As someone who is fortunate enough to work from home regularly, I have developed a process for making my remote work time as productive as it can be, but also being responsive enough so that my presence is not missed. A few things that I do that I have found to be effective:
Keep the same hours. Just because your environment has changed does not mean your routine has to. This is also important so that your colleagues can reach you and collaborate with you while you are remote.
Set a goal—or goals—for the day. Know ahead of time what you are going to work on so that you can start off the day with focused energy, rather than bouncing between tasks. I use my remote days to work on large projects that I know I need to spend concentrated, uninterrupted time on, or projects that are part of a larger goal that needs to be kept moving forward. I highly recommend using a tool like the Productivity Planner, where you write down your top five tasks for each day and track how much time it takes you to complete them.
Be responsive. Your colleagues will still need to communicate with you even if you’re not physically there. Make sure that you are responsive to requests, and if you need uninterrupted time, let your team members know that there will be blocks of time when you are unavailable (via a Slack status or calendar block).
Have a dedicated space. When I work from home, I work from my home office so that I have everything I need and minimal distractions. Set up your space so that you have to focus—keep clutter minimal and remove anything you know will distract you from your work.
Move around! Make sure you’re still stretching or walking around and not just sitting at your desk all day. This will give you more energy and a much needed break from the screen.
Back in January, one of my former colleagues from my agency days contacted me about helping her current company, Calyx Software, develop a logo for one of their new products. It was a tight timeline given their schedule to announce the project, so it was a fun challenge.
Zip is a dynamic interviewing tool for mortgage applications, that makes the process fast & smooth for the applicant(s).
The client wanted a logo that was clean, modern, and showed movement—something that conveys the speed & ease of the product.
The decision was made to keep the product name Zip rather than ZipHome, so that it is not limiting and fits into the suite of Calyx Software products.
I’m really happy with how this logo turned out, as was the client!
As I said at this time last year, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve updated! I have a lot of content that I want to start sharing here, and definitely more regularly. First up: the booth I designed for Phone2Action’s presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES, presented by the Consumer Technology Association.
For our booth this year, we had a very large space, and decided to do something a little unusual—the structure itself is actually in a shape of a lightning bolt. This provided additional space for the screens and for lounge space.
The design elements of the booth are fairly simple—colors and design elements from our brand, our vision statement, and a brief explanation that viewers could quickly grasp from afar (“digital grassroots advocacy”).
We also created a large photobooth with a custom graphic frame so that viewers could take a selfie after taking action on a campaign to support innovation.
This was the most nontraditional booth I’ve ever designed, and on the tightest timeline (design turnaround was less than five days)—and everyone was really happy with how it turned out.