Working From Home
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Trying to keep myself motivated during social distancing
Due to the current health crisis, more people are working from home than ever before. For myself, completing the rest of my school year at home is giving me a glimpse into the world of freelance design. Therefore, I'm using this time to see how I would respond to doing design work from home.
One thing I've noticed is that It's very difficult to keep myself motivated. I've gained a whole new respect for designers who work from home and create their own schedule. Even though there are advantages to being your own boss and having complete control over your day, It's hard to keep yourself on task. Trying to be creative at home can be challenging when there are so many distractions around you. I find myself creating a rough plan for what I want to accomplish during my day but then ultimately abandoning it.
Something I've noticed is that while in school or on the job you're given smaller tasks that help you work towards a larger goal. I think this is very helpful in design because projects can appear overwhelming when looked at as a whole. When you're working from home It's hard to set these smaller goals for yourself and personally I find myself being intimidated by the long list of things I need to get done. Rather than setting aside an hour or two to focus on one part of a big project, I stress about getting the entire project done at once. I also find my mind wandering to other projects I have to get done. All of these factors makes my work flow a bit more difficult and I get discouraged when I don't accomplish everything I wanted to get done.
I think that while you're in school the idea of being a freelance designer is enticing. However, getting a glimpse into that lifestyle has made me realize how challenging it can be. I think finding the motivation to do work and stay on task is definitely a practiced skill that designers have to work at and I see why it takes time to create a successful freelance career. Even though it might not be the best option for me as I start my career, I can see it being a possibility once I have some professional design experience under my belt.