Make Working From Home A Lifestyle

Make Working From Home A Lifestyle

Right now, many teams (including our own) are currently working from home (WFH). Now for most people, this is maybe an adjustment, and for others, this is familiar grounds. 

Shifting to remote working might mean rethinking how your team or family communicates and virtually connects. It could mean practicing ways to stay laser-focused on work tasks you have and not on the pile of laundry you’ve intended to fold for days. I know it’s tempting!

So how do you adjust to remote working?

Get into the right mindset.

When your home works as an office, a gym, a place to relax, it’s easy for these different aspects of our lives to intertwine. That’s how we get sandstormed. Instead of working from your bed, treat the day as if you are actually “going into work.” I understand working from your comfy bed in your pj’s is super tempting, but you can resist the urge! 

Waking up at your usual time and getting ready for work, actually tells your mind it’s time for work. Once you logon, make sure you take a break! The one mindset most new WFH employees can fall into is the feeling of “I’m always working.” However, it’s essential to be mindful of your breaks and not take a two-hour lunch to do house stuff when you should be doing work. Having a set schedule that’s fitted to your workday can help avoid loss of time. 

Separate your work and personal life.

Having a home office or a designated workspace can be a clear line that separates work from personal life. When you walk into your office or designated workspace, you can mentally prepare for work. 

It’s also okay to have de-stressors in your workspace. If playing an instrument helps you relieve stress, have it in your office, or if you need to go for a walk, go for it! But don’t get sucked into “de-stressors” that take up a lot of time, like Facebook or Tik Tok. If you’ve watched Tik Tok videos, you understand the 3-hour wormhole you can get in.

What do you do to avoid the feeling of isolation?.

If you’ve never worked from home before, you may be used to having some social interaction at work and coming home to have “alone time.” Working from home, it seems the tables have turned. 

Now all you want to do is talk about your day at work! As humans, we are naturally social creatures, and luckily we live in a technologically advanced society that we can still connect with our friends and loved ones virtually. Whether it’s through FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangouts, we have the opportunity to connect with other human beings.

How does the Posture team work from home? 

If you decide to do chores during work hours, you’re just “borrowing time” from non-work hours. It’s easy to fall into the trap. Stay focused and keep personal and work hours strict on both sides.

Kevin

It took me awhile to realize that when we started working from home and I think my biggest thing is defining a “work” space. Working from the couch sounds great, but I’m more likely to get distracted and not focus. In a dedicated space it’s much easier for me to stay on track!

Jeremy

One thing that helps me is wearing pants/shoes. Putting on a “work” uniform really keeps my mind where it needs to be.

Doug

Video Q&A: Heir to The Sleigh Edition

Hello and welcome to Posture’s Video Q&A: Heir to The Sleigh Edition! Today we’re chatting with Sal and Charles about our interactive holiday video, Heir to the Sleigh. Join us for an inside look at the creative process and technical organization that is required for a successful interactive video project.

What was your initial reaction to the idea of an interactive video?

Sal: I knew this was a cool idea from the start! It’s not like any traditional narratives we had done in the past. When you start to make it interactive (similar to the movie Bandersnatch) and add branching paths into the mix, the project starts to get more exciting.

How did you organize such a content-heavy project?

Sal: Once the script came together we immediately started taking all that information and putting it into a visual flowchart (as shown). The chart was very handy on production day!

Charles: Along with the chart we also set up a team project in Adobe Premiere. I worked on the color correction and initial setup while Sal did the cutting. We attacked this project scene by scene, giving each one a number and its own sequence.

What were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Charles: A challenge we faced was developing the right solution for the user experience without sacrificing our vision for the video. We found a few services that did what we were trying to accomplish, but they were for much larger projects. Luckily, our awesome development team was able to save the day with a semi-custom solution.

Sal: Another challenge was our limited time window to shoot all the video content for the project in just one day. So, we decided to keep the execution of the shoot as simple as possible!

Tell us about the editing process and how user decisions influenced the story.

Charles: It was very segmented and organized. Every path had to be siloed to keep our organization and each scene was given its own sequence. An important thing we had to keep in mind with any large video project is quality control. For example, if we do a color correction to one iteration of a clip we have to be sure we’re keeping that color consistent throughout any scenes whenever that shot is used.

Sal: I was surprised to see  how much complexity is added to a video project when you start introducing multiple paths. It definitely took a lot of effort and devotion to maintaining an overall picture of the final product. Oh and LOTS of flowcharts!

Was there anything you would have done differently?

Charles: I try to not look at a project like this as ever completely ‘done’, there’s always improvements that can be made, and keeping it open in my mind can set you up for success.

Sal: The obvious answer is “more time for pre-production”. In a perfect world, every project would have exactly the amount of time needed to plan everything out but that isn’t always the case.

Charles: I agree, but it was still exciting for us to push the limit on something like this!

What would you tell someone interested in video production?

Start yesterday! Your first video won’t be perfect; mine definitely wasn’t. But use whatever tools you’ve got at your disposal, even if it’s just your phone, and get creative! Start assembling a crew of collaborators, friends, supporters, and people who bring out the best in you, mentally and creatively. A lot of cool stuff can come from a group of inspired creators!

Sal Bulzoni

To anyone who has an interest in video production learn from everyone, everywhere! There are so many differing opinions on everything, so listen to people’s production stories, they can teach you a lot.

Charles Ferran

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