New to Working From Home? So are we!

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Whether you already had a head-start, or perhaps you have only just begun, we have taken the time to research and distil the main tips for avoiding the most common pitfalls of Working From Home (WFH).

The resounding advice in its simplest form is: Establish Routine.

Before setting your new schedule, decide what your Working Hours are going to be. Perhaps you are a morning person whose best work is done at sunrise? Or maybe you are a night owl, most alert in moonlight. Whichever you may be, adhering to set waking and sleeping hours will balance your circadian rhythm, which in turn will further improve your productivity. Additionally, WFH veterans (and studies) all agree that the first 60-90 minutes of wakefulness set the tone for the rest of your working day.

So here are some ways to set your tone right:


1. Avoid emails till your Working Hours begin

And maybe also the news…

Nothing is worse than reading stress-inducing emails in the first 2 minutes of wakefulness.
A general principle worth trusting is this: If there were a truly catastrophic issue with work, someone would (and should) call you.

An email is, after all, an inefficient way to communicate an emergency. And so, your inbox can wait till your Working Hours begin.

2. Do something for you
like 3. Schedule exercise and stick to it

If you are a member of the ‘morning people clan’, then scheduling your daily exercise first thing may sound like a viable option for you. A wealth of scientific evidence has pretty much established as fact that exercise boosts mental, emotional and physical well-being. As a bonus, working out in the morning has been shown to be really great for habit-forming, giving you your best start to the day.

For others, vigorous movement moments after waking might sound like the 6th Circle of Hell.
Don’t worry; you don’t have to do it first if you don’t want to – but definitely do it later. In the meantime, perhaps you can start your day instead with 15 minutes of that book your friend recommended, or listening to your favourite podcast, or perhaps you are ready to finally take up meditation?

4. Get dressed (Optional: after a shower?)

Yet again, studies support the habit of getting dressed before work – even if you are WFH – as a simple yet effective way to cultivate that productive mindset for the day.

And here is an angle you may not have considered:
For those of you unaccustomed to working solo, it is advisable to have as much contact with your employer/ employees/ colleagues by video chat. Not only does this maintain accountability within your team, but it will also help fight the emotional disadvantages of social distancing. So don’t get caught in your pyjamas when the boss misses seeing your beautiful face!

5. Map out your day by setting goals and commitments

Your Working Hours have commenced. You are at your new designated ‘office’ space, equipped with your caffeine mug of choice.
Use your first 5 minutes to establish your goals for the day. Thinking about what you would like to accomplish within your Working Hours will help you budget your time more effectively and mitigate the risk of your Working Hours gradually and sneakily lengthening over time. Additionally, it will serve as a great measure of how successful your working day has been at the end.

6. Stop Working

Do not let your Work Day melt into a Work Evening (unless of course evenings are your chosen Working Hours).
It is very important to set and adhere to the boundaries between work time and personal time within your own home.
Take care of yourself: Stop at the stopping time, even if you are not completely finished.

A thoughtfully and realistically mapped day should see the end of your to-do list lining up nicely with the end of your Working Hours. A completed list acts well as affirmative permission that it is OK to stop. If you completed your list too early, perhaps you can get a head-start on tomorrow?

If however you find yourself running out of time, analyse the possible reasons why and amend your mapping approach accordingly:

  • Perhaps one of your tasks has taken longer than you anticipated?
  • Are you expecting too much from yourself in one day?
  • Or maybe, just maybe, you have spent too much time honing your procrastination tactics?

This last one is OK and important to admit to yourself in order to do better tomorrow. A very easy way to improve is by setting up better accountability measures (e.g. Those fully dressed video calls with colleagues we mentioned earlier?).

7. Schedule an After Work activity

Highly recommended is planning a video chat with a friend or family member soon after your Working Hours.
This will make your chosen stopping time feel more meaningful, as well as supply you with some very much needed social interaction (albeit at a distance). Checking in on each other regularly will help keep us all connected, sane and positive.

Other ideas include watching that next episode of your favourite series, or maybe you have been dying to give your children the attention they have vied for all day, or perhaps you have decided that yes, now is the perfect time to finally distance learn Japanese…

So long as it is something you really like and will want to wrap up work for, it is a good idea.



That’s all folks!

We hope you have enjoyed our tips and advice for WFH and perhaps have had an idea or two as a result. We are going to be applying these principles ourselves as we continue to support you from a distance.

We would also love to hear any and all of your own tips and advice moving forward in our first week apart. Share your experiences with us on Instagram @w0rldsendstudios

We are still working together!

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Do you know the benefits of Co-working?

Co-working spaces can be an inspiring and supportive environment to work in.

They are perfect for individuals or small businesses that do not require a private office space of their own.

Co-working spaces are:

Inspirational
Co-working spaces foster learning and idea generation. Surrounding yourself with other goal-oriented professionals can help give you inspiration when you are lacking drive.

Friendly  
Working from home can leave you feeling isolated. Co-working spaces provide a sense of community and can become a place for businesses to collaborate, network and grow in.

Professional
Co-working spaces provide some of the many benefits of having your own premises. Having a fixed postcode, receptionist, access to break out spaces and meeting rooms all help your business appear professional and are useful amenities to have access to when holding client meetings.

Flexible
With a more relaxed environment Co-working spaces allow for flexible working, allowing people to work how and when they prefer. This promotes a healthy work-life balance and often leads to a more positive work culture.

Cost Efficient
Co-working is an easy way to eliminate many overhead cost As a member of a co-working space have use of all facilities including Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, printing and copying, Café, and communal kitchens without the costs associated with having a private office space.

Our new Breakout Space is a great way to boost productivity…

A business is only as successful as its people so it’s vital to look after yourself and your employees.

Here is how to ensure you’re getting the rest you need to operate at peak performance and to help you avoid business burnout.

Take a tea break
Productivity is increased when we take a break from periods of intense concentration. So, pause what you’re doing, take a break, get a cuppa and regain your focus.

Switch off in the evenings

Create boundaries – don’t answer work emails or calls at dinner or in bed. Sleeplessness and lack of productivity are directly related so get a good night’s sleep to ensure you feel fresh and focused during work hours.

Enjoy your weekends
Working much more than 48 hours a week tends to make productivity dip. Use your weekends to switch off, whether it is going to the gym or spending time with friends and family, do the activities you enjoy and go into your Monday morning feeling refreshed.

Go on holiday
Take the time to reset and recharge. Our bodies require time to relax, if we do not switch off it can be difficult to shift into less-stressed modes. Stress can burn you out and reduce motivation and drive.

Taking regular breaks not only leaves you feeling fresh but helps motivate you to get as much done as possible in a shorter period. More holiday time will force you to use your time more efficiently and ultimately results in greater productivity at work.

Have you heard about Worlds End Studios new addition

Our new Co-working Space is ready so take a look around!

Designed to meet the needs of our clients who no longer wish to work from their kitchen table or living room sofa but also, not quite ready for their own office space. 

We have completely transformed one of our premium offices into a space to be shared between likeminded individuals. 

It’s the perfect solution for our clients who are starting up their business and looking for better creativity and productivity.

The Benefits…

  • A Professional Chelsea Location
  • Secure High Speed Internet
  • Collaborative Work Space 
  • Networking & Workshop Opportunities
  • Secure Lockers and Storage
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Office Cleaning

And many more…

If you or someone you know is looking for a space, contact Jannelle Johnson by emailing jj@worldsendstudios.com or by calling 0207 349 7000 for more information.

MacMillan Biggest Coffee Morning 2019

To you all of you that supported, donated, baked and faked for this amazing charity a massive big THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

We have raised a total amount of £349 cash on the day – Friday 27th September 2019 and £10 via text donations!!

Worlds End Studios matched the cash amount pound for pound so that is a phenomenal amount of £708.00 raised in total.

We started the day by judging all the baker/faker entries before we opened the doors to our pop-up coffee shop with a queue of supporters, coffee and cake lovers. 

Our 3 judges, Beverley Kendal – Eskander, Christopher Moore – Christopher Moore and Rene Weisner – WES, had a very tasty but difficult judging to do.

We also had the honor of having the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s Major here for the morning, Will Pascall.

There was a lot of cake eaten, fun and laughter had during the morning.

The winners:

Best Baker:  Stefania Rinaldi – Studio Rinaldi

Best Baker Runner Up:  Susie Kassem – TJK Consultants

Best Faker:  LeAnn Ferry – Next Action Associates

Best Faker Runner Up:  Virginia Staneata – Darling Creative

Thank You!

Want to increase sales?

We are excited to announce that our next event at the Studios will be a free sales and marketing workshop from leading strategic marketing consultancy, ThomondThis will be taking place in our conference rooms from 4pm on 15th May 2019. 

For the workshop we are asking clients to complete a quick and simple questionnaire. The purpose of this is to understand which areas of marketing our clients need the most support with. We can then ensure the workshop is specifically tailored to the attendees’ requirements. 

Thomond will discover the right route for you, your business and your customers, giving little treasures about how effective marketing can change things for the better. 

If you would like any additional information about this workshop or any future events, please do not hesitate to contact Jannelle Johnson jj@worldsendstudios.com / 0207 349 7001