• Blog

    How to Stay Focused

    “Where was I again?”, I often ask myself this question after getting distracted. My attention span is very short. I find it hard to focus on almost everything. It quite gets annoying when I am often troubled by distractions. The more I am interrupted, the more I lose concentration. And when I get back… I have no idea where I left off.

    How do people manage to stay on track all day? We live in a world that is full of distractions. Like today, the stubborn me kicked in. Instead of working, I am doing rounds on my blog, trying to write my thoughts on how to focus. It is past 7 pm anyway.

    How does someone like me, who has a limited span, focus? Here is how I do it.

    Arrange My Workspace

    Keeping our workspace tidy has a huge impact on keeping our focus. A cluttered desk is distracting most of the time. What I do, before I begin to work, I make sure that all is tidy and within my reach: my food and drinks. So I do not have to stand up to get a food/drink in case I get hungry/thirsty.

    Create a Task List

    It became my habit to make a to-do list before I start to work, clock out, and go to bed. I list it based on their importance and due dates. Every time I slash out a task, I get motivated to finish everything.

    There are times I had to switch from one task to another. Switching tasks makes my brain stay alert sometimes. Oftentimes, it (multi-tasking) is not effective for me. More pending tasks are happening.

    Play Some Music

    Listening to music could calm my troubled mind and improve my performance. It even makes a boring task more fun.

    I listen to the classics: cellos and violins when I am feeling troubled. I switch to rock music when I am bored. When you see me wearing my headphones, I am either trying to focus or I am bored.

    Work Offline

    To be able to stay focused and get my work done ahead of time, I limit the use of my phone. I normally put it aside and focus on work. Notifications easily diverted me away from what I am doing. Switching it on silent mode can also make a big difference.

    Take Mental Breaks

    The best thing to do when you cannot focus anymore is to take short breaks. Taking a short break allows our mind to refresh or reset. Our brain is not capable of working full 3 hours straight. Here is why I have my hourly alarm set even though I am at work. I am training myself to focus on a task for 45 -50 minutes then 10 minutes computer-free break.

    When you see me stepping away from my desk stretching, I am taking my mental break seriously.

    Distractions are everywhere. Staying focused is not an easy task. Following these can be daunting at first, but with determination and dedication, we will improve our focus.

  • Blog

    How to Celebrate a Happy Birthday Alone

    Spending your birthday alone can make you feel desolated and miserable, but this is not a bad thing at all. With the current situation and majority of us are still in quarantine, there is nothing wrong going solo on our special day.

    So what if there is no one around on my birthday? It does not mean I cannot enjoy the special day alone. Even though my family and friends are miles away, there is no reason to celebrate birthday alone when there is technology. What is the use of video calls, anyway?

    Sometimes, we need to be alone. Not to be lonely, but to enjoy our time being ourselves. – Anonymous

    The best way to feel less solitary is by celebrating and having a great time. Our birthday comes only once a year, and we should not miss celebrating it even if we are alone. Whether it is birthdays or anniversaries, celebrations do not just stop during a worldwide pandemic. The pandemic took a great deal from us – our daily normal routine and even our jobs. Do not let it take our special day, as well.

    Here is how (I plan) to celebrate and enjoy (my) birthday alone while still being safe and healthy.

    Start the day by getting up early and giving thanks. There is no better way to start the day than a getting up early. This puts us in a good mood for the entire day. I am not a morning person, but I will try to wake up a little earlier on my birthday. I promise!

    Enliven my place like hosting a big party with birthday banners and inflatables a day before my birthday to get into party vibe. Waking up smiling, seeing your home decorated, is a pleasant feeling. For birthday banners and balloons, check happydayph at Shopee. I received my orders a day after I placed my orders. That fast!

    Watch a live broadcast of Mass. Since my birthday falls on a Sunday and public masses are still suspended, watching Mass online is one way of staying connected with the parish and the Church. Thanks God to technology!

    Treat myself with a delicious meal. Who does not love good food? For lunch, I will cook Pinaupong Manok, and for dinner, just Pesto Pasta. Or better, order via Grab Food/FoodPanda.

    What is a celebration without a cake? So what if no one is bringing me cake this time? I can get it at any rate. Buy that cake I have been looking forward to tasting. I love the Minimalist Cakes of Wadough’s and Aegyo Cakes. I could have secured a slot on my birthday if only I inquired earlier. All August slots are already taken as early as July. I still have Mary Grace Cheesecakes on my options, anyway.

    Binge a new series (not necessarily a new series) while having cocktails. I am planning to start watching “The 100″ on my birthday. I have not seen that post-apocalyptic fiction drama yet. There are lots of TV shows on Netflix. I bet it is well worth a watch for it is highly recommended by Netflix Community. And yes, having cocktails while binge watching.

    Lockdown is only temporary. When this is over, there will be a time to celebrate with our loved ones. Plan a great party or trip for when everything is over. Or just begin to think about next year’s party celebration.

    Before the clock meets 12, write about things I am thankful or anything that I would like to remember about my birthday in my journal.

    Missing my family and being sad on my birthday is really OKAY. I realize that it is not as bad as what others are dealing with. I know I am not alone in this fight.

  • Home/Living

    My Home Office Setup

    It has been five months since I have been working from home. I think there is no way we would get back to normal this soon. Only God knows. Though I have managed in the past months working on my bed, working 8-10 hours a day is really tiresome. I figured, after months into quarantine, that I should start investing on a home office to help me lessen the back pain I am starting to feel and be more productive. I was really hesitant to set up my home office; since I had to prioritize other things first. It is no joke to set up a home office especially in this kind of situation where your salary is reduced. Money does not grow on trees.

    Desk (San-Yang, P1,250), Ergonomic Chair (Ergodynamic, P1,069), Desk Lamp (Meebo , P499 ),
    Laptop Stand (Goojodoq, P580), Wireless Mouse (Logitech, P699)

    I put a lot of thought in finding the best and the cheapest that would fit for work, my finances and my studio unit. I live in a tiny studio unit, where the space is very limited. I have to make room for the desk and the chair.


    I have lots of options for office tables, but this one caught my eye. This is the most ideal work desk that covers a very minimal space. Perfect for my tiny unit. Aside from the very accessible price, I love that it has a foot rest and a sliding keyboard tray. Plus, it is easy to clean and move around.

    Ergonomic Chair

    A comfortable chair is the most essential piece for a home office. I chose a simple ergonomic chair so I could adjust the height and tilt the back rest to my liking. Sitting for long periods a day without proper back support can lead to discomfort. With this chair, I feel really comfortable and stable while working. It does come with a 30-day return policy and 3-month warranty on the mechanical parts.

    Desk Lamp c/w Bulb

    There are times that I choose to work at night. Fact: I prefer working at night. A well-lit workspace can brighten the room, and have a positive impact on my mood. I opted for a red desk lamp to add color on my boring desk and shed some light on my workspace.

    Laptop Stand

    A laptop stand elevates our laptop to perfect eye-level, based on our actual need, correcting our posture and minimizing neck fatigue and spinal problem. I makes work a lot easier. The design also offers greater ventilation and more airflow to cool the laptop and prevent from overheating and crashes.

    Wireless Mouse

    Completing my desk setup with a wireless mouse. Go wireless, if you want to get rid of unnecessary cords and clutter in your desk.

    I am happy with my home office setup. Putting together a home office setup can be tough. The journey was not easy but I gradually achieved the minimalist office home set up that I dreamed of. My desk made such a huge difference from working on the bed.

    Next on my list: Wireless keyboard, headphones/earbuds, gaming mat, digital desk clock, mobile phone stand, and cable organizer.