Working From Home: Malik’s Diary

This week’s working from home diary is brought to you by Malik, our Graphic Designer!

Each week we’re asking a different member of the team to provide us with their WFH diary, to give you an idea of what we’re all up to whilst at home!

About Malik

Malik works in our design team and works across the whole business, including all of our brands and projects. Some project highlight include Christmas in Liverpool and Liverpool. Do it your way – two of our biggest campaigns! You’ll often see his designs around the city, on billboards and our digital assets!

Malik’s Diary

7am – wake up
My routine always starts with a hot shower to awake the senses and feel refreshed before I start the day. It can be tempting to work from your bed, but I prefer to get dressed.  Joggers, t-shirts and sliders are my new style!

8am – coffee… then more coffee
One of the things I miss during lockdown is picking up a good cup of coffee on my way into the office. Since working from home I’ve mastered the art of home brewing and start my day with a cup of freshly ground coffee. At the moment I’m using Jamaica Blue Mountain beans which are so good!

9am – make notes
Once I’ve had a good amount of coffee it’s time to get organised! I’ll check my Trello board, emails and notes to see what needs to be done today. My workspace at home is pretty minimal with a few artistic touches from Mondrian and Keith Haring.

9:20am – design time
After some organisation it’s design time! I’m a huge music fan so I’ve always got something playing in my headphones when I work. Some people hate this, but I find it helps me concentrate! My go to album this week is ‘What Kinda Music’ by Tom Misch.

Currently I’m working on a series of bespoke colouring-in sheets to help people stay creative during this time so be sure to keep an eye out on our social channels for their release.

11am – ML Zoom call
Since video calls are the new norm it’s at this time I’ll catch up with the rest of the team and hear about what everyone’s been working on.

12pm – lunch
I’ll have to admit that my lunch during lockdown isn’t as exciting as my loaded burrito from Listo’s, but I always try to make something from scratch. I’ll usually read some articles on Hypebeast or catch up on a podcast whilst I eat.

1.30pm – walk in the park
I’m very lucky to have two parks on my doorstep and it’s great to get out the house and explore Sefton and Princess Park. Green spaces are something I definitely took for granted before lockdown.

2pm – more design time
After a refreshing walk it’s more design time which will take up the rest of the afternoon. Today I’ve been sketching the layout for a new colouring-in sheet and I’ll let you guess the location.

5.30pm – cooking
Cooking is something I really enjoy after a day’s work and in the office, I’m well known for my culinary skills! I think me and Sam are probably head-to-head 😉 Last night I made a coconut curry with salmon and fresh coriander.

Top Tips

Stay connected
I think it’s more important than ever to stay connected with friends and family during this time. A lot of people are finding this period hard and a simple phone call can brighten up someone’s day. 

Find a routine
Find a routine that works for you and try to get out the house everyday. A simple walk for 20 mins can make a big difference towards your energy levels and help you stay active.