How to stay creative while working remotely
Many of the people working remotely right now are discovering that the rumors are true. Working from home can make you more productive but can also seriously dampen your creativity. It is widely thought in many industries, and especially advertising, that in-person interactions spark the creative process, mostly because they are often spontaneous.
If you’re feeling less inspired now that you’re working remotely, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are lots of ways for you to rekindle that creative spark. Everyone is different, so it’s important to find what works best for you. Hopefully this post will give you some ideas.
For times when you really need the team
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you’re alone. Your team members are always in reach if you make an effort to stay in contact. Try to expand your video calls beyond scheduled work meetings. Coffee dates, happy hours, lunch breaks, or just random drop-ins can all be incorporated into your remote work system. Make an effort to “bump” into your coworkers virtually since you cannot do it physically. Also, use video on a call whenever possible. Video calls are more engaging than audio only and encourage better remote collaboration.
For times when you need to find inspiration alone
Since your coworkers aren’t around physically and you’re in an environment with fewer distractions (usually), use this time to look for inspiration in the world outside your office. The quiet time can be beneficial to the creative process. Fewer distractions from your coworkers means you can get your less-creative tasks out of the way and have lots of uninterrupted time to let new ideas flourish.
When you’re working remotely, it’s also easier to structure your day in the way that works best for you. Switch tasks and activities often—creativity happens in the in-between times. Also, take shorter and more frequent breaks than you would in the office. These little breaks can help refocus your brain before moving to the next task.
Finally, don’t jump right from sleeping to working. Create a new morning routine and replace your commute with something else to help you transition into the workday.
Comfort is the opposite of creativity
I know you don’t want to hear this. I didn’t either. I love being comfortable. But wearing sweatpants during worktime is not going to make you feel more motivated or creative. Dressing up can get the creative juices flowing and put you in the work mindset. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear a suit! Wear anything that makes you feel inspired, but that isn’t pajamas or yoga pants. Maybe it’s your favorite jewelry, or cufflinks, or a cool hat. Who’s going to judge?
Don’t work in your bed or on the couch. Not only is it bad for your back, but it sets you up for a lazy mood. Those places should be reserved for your relaxation time. Set up a workspace somewhere that inspires you. Put it near a window or near a blank wall where you can create a mood board. You can even hang some art or a whiteboard. Having a designated place for working can help create a separation between personal time and work time, even if you’re not leaving the house.
Think of working remotely as an opportunity to be creative in a different way than you have before. And don’t forget that working from home can be fun! We love to make every day interesting whether we’re in the office or working remotely. Take a look at some of the ways we’re making remote work fun by following us on Instagram or Facebook.