Sure there are perks when you work from home but if you are not being careful, work-at-home blues can be developed drastically. It’s like working in your pajamas or in your most comfortable clothes but the environment around you does not help at all. Remember, it is not always greener on the other side. If you are privileged to work from home with a decent pay, work your best way to break free from stress, which in the first place was your goal – to have a stress-free work setting.
Get dressed. Yes, you have the option to work in your pajamas, but at times getting ready as if you still work in the outside world may perk your mood. Simply get up, have a cup of coffee, shower and get dressed before having yourself stuck in front of your computer.
Stay beautiful and presentable. Put your make-up on once in a while. Working from home should not stop you from doing your usual beauty regimen/routine. It actually gives you all the time in the world to apply your favorite facial cream, get your hair treated, put the most trending Korean facial mask, remove blackheads, and still able to do your work. If you are comfortable with just wearing your house clothes, it’s also okay but at least wear the best ones once in a while.
One of the many perks of working from home is that you can either squat on the floor and move around the house without any hassle. As long as there is a stable internet connection, no problem. Although in my case, I prefer to have a working corner for myself, especially that I spend half of my working hours during bedtime. If I work in bed, there is a tendency that I doze off without knowing it. Anyway, this corner used to be the space for our shoes. The moment I had the built-in shoerack made downstairs, I thought this could be a perfect place for my working corner.
A pleasant working space makes a big difference, well, at least for me. It helps me boost my morale and increases my productivity.
When you work in a corporate world, and your child is sick, working from home for the time being can be considered but for how long, you don’t know. Ideally, it doesn’t work that way. You just got to deal with it by the time you are finally back to work, physically. Been there a lot. To those who have followed how my youngest daughter would often fall sick knew very well how I struggled with absences and keeping up with the office works. I knew from my heart that there were times when my co-workers would roll their eyes because I had to take another sick day with my daughter.
If you are a mom, you know very well how difficult it could get when dealing with a sick child. Either way, working from home or from the office are both the same. Let’s then list down the advantages and disadvantages when dealing with and caring for a sick child:
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!
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:
Use everyday as an opportunity to make tomorrow even better.
It was just a month ago when I posted about the job I got and that pays very well. Well, unfortunately, that didn’t work out. Two weeks after joining them, they terminated me just because I made minor mistakes, which I think is normal because I was still under training. Anyway, I didn’t give up, and that didn’t demotivate me either. Maybe their set standards was just too high to give justice to the salary they offer. That’s pretty much understood. So I thought, let me just enjoy the holidays with the family and decide later on.
So right after the New Year, I religiously looked for jobs that suit me and luckily, I got hired again a week later. Just in time, I was able to attend the planned meet/greet and brainstorming with the UK team that happened two days ago. After the whole day activity, we all checked in, in a hotel, had dinner and personal conversations. That also reminded me that in every door that closes, a better opportunity comes in. Indeed, it is. The moment I sat with the whole team, I knew I made the right decision to wait and look at a better offer. When I say better offer,