Blog post 6, June 18, 2018
My Work-From-Home Journey
How Do You Keep Organized Working From Home?
Hello everyone. This week I thought that I would share how I keep organized while working from home. When I worked in my nine-to-five cubicle job, I had an implemented workflow that we had to follow along with deadlines. Working from home is only as rigid as you make it. I told myself that I would try to post at least one blog a week. Obviously, I fell behind a bit. However, I fell behind because I was getting paid for proofreading. So I know you understand.
My Daily Routine
The thing that helps me stay on track the most is a daily routine. I usually wake up in the morning between 6:00 am and 7:00 am on weekdays. Depending on what the other members of the house have going on I help them out a bit, but not much anymore because they are all grown. This year will be my first year I don’t have to drive or pick up any kids from school. Yay!!! That activity can take a lot out of our days.
Back to my routine. Within the first two hours, I clean the house. I have much less cleaning to do than I used to. Grown children are way easier to clean up after than my three dogs are. Feeding the dogs gets lumped in as part of that routine. I used to sweep five times a day, and I still didn’t get all the fur up. It would just “poof” up and over the dustpan to a new location. I purchased the Roomba probably six months ago. It has been a real lifesaver. You wouldn’t believe how much dirt it and fur it gets from under the couches, tables, and other areas that I wasn’t even sweeping before. The only downside is that it doesn’t empty itself.
Once Moe is running–that’s what we named our Roomba if you watched Wall-E you get the reference. Our pool vacuum is Wall-E. Once Moe is running my main objective is always to have the kitchen clean and dishes done each morning. The rest of the chores get rotated throughout the week. No more than two a day. That way I don’t spend the whole weekend cleaning anymore. This new cleaning schedule was the freedom that I got when I quit my cubicle job. We were rushing on weekends to pack in all the fun but staying up late to do laundry and chores. This previous lifestyle always caused us to be exhausted on Mondays. I no longer hate Mondays.
After I finish the housework, I dive right into checking emails for both my business and personal accounts. Once I check my emails, I update my calendar book and check out the week ahead. Yes, I said “calendar book.” I use both an online schedule and a paper schedule. Why? Well, I use the online schedule for personal things and share it with family. My business calendar is on paper so I can highlight, scratch out, and rearrange things. I recall things more once I have written it and highlighted it. However, I don’t have a photographic memory, but I do remember seeing myself highlight things or seeing them in my own writing.
I prioritize my proofreading by deadline dates. After lining my workflow up for the day, I spend 30 to 45 minutes networking and sending emails to reach out and connect with other people or businesses that may need proofreading. Once that is done, I spend the rest of the afternoon proofreading. Around 6:00 pm I take a break and cook dinner. After dinner, everyone goes about their own business. This alone time is the time I use to write a blog or read other blogs to research on how to make my website a little better. Because we never stop learning and there is always room for improvement.
Each time I obtain a new client I send them a preference sheet and I create a folder with their name on it on my computer. This folder is where their preference sheet gets filed, and all of their completed jobs are saved. I also create a folder for them in my email box. It is always good to keep emails from clients. It is a great way to refer back to conversations regarding previously completed jobs. I learned this when I worked in a cubicle. At the time they called it, “CYA,” cover your A**.
I there anything that you would like to talk about on my work-from-home journey or yours? Do you want to discuss other online classes or learn about other things that you can do working from home? You can send me a message on the bottom of my website, or you can leave a comment below this blog post. I hope you have a great week.
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