Like most of the nation, the W&C team have upped sticks and been working from home for the last few weeks.
From changing nappies at lunch time to annoying cats, here’s how we’re adapting to our new surroundings, the digital distractions that are getting us through and what we’re missing most about office life…
“My desk looks like…”
Moving from a dedicated studio to working at home can require a little imagination… thankfully we’re a creative bunch so here’s how we’ve been transforming our homes into newfangled work spaces…
Shaun “A fancy electronical standing/sitting desk with a nice big monitor, a sonos speaker, an anglepoise lamp, a fern and a handful of objects for fiddling with, ranging from viking coins to lumps of shiny coal, sea glass, dice and a lego Yellow Submarine”
Chloe “I’m really pleased with my little set up actually. I’m at the end of the dining table, in the window so when it’s sunny I can enjoy the warmth, and near the radiator for when it’s not so warm! I’ve got some daffodils on the windowsill to brighten things up a bit. Most importantly, I’m within 3 paces of the kettle.”
Ed “It’s a desk at the far end of the lounge overlooking the garden. I’m able to watch the day’s season pass by and enjoy the outside from the comfort of my Eames chair – indulgence!”
“My WFH companion…”
One of the biggest changes we’re having to adapt to is the sudden change of work colleagues. Some more welcome than others…
Ed “Lester, my Cockerpoo. He periodically pops in to check I’m working, drops me the odd tennis ball, shoe, random stolen sock I’ve never seen before trotting off to deliver gifts to another household member.”
Andy “My 6 week old daughter who I’m trying to train to use the kettle but seems a bit slow on the uptake. Will mention it to the midwife.”
Shaun “Purdy. She is a 13 year old tabby, and an utter, utter bastard.”
“My WFH wins…”
While we’re all missing the office banter, the dedicated beer fridge and Chloe’s baking, we still take time to appreciate those small daily wins that come with working from home...
Andy “Not having to commute is saving me 2 hours a day and allowing me more Daddy time which I would have missed. I feel blessed to be able to change many more dirty nappies.”
Shaun “My house is a lot tidier. I get to listen to dub at a much higher volume.”
Phil “Every morning at 9am me and the kids are doing PE with Joe Wicks live on Youtube. It’s just a kids workout but I’m getting into it more than they are! Living in isolation is certainly a slower pace of life – no rushing from place to place with the kids, constantly running to deadlines – so in that respect life is much less stressful.”
Our top distractions…
Isolation definitely requires a healthy list of stuff to watch on Netflix. Here’s what we’ve been bingeing as soon as our laptops shut…
Chloe “Like most of the rest of the world I’ve been watching Tiger King on Netflix, which I actually finished in a day (a Saturday, of course!) it was so crazy, I couldn’t stop. Apart from that I have mostly been comfort watching old romcoms - When Harry Met Sally and Four Weddings & A Funeral were this weekend’s choices.”
Hannah “I’ve been glued to Disney Plus for 7 days straight… I now know every word to the Frozen 2 soundtrack and I’m not even ashamed”
Phil “I’m a bit late to the game but I binged both series (that’s right, not seasons) of Fleabag over two nights – brilliant, I really want more. Just started watching Derry Girls on 4on demand which is good for a laugh. I’m planning to rewatch all the Star Wars films (just the good ones, you know which ones I mean) and I’m going to get the kids into films from my youth; Ghostbusters, Goonies, Back to the Future etc."
There’s also those social media accounts that inspire us, entertain us and offer a little distraction from the bizarre goings on of real life….
Henry “I’ve been keeping track of a lot of creatives to see how they are breaking the mold during this uncertain time. Creators like @mattkomo, @samkolder who are at the top of the creative game. @dan_eagle_ who’s been doing a video everyday as well as getting fellow creators on Instagram Live.”
Chloe “I love to cook and because I haven’t been able to get hold of certain things and I’m also trying to be even more conscious of food waste than usual, I’m loving people like Nadiya from Bake Off (@nadiyajhussain) who has been posting brilliant tips and recipes for using up all kinds from potato and veg peelings to banana skins!”
Hannah “In the absence of real people to talk to during my working day, Podcasts are my new best friend. @thereceiptspodcast always puts a smile on my face and @mydadwrotea never fails to have me in stitches”
Tim “I've been watching Paul Davids, Wintergatan and Acapella Science on YouTube. Also a bit of jelle's marble runs for light relief!”
Finally, we’ll leave you with some words of wisdom and our top tips for working from home...
“Top tips for WFH”
Henry “Keep a routine. When you work every day it doesn’t have to change just because of the location. Treat it like your office, take your normal breaks, wake up at the same time etc”
Tim “Sitting is the new smoking. Make sure you move around!”
Andy “Set yourself daily goals and make sure you hit them. Avoid the 5 Deadly D’s of Distraction - Dirty Dishes, Dog Walking, Daytime TV, Drambuie, Detflix”