Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults.
What Plants are in your Working Space?
Snake Plants are natural air purifier and it releases oxygen at night! And they don’t need much of your attention. So, if you are a busy person and has no time to take care of plants as needed you can just put this plant anywhere and it can survived with little care.
2. Lemon Grass
If mosquitoes are disturbing your productivity and you are sensitive to the smell of mosquitoes. Lemongrass are a natural insect repellent and can sway that mosquitoes itchiness while you are working. In fact, lemongrass has been used in many therapeutic oils. I also love its menthol-like smell. It feels refreshing to me.
My Brother Printer – J105 colors are not printing? After doing all the automatic cleaning through your printer’s options or checking the settings of the printer. If your brother printer was still not printing colors. It could print black but the colors were not showing. The problem might be clogged print heads. The solution is to clean up the clogged print heads.
How to clean a clogged printer head?
A syringe with needle.
Take all the cartridge from the printer then try to insert your syringe to check the hole then flush an air to the small wholes of the printer head by pushing your syringe.
Make your cleaning solution: 30% alcohol and 70% distilled water. Fill the container with your cleaning solution, one container for each color. One cleaning solution in a container for your magenta, yellow, blue, purple, and black.
Designate one syringe for each color to avoid mixing of colors when you do the cleaning. You may also use only one syringe but it would be time-consuming to clean a single syringe every after cleaning each color printer head. Because cleaning the clogged will not take only a few times. You might need you to do more than 3 times until it works.
Take your syringe fill it with cleaning solution as much as you can then insert it to the hole then flush. Follow the procedure for other colors.
Try printing then do automatic cleaning. If it is still not working do #4 and #5 until the color shows up. This may take time but it will work if the problem is really clogged printer head!
Managing tasks with various team members from different places in this world are difficult. I sometimes wonder how my clients do manage their teams and I came across Asana. Many of my clients use this tool to manage their teams and projects. Since I am serving multiple clients and working with a team who are also working at the comfort of their homes. I tried using Asana for our team projects and my team goals. I love using it because it can organize a large number of projects and teams. Putting some colors on the task and movable boards are relaxing from being preoccupied with multiple tasks. I feel organized when putting all my tasks in Asana and assigning team members on each task which enables me to see the progress of the task from the beginning of the process to the delivery according to the due date set.
Since many business owners have their employees work online, schools doing online classes, teachers who have a lot of projects. Asana is not just for businesses with teams working at their own working space but I believe this is also one great tool for schools who are doing online classes and teachers too, or even for individual who wants to organize their tasks.
I will walk you through some great features of Asana which I enjoyed using. For the first time users these are the answers to your questions:
Yes, there is a free account that I am using. The free account can let you invite up to 15 members. If you have more than 15 members you can upgrade your membership.
2. How to set up an Asana Account?
Making an Asana account is just easy. Just have an email address. If you are working with documents I prefer you to make a Gmail account since google documents can easily collaborate with Asana. But any email would do.
Then go to Asana.com login through your email account or you can sign up using your email account.
3. How to use Asana?
This is how your Asana looks like once you have created your projects. You have the project name and the people assigned to do the task. The date the task should be closed is also clickable. The sample below defaults to a “board view”. I love the board view because I wanted to move the board through the process until we deliver the project which I named “well done”.
4. How to create projects in Asana?
After signing in, you can create your team name and invite people to the team in your Asana.
At the top right most of the Asana page click on your profile picture < more < Create New Workspace. You can click on share if you wanted to share the whole project to a team member but only click invite if you only want a specific person to see his specific task. Please check below more about inviting people to your Asana.
Then you can see many options and one of them is the New project. Click on the new project.
Fill in your “Project Name”. Choose what is your Default view it could be List or Board. Choose the privacy of the projects, if it is for the team to be viewed or private to me.
This is how the “Board” view looks like in Asana. For this sample, the project name is 42WM20..
“To Do” ( the details can be seen in #7 below) is the first step of the task when it is “In progress ” you can move the board to “In progress” when it is done, move the board to “Well Done”. You can customize your process by clicking on “add column”. When you invite a team member after he is done with the task he can also move from in progress to well done. Click complete is he is done as well.
This is how the “List” view looks like.
42WM20 is the project name.
Task 1 -twitter#pt – Personal Trainer in the UK is the task details assigned to Mae then the due date.
5. How to send invite to my project board in Asana?
You can send an invite by clicking on the invite teammates via email for them to see their tasks. They can only see the task to where you have invited them unless you have invited them to your team Asana.
6. How to invite a team member to see the whole team projects?
You can also send invite to your Asana team board by just clicking on ” Invite to Asana” at the bottom leftmost corner of your Asana page. Take note the person you have invited should also make an Asana account.
After adding a task you can click on the board and it will show you options that can help you elaborate the details of the task. You can attach the word, excel, or video file and where the team can make comments on the task.
Asana is a productivity tool specifically designed to improve team collaboration and work management. Whether you’re a project lead, sales manager, business owner, teacher or even students working in team task and projects can benefit from it and yes its free. Mobile asana app is available in both ios and android.
7 Steps to Living at your Full Potential by Joel Osteen was a perfect book into knowing about what God has in store for us. I have read books about positive thinking, but I felt something was missing. When I happened to read cover by cover about this book written by Joel Osteen, I found the book very interesting. It was about the integration of being positive and being faithful to God – are the way to achieve our dreams or live at our full potentials. It filled that missing part I felt when I knew about positive thinking. Finally, it helped me understand that being positive was not the only way to achieve my dreams. Through this book
How to boost your motivation to work when your office is just your home?
When you are working at home it limits your interaction with people. According to Upwork, this has been one of the issues that freelancers were raising – the challenges of social interaction. It could be boring to stay in the four corners of your working space when you cannot go out because of the corona-virus – going out has been your way to break free from having been working at home. It is usual for you to be working at home but could be stressful feeling that you are doing things all over again in the same room and meeting the same people in the house. Thus, it could affect your motivation to work.
Here are the Top 10 ways to motivate oneself to work when you are working at home in these times of social distancing.
Praying is one great way to get back motivated to work. It gives you more strength and wisdom and bring back your grace to work. Praying can renew your soul and reboot your positive energy and of course knowing that there is someone powerful that will help you through and that is your God!
Here are few bible verse to boost your motivation.
1 Chronicles 28:20 – David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Put some plants in your working table or position your working table near to the window where you can see green.
According to a study published by ACS publications, the color green can reduce physiological stress, restore attention, enhanced immune function, and can help someone feel connected socially.
Include in your weekly goal the time to exercise or revitalized with physical movement. Working at home may lead you to sit for about 8-12 hours a day. It is very important to have in your to-do list, your time to exercise. You can still do an exercise even with some precautions of social distancing. Exercising at home is still possible.
Youtube have different exercise guides that works for you. Walking exercise is also wonderful to move around in your house Check here
According to a study when we do exercise our body released endorphins which are also called happy hormones.
4. Talk to people in the house.
Talk to people in your house – to your kids, parents, or spend time talking with your husband of anything. It is one great way to divert your mind into matters which are out from your working space. It can help you relate to what is going on with other people or laugh around with others.
According to Medical News Today deeper communication with others has a positive impact on happiness and well being.
5. Listen to music.
Music has frequencies that can trigger our emotions. Our body is composed of 70% water which can vibrate sound frequencies in other parts of our body then give a positive or negative impact to your emotions. For this reason, it is very important that you should know about the kind of music you are listening to.
According to Scientific Report, heroic music can have a good impact on motivation and constructiveness.
Working at home hooked you up of being responsible about your time and output. You tend to always think of delivery and getting more clients which sometimes hinders you to do what you wanted at a certain time. Your work is more important than anything else.
Break free sometimes, do something relaxing even if it does not cost money. You sing, play around, do some planting, cooking, cleaning the house, or sit and breath fresh air!
Break free sometimes, do something relaxing even if it does not cost money.
6. Eat healthy.
Our health is our source of wealth. The food that we eat can also impact our mental health. Here are the food that can boost your motivation.
Food boost motivation: Salmon, berries, eggs, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados, water, brown rice and mussels.
7. Set your weekly goal and imprint the output.
Some tools are available to help manage your output and things to do. Trello and Asana are one great tool to move around and check what has been going on with your tasks. Update and move the board when you accomplish something.
You can also write your goals and to-do list in the journal. A wonderful leeway of using computers. Making use of the old tools – the pen and the journal. Doing work-related activities with the use of tools which you have an emotional connection – is a great way to reboot your motivation.
Sticky notes and boards are fun to use too. Write down your goals and stick it to the board where you can move around like Trello. Make a unique stairway to your goals on a daily or weekly basis. Get motivated checking on what you have accomplished at the end of the day or week to meeting your long term goal. You can also write some motivational quotes and stick them to the wall.
8. Sleep well setting aside the worries from your home working space.
Reboot by sleeping well. You may be struggling with separating work from your home because you are already working at home. Your bed may be just next to your working space. So, you sleep when you are tired of working and wake up working again.
Train your mind to forget work when you are going to sleep. Listen to music that will help you sleep well or watch a happy movie before you sleep so that the last thoughts you have before sleeping, is not the output you need to accomplish- it is the new exciting thing you did before you go to bed. So, when you wake up, go back to the goals you have set up before the week starts.
Knowing your great purpose of doing something is the core motivation to move forward and be productive in anything you do.
We get motivated to move because we have a purpose.
Write down your purpose or meditate it.
10. A moment of silence.
Be quiet with yourself! A moment of silence within yourself. You got to be mindful of your thoughts, your feeling, and your goals. Then try to meditate what you want to happen. Affirm yourself with positive self-talk and prayers.
Gaining weight is too easy but losing weight needs us to sweat out!
I was 59-60kgs when the year started! I was challenged to lose weight when I could not use my old pants and clothes!
Sharing you the tools that motivate me to stand up and do an exercise at home only! Again at home only – because we need to “stay home”. This coronavirus is challenging our fitness habit :-).
Now I am 57kgs, still trying to push harder since I wanted to hit 54kgs.
Here are my exercise motivation trigger tools:
I put a mirror on my working table to see how my looks are going. Oh, when I see those little fats on it. I always talk to myself – I can look better than this. I need to lose weight! Aja kudasay!
2. Weighing Scale
The weighing scale is very important it helps me to be mindful of my weight and my eating habit. It’s easy to gain weight but difficult to lose weight. It needs you to move your body and burn some fats. I was not successful in doing it every day yet trying to at least do thrice a week – better than nothing at all.
I feel threatened when my weight reaches 58kgs. So, I do check my weight often.
3. Fitness Smartwatch
My husband gave me a fitness smartwatch. It helped me a lot. I had a good exercise habit when I first had it, January this year. In fact, after a month I reached 55kgs. But, I went out of my way when the coronavirus spiked.
I learned that If I make 4000 walks a day, I can burn about 200 calories which is equivalent to a cup of rice. I can reach that 8000 walks a day when I first had my smartwatch! Oh, I need to do it again these months. 🙂
You gotta sit all day and have some food while working! 🙂 We must watch this when we are working at home.
Now, I am trying again to reach my goal of 54kgs after two months. I am counting Day 1 for this.
It’s almost April classes are soon to end. My kids have been counting the days for their father’s coming home. It’s Songkran in Thailand and with these holidays my husband could have a break from work and spend time with us. Either we go to Thailand to visit him or him going home to the Philippines! Kids have been counting the days! Excited for their microscopes and even praying every night for their tatay’s coming home.
Tickets were booked for April and suddenly “Corona Invasion” (my kids usually call it).
My husband and I decided to rebook his ticket instead of risking one’s health to Corona’s threat while traveling.
Before we slept our eldest Siam leads the prayer.
Lord please make corona a small spread Lord. Protect my tatay when he travels Lord- going home Lord and so on..
After the prayer, I told him what if tatay cannot go home in April?
Our youngest son said – I will be sad.
Siam: hmmm my microscope… and crying! Tatay! Tatay!
Me: Explaining about the corona
Siam: I hate Corona! I hate Corona! Tatay, tatay! I want tatay to go home…
And I noticed his tears were not just because of a microscope but he already missed his father and was disappointed because he’s not gonna go home soon.
I then told him that in July he is going home. Siam did not stop crying! It is so dugay, he said. December is longer! my response. I let him cry while my tears just fell on its own until we all fell asleep.
Praying that soon this will end! Corona will vanish and we could all live our normal lives.
Do I worry about my husband? Yes, of course, because he is out there living away from us and away from our country, we do not know until when would Corona fade! With hopes and prayers – the best thing we could do is to be healthy and stay where we are!
I saw how my husband embraces a healthy lifestyle not just for himself but because of us! May God embraces his love and strength to all who are working away from their families and could not go home because of Corona!
2019 Thailand Travel
Aspen Hotel Thailand – Review! April 2019
I do not encourage you to travel this time. Let us Stay at home this time.