Having a virtual job is an advantage, depending on how you look at it. You don’t need to commute to and from work, you eat at home, have power over your time and be your own boss. You save money on gas and food, your boss saves on manpower resources like having an office. It’s really a win-win situation.
However, you need to have three things to be able to be productive: discipline, focus and time management. It can be hard establishing a routine but once it’s set working from home can be a breeze. I have been working from home since 2008. That means I have been working from home for five years already.
I have pretty much established my routine and have specific lists each day that I write down before I sleep or after a work day so I can stay focused and on top of my work load everyday. It has been tremendously fruitful and I am thankful I am still able to stay at home and take care of my kids.
Lately, my problem is my preoccupation with social networking sites. Facebook and Twitter take up so much time of my day. You know how that goes – you plan to just spend five minutes checking friends’ status updates or tweets and before you know it, five minutes have become an hour and a half.
The same goes with watching television. Every fall season, my mind is preoccupied with all the TV series I am following – Glee, The Vampire Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy to name a few. Then there are new series I follow — Emily Owens MD, Beauty and the Beast, Revenge and Homeland. The list is endless. Add to that the games I play on my iPhone – Bookworm, Bejewelled Blitz and lately, Party Bingo.com on my computer too!
It is easy to get preoccupied and put off work while surfing and being distracted with online stuff, but discipline will help you focus and get your time management in order!