When it comes to working from home there's the possibility we will be easily distracted - the TV, house work, pets, children, the list goes on. There's also the worry that we won't be as productive or focused.
In the last 18 months Valerie has began what she likes to call a multi-passionate career, where she combines her role as CEO of a bustling business with that of a full time (commercially successful) artist. From learning to juggle the two often competing roles, Valerie has learnt to work very productively from home.
Valerie Khoo is a Sydney-based visual artist and curator who creates artwork that inspires you to let your creative self emerge. Her pieces evoke a sense of joy and positivity in their infusion of colour, texture and movement, with each one telling an inspiring story to help you connect with your creative soul. Her original art and prints are available at www.valeriekhoo.com
Question: What originally distracted you, when you began working from home?
Valerie Khoo: I have three gorgeous pets – two fluffy white cats and a cheeky dog. When I first started working from home, it was easy to get distracted by their demands and just their general cuteness! These days, we have a fairly set routine for my days in the studio. It's great to be able to create art while they're hanging around. And when I want a break, I'll take Groucho the dog for a walk. Or give the cats, Rex and Rocky, a cuddle. I don't actually get distracted by television or Netflix – I feel too guilty to indulge in telly when I should be working.
Question: Why does working from home suit you best?
Valerie Khoo: It's basically because my studio is at home. It's big and airy – and I seem to do a lot of creative thinking and making in it. Having said that, there are some days when I just crave an office environment. While I love the fluid nature of the creative process, I also thrive on structure, productivity and getting things done.
Question: Do you find you are more productive when working from home?
Valerie Khoo: I'm lucky that I can be productive both at home and in an office. I think this comes from decades of conditioning while I was working as a freelancer. I just trained myself to work in any environment – whether that was on a train, at home, in a cafe, or in a client's office. Even when I'm not at home, I use my iPad and Apple pencil to sketch up ideas and designs. But the best part of working from home is that I can do it in the wee hours of the night. That's actually when I find I'm most productive. So it's great to get lost for hours in a painting and then simply flop into bed!