A Simple Trick for Staying Focused While Working From Home

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Working from home can be a great way to skip the headaches of your morning commute and enjoy some alone time away from the office, but it's not always as productive as you might hope. It can be hard to resist distractions like a pile of dishes in the sink, the puppy eyes of your playful dog, or the siren call of online shopping when you know there’s no one watching.

There are ways to keep yourself on task even while working away from the office, though, as Fast Company points out. Laura Stack, who bills herself as The Productivity Pro, tells the magazine that setting regular work hours is one of the most important ways to make sure you’re staying productive when you’re at home.

She suggests creating a firm contract with yourself about your work hours, and maintaining those boundaries. No matter what your working hours are, you treat that time period just as you would your schedule in a traditional office. That means if your coworkers are pulling a 9-to-5 day in the office, you should be working during those hours, too. No television, no booting up your computer then going into the kitchen to make pancakes for half an hour, no going to get your hair cut in the middle of the day. Establish a set time period for lunch so you don’t let your lunch "hour" turn into three hours.

Setting specific hours isn’t just a good way to cut down on tasks that are distracting you from work. It’s also a good way to cut down on work creeping into your off hours. Studies have found that remote workers tend to work longer hours. When the line between work and home is blurred, experts argue, people have a harder time switching off for the day, and tend to let work bleed into their personal life. Setting specific, regular work hours can also help establish a boundary between work time and personal time, even if there’s not a physical boundary between office and home.

Fast Company offers other suggestions for making the transition from office worker to productive remote employee, too, including scheduling breaks in your day and coming up with strategies to battle inevitable distractions. Read them all here.

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Whiten Your Teeth From Home for $40 With This Motorized Toothbrush

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AquaSonic

Since many people aren't exactly rushing to see their dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become more important than ever to find the best at-home products to maintain your oral hygiene. And if you're looking for a high-quality motorized toothbrush, you can take advantage of this deal on the AquaSonic Black Series model, which is currently on sale for 71 percent off.

This smart toothbrush can actually tell you how long to keep the brush in one place to get the most thorough cleaning—and that’s just one of the ways it can remove more plaque than an average toothbrush. The brush also features multiple modes that can whiten teeth, adjust for sensitive teeth, and massage your gums for better blood flow.

As you’d expect from any smart device, modern technology doesn’t stop at functionality. The design of the AquaSonic Black Series is sleek enough to seamlessly fit in with a modern aesthetic, and the charging base is cordless so it’s easy to bring on the go. The current deal even includes a travel case and eight Dupont replacement heads.

Right now, you can find the AquaSonic Black Series toothbrush on sale for just $40.

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Amazon Customers Are Swearing by a $102 Mattress

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Linenspa

Before you go out and spend hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars on a new mattress, you may want to turn to Amazon. According to Esquire, one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market isn’t from Tempur-Pedic, Casper, or IKEA. It’s a budget mattress you can buy on Amazon for as little as $102.

Linenspa's 8-inch memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress has more than 24,000 customer reviews on Amazon, and 72 percent of those buyers gave it five stars. The springs are topped by memory foam and a quilted top layer that make it, according to one customer, a “happy medium of both firm and plush.”

A bare mattress from Linenspa in a bedroom
Linenspa

Perhaps because of its cheap price point, many people write that they first purchased it for their children or their guest room, only to find that it far exceeded their comfort expectations. One reviewer who bought it for a guest room wrote that “it is honestly more comfortable than the expensive mattress we bought for our room.” Pretty impressive for a bed that costs less than some sheet sets.

Getting a good night's sleep is vital for your health and happiness, so do yourself a favor and make sure your snooze is as comfortable as possible.

The mattress starts at $102 for a twin and goes up to $200 for a king. Check it out on Amazon.

[h/t Esquire]

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