• Brad Gibbon

8 Tips to Remain Productive at Home: Architects

If you haven’t had experience freelancing or working remotely before, these might be weird times as the current work situation has left most of us stranded at home. The adjustment from office to home may seem challenging in terms of communication and convenience as we manage to juggle all of our daily tasks without our accustomed workplace environment.


The remote Architect can, however, still be productive and there are trends proving that flexibility can cultivate efficient working environments with the right practices. In reality, we’ve already accepted a lot of methods to enable us to work away from the office.


Outline your daily tasks

Start your day by outlining daily goals and providing timelines to get them done. Managing yourself is essential. Working at home can be great, you can prioritize assignments and work at your own pace. However, this can be a double edged sword for productivity.

Fill your jar with the big rocks first

Prioritize solving your big tasks and fill the rest of your time with the smaller ones after. Your day can’t contain them all the other way around.


Tackle the hardest part of the day

If there is a difficult assignment, take that on at the beginning of the day when you are fresh. Your day can only get easier afterwards.


Connect using instant messaging apps


Instead of writing up lengthy emails that may be interpreted incorrectly and that store up space in your inbox, reach out to colleagues via instant messaging. Communicating with your team will be the biggest change to working remotely. Communication becomes much more concise when receiving instant responses and can improve your effectiveness as a team.


Use this opportunity to provide training

If you work with teams and delegate tasks, take advantage of meeting tools that allow you to video call while sharing your screen. Short concise calls can help educate your team, especially since everyone else is also working remotely and are relieved of the hustle and bustle of the office. Short calls to review or provide training are more effective than lengthy scheduled meetings.

Learn new software


Architects and designers are expected in this day and age to be tech savvy. It’s an industry that is constantly evolving with new technological resources that help expedite tasks in the design process. New applications like FastOffice aim to solve specific needs of a market that broad conventional software lack. Explore what is out there and judge what works for you. Working remotely eliminates the pressure of needing to know it all in front of your peers. Take the time to learn new software and make mistakes at home. This way, when you do return to the physical workplace, you’ll have one more skill set under your belt, just like magic.

Send videos over instructions


There’s a plethora of chrome extensions and applications that can record the work on your screen. Majority of people learn visually over reading.

Invest in a standing desk


Take your health seriously. Too many of us often overlook our lack of physical activity as a way to compensate for the work that we do. The average North American worker sits around 10 hours per day. That is typically broken down to 8 hours at work (including your commute) and 2 hours at home. That is 70 hours per week! With a culture of long working hours, you can imagine how Architects may even exceed this median. Medical studies show that sitting too long can contribute to major chronic problems such as heart disease, diabetes and increase to blood sugar levels.


Conclusion


Working at home can be efficient, we just have to embrace the resources around us and create effective working environments through these practices. The ever changing technological world that we live in presents opportunities to explore new platforms for communication and innovation in the design process.

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