I’m Back Where I Started!

When I started Uptown Studios 28 years ago I lived in the same house I live in now. Back then, my desk was in the same place it is today: the living room with a great view of the front window. COVID-19 has put me right back where I started. Except now I have a team of 17 employees and they are all working remotely too…and it IS WORKING!

The challenges so far

So far, the biggest challenge I’ve found is on video calls. Only one person can talk at a time, and sometimes with internet delays, both people end up talking over the other. We are getting better at raising our hands, though it inhibits the free flow of a brainstorm meeting.

I’ve also learned the importance of checking myself before I begin a call. I will look at my lighting. If you have a window behind you it will blow out your face and others won’t be able to see you well. Light yourself well, situate your chair so we can see your whole face and upper body, sit still, get a microphone that picks up your voice well, don’t put the laptop on your lap during a call, I could go on and on. And most importantly: don’t eat on a call unless you have scheduled a lunch meeting. All of these tips will make you look and sound fabulous.

Settled In

With more than five months under our working-from-home belts, we have all settled in. I think the whole team has gotten through the initial struggles. We all now have our routines that help us through the days. Now, for me, the weeks seem to zip by. It is Monday then I turn around and it is already Friday. No dragging days on my end, I have no problems keeping busy and productive. And I can throw a load of laundry in whenever I need to.

Find the joy

Every day there are things that make you laugh, stories you share, people you celebrate. Share your stories with your cohorts and friends. They will help build connections and create new ways to connect with social distancing in mind. If you have a big meeting you are leading, start with a one minute dance party. Anything to get the juices flowing and change the tone of the whole meeting. Find your fun and discover your joy.

Tina Reynolds
By Tina Reynolds
Tina Reynolds is president of Uptown Studios, Inc. and has been running her own design firm since 1976. She is the community face of Uptown Studios and her blog entries are directed to business owners ready to make their materials, Easy, Fun and Popular.