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3 Struggles Only People Working from Home Understand

The lure of the bed can be tough to resist

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

When people hear that you work from home, more often than not, they will say: "Ang sarap naman ng buhay mo!" What they don't know is it can be really tough to work within the walls of your room. How can you focus if the TV is just an arm's reach away or if the bed looks oh so tempting?

How difficult is it to work from home? We've listed down three struggles that home-based workers are too familiar with:

The bed is calling me, inviting me to go to sleep again

What's wrong with another 10 minutes of shut-eye? What if you just work in the bed? It can be comfy and you will feel relaxed while working on reports!

What you can do: Don't let the comfy bed win over your deadlines! Set up a work desk in a quiet corner at home where you can focus and be productive. Consider placing the desk by the window so you can maximize natural light.

If a workspace in the bedroom is inevitable, create a functional corner that motivates you to work. Think about the soft pillows and crisp sheets as rewards once you finish your tasks.

Photo by Dakila Angeles.

I see food, and snacks, and lots of chips

When you're in the office, you need to go to the pantry to actually enjoy your food. This is not the case when you're at home! Food is very much accessible and you have the power to eat anywhere you like.

What you can do: Schedule your snacks and as much as possible, do not eat in the bedroom and work area. Doing so may leave these spaces messy and full of crumbs! You don't want to share these spaces with ants and cockroaches, right?

I have time in my hands

Working from home gives you "control" over time management. Since the home is cozy and very relaxing, you tend to forget how to work efficiently!

What you can do: Set a schedule and make sure you stick to it. Be productive and prioritize your tasks. Think about it this way: if you finish your work earlier, you have more time to watch movies and series. Plus, you get to enjoy your bed again!

Photo by Paolo Feliciano, Styling by Issa Villar and Tala Singson. Shot on location at Mobler. 

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