AT HOME WITH BECK WADWORTH IN AUCKLAND
Not only is Beck Wadworth the founder of one of our all-time favourite lifestyle brands and an endless source of fashion and interior inspiration, she’s also one of the most motivated, efficient and organised people we know — and in turn, one of the most inspiring people to hear from while we’re spending more time living and working from home.
As the founder of An Organised Life — a stationery brand and organisational platform — who works from her home office in Auckland, Beck Wadworth sure knows a thing or two about staying happy, motivated and active at home.
Here, Wadworth shares her top tips for working effectively from home, the outfits she has on constant rotation and her go-to self-care routines.
Where do you live?
"Parnell in Auckland, New Zealand."
What’s the thing you love most about spending more time at home?
"I'm such a home body and working from home is my norm. However, since lockdown, I'm loving spending more time with my partner Jason — usually our travel schedules are pretty intense each month and it's been so nice to be together for a solid 40+ days (and counting) just the two of us. I love having relaxed morning coffees on the deck, and cheese, wine and backgammon in the evening (not every evening don't worry!). Plus just having the time to reflect, review and refocus personally and professionally. I feel very calm and centred."
“EVERY MORNING OR EVENING I HAVE BEEN GOING FOR A ONE HOUR WALK. WE HAVE BEEN IN SUCH A STRICT LOCKDOWN IN NZ IT'S BEEN THE BEST WAY TO GET SOME FRESH AIR, REFLECT AND REST.”
What’s the thing you miss the most?
I miss being able to travel to Sydney to see the AOL team and my girlfriends, and I also miss being able to travel home to Marlborough. Plus, restaurants!
What five items in your home bring you the most joy?
1. Our St Clements chair in the lounge — it's perfectly placed to get the afternoon sun which I love.
2. Our Backgammon board — we are addicted.
3. My Nespresso machine — especially in lockdown.
4. My candles — they are so calming and relaxing.
5. My phone so I can FaceTime my family and friends.
What outfits do you currently have on rotation?
"This outfit — a cosy jumper, white linen pants and a belt. Otherwise, it's a black high neck knit and black jeans! On warmer days I opt for a beautiful loose dress."
What self-care routines are keeping you happy and sane right now?
"I've been making sure I wind down in the evenings and switch off from work — playing backgammon, cooking dinner, watching a TV series, journaling and having more relaxing baths than normal.
Walking, of course, and also sitting out on our deck with a coffee in the morning or wine in the evening listening to the birds. It's so peaceful."
“I'VE BEEN MAKING SURE I WIND DOWN IN THE EVENINGS AND SWITCH OFF FROM WORK — PLAYING BACKGAMMON, COOKING DINNER, WATCHING A TV SERIES, JOURNALING AND HAVING MORE RELAXING BATHS THAT NORMAL.”
How are you keeping active in self-isolation?
"Every morning or evening I have been going for a one hour walk. We have been in such a strict lockdown in NZ it's been the best way to get some fresh air, reflect and rest. I have also been doing Wild Pilates classes online and via Instagram Live, too!"
What are you currently reading, watching and listing to?
"Watching: Graham Norton, Ozark, West World, True Detective and lots of chick flicks!
Listening To: This playlist and podcast wise it's Second LIfe, The High Low, After Work Drinks and How I Built This."
“I CAN’T WAIT TO EXPLORE NEW ZEALAND MORE — ESPECIALLY THE SOUTH ISLAND. THERE ARE SO MANY MORE BEAUTIFUL PLACES I WANT TO SEE IN MY HOME COUNTRY.”
What are your top tips for working effectively from home?
1. Create a dedicated workspace — consider somewhere with beautiful natural light. Ideally you want a space that is private and some where you can shut off at the end of the day so you separate your personal and professional life. If not, make sure it's easy to pack away at the end of the day so you separate your personal and professional life.
2. Set some ground rules with others who are living under the same roof to ensure you are productive and not disturbed or distracted.
3. Create a morning routine that creates focus and direction. For example, get up and go for a walk or do an at home pilates class, enjoy a coffee, make a smoothie, get changed, check your diary, write out your to-do list, prioritise it, start your day. 4. Start your day on the right foot to ensure you're productive and focused.
It's also a good idea to set work hours when you are working from home. This might stay the same as your normal office hours, or due to family situations or the flexibility of your industry you might be able to pick the hours that work for you.
5. Always prioritise your workload — my top tip is utilising a diary, notepad or notebooks to write out your workload and then prioritise it using a symbol or number system. From there break your day into time blocks and ensure you allocate time for breaks.
6. Communicate effectively with your team or clients. When you are working home, it's extremely important to make sure you keep in touch with the people you need to via email, phone calls, google hangout video calls, planning programmes and more. Cross all the t's and dot all the i's to make sure everyone is on the same page.
7. Stay hydrated, get fresh air when you need it and stay positive.
8. Wind down! At the end of the working day, create a wind down routine. I suggest finishing up any outstanding emails, tidying your space (or putting it away if you're in a common area of your home), check your diary and write a to-do list for the following day. Switch everything off and walk away. It's important to wind down and then transition back into your personal home life."
What activities are topping your post-COVID-19 bucket list?
"Exploring New Zealand more — especially the South Island. There are so many more beautiful places I want to see in my home country. We had to cancel our month-long trip to Europe this year so I'm exciting to plan that again for 2021 or 2022."
Images supplied by Beck Wadworth.