My son manages a team of remote tech support reps for Apple. They are mostly new hires and college students who are spread all over the US. Because his is a more traditional job than voiceover is, I asked him for his insights about best practices for working from home. Here’s what he said:
#1 Realize that working from home is a job. It isn’t a time to slack off or to not take what you are doing seriously. It is just as serious as working in an office.
#2 Have a routine that you follow every day, Have a time that you work and a time that you don’t work. If you set strict office hours on yourself, you will not have your work overtake your home life and vice versa.
#3 Get fully dressed including shoes and cologne. Even though I am not going anywhere, I will get fully dressed with nice shoes, and I will also wear cologne. When I change into a t-shirt and gym shorts at the end of the day, it has a very powerful psychological effect. I am signaling to myself that I am no longer in work mode.
#4 Have a desk with a work space that you only work in. Do not ever spend your free time where you work, because there will not be any separation between your work and your life.
#5 Respect your job. What goes around comes around, and I believe if you are not respecting your job and are slacking off, or are doing things you shouldn’t be doing, you will get what you deserve. The same holds true if you are really showcasing integrity and always holding yourself accountable by always working during work hours and making sure you are spending your time being productive.
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Has this ever happened to you? You record the voiceover for an eLearning project, and when you play it back, you think, “Yuck! Do I really sound like that?” Or maybe you hear your outgoing voice mail message or your voice on a video someone recorded on their Smartphone, and you think there must be something wrong with the equipment because your voice can’t possibly sound that way…
If this has ever happened to you, I have good news and bad news.
Have you ever wished you could go back in time and tell your younger self what you’ve learned so far about eLearning? That’s the premise behind John Araiza’s short little book, 26 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About eLearning. There were 4 “things” that really resonated with me.