A handful of us are probably at home, working, and struggling to be productive, to meet deadlines, or to finish any task at all. Trust me, I’ve been there and it was no fun. It’s incredibly hard to do any work when the bed, the TV, the fridge, and any and all other distractions are just a few steps away.
But since you’re already in that position of working from home (and you better be fucking glad and thankful that you have that privilege), let’s talk about what you can do to stay productive.
As someone who has been working from home for almost 2 years now, I’ve learned the hard way that this set up is actually not easy. Sure it has its perks (and there are a lot) but the distractions are endless that you really need to be 100% on top of your game in order to actually get some work done.
#1 Keep your phone in another room or somewhere that’s not within your arms reach.
If your phone is not necessary for your work/job, then you better just keep it where you can’t easily reach it. Keep it in your room or if you’re working in your room, put it in your living room. By all means, take it to the kitchen or the bathroom. Who cares as long as it’s at least 20 feet away.
Our smart phones are our number 1 distraction and if it’s in a place where we can always reach it then believe me, if you don’t have 100% control over your senses, it would be incredibly difficult to not browse social media and not get completely distracted.
#2 Clean your space – physical and digital.
I personally do not mind clutter on my work desk. I actually sometimes prefer it because it gives me this false belief that I’m working hard and being extra productive, hence the kalat.
But you shouldn’t be like me. Your physical space needs to be as neat and as clutter-free as possible as it’s actually better to work in a space where there are no distractions. (My brain just works differently.)
What I can’t stand, though, is when my digital space is all over the place. I make sure that I have separate folders for all my files and that they’re color tagged (not sure if this is available for Windows OS). I also make it a habit to delete old drafts (I don’t like seeing file1.pdf, file2.pdf, file3.pdf when they’re basically all just the same files, with just a few minor updates) and files I no longer need/want.
#3 Have some sort of noise in the background.
I don’t know if it’s just me but I cannot stand working in dead silence.
My girlfriend and I are both working from home so it’s not like I’m actually all alone but she works like a fucking owl–always so incredibly quiet. So I need some “noise” to help me focus.
Sometimes I put on some music but 99% of the time I prefer watching some Netflix or YouTube (and you can do this too granted that you can still focus on your work). If people are talking, I feel more like I’m in an office setting or in a cafe where there are other folks around.
#4 Stand, stretch, stroll.
When you’re working from home, your body doesn’t get enough exercise. Since this is the case, you should frequently stand up, do some stretches, and if you can, stroll around your neighborhood.
But with the current lockdown/quarantine here in the Philippines (and other countries), just maybe stroll around your house. I mean, that was even suggested by the most amazing president in the whole wide universe. 🤷🏽♀️
#5 Write your daily tasks/to-do lists.
If you’re not following a certain schedule or if you have more than one task on a single day, then I highly suggest writing them down and checking them off as you do/complete them.
This doesn’t only help you in organizing your work but in managing your time as well. If you see that you have this number of tasks left and you only have this number of hours left in your working day, then you’d know then that you need to do something with your time to finish all of them.
Or maybe you’d know then that you won’t be able to complete a certain task and you could immediately coordinate with your supervisor or whoever and inform him/her that you need an extension.
These are some of the things that help me stay focused and more productive. It may or may not be applicable to some of y’all. Working at home isn’t actually the easiest set up in the world, but it’s most definitely a privilege that we must be forever grateful for.
Now, if you have no choice but to actually physically go to work then I would like to first of all, thank you and salute you. And second, take care of yourself and wash your hands.
In case y’all are unaware, the title of this post is because of the incredibly rich and incredibly privileged Cat Arambulo-Antonio. This bitch had the audacity to post an IG story calling our lower class brothers and sisters “motherfuckers” just because they’re not staying at home.
Not everyone has the fucking privilege to just stay at home. Some people live off of daily income/wages and some are employed by companies who have a “no work, no pay” policy. Nobody has the right to ever call these fellow human beings motherfuckers just because they do not experience/have the same privilege that some of us do.