January and the New Year, we had a great break at Christmas and with so much else happening my brain had a real break from work. Now feeling fresh and ready for the New Year ahead. I have had chance to look back, evaluate and move forward with knowledge and experience.
A few years ago I was unhappy trying to fit my job around my children, we decided that I needed a new approach to work. A slightly radical approach, but start again, working from home and using the internet to create work. With very little experience and less knowledge, but a firm belief in producing good quality and reliable work.
Luckily I was able to work with a friend with the same ideas, we have different strengths and weaknesses, but the same work idea. We have had to learn as we go, sometimes spent many a long hour working out how to make something work online. Now we can work with much more efficiency, though we are still learning.
Working from home has been quite a learning curve. A big advantage is that it is very easy to work at any time of day or night and a big disadvantage is that it is very easy to work at any time of day or night! I have to work hard to organise my time to maximise my work time, this is not something that comes naturally to me.
We are so lucky to have so much time and energy saving technology available to us. From a Smartphone it is possible to control nearly every aspect of your life, from your bank account, to shopping and now you can control your heating and hot water even if you are not at home. I find it really useful to be able to control so many aspects of home life anywhere at any time!
The main reason I work from home is to be there for our children and one of the biggest challenges I have is separating work from home. Work is there all the time. I have found for me it works so much better to divide my time into blocks, so when the children come home from school we have time to read and do homework without me checking emails!
This year I will be organising my time better and with the extra time I save I am aiming to enjoy quality time. This is really important for me to establish some time out from working, I think we all work better with some proper time off, but much more difficult to achieve working from home.
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