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  • Expert Advice For Working From Home

    There’s no doubt that this at-home period is proving a challenge for many of us, but we’re doing everything we can to stay positive and motivated. Juggling busy work lives with even busier home schedules is a demanding task, so we wanted to reach out to our community and discover how they’ve been mastering it. 

    Words by Frankie

    We’ve asked some of our dear friends and ICONS girls to share their tips and advice for a harmonious at-home situation, whether that’s boosting office morale, entertaining children or maintaining a sense of wellbeing in the face of anxiety. From starting the day off on the right foot to implementing essential daily routines and staying connected with easy ways to unwind, we hope these words of wisdom will help you on your own WFH journey. 

    CO-FOUNDER OF WARDROBE ICONS, PETRO STOFBERG

     

    “Because I am a planner, I’m finding this situation quite challenging; I’m having to learn to live in the moment and take every hour as it comes. I need order to do this, so I’ve split each day into cleaning and organising the house, homeschooling, working, and cooking in the evening. I’m trying to involve the kids in the day-to-day tasks to keep them entertained. I’ve also found that getting dressed and putting make-up on in the morning has made a big difference in helping me differentiate the week from weekends and making me feel prepared for the day ahead.”

    MAGAZINE EDITOR, CAROLINE ISSA 

     

    “I’m doing lots of video calls with my team so we feel connected and motivated, and because of that, I’m enjoying putting ‘waist-up’ outfits together – really motivating myself to still enjoy my wardrobe and feel put together. It helps me differentiate between my work hours and home hours, so that I keep my day structured and scheduled. I’ve also decided to do something that challenges my brain, so I’ve signed up for an online Mandarin class and, man, is it mind-bending, but in the best possible way. I’m counting myself to sleep now with Chinese numbers floating around my head.”

    CREATOR, FOUNDER AND CEO OF DREST, LUCY YEOMANS

     

    “Before my office day ‘switches on’, my daughter and I go for a half-hour walk. Just being outside and having a quiet moment together is very grounding and sets a positive mood for the day ahead. In addition to using Zoom for meetings, we are also using it at Drest to create moments for our whole team to connect socially: virtual coffee breaks and water-cooler moments, a series of end-of-day pub quizzes, even lunchtime yoga sessions hosted by one of the more flexible members of our team. A lot of people have said how they feel more connected and closer to everyone in the wider Drest team than ever before.”

    FOOD WRITER SKYE MCALPINE

     

    “The main difference is that I’m working from my kitchen table (as ever) but the boys are there with me too! Homeschooling and trying to stay on top of deadlines is definitely a challenge, but the plus side is being able to spend more time with those I love. I’ve been trying to follow a loose routine every day, to give me structure and purpose: the highlight is all having a proper lunch together as a family. It’s become a really nice moment in the day that we all look forward to.”

    FOUNDER OF CULTURE WHISPER, ELÉONORE DRESCH

     

    “My trick is to get up early in the morning and go for a jog to start my day off right. Then I’ll organise calls with the team from 9.30 to 11am, to try and make the working day feel as normal as possible. At lunchtime I make sure I have a proper break and cook a meal to eat with my kids. I’m finding it difficult to unwind from work in the evenings so have started playing the harp again – I haven’t touched it for years, but now I’ll do 20 minutes to unwind. I also find a bath helps.”

     

    CO-FOUNDER OF ASCENO, LAUREN SKERRITT

     

    “I’m trying to structure my day so that I have quality-time periods with my son Rafferty and then work around those – it’s a juggle, to say the least! We have a team meeting in the morning to check in and have some face time, and are trying to use this time to plan and be creative. I’m keeping my headspace positive with meditation and yoga – these are the best ways to keep me strong mentally and physically, so including this in my at-home routine is crucial. At night, I’m also trying to read more.” 

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF MEHRY MU, GÜNEŞ MUTLU MAVITUNCALILAR

     

    “The first week of transitioning to a home office was tough; being on business calls, satisfying my daughter’s desire for play, and dealing with anxiety was too much. Then my husband and I came up with the plan of dividing the day into slots. We turned our dining table into our working space, and every night we plan the next day’s ‘shifts’. Each of us gets a rotating two-hour shift of work, playing with Fey and dealing with the needs of the house. Helping with our son Emir’s homeschooling is also part of these shifts. It’s still tough, but this way I even get to do a half-hour workout on YouTube and join an online meditation.”

    CO-FOUNDER OF CHINTI & PARKER, ANNA SINGH

     

    “My new day-to-day structure begins with a workout in the morning, using an app called Alo Moves. It’s fantastic for yoga, floor-mat exercises and meditation – I tend to mix it up each day. I work as usual – or as close to usual – as possible in the morning, then try to make sure to have a family lunch every day. My afternoons tend to be on conference calls and then I treat myself to a necessary glass of red wine at 6pm. Of course, I’m dressed head-to-toe in Chinti & Parker Essentials every day, which I can’t complain about!”

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