here to help.

Giles Taylor writes for W/Brand Design Blog

Giles Taylor

Giles is the founder and creative director for W/Brand. A graphic designer from Reading in Berkshire, UK, he's a dad with two wonderful children who enjoys walking and playing the guitar.  

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