The world we live in is facing unforeseen circumstances that no one was prepared for. It is, inevitably, going to bring a paradigm shift in our ways of living, working, socialising and everything else.
As we know now that COVID-19 is here to stay, we would all need to reconfigure our ways of work around it. As “Work-from-home” becomes the new buzzword let’s see how it can be made more productive for the Architecture Community.
Working from home is not everyone’s cup of tea. While some people thrive in the routine of going to the office every morning, having a separate workspace and maintaining a strict distinction between work life and personal life; there are others who love the fact that they now don’t need to travel for hours to reach their workplace. They can optimise their work and chill hours at home more productively and devote more time to their families and themselves.
It’s a skill that gets better with time and practice. Here are a few ideas to help you make good use of this time:
TAKE OUT TIME FOR YOURSELF
Consider the lockdown as the time to recuperate and revitalise your creative energies. The Earth is healing itself and so are you! It applies to all the aspects of your life, be it- physical, mental or work-wise. Take good care of your health and eating habits. Let your mind and body detoxify itself! Start with baby steps and do not overwhelm yourself with too much together.
DEDICATED WORK AREA
Working from home requires a disciplined lifestyle and preferably a dedicated home office or a separate work zone – away from the distractions of home. The space should be naturally lit and well ventilated with a comfortable chair and table for a good posture. Do not work from your bedroom or in your pyjamas. The work hours need to be fixed so that one doesn’t end up working more than usual in quarantine times.
Architects are lifelong learners! You could learn that BIM software you wanted to for the longest time. Enrol yourself in an architecture competition where you could get out of your comfort zone and improve your skills.
Take an online certificate course from a renowned university to add to your resume. Work on your sketching skills. Hear out some interviews and TED Talks from leading architects. Update yourself about the latest construction materials and techniques or simply visit a museum online. You could even devote some time to think about that start-up idea you have been contemplating about. Take it one step further.
GET AHEAD WITH TECHNOLOGY
Technology is bridging the physical distance between the people and keeping them connected. For easy and efficient workflow, move your projects to the cloud: Autodesk BIM 360 and Graphisoft BIMcloud. Move your files and folders to the cloud: Dropbox and Google Drive.
You could even move your designing process to the cloud through apps like Morpholio Trace and Board (iOS) and Autodesk Sketchbook (Android). A number of users can prepare documents together on Microsoft Office 365 or, Google G-Suite.
Stay connected to your colleagues through Slack channels or WhatsApp Business. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Zoom are helpful for regular virtual meetings and also to establish a human connect in these times.
Manage your projects and time through Trello or Todoist.
Keep a check on your news intake – watch it only once daily. Maintain a routine and adhere to it. Stay connected with friends and family over video calls, chats and social networking sites. Venture out only if unavoidable with all the necessary precautions.