Staying Focused Working from Home During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak


As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, it’s affecting our communities in different ways. Companies and governments are recommending remote work, and for many of us, this is a new way to work.

Working from home can be difficult. There are a lot of things that can keep you distracted, and going to places where you might be able to focus better, like coffee shops, can be dangerous right now because a lot of people tend to congregate there. Without further ado, here are our tips:


1. Stay focused using project management apps

Using a project management app like Trello or Asana will help you stay on top of the things you need to get done during your day and over the course of the week.


2. Take advantage of breaks

One of the best (and worst) things about working from home is that you can take breaks and do what you want! Take advantage of this and take breaks that can help you refocus. Walk around, stretch, do some yoga, or meditate! These things help you refocus the mind.


3. Try to limit distractions with the Pomodoro technique

A bit of a blast from the past for those of you who used to do this in college! Often, you can find yourself drifting… Landing up on YouTube or Netflix when you should be working! That can happen, and it’s okay–we all get distracted. Personally, I alt-tabbed to YouTube three times while writing this post (oops…) BUT! You can fix it! Use the Pomodoro technique, and force yourself to work for 25 straight minutes–no distractions. Then, reward yourself with a 5-minute break. 5 or 6 Pomodoros later, take a longer break!


4. Exercise!

Another way to take a break is to exercise! You can do some indoor exercise near your desk (think planks, push-ups, sit-ups, squats) to get your heart going and refocus the mind.


5. Try to limit your need to go outside

You can use apps like Wing, or delivery apps like Postmates, Seamless, DoorDash, Grubhub, etc. to get food and other needs delivered. Still, be careful doing this since it’s probably safer to use clean resources you’ve prepared yourself.


We want to add: Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. You can track the geographic spread of the COVID-19 here.

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