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Working from home can be a bit of a challenge if you’re not used to it. Most people cannot function properly, and their productivity is affected.

 

Here are tips and tricks on how to stay sane for the next couple of days (or weeks) while working from home.

 

Set up a work desk

 

For those who don’t have the space for a home office, you can choose a quiet corner and set up a work desk that will closely resemble your office desk. As much as possible, don’t work from your bed for 2 reasons:

 

  1. The most obvious, you will feel lazy and end up just cozying up and snore instead
  2. Especially if your job entails a daily dose of stress, you might want to avoid associating your sanctuary (ehem… your bed) with the same stress that drives you insane in the office.

 

Keep your normal workday routine

 

Wake up at the same time as you normally would, shower, etc. Do this so you don’t have to reacquaint yourself again with this routine once you start reporting back to the office.

 

Utilize apps and tools that will help you connect with colleagues

 

There are a lot of apps that will help you connect and be able to manage work from home instead of constantly calling and using up your phone credits and minutes. Some are free, and there are some that you can use after paying a minimal amount.

 

Distract yourself

 

You want to go out, but you can’t – and it’s driving you up the wall. Where to go when you’re only allowed within the confines of your own homes? What to do during your free time?

 

Where to go – That’s a great question! **crickets chirping** I don’t know.

 

What to do – Aside from lurking and wasting a lot of time on social media? A lot!

 

Rekindle your passion for old hobbies that you’ve benched because you got so busy with life and work. Take out that canvas and paint brush and start painting again!

So, you don’t know how to bake. You can get the basic recipes of cookies, cakes and pastries and tweak it a bit to add your touch.

 

A good book never goes out of style.

 

Watch a good movie or start that new series that you’ve been wanting to watch for the longest time.

 

Attend those online classes and webinars that you’ve been postponing. Learn new things and improve what you now know and have.

 

Think of a hobby that piques your interest and who knows, you might be able to earn something on the side doing it. Baking, soap making, sewing, crafting – the options are endless!

 

And last but definitely not the least, spend time with those who matter.

 

We can never control what happens next, but we can control how we react to it. Most of the time, we are put in certain circumstances that are tough, but we have to be tougher and take the high road and respond to it positively. When life gives you lemons, make lemonades out of them. And make them pink!