Remote work is no longer a temporary solution, but a permanent choice for creatives who want greater flexibility. The work-from-home setup is becoming increasingly popular, with reports revealing that a flexible work arrangement is one of the keys to job satisfaction when it comes to creatives. Seeking a better work-life balance, creatives are starting to look for permanent opportunities that will allow them to reduce commuting costs and enjoy greater autonomy.
As professionals move forward to a new era of work, it’s crucial to look back at what we’ve learned in the past few years. To start, here are some remote work lessons and takeaways for creatives to remember:
1. Achieving proper work-life balance across all work setups is a challenge
After two years of remote work, it’s clear that a good work-life balance is dependent on your own work habits.
It may be tempting to answer e-mails or calls once they come in, but a study revealed that employees with better work-life balance send fewer emails after working hours. The study also emphasized that you need to spend more time away from work to set boundaries between your work and personal life, especially when you're working on a long project.
2. Remote work allows creative careers to thrive
The past two years have proven that you don’t need to go back to the office to thrive in the workplace.
Social distancing protocols have fueled several changes within the creative industries, starting from professional work arrangements to consumer preferences. The demand for creative content on social media has risen, especially since 84% of individuals are spending more time engaging in online entertainment than in-person entertainment. Audiences are supporting streaming video services and digital artwork more than ever before. Remote businesses are also tapping into global talent pools to meet the demands for digital content, which enables creatives to enjoy more opportunities.
3. Technology is the key to remote work success
You’ll definitely thrive in the remote work environment, especially if you know which software platforms you should use — and when to use them.
Consumers have shifted the demand from traditional to digital media, and it’s time for production to adjust, too. Collaboration is the cornerstone of the creative process, which is why face-to-face sessions are essential in remote work. With Evercast, you can video chat while reviewing content together with studio-level quality and sync. And if your creative team struggles to keep up with the tasks discussed, you can use apps like Todoist, Trello, or ClickUp to delegate projects, set reminders, and even prioritize the tasks for the day.
4. You’re in charge of boosting your motivation for everyday tasks
We can all agree that it’s difficult to tick off tasks from your to-do list if your bed is just right there.
Sometimes, the nature of creative work also means that it can bleed into our everyday lives. Now that you know your biggest remote work distractions, it’s time to draw the line so that you can be more focused during work. These boundaries can be simple things, like communicating your quiet work hours with family and colleagues or even creating a designated workspace within your home.
The remote work model is new and exciting for both creative professionals and businesses. Fortunately, by remembering the lessons we've learned over the past few years, you can boost your productivity and well-being as a creative remote worker and enjoy this new era of work.