8 Tips on How to Work "Effectively" from Home

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of companies are now implementing the Work From Home (WFH) scheme. I've been working from home for more than two months now. Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented, I was blessed enough to have resources to be able to work on the comfort of our home.

To be able to work and able to earn money during this time of uncertainty, I am beyond grateful. As a return even though I am working remotely full-time because of a health situation it’s important to ensure that I am set up to be productive.

As I am getting used to working from home, here are the tips that helped me to work from home productively and efficiently.

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1. Get a good night sleep

This is the thing that most of us, even I neglecting. Go to bed and wake up at a consistent time helped me to be more motivated  the next day.  I am getting used to sleep around 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM and wake up at 5:00 in the morning. In that way, I have sufficient time to get ready for work the next day.

2. Start your day with a clear head/mind

Do something for yourself at the start of the day. The last thing that we want to do is to go straight to work after waking up. Have a morning routine solely focused on yourself. I do stretches and workout if possible every morning ( I am  joining the Chloe Ting challenge bandwagon). I always make a point to eat breakfast and drink some tea or coffee depends on the mood.

3. Get ready for the day

This is in conjunction with point number two. For me, it is important to get yourself ready for work. It will help you get in the right headspace for work. It can be as simple as taking a bath and wearing comfortable clothes.

4. Have a dedicated workspace

Having a separate workspace is essential for working from home. It separates from  the "work  mode" to "chill mode".  Have a mini table and set it up as your work station, if not possible you may use the dining table. If the only option is your bed, what I can  suggest is to sit perpendicular to your sleeping positions. 

5. Write a to-do list / Have a work schedule

This depends on the type of the work that you have. If you have a 9 to 5 job, you should stick your work schedule like I do. On  the other hand, if you are a freelancer, it would be really helpful if you have a to - do list of the things that needs to be accomplished for you to be organized and get things done.

6. Focus one thing at a time

I know multi-tasking is important, however if you want to have more things to be done you need to focus one thing at a time. This will reduce errors and confusions. If you are doing your task simultaneously the tendency is your mind is jumping all over the place and will be hard to refocus.

7. Minimize distractions

Be self aware of the distractions that is around you while working. I cannot say to remove the distractions because that is inevitable, so the best thing to do is to be aware and if possible minimize it. If you are easily distracted with your phone, try to put it far from your workstation. It is important to let your family know your set up. Tell them if there is a need to minimize their voices that really help to avoid distractions.

8 . Take a break

Taking a break if the things go out of hand is important. Having a dedicated schedule for your lunch break and short breaks helps to prevent burnout. I also suggest is to stand and do some stretches if you are sitting for a long period of time.

These  are the tips that are really helpful for me to work from home effectively. This might sound simple but believe me, this is easier said than done.

How about you, are you also working from home? What are your other tips to be more efficient? Let me know on the comment section below.

Extra special Mother’s Day at home with The Manila Hotel

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Clockwise from bottom: Mango Cheesecake, Ohaina Chocolate Gateau, Opera Cake, Trio of Chocolate Mousse

Mother’s Day is a yearly reminder to cherish our relationship with our moms. Given this year’s unique circumstances, many of us will be celebrating this special day at home or even away from the special women in our lives—mom, grandmas, and aunts. Still, even when fancy dinners are impossible, Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be canceled. With some creativity and preparation, you can still give the most special woman in your life the Mother’s Day she deserves.

The Manila Hotel pulls all the stops for you to still be able to give her a memorable Mother’s Day. This home celebration will have a five-star hotel feel and The Manila Hotel will make sure it gets close to a real feast. 

The Manila Hotel’s Mother’s Day Surprise gives you discounts when you choose to order the food-and-cake bundle and pay online on or before May 8, 2020 (Friday). You may choose items from the A La Carte Menu or Home Buffet sets (Filipino, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese favorites, as well as Certified Halal items) and get a 20% discount on your food bill, and a 10% discount on the cake of your choice. 

Because mothers deserve the only the best, you can choose from our awesome selection: our decadent Opera Cake; Ohaina Chocolate Gateau, a Lifestyle Inquirer Best Dessert Winner; the mouthwatering Trio of Chocolate Mousse, and our amazing Mango Cheesecake. 

To order or for more information, please call 8527 0011 or message 0998-9501912. 

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So, how will you celebrate the Mother's Day? Let me know on the comments below.

Fall In Love With Yourself Again? Here's how

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Do you feel like sometimes you are not good and capable enough? Do you feel that everything that you do results in failure? Have you ever wondered what life would be like if  you could learn how to love yourself again?

When I decided to change my attitude and mindset, I fell in love with life again. Not only that it helped my mental health, but it also allowed me to pursue my passions. Today I want to share with you the 8 ways to love yourself.

• Know your worth

We might think that love needs something to be earned and work for. We always feel that pressure to perform and meet their expectations to feel loved and accepted by others.We should realize that it’s far more fulfilling to love and appreciate ourselves for who we are. We need to love ourselves and know our worth first before loving others.

• Stop the comparison game

It’s so easy to compare yourself to others without even realizing that you are. Comparison steals your peace of mind and happiness. It fills our mind with self doubt. We will start to ask ourselves that we are not good enough when in fact we really are.

I want you to remember that, we don’t walk on the same path, their Chapter 25 is way different from our first chapter. Work your butt off and always put our best foot forward in everything that we do.

• Do the things that you love

You love to sing? Sing your heart out. You love to dance? Dance till you drop. You love to paint? Paint that masterpiece. Start doing things that we are passionate about. Now that we are older it’s harder to make time to do and do things that you love. I believe that doing things that ignites your passion will help you to be more motivated and productive. 

• Mindset change

I have that darkest mindset that you can think of. I felt that I didn't have a real purpose. I always think the worst in every situation. As I became aware that those limiting beliefs hindered on fueling my passion, I did my best to think positively, and always looked on the bright side of things. Believing in myself and in my abilities was a complete game changer. I was able to show off and share to everyone the things that I am passionate about.

Positive affirmation also helps in cultivating a positive mindset. Here are some of of my favorite positive affirmations:

• I am worthy
• I am doing my best
• Struggle doesn't last forever
• I only fail if I quit
• I am capable of reaching greatness

• Live at the present moment

Stop living in the past and start living in the now. This is an important advice. Too many of us are focused on everything that we did “wrong” in our past and let that stop us from living in the present. Past is past, you've may done bad things or made wrong decisions but there's no turning back. What we can do is to learn from those mistakes from the past to avoid doing these on the present.

They say, if you keep thinking about the past, you are stressed and if you keep thinking of the future, you are anxious.

• Know your WHY | Finding your purpose

When you know the purpose of your life, you tend to live a more meaningful existence than those who don’t. You tend to live each day to the fullest, because you know who you are, where you’re coming from, and where you’re going.

We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it

How can we better identify and express our why?  Begin by answering these basic questions:
What do we do?
How do we do it?
For whom do we do it?
Why do we do it? 
Once you answer these questions you will notice that you have a clearer direction in your life.

Self acceptance and starting accepting  your flaws

It's time to accept the fact that no one judge you more than you judge yourself. This means that you need to accept who you are and not who you think you're supposed to be. This also means that you need to accept everything about yourself - good or bad. 

Always remember as cliche as it sounds that "nobody is perfect", we commit mistakes we cannot undo it but we can learn from it.


Gratitude starts with looking or noticing the goodness in life. Have a gratitude journal or use the Notes app on your phone. List three things that you are grateful for everyday. Once this habit has been established you will notice how it will turn your life 360 degrees.


All of these tips are easier said than done. I am not encouraging you to do all of it at the same time. Follow your intuition and do it at  your own pace. 

Disclaimer: I am not an expert, I am not a therapist nor a coach. I just read a lot of self-help books, listened to motivational podcasts and watched tons of self- development videos that helped me to change my attitude and mindset. I am still a work in progress and I want to share my journey with you.