Just Because I Work From Home | Work at Home Myths

Just Because I Work From Home | Work at Home Myths

Just because I work from home… I find myself saying this a lot lately and it is quite irksome. Just because I work from home doesn’t mean I am lazy or free to do whatever I want. Contrary to popular belief, those of us who work from home are not as ‘free’ to do whatever as you may think. On top of working at home, I also have a side business, family and household to run. It’s like 20 jobs rolled into one. 

Think of it as a real job. Why do I say that? Because it is a real job! 

I currently work for 2 companies making it a fulltime job just to do the work. Sometimes I find myself putting in 60 hours a week. Here is what a typical day looks like for me: 

4:30 AM – Wake up and try to become presentable to the world (my kids). 
5:00 AM – Start my business day by looking at my to-do list and reorganizing my blocks of time or schedule.
5:30 AM – Handle any social media/blog needs for the morning. 
6:00 AM – Get the kids up and getting ready for school. Try to eat breakfast and do dishes at the same time. 
7: 00 AM – Waiting for the last bus and starting Job 1.
9:30 AM – Eat a snack and spend an hour on my household chores, calls, and errands. 
10:30 AM – Back to Job 1. 
12:00 PM –  Lunch and working on my side business. 
1:00 PM – Start Job 2. 
3:00 PM – Kids get home and get them settled in for the afternoon. Project manage them to do their chores. 
3:30 PM – Back to Job 1. 
5:30 PM – Cooking and cleaning. 
6:00 PM – Eat dinner and spend time with the family. 
7:00 PM – Back to Job 1. 
9:00 PM – Working on my business. 
10:00 PM- Shut down 
11:00 PM – Sleep to start it all over again. 

This does not include interruptions throughout the day but gives you a general overview of what a day can look like for me.  

So I have listed out a few myths below to help disillusion you about what it is like to work from home. 

Myth #1 – We are lazy and sit on our buts and binge watch T.V. all day 

While this may be true for some work at homers, it is not the norm for productive people who have to fight and strive to stay focused in their environment. I hear all the time about how people who work from home are lazy. When in reality we are just as productive if not more than those who work in an office. We don’t have the luxury of keeping work at work and home at home because the two are so interconnected. 

 

Myth #2 – We can do whatever we want

While we can certainly work in various locations with a laptop, it isn’t always in our best interest. I would love to grab my laptop and sit on the beach, but what is the likelihood of me actually getting work done? In reality, we have to hold ourselves accountable and that means having a stable work environment for us to get shit done. 

 

Myth #3 – We are not busy 

You saw that schedule above, right? We are far busier than those who work in an office because we have more to do throughout the day. This ties back to home and work being connected of course. I do not have time to drive so and so here and pick up lunch for Tom, Dick, and Harry. Do you? 

All I am saying is to think before the next time you say, “well you work from home so…” We deserve just as much respect as those who work in an office. All of our time is just as valuable. 

 

Comment below on your work at home experience!

Ambika Devi

Ambika Devi

Blogger / Writer / Project Manager / Mom

Ambika is a project manager with a Master’s Degree in IT Project Management and 8 years of experience helping companies organize business processes and projects. She works from home while raising 3 children. She has been studying Dr. Pillai's practices on spiritual enlightenment for 3 years and is a certified Pillai Center Coach.

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What Happens When Schools Ignore Bullying

What Happens When Schools Ignore Bullying

Ok, so this is a topic I am currently fired up about at the moment. We recently suffered a bought of bullying with not one but two kids in our house. And of course, the school didn’t do anything. This is a hard topic to write about given the nature of what has happened so I will be using discretion and keeping names out of this blog. 

So two of my children are in middle school. To say this middle school is shitty is BEYOND an understatement. The principle is seriously a joke. So let me start from the beginning. 

I have a child in 8th and 6th grade at this school. When the 8th grader had started at this school in 6th grade they suffered a tremendous amount of bullying. This is mostly due to the fact that they are one of a few caucasian kids in a predominantly African American neighborhood. Now I live in an area that preaches teaching good Christian morals. Well, that is all fine and dandy, but if you don’t use them it is kind of a waste in my opinion. 

They were picked on by a lot of kids and had very few friends. The friends they had were also caucasian and bullied. So this obviously raises a red flag in my mind. For crying out loud it is 2019 and we are still teaching our kids to be segregated. Where are all these people who talk about all lives matter? Not in my town. 

Anyway, back to the original story. My child was very distraught but pushed through and joined extracurriculars. They chose to handle the situation by telling the principal. What happened? Nothing. Why? No proof. You are kidding me right?!? I even called and talked to the principle and had letters from these kids. Nothing was ever done. It got so bad the child began cutting themselves. I tried counseling and talking but nothing was working. The school was made aware and offered them the school counselor who again did nothing. When you see changes in a student that are very apparent how do you not believe them when they say there is an issue. 

Mysteriously now I am taking action the reports are ‘not there.’ 

On to 7th grade, we switched schools. By this point, my child, who was a straight a student, began getting D’s. Unfortunately, for 8th grade, my child was back at the original school. Within 2 weeks of being back, they had attempted suicide in the school bathroom and was very close to ending their life. I wish I could say this was the end of it but it is not. 

 

We have been blamed by the school, had Department of Social Services at our house, and the bullies responsible were not held responsible. The sad fact is the school didn’t handle the bullying issue and this is what it led to. In addition to this, three kids found my child and left them there and started laughing instead of getting help. Who are we raising?

What happened to the kids who left my child there? Nothing. The bully who spread rumors that the entire grade started using as a way to bully my child? A call to a parent. When it happened again even after the suicide attempt. Another call. What is a phone call going to do? 

While the 8th grader is now going to a different school after being homeschooled for medical reasons, I still have a 6th grader in this school who is now being bullied for the 8th grader’s actions. Every day they come home telling me a story about what is happening to them.  

I again have told the principle and nothing is happening. I now have to fight with the school board and I am being bullied by the principal. The principle is seriously blaming ‘home problems’ for everything that is happening. We were cleared by Social Services and both children have said more than once it is an issue with the school.

Do you see a pattern here? Bullying isn’t just happening to children, but to the adults as well. 

So there is my story. I hope it inspires you to take a close look at the school your child is in and how the school handles bullying. 

Ambika Devi

Ambika Devi

Blogger / Writer / Project Manager / Mom

Ambika is a project manager with a Master’s Degree in IT Project Management and 8 years of experience helping companies organize business processes and projects. She works from home while raising 3 children. She has been studying Dr. Pillai's practices on spiritual enlightenment for 3 years and is a certified Pillai Center Coach.

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Productivity Tips from Kylie Travers

Productivity Tips from Kylie Travers

I went from homeless single mother because of domestic violence to multiple international award-winning CEO, not an easy feat. Dedication, determination and extreme productivity were required as I rebuilt my life. Here are my top 3 tips:

1.) Write it down

Write down everything you are working on and need to do. If it’s in your head and not written down it will feel overwhelming causing you to forget important tasks. Writing it down gets it out of your head and allows you to focus on the task at hand, plus research has shown writing solidifies thoughts in your brain so you are more likely to remember it.

2.) Prioritize

Step 1 may result in a list so long it fills a notebook. Prioritize the tasks by working out which ones are most important. Be aware, tasks that seem to be the most urgent are not always most important. You can fill your day with ‘urgent’ tasks and not get anything important done.

I use lists to help me do what I need to do. Working in 90-day blocks for my goals I want to achieve I start by listing what needs to be done by when on my calendar. Next, I break it down into weekly tasks, followed by daily tasks to achieve my objectives. For each day, I have one list with my top 3 tasks, another with tasks which need to be done after the important 3 are completed. The second list is not to be looked at or thought of until the top 3 tasks are done. It is a list of optional extras.

3.) One thing at a time

Stop multitasking. Focus on one thing at a time. Set a timer for 20 minutes to an hour for a task or block of work time, then allow yourself a break. Work on one task at a time in these work blocks. Switch off notifications or use apps to block sites like Facebook so you do not get distracted.

Studies have shown every time you switch tasks it takes your brain 10 minutes to refocus and get back into whatever you were working on. This means, if you are flitting between 6 tasks, you can easily waste an hour because you are not completely focused.

What productivity tips do you have?

Kylie Travers went from homeless domestic violence victim to multiple international award winning CEO. Kylie has a passion for travel, finance and her family. She has turned her obstacles into opportunities, been an advocate for various charities and now focuses on writing, public speaking and mentoring about goals, motivation, travel, finance and business.

Her methods enabled many to make more money, travel more, spend more time with their family and in general live happier, more fulfilled lives. Through what she has achieved Kylie has won numerous awards and been a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2015. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and you can find her at www.kylietravers.com.au.

Going Analog for Task Management

Going Analog for Task Management

Now we all know technology has made significant improvements in our lives and this post doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use a task management app, but rather add an old-school system to your daily routine.

What is this old school system you ask? It is simply using pen and paper. Now stop shaking your head and just hear me out. Apps are great, but there is a certain effectiveness to using own and paper to manage your daily tasks that you just can’t get with your devices.

Enhanced Productivity

Think about this logically for a second. Yes, transferring your tasks from device to paper sounds like extra work, but it actually saves time throughout the day. While it is adding an extra step in the morning, it saves the innumerable steps of bouncing from task app to work to task app and then the inevitable social media distractions. Think about how much time you spend going to the app on your phone and then all of a sudden you see a notification for Facebook and then an hour later you are looking at photos from high school.

Better Focus

Having a bunch of tasks laid out in your app tends to become overwhelming. Taking the time to review your overall tasks and selecting the priority tasks for the day helps you to stay focused on what needs to be done. There were times where I was guilty of picking and choosing my tasks based on want to do rather than need to do. By looking at my task list and picking the ones that are the priority for today and writing them down, I can stay focused by seeing this minimal list and not allowing myself to go to my bigger list until I finish the one I have written down.

How Does This Old School System Work?

It is really simple. At the beginning of your day or the previous night which I prefer, you look at the upcoming tasks and list them on your sheet of paper in order of priority. When you go to start your day you’ll have a clear roadmap of what needs to be done without all the fuss.

What task management systems do you use? Comment below!

Ambika is a project manager with a Master’s Degree in IT Project Management and 8 years of experience helping companies organize business processes and projects. She has been studying Dr. Pillai’s practices on spiritual enlightenment for 2 years and is a certified Pillai Center Coach.

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Big Picture Thinking for Improved Time Management

Big Picture Thinking for Improved Time Management

I definitely give a lot of advice on how to manage your time effectively through time-saving techniques, but another important aspect is how you’re using your time. This ties into task management and if you are WASTING your time. Many people plug along through tasks that they actually don’t need to be doing.

What is the big picture?

The big picture is your main goal you should be focusing on. While you should focus on each task one at a time, your main goal should be your focus at all times. So think about your goal for the day, and then decide which tasks you should be doing.

Are you wasting time?

Think about what you do in a daily basis. Are there things that you could delegate to someone else so you can focus on priority things only you can do? Are you doing things that serve your goal? If so, then you will want to reevaluate your task list and focus on that which will help you achieve your goal faster.

Should I be doing this?

Take a look at all your tasks and decide if you’re supposed to be doing them. Look at the following task clarifiers.

Want to do, have to do = yes you should be focusing on this.

Want to do, don’t have to do = does it serve your goal? If no then delegate it. If yes, place it as a lower priority.

Don’t want to do, have to do = can you delegate? If yes, then give it to someone else. If no, do it first to get it out of the way.

Don’t want to do, don’t have to do = no brainier here, dump it.

Take time every day to look at what you are doing and track changes you can make to keep you focused on the big picture.

What is your big picture? Post in the comments below.

Ambika Devi

Ambika Devi

Blogger / Writer / Project Manager / Mom

Ambika is a project manager with a Master’s Degree in IT Project Management and 8 years of experience helping companies organize business processes and projects. She works from home while raising 3 children. She has been studying Dr. Pillai's practices on spiritual enlightenment for 3 years and is a certified Pillai Center Coach.

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