With the enhanced community quarantine extended, work from home is now the new normal. And while your officemate is diligently sending out emails at 11pm or messaging some ideas to talk about on a Saturday morning, I can assure that they — just like the rest of us — would rather be doing something else.
This work from home setup is a lot harder for all of us than we think. Why? Well, first of all, there seems to be more work to be done — as if your company wants to make sure that your time at home is fully maximized and you’re not slacking off. Second, the constant distraction from just about everything in your house – whether it’s your kid brother making noise, your mom asking you to help in the chores, the new Netflix show that just dropped, your FB and IG feed, and even your refrigerator — everything can be a distraction. Third, the need to be productive feels like a dark cloud over your head when honestly, you feel a little sad and uncertain during a time like this.
So while everyone’s work from home experience is different, one thing is the same. We need to get our job done. We need to clock in at a certain time, check emails, attend Zoom meetings where people don’t know how to mute their microphones, and concentrate on actual work while our officemates continuously message us. While we’ve also read and heard a lot of tips like creating a routine because we are creatures of habit or getting your work tools ready, each person’s experience will be completely different from another.
The struggle as we know it is real. The question is, what do we do about it? How can we stay sane while working from home while ensuring productivity and also have fun? Here are 5 tips that just might work for you during this quarantine period.