Home Offices: Five Tips and Techniques for Productivity When Working from Home

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“The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” –Stephen Covey

Today, with more and more freelancing careers and jobs available, more and more individuals have elected to work from home.

While it is true that a home office does not exactly afford you the conveniences of a conventional office, it allows you the unique leverage of being flexible with your own time. Unfortunately, this can be both bane and boon. After all, imagine working in a place where the bedroom is pretty much accessible all the time and where you might potentially get distracted from time to time. As a result, most individuals who work from home have faced the distinctive predicament of balancing their work productivity and their home life. It is precisely this dilemma that prevents some individuals from either, producing quality work or finishing all their tasks on time. With this in consideration, it is best to reconcile your work priorities (in conjunction with fixing your schedule) with your daily routine at home.

Indeed, working from home sounds like a dream, but it is not as easy as some think it to be. If you have ever decided on installing a home office—whether that may be in an empire east condo or elsewhere, here are some of the things you ought to keep in mind in staying productive:

1.) Keep your workspace and personal space separate

It has always been a well-regarded fact that you should separate your work life from your personal one. In the same regard, your workspace should not encroach your personal space and vice versa. Doing so will create a vicious cycle wherein you cannot distinguish one from the other which would be counterintuitive to your productivity endeavor. Watching Netflix while you are working is an easy avenue for distraction and your efficiency would suffer as a result. Allocating time to one or the other would be more difficult. With this in mind, ensure that you create an environment that has a boundary (either mentally or physically). Designate it for work and only allow items required for the completion of such to be there. This means you should probably not put a TV in and block all the streaming websites from your computer when it is work hours.

2.) Organize the clutter

Some people have found that they can work better amidst the clutter. In fact, it seems as if they have formed a unique affinity to it that they could not function without a semblance of disarray on their desks. However, even if you do love clutter, you should still consider organizing it. Apart from creating a more conducive work environment, it helps you locate your work essentials better. Purge your desk from all the things you do not need—this includes papers and documents that need recycling. Find homes for your pencils and pens and while we are at that, organize the files in your desktop as well.

3.) Get dressed for success

Even while you are working from home and not entertaining any clients otherwise, it would still be best if you got up and got dressed for success. Why? It puts you in the right mindset. If you persistently work from home wearing the clothes you slept in, then you are definitely doing it wrong. Make it a habit of waking up early and getting dressed as if you were heading to a meeting or working in an office. It helps you get your mind on track and have your gears set and ready for the day. After all, an integral aspect of ensuring that things get done is having the appropriate mindset for it.

4.) Designate working hours

To legitimately feel like you are working, designate working hours and do not just designate them for show, dedicate them to work tasks solely. In the time frame, you allow yourself to work, do not allow yourself to get waylaid by distractions and focus on the task at hand. Much like how an office sets working hours for their employees, so should you for yourself. If you are living with your spouse or children with you, ask them not to disturb you (save for emergencies) during your designated working hours. Lastly, do not cut time—especially if you are not yet done. Only allow yourself an early work dismissal if you are already done with everything you are supposed to do. Until then, work and focus.

5.) Ditch your phone

On designated working hours, put your phone away to minimize distractions. Having your phone with you means you welcome distractions—whether that may be from a call from an old friend or sending a Youtube video to your wife. In this regard, you do not have to work very hard not to be tempted. Moreover, having your phone with you means you can easily access social media websites such as Instagram and Facebook—a counterintuitive measure when it comes to productivity. Sure, you might argue that you can multitask, but you are only deluding yourself. You might be doing a myriad of things at once, but your mind can only ever focus on one thing. Furthermore, if you wish to produce quality work, it is better not to divide your attention and concentration.

Indeed, while working at home is akin to opening yourself up to a myriad of distractions, it is nonetheless possible. You can still be productive even when you are working from a makeshift office. However, it requires a little more commitment, discipline, and determination on your part. After all, as according to Robin S. Sharma, productivity is actually less about what you do with your time. But rather, more about how you run your mind. Integrate the tips above into your daily work routine, and you will see a significant improvement in your productivity. After all, you might just be working from home in a makeshift office, but that does not make the work required (and produced) any less real.

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Practical Living: Three Ways to Make Money off Your Homes

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“Successful people make money. It is not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do.”-Wayne Dyer

If you have been looking for a creative way to defray your monthly mortgage or utility bills, the answer might just be right in front of you. While you might have never thought of your home as a possible income earner, the world has come up with a multitude of ways you could actually earn by the side simply by taking advantage of what you already have.

After all, when it comes to making money, it is always best to squeeze cash out of things that you already do or already own. Presently, our home is considered one of the most underutilized pecuniary resource. Most individuals would not even regard it as a potential cash cow but rather one that needs constant spending. However, our houses do not merely have to be places of shelter where we live in; it can potentially generate cash and revenue. However, a word of warning though as apart from being creative, you also need to compromise for a bit. After all, earning a little money on the side would also require the appropriate sacrifice from you. So, whether you are living in an Avida Asten unit or elsewhere, here are some of the excellent ways you can take advantage and make money off your homes:

1.) Host a foreign exchange student

If you have a spare bedroom in your house, put it to good use by renting it out to foreign exchange students. Apart from getting a paycheck by the end of each month, you would also be hosting interesting house guests who would potentially become your friends. You can even jack up the price a bit if you are willing to provide them meals, do their laundry, give them rides and a private bathroom. As arrangements are normally short term, you do not have to worry about giving up the spare bedroom in your homes for far too long. However, if this is the type of commitment you cannot see yourself doing, you might as well give it a test drive by listing your homes for short-term rentals such as in Airbnb and host travelers while they are visiting your country.

2.) Board pets

If you have a natural affinity for our four-footed friends, then you can put that bit of extra space in your homes to good use. Consider boarding pets in your home when their owners have somewhere else to be during the day. In turn, you would look after them until such time that their owners would come back. Simply build a traditional kennel in your backyard and have a list of the services you wish to offer. Your fees can depend on the type of pet you have to sit for. Think of it as an animal day care where if you get enough reviews, you can even expand it to grooming and pet walking.

3.) Rent out your shed

It does not necessarily have to be your shed. It can be your attic, your garage or even your basement so long as the available space is inhabitable and unoccupied. This can serve as your primary motivation in cleaning out the clutter you have accumulated over the years as well. Not only would this space be cleaner and clutter-free, but someone would also be willing to pay you just to live in it. You can even convert all that extra junk you have cleaned up into cash by hosting a yard sale. After you have spruced up, measure the space, install some necessary furnishings, snap some photos and then list it online. You can designate it either as a storage rental space or bedroom spacer—whichever you prefer.

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Top 8 “Roommate-Night” Ideas

 

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There will always be fun when living with a roommate. Agree? Of course, having a roommate is also one of the many ways you can enjoy life living together. Especially when you need something, your roommate can be a big help to you. However, there are just times that it gets boring, especially when you do not have anything to do together. And sometimes, this will also lead to misunderstandings. Generally, it does not matter if you both are living in a condo in Taguig or any other real estate in the Philippines, you can definitely have fun with your roommates.

Although there are just times that you and your roommate have different likes and dislikes in life, then perhaps you might agree on some other things that can also give you fun and excitement doing things together. Well, to give you some ideas, you might want to do these things below to have more fun with your roommates.

1. Cook a fancy meal together

Who would reject food? Right? Perhaps, you can make your favorite dish together at home. Let your roommate taste the especially dish that you really want to have. Who knows, you can also learn new recipes from your roommate.

2. Rent a new or old movie, popcorn and relax at home

Yes, you can go together in cinemas. But there is nothing like watching movies together at home. You do not just watch movies, you also got the chance to bond more with them. Moreover, this will also give you a homey and relaxing feeling at home.

3. Take a walk around your complex or at a park nearby

If you both have free time, why don’t you try walking together around your complex or at a park nearby? This is the chance for you to know more about your roommate. Of course, you can find a good timing to share your experiences in life. Who know, you both share the same sentiments on one thing, right?

4. Hit the gym together (this helps, accountability, too!)

If you are a kind of person who is a health conscious, then why don’t you try hitting the gym together with your roommate? Perhaps, this is the time for you to introduce to him or her and effective way of losing or gaining weight, or simply for fitness purposes.

5. Try a local restaurant

If you are into food trips, you should both try going to a local restaurant together. It does not need to be that expensive enough to eat your favorite meal. Well, if you are happy enough eating together with your roommate, then it would be a great thing to have.

6. Play loud music and clean your home

If you happen to be free from work or in school together, why don’t you try playing loud music and clean your home? With this, cleaning your home would not be that boring for you. Of course, you have your roommate clean together with you which makes the tasks done faster.

7. Visit thrift shops and go shopping

This is also one of the many ways to bond with your roommate. When you both have free time, you can definitely go visit thrift shops and go shopping. Perhaps, you can find things that would match your tastes. Well, you can both agree on buying a particular thing for your home.

8. Take a yoga or fitness class

Aside from going to a gym, you can also take a yoga or a fitness class. With this, you will be able to relax more with it. Also, you do not just take some exercises, this is also one of the many ways where you can bond with your roommate together.

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Steps to Hosting a Housewarming Party After Your Move

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Moving into a new neighborhood can be daunting and can cause you a lot of stress. The new environment, the new home you are living in, the new people who are your neighbors—these are all factors that would contribute to how good or bad your experience in that particular neighborhood will be in the future. One way to make sure you would be settled will into your new community is to make sure you befriend your neighbors and introduce yourselves to them as you will be spending time in close proximity to each other and in cases of condominium units, you would only be a wall away from each other.

Though throwing a housewarming party after your move may be the last thing you want to do, and can be a little bit intimidating, this is the best way to introduce yourself to the neighbors and an avenue to make potential friends that are within your vicinity. Regardless of whether you are billeted in park point residences or 1016 residences, it is important to get to know your community and make some friends. Keep the affair simple so that you would not have to stress about the cleanup after. Your guests are not expecting anything lavish either as they are aware that you have only just settled in.

1.) Keep it simple

The first step to a successful housewarming party is to decide who would be invited to the affair. Would this be a party exclusive to the adults? Or should kids be included? Another thing to consider is to keep things simple and not too fancy. The best time to host a housewarming party is probably in the afternoon where you can simply serve snacks and cocktails instead of a full course dinner during the evening.

2.) Easy snacks

It is a good idea to know and decide what you should serve before deciding on a time. Go with a snack that is appropriate to your chosen theme and time. To make sure that efforts and plans are kept to a minimum, go for an afternoon tea which would be served after lunch or an evening cocktail soiree after dinner. It does not take much to serve a few finger foods, some hor d’ oeuvres, cocktail drinks, tea, and juice.

3.) Tidy up

You want to make a good impression on your neighbors so make sure that your house is spruced up and ready for entertaining guests. Having just settled in and moved is no excuse– simply cleaning your home before you have moved in or unpacked should be an easy feat to do. You do not need to make sure that every nook and cranny of your home is spotless, just make sure it is clean and tidy enough to welcome guests.

4.) Arrange the party area

Seeing as you have only settled in, there will be places in your home where you cannot accommodate guests for the meantime. So, with this in mind, arrange a place that already has a semblance of what it should look like after you are done unpacking and designate that as the party area where the food will be served. Make sure this place is thoroughly clean and is a good place for your guests to relax and converse with each other.

5.) Relax

Do not be too wound up about making your party a success or impressing your new neighbors. Instead, relax and strike up a conversation with them. As this is your first time in meeting them, make sure you allow for enough time to get ready before their arrival. Keep everything casual and mingle with them. Make sure the overall atmosphere is welcoming that breeds camaraderie and before the affair ends, you will have made potential neighborhood chums.

 

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Having Unexpected Guests? Here’s How to Fake a Clean House

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Ok, let’s admit! Cleaning can sometimes be a hassle on our part. Especially when you are too busy with your work or in your school, cleaning is one of the least tasks you want to do. But what if an old friend would pay you a surprise visit? What will you do? Perhaps, all you think about faking a clean home, right? In just 5-20 minutes, you can give an illusion to your visitor that your home is clean. Well, that may be the perks of being smart when it comes to home cleaning hacks, right?

While other people would prefer a deep clean, but for some people who don’t have the luxury of time to clean their home, you can refer to these simple tips below. And whether you are living in 1016 residences or any other properties, you can definitely achieve a clean home. Here’s how:

Entry way

As we all know, the first thing that our guest will see or notice is our entry way. That means, you should take necessary measure when it comes to cleaning it. Remove any clutter and make sure that the place is not dusty and dirty.

Odor control

Bad odor is definitely a no-no! This doesn’t just turn your visitors off, but it will also reflect of you who and what you are. Perhaps, that foul smell came from the waste of your pet, a spoiled food from your fridge, or dishes that are not immediately washed that lingers in your house. why don’t you spray some of your favorite air freshener to remove any unpleasant smell? You can turn on the fan and open your windows to let the smell go away. This is also one way to get the stale air moving.

Clutter control

It is undeniable that we may have things that are scattered anywhere in our house. Perhaps, you hung your clothes on the chair yesterday and you forget to put it back on your closet. And mind you, there’s nothing messier than clutter. Well, just grab a laundry basket, a sack or any other storage available at home and begin to gather your things. Don’t worry about where you should put that particular thing. Just let your things out of sight until after your guests leave.

Living room

One of the important things you should consider to clean is your living room. It is where you will be sitting and visiting the most. And since you’re done making the place good and you’ve already removed the clutter, the next thing you can do is to focus on tidying the surfaces. If there are anything that needs to put away, then you better have it right after decluttering the living room. Or perhaps, you can think about what you can put to make it more attractive to look at.

Bathroom

Your bathroom should always be ready to use whenever your guest needs to use it. And in order for you to achieve such, you should clean your bathroom with a disinfecting wipe or a cleaning cloth and all-purpose spray. Quickly remove all the clutter, change the trash and wipe the down the mirror. Moreover, you should not forget about the hand soap, a hand towel and toilet paper always in ready for use.

Freshen yourself

It is a normal thing to do to freshen up yourself whenever you have visitors coming to your house. Yes, your guests will generally examine how clean your house is. But they will most likely spend more time looking at you than at your house. That is why, you have to make sure that you are presentable enough whenever you meet them. Of course, this goes without saying.

 

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Inviting Friends for a Sleepover? Here’s What to Consider!

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Summer is almost near. And one of the fun and exciting things we want to do during these times is inviting friends for a sleepover. Who would not want to have fun? It doesn’t matter where we live to be it in Alveo Land Manila or any other real estate in the Philippines, you can definitely have a fun sleepover with your friends. Well, it should not be that hard to invite them for as long as you know the dos and don’t of a sleepover.

You can’t invite friends to sleep in your home if you don’t have any idea at all what really is a sleepover. Basically, a sleepover is spending the night away from home or having guests to spend the night in your home. Of course, if you are planning to invite your friends over, then you might want to consider some things for you to have fun.

Where can they sleep?

This is one of the important things you should consider before inviting them over. Of course, they are spending the night in your home. That means, there must be a place where they can comfortably sleep. Well, if you are one of those people who don’t have any extra room for them, then you might consider having a comfortable space at home where they can sleep. Don’t let them sleep anywhere. And don’t forget the comfy pillows and blankets, they need it.

What about privacy?

When we talk about a sleepover, you can expect guests who are really concern about their privacy. Of course, this is also one of the things you should not forget to consider. If you think that there is no room for them to change their clothes, or if your home is open for everybody, then you might not be capable of inviting them for a sleepover. There are things your friends or guests value privacy, especially when taking a shower of course.

What transportation is available?

If you think that your home is too far for them, then you might think twice before inviting them. Unless if they are ok with it and have a private car, then thinking about where and how to get into your place might be hard on their part. Of course, you don’t want to make your friends or guests inconvenience when it comes to going to your place, right? However, if you really want to invite them over to your home, then you might as well think of a way where they can be to their convenience. Think about what transportation they can have to make it easier for them to find your home.

What food should I offer?

A sleepover will never be complete when there is no food available, right? There must be. If you are not planning to eat dinner at home, at least, you have some snacks where you can offer it to them. They are your guests, don’t let them starve when they feel hungry. Make them feel they are still at their home and can eat whatever and whenever they can. Well, a full fridge would be advisable for you to have. This is also one way to make them enjoy their stay.

Can I handle this person 24-7 for the amount of time?

Basically, when you invite friends over your home, they are your responsibility. It is your duty to make sure that they will have a good stay. They will not have any problems in going and finding your home, they should not feel hungry, there should be board games or any other games that you can think of, and a comfy room where they can have a good night sleep. Of course, you should consider all of these things. However, if you think that you cannot handle them, then you might not be capable in inviting your friends for a sleepover. Well, there will always be next times when you are now ready.

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Valentine Activities You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Do At Home

Valentine’s Day is one of the most awaited days for most couples or lovers. This is the time when they can express their love for one another than any other ordinary days. But celebrating Valentine’s is not just about going to a fancy restaurant, or book a hotel room. Whether you both live in Abreeza Residences or any other real estate properties, you can still have a wonderful day and night with your partner.

Sad to say, not all of us know what awesome things or activities they can do at home. As a result, they tend to have higher expenses every Valentine’s Day. However, if you are just creative enough when thinking about what you can do to make it a fun and exciting activity, then you definitely can have a memorable day.

Of course, Valentine’s Day should not always be expensive. It’s not about money; it’s the thought that counts. So, whatever you do for as long as you do it by heart, then it’s definitely a good thing. Well, for those couples who are still thinking about what to do, below are some ideas you can get for you to do this upcoming special day.

1. Go half and half on the night

If you’re planning to have a dinner at home, you can go for half and half. That means you can have first the meal on the half of the night, and a dessert for the other half. You don’t have to do it all at once. Moreover, this is also one way to enjoy your dinner.

2. Have an 80’s love movie marathon

Modern day movies are a cliché, but if you are into lovey-dovey, or cheesy and all, then try watching 80’s love movies. It would be a perfect ingredient to set the mode of the night. Of course, it’s not just about all those cheesiness, but you can also get a good moral when it comes to handling love for each other.

3. Cook dinner together

For some, this is one of the most fun parts when preparing for your night. Of course, you’re both cooking for each other. The more hands-on you are, the more you can feel that one is trying and giving their best effort just to make the night a memorable night ever.

4. Have a Valentine’s breakfast

Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t just happen during night time. You can have the celebration as early as the morning. You can cook your love one pancake and tea or coffee, or you can have a meal for breakfast. It’s all up to you. With that, you’re already setting a romantic mode early morning.

5. Game night

 

Of course, Valentine’s Day is also not about romantic mode. You can also have fun first by playing games. Well, it doesn’t have to be a hassle game where you will run and jump. You can have board games or card games. At least with that, you’re setting a fun and exciting mode for both of you.

6. Have an indoor picnic

One of the most exciting parts of the night is the food. Of course, you get to taste the delicious food your partner made just for you. Well, if you don’t know anything about cooking or baking, then you can definitely look at the recipe book for guidance.

7. Have an “I’ve been dying to see this” movie marathon

We all have this thing that we really want to do or see. However, there’s no time or you can’t think of a way to find or do such thing. That is why this is also the chance for you to surprise him/her about the things they really want to see for a long time. With this, they will like you even more.

8. Cocktail Vs. Dessert: Make Both!

If you both can’t decide which of the two you want to have, then why not make a cocktail and a dessert. With that, you don’t have to make some dilemma on which is better. Moreover, you have more choices rather than having just a dessert or a cocktail. Why not enjoy both?!