The WFH Diaries – Tom Lawrence at DDB Sydney

By AdNews | 22 May 2020
Tom Lawrence

AdNews brings the stories of those working from home (WFH) in the advertising and media industry during the coronavirus crisis.

Tom Lawrence is a copywriter at DDB Sydney:

How are you dealing with the silence?

I found a Spotify playlist that plays ambient creative department office noise, so I blast that most of the day. I am also staying at my mum's house in Jamberoo, so there are birds to fill the silence. Lots and lots of birds.

The upside?

Only being able to hear and not fully see my creative directors' disappointment due to pixelated Zoom calls. That said, I think this is a fantastic opportunity to figure out new ways of working that don't rely too much on sitting in front of a computer all day long.

We talk about finding smart ways to work as creatives, but in an office setting, we all just plonk down for 8-10 hours a day, eat at our desk and drink into the night. I am hoping this away time will shake things up and remind people you need to move your body a bit to think good and stuff.

The downside?

Not being with the team is really tough. We have such a nice bunch of people and I miss seeing their faces. And I also miss the never-ending chip cupboard at work.

How are you using the commuting time saved?

I have been chopping a lot of wood and learning how to whittle… so far, I have made a stick and a few toothpicks. Toothpicks that look a lot like splinters.

I am looking forward to being back in the office because…

I want to tease Matt Chandler about his favourite mustard coloured shirt again. And I want to see my lovely Art Director Sam. Sam is a good man. We should all be more like Sam.


Have something to say on this? Share your views in the comments section below. Or if you have a news story or tip-off, drop us a line at

Sign up to the AdNews newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for breaking stories and campaigns throughout the day.

comments powered by Disqus