Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are working from home in order to prevent the further spread of the virus. While we’re blessed with the development of video conferencing and messaging platforms to make remote work a reality, working from home certainly comes with its own unique challenges.

Whether you’re struggling to stay focused, feeling lost trying to keep up with your workload, or are missing your coworkers, here are some tips to stay productive and positive while working from home.

1. Plan Your Day

Since you’re at home 24/7, it’s easy to feel as if you have all the time in the world to get work done. The days seem to blend together and deadlines don’t feel as serious as they should. Your regular work routine is out the window due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build it back up while you work from home.

It starts with a to-do list. Once you know what you need to do for the day, you can move on to scheduling those tasks throughout your day. Maintain a good work-life balance by also blocking out time for breaks, meals, and exercise.

After you’re done making your daily action plan, make sure you stick with it and reward yourself when you do. 

2. Dedicate a separate workspace

Staying focused at home is difficult when you’re working remotely, especially when your Nintendo Switch is within 3 feet of your desk and there are fish to catch on Animal Crossing

Clear away a corner of your apartment or a space in your room that’s separate from your bed or any other distractions. Install your charging cables and outlets close by for easy access and keep the area quiet so that you can concentrate and attend meetings without any distracting background noises.

3. Take advantage of the extra time

The personal projects you’ve always wanted to start? The closet clean out you’ve been trying to do for months but kept saying  “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy”? Well, now’s the time! 

Putting your attention towards a new hobby or project is a great way to work on personal development while keeping your mind off the quarantine. It can be as simple as drinking more water or launching a new side hustle! The world, or all-the-extra-time-you-now-have-due-to-a-global- pandemic, is your oyster. 

4. Practice self-care

While maximizing your productivity is wonderful, prioritizing your mental and physical health is infinitely more important. The pandemic has caused an emotional rollercoaster and it’s okay to not feel like you’re performing at your best or making the most of your time. 

Staying at home is not a prison sentence, but it can be a staycation, a break for you to focus on yourself. 

If you’re looking for a way to keep track of your mental health, LivNao is developing an app just for you. It takes note of your Capacity, Energy, and Focus scores in order to gauge your overall productivity levels.

Want to learn more? Visit livnao.com.

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