On becoming a more productive VA

I am completing my first month at work next week, that’s 9th of February to be exact. Despite being swamped with marketing campaigns and other related tasks at times, and the fact that I  am still getting myself more familiarized with all the tools and processes, I didn’t feel any pressure, at all. I can call it “time-management” but I want to believe that it’s also the positive attitude as a team that we all got.

It does make a lot of difference when you can work at peace, with no pressure, and demanding bosses. The fact that I work from home makes everything easier for me, especially now that my Internet has been upgraded and the best part about it was they are paying for the monthly add-on payment. Such a big help! I have no more reason to whine just because I couldn’t get some things done smoothly due to slow connection. In fact, I can watch video clips and tutorials and movies on YouTube with no buffering. I can now complete my tasks way faster than the usual because of this. The upgrade has really been a great help!

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More pros than cons in being a work-from-home VA

Making the decision to step away from my career in a busy office was one of the toughest I have ever made. Working from home is quiet – when the kids are not there – and there are no the colleagues to chat with like there were in the office. I could no longer pop my head over a cubicle to ask someone for something or summon an employee to my office. At the same time, there were less in-work distractions, I found it easier to get my actual work done and in fact, I found an 8 or 10 hour in-office work day shrank to 5 or 6 hours of concentrated work.

It is so far the best decision I have made, and it can be the best decision someone could also make in becoming a work from home Virtual Assistant. There are both pros and cons of working from home as a freelancer or as a remote worker for a company. Here’s a few:

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My first long drive

I can no longer count the number of attempts I’ve had in the past 8 years until my dad left us. Believe me, I was only aiming to at least reach the hospital (which is a 30-minute drive from our house) for possible emergencies especially that my mom stays with me now, plus the fact that I have two kids who require frequent trips to school events, either to Dinalupihan or SBMA where the other two branches are situated. It was my dad who used to drive and do errands for us but now everything is on my shoulder. My brother left for work a month ago and I have no one else to tag along with me for the same purpose. 

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Truly blessed

I must have done something really good in the past that I have been blessed with intelligent and talented daughters. Parental guidance could be a part of their achievements but I’d like to believe and credit everything to Him for recognizing all my sacrifices and life struggles. I am sure that whatever I have right now is all a part of His rewards for being His good daughter. I also thank Him for putting me to tests and being able to not give up.

Last Friday, 27th January, my 7 y/o daughter, Ishi, has again took part in their school’s Academic Battle of Excellence. She participated in 3 subjects for Grade 1 Level and placed:

Champion: English/Grammar/Literature
2nd Place: Filipino
2nd Place: Spelling

Academic Battle of Excellence is their school’s annual event where the 4 campuses of College of Subic Montessori take part:

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Shop and save money with Groupons!

***This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Since the day I became a parent, I learned to weigh things each time I shop. But “savings” wasn’t still into me. I shop when I have money in hand even if it’s not that important. Until such time when we became a family of four. That’s when I thoroughly looked at the difference between a want and a need. But you know what, you don’t have to be hard on yourself. You can still shop the things you “want”. Thanks to Groupon Coupons! With these, you can still save a lot of money without breaking what you have in hand that are already allotted to your needs. It helps you  find coupons that work and are verified from various sellers and retailers. In fact, you can also when dining to restaurants, while traveling,  and many other things.

Searching for coupons is as easy as 1-2-3! At this moment, I am itching to grab the Victoria’s Secret Groupon Coupons. 60% off is a huge savings, can you believe it??!? I have always been a VS user and I cannot leave the house without applying one of my VS scents. Not only that, there are so many coupons available of different brands like Kohl’s, Best Buy, Target, JC Penny, Adidas, and a lot more. 

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