Work From Home Tips from the WordSouth Staff

April 16, 2020By Erica Scott

Work from home tips from the WordSouth staff

WordSouth has employed remote workers for more than eight years — to the point where 95 percent of our staff was working from home before the isolation guidelines. This means our team has learned how to work from home. Here are some of our top tips to make work from home work for you:

Andy Johns, director of marketing and business development

8 years working from home 

Smart gadget nerd alert! Think about using smart home components to help define work time and home time. “Alexa, let’s work” turns on my office light and monitor and plays upbeat music in the office. “Alexa, shut down the office” turns off everything in the office and plays music in the kitchen. It’s small, but this helps me separate when I’m working from when I’m not.

Zach Moore, digital media manager

2.5 years working from home

Don’t work from the couch. It’s so tempting, but it eliminates your “relaxation” space. Also, reading work interactions to yourself in funny voices helps break the silence. A few of my coworkers are Stewie Griffin, Scrooge McDuck, Squidward Tentacles, Chewbacca and the Kool-Aid guy. Let it out! No one’s there to judge!

Kerry Scott, director of accounts

7 years working from home

It’s tempting to sit at your computer working for long periods of time without a break. Your eyes need one, though — the screen is hard on your eyes. A co-worker told me about the 20/20/20 rule: About every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. You’ll be surprised at how helpful that is.

Jeremy Wise, writer and photographer

4 months working from home 

Working from home often eliminates the steps needed to walk from your car to your office. In my case, it even eliminated climbing stairs multiple times a day. Combined with being near your own kitchen, the pounds can come quickly. Schedule yourself some stretching and pacing time to keep those step counts up! If needed, create workplace inefficiencies, like moving the printer to the other side of the house. 

Carrie Huckeby, director of strategy and training

I’m fairly new to working remotely after spending years in an office environment. I love having a workspace dedicated to just that, work. It is tempting on some days to work from the couch, but I’m more productive at a workstation. My back appreciates the better chair. I have some of my favorite books, photos and past life mementos within reach. A great Spotify playlist is also a must for me.

Sarah Lancaster, account manager

2.5 years working from home

I have a pet bed in the office for my dog and his favorite chew toy. While he thinks he is a valuable team member, his work ethic is subpar. He often sleeps throughout the day, and his typing skills are atrocious. (Please don’t tell him I said this.) When I’m on a call, I make sure he is out of the office to ensure clear communication. Having him on hand is great, but his barks don’t belong on a conference call. 

Elizabeth Wootten, production manager

Sporadically works from home 

Spend part of your lunch break on a hobby that doesn’t involve a screen. I have an hour-long break, and I try to spend at least half that time practicing yoga, reading a book or practicing music. Anything that takes your eyes off a screen and focuses your mind on something besides work will help you come back refreshed.

Matt Ledger, publications coordinator

7 years working from home

Pajama pants and access to your own refrigerator are certainly convenient in times like these. However, you do need to maintain some of the office basics when working from home. Resist the temptation of unlimited snacking between meals. If you find yourself with extra time in the morning since you’ve eliminated your commute, start an exercise routine to fill that part of the schedule.

Jen Calhoun, assistant editor

4 years working from home 

Get a real desk and a real office chair. You’ve just got to trust me on this one. Take a little time and a little money to set up a home office. It can help you create a strong routine, keep you focused and save your back. If you have the luxury of a space with a door, use it. If not, make it clear to other household members, including pets, that when you’re in that office, it’s as if you’re not there.

Tricia Smith, project manager

3 years working from home

Take advantage of a window to start your own indoor garden. They are pretty, great for air quality and a fun hobby! I recommend starting with a Pothos plant or some succulents, which are tough to kill for even this veteran black thumb. 

Lisa Savage, assistant editor at WordSouth

4 years working from home

Working from home was harder than I thought it would be. It’s important to be patient and settle into a routine that works for you. If it’s tempting to do a load of laundry or get a head start on dinner, treat it just like you would if you were working away from home. Start a load of laundry before you get started for the day. Take a lunch break and change it to the dryer and then put something for dinner in the Crock-Pot during the lunch break, or simply take a break to unwind for a few minutes. Keep the schedule.

Noble Sprayberry, editorial director

10+ years working from home

Working from home can prove isolating. Use one of the numerous online tools like Basecamp or Slack to create a digital space with your co-workers. Consider it an online water cooler and a reminder you’re not alone.

Susan Bain, Account Manager

3 years working from home

Go ahead and warn your family and friends that just because you are “at home,” that doesn’t mean you are not working. My motto is “Act like you don’t see me.” This applies to everyone except for Chloe, my standard poodle. She keeps me company all day. If only she could answer me when I bounce ideas off her.


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