Hello! I am Pauline Delorme, a consultant at Tyto, and this my location-agnostic life. In this series, we want to highlight the freedom our model enables and how we navigate any challenges it presents.
What’s your morning routine?
My alarm usually goes off at 7:30am. In the morning, I like to have some time for myself before jumping into the day. Over the past few weeks, I have been aiming to dedicate at least 10 minutes to meditation. Thanks to Tyto’s Wellbeing Allowance, I have recently subscribed to Headspace, and I found it to be very effective to start the day with a clear mindset.
I also try to do some yoga and some stretching. Since the start of the pandemic, I realised how important it is to take good care of ourselves, after all it’s one of the few things we can control!
How do you organise your day?
I usually start the day by reviewing the latest news both from France and the UK to get an understanding of the news agenda of the day in these two markets, as I cover media relations for my clients in these two countries.
I also spend time reviewing my diary, emails and slack notifications and update my to–do list for the day accordingly. Depending on how the day is looking, I also try to block some time in my diary to ensure I have some time to focus on the most important tasks for the day and the rest of the week.
When are you the most productive?
This really depends but I would say in the early morning or early afternoon. What works best for me is to switch off my notifications on Slack and emails and start a timer so that I stay focused on what I am working on.
I also aim to go out for a quick walk before working on a big task. At the moment, I am lucky to leave right next to the sea and there is nothing more refreshing than a walk on the beach!
What is your favourite workplace?
At the moment, I would say my favourite workplace is simply at home in the UK. I have organised my desk in such a way that I feel very productive. For instance, I bought a proper office chair which made a huge difference. I also use a second monitor for my computer and I now find it very difficult to work without it.
The beauty of remote working is to be able to work from different places. I love the fact that I can also work from my hometown Lyon in France if I want!
What’s your favourite thing about working remotely?
I love the fact that I can cook my lunch at home. It is great to be able to control what I am eating and it’s a very efficient way to save some money.
What do you miss about working in an office?
Even though I am constantly in touch with my colleagues either via Slack or Zoom, working from home can feel a little bit lonely sometimes. Especially in the current situation where it is difficult to meet family and friends. So, what I would say I miss the most is the social aspect of work, the possibility to meet for a coffee with a colleague or go for drinks in the evening.
What helps with this is to take the time to organise what we call at Tyto a “Virtual Coffee”, a 30–minute call with a colleague to speak about anything but work. It is a great way to check on each other and catch-up on our lives.
What’s your secret weapon?
My Nespresso coffee machine! This was a Christmas gift I got last year, and it makes such a difference to my days! Even though I definitely need to improve my “latte art” skills, I love having the possibility to drink great quality coffee like I would in a coffee shop!