Space-saver work nook

work nook

Don’t you just love this idea of a work nook that can save you space especially if you are living in a condominium unit? This is perfect for those who are working from home like me, who needs even a small space we can call our office. I just love this simple and clutter-free desk idea I found online!

I think I will put this into use in my corner to avoid the temptation of putting too many stuff on my desk.

Do you love your job?

There are a number of things I’ve learned over the past few years that I keep in mind and remind my love ones of. One of those things is the following…

quote-on-job-confucius

Confucius said that if you enjoy what you are doing, it stops being a job, a chore, a responsibility. What you enjoy doing becomes a normal part of your daily routine, your life. I do believe that.

You know when I was still in high school, I wanted to become a journalist. I am not a great writer but I love writing with a passion! I knew then that if I could get the proper education, I would be fairly decent in my writing skills. My mom had other plans for my future. She told me that it would be better for me to take up Accountancy. She said that there would be more jobs waiting for me if I become an Accountant. She’s right! I got a lot of job offers even before I graduated. I was able to start as soon as I passed the board exams. I forgot that I wanted to become a journalist for a while because I learned to love my profession.

But you know what? My love for writing was not diminished. It is still here even though I am writing numbers more than words. I am still an accountant but I went back to my first love which is writing. I realized that there are just some things in life that can make you happy even though you are not getting as much financially as you want to. That’s writing for me. I love it so much that it doesn’t feel like work even when I am spending hours and hours laboring over a paper. I also felt this way in doing accounting work but maybe because it wasn’t really my first love, it diminished over time.

Do you love your job? This is a simple test that you can do to know for sure. Spend more than eight hours doing your job and if you are not smiling anymore by the end of the day, you better find something else to do. Or stop and look into yourself if what you’re doing is still worth it.

Breathe success!

success

Once upon a time, when I was still a greenhorn, I equated success to how high one’s compensation package is and how lofty the title he/she holds in a corporation. Success meant having a license one can boast of and being well-respected in the industry one is a part of. I once dreamt of being that successful, you know. Until a loved one passed away.

I realized then that success is a matter of perspective. I can stay at home and still breathe success every single day. I need not be the CEO or President of a company just to be able to say I am successful in my career. I need not earn a hundred grand or more just to feel like I’ve been a success. I can still earn an average income and still be a success because I am living a happy life. There is a sense of achievement in being able to provide for the family. There is a sense of achievement also in working hard every single day no matter what position you are holding just as long as you are able to deliver what is expected of you.

Breathe success no matter where you are! A stay-at-home mom is still a huge success seeing as to how she takes care of everyone at home and still have time for herself and others. It doesn’t matter if you are a lowly rank and file employee, or an online worker like me. Breathe success and you will be no matter where you are!

A quiet place to work.

I come from a large family. I already mentioned this in some past entries of mine in this blog. I am proud and happy that I am surrounded by family but let me tell you that there is a downside to all of this. There is no quiet place for me to go when everyone is at home! That’s the truth! You can go inside the bedroom but another one will follow you there. Or the noise they’re making in the living room will float through the thin walls.

Oh, let me tell you now that I am not really complaining. I am just stating facts here. I actually like being with my noisy family. But then when you have some work that needs to be done and you are seeking some peace and quiet, well, you can’t expect to get it inside our home. Unless everyone went out and you are left alone.

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So, you know, it would be really great to have a quiet place to go to for work. Just a shed or somewhere outside the house I can lock myself in. The workplace in the photo looks really good, don’t you think?

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An advice to those who want to go freelance.

I was asked yesterday for an advice on the pros and cons of working at home. You see, I’ve been doing freelance work for the past eight years now so I have some knowledge to impart when it comes to the topic at hand.

Well, the first thing I told the person who asked for my advice is that resigning from her nine to five job and going freelance is a big risk. It’s the truth! Can you imagine your regular 15th-30th/end-of-month paycheck coming to a standstill? When you go freelance, your income now depends on how consistent you are with your work. It now depends on your diligence and perseverance (or what we call in Tagalog as sipag at tiyaga). If you work harder every single day, then expect a big income at the end of the month. If you slack off from what you need to do and just work whenever you feel like it, then expect an empty pocket. But the pay-off is really great if you are a hard worker.

Now, that’s just one risk, the recession of a steady, fixed monthly income. Another, and of greater importance, is the loss of mandatory benefits that you get when you are employed by a company as a regular employee. When you work at home doing freelance work, medical and dental health benefits plus those government-mandated ones (SSS, Philhealth and HDMF) are no longer the responsibility of the employer. It is now under your care and it is up to you to make sure you make a voluntary contribution every month to reap the benefits by the time you retire. Insurance policies placed by a company for you will be lost as well, once you choose freelance work.

But, again, the much larger pay-off if you know how to manage your time well and you grab at opportunities thrown your way will be more than enough to cover the cost of all those benefits that you lost.

An upside of freelance work is you control the volume of your work and the time you do it. In other words, your schedule is up to you. Your workload, too.

It’s all about diligence and perseverance. It’s all about hard work when you talk about freelance work and working at home. So my advice to the person asking me about it? Make sure she’s ready to be a much more responsible worker than she is in her nine to five job.

A massive workstation.

Alodia Gosiengfiao is a well-known cosplayer here in the country. I came upon an article about her online and saw her workstation at home. WOW! I would love the same workstation for me!

workstation

I can already see myself in front of that massive desk with all the laptops open and my brain spinning like crazy over the things I am writing about.

Ha-ha!

Do you think you can work in a station like that? I can and I want to!

Early Friday lakwatsa.

work

This is what I love about working at home. I get to go out whenever I feel like it, just as long as I have no tasks needed to be done right away. I schedule my work so that I am not tied to my desk all day long. I can go out even on a Monday or a Friday morning unlike when I had a nine to five job.

I am sure a lot of people who also work at home can relate to the joy of being able to control your time. There is so much joy as well as to working without a boss!

Happy Friday everyone!

And Kung Hei Fat Choi to all!

Brand new laptop!

laptop

I am happy with my latest purchase. I bought a brand new Lenovo G400 laptop just yesterday afternoon. I am not too happy with my former laptop because it has Windows 8 as its operating system. This one I have now has Windows 7. I know it was a petty problem but I don’t care. I want a brand new one and I know this will bring me so many new good opportunities. I can already feel it coming!

I’ve been feeling a bit stuck in a rut for days now. I feel it in my bones that this new laptop will bring back my burning passion in writing. And, maybe, I will need to make sure that I be able to do both blogging and writing my planB.

So here’s to better tomorrows for you and me!

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