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Practical Guide to Reduce Sick Days

I am guilty! I’ve been sick and absent for 4 straight days, but I don’t plan to incur any more sick leaves in the near future hence I am writing this. Calling it sick when you are in a usual workplace is easy. You simply inform your boss about your condition and someone else is going to empty the plate for you. But sick days are viewed differently by freelancers, particularly online workers who are tasked with specific jobs and deadlines every waking hour. Well, I learned this lesson the bitter way. So below are practical plans that I drafted on my own to reduce sick days. I am handing down the notes to you in the wish of promoting a healthier freelancing career for everyone: Prevention is better than cure. While you cannot expect yourself to be getting flu shots every now and then but there will be practical ways that can be done to promote a healthy body. For example, practice eating right and getting rest when needed. It is also practical to invest on good vitamins. Our body has different health requirements so it pays be sensitive about your needs. Also, it is practical to practice good hygiene, like washing hands to lessen germ transmission. Uphold the right working temperature. I am guilty of turning the AC to its fullest potential and start working until the time when my body starts to scream from too much coldness! Recently, I’ve researched that temperature does not only affect productivity but it has a big impact on one’s health. So keep your space warm to rid of the chances...

Working Across Timezones: A Virtual Assistant Guide to Surviving Night Shifts

  Before anything, let us set things straight: working for the web does not always mean working on a graveyard shift. But it happens. I had my fair share of working until dawn to meet deadlines and to better communicate with clients. However, things do not always have to work this way. You can always negotiate the time you would want to work. But in case you find yourself working on a night shift, here are some tips you might want to remember: Limit your caffeine consumption. Who loves coffee? We all do. If there’s one thing constant in the desk of an employee on a graveyard shift, it is his coffee! While it is advisable to drink a cup of coffee at the beginning of a shift to encourage alertness, it is however unhealthy to consume one later during the shift as it can prevent you from getting a good sleep when the time comes that you can finally hit the sack! Promote a regular sleep-wake schedule. If you have no choice but to work during the night, the least you can do is to uphold a healthy schedule for sleeping and waking up. This way, you allow your body to adapt to the kind of lifestyle you have. Avoid working on night shifts for several consecutive days. Your sleep-deprived body can better recover if you can take some days off. Schedule weekends as your time for sleeping. After all, sometimes all you need is a little discipline to balance all your life’s affairs. Get a brightly lit workstation. It is recommended that you expose yourself to bright...

5 Quotes To Inspire You To Work Harder

The work week has just ended. Friday tends to be a “happy pill” to many. It marks the beginning of relaxation and free-time.  But do we really have to feel bad about the mountain of tasks lined up for us? Or should we keep a pocketful of sunshine thinking that more work means better pay? So to shrug all negative thoughts about working hard and finding yourself exhausted, here are 5 of my favorite quotes about working hard and actually being happy about it....

The Man Who Thinks He Can (poem)

by Walter D. Wintle If you think you are beaten, you are If you think you dare not, you don’t, If you like to win, but you think you can’t It is almost certain you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost For out of the world we find, Success begins with a fellow’s will It’s all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are You’ve got to think high to rise, You’ve got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life’s battles don’t always go To the stronger or faster man, But soon or late the man who wins Is the man WHO THINKS HE...

The Relaunch

It took me days to convince myself to write. Why? I needed enough time to swallow the bitter reality, and admit once again that it’s time for a relaunch. Closing doors, starting again, and meeting new people sound crazy at this point. I’ve become too complacent; I built my everyday through habits. I created goals using the resources I had. I built dreams thinking that everything will last, only to wake up one day with nothing else to do but to start again. Losing long-term clients is always painful. And while I’ve been in this arena for almost 1/3 of my life, I’ve never been immune to that feeling. It’s always painful to know that you are letting go of a routine, especially something that you really love. But reality must be faced. So here I am once more, I am opening The Web Assistant to possible clients who like to hire a fulltime or project-based virtual assistant. Backed with 8 years of experience in web services, I am a reliable Virtual Assistant whom you can count on. I have excellent skills in written English communication, proper training in Search Engine Optimization, and I am a handy helper for your Social Media Management needs. Let me organize your business affairs, answer emails, and update your website. Here are the services I can offer: – All-around Virtual Assistance – Provide you with fresh and relevant contents for your website – Manage your WordPress account – Update Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and other social media avenues – Email handling – Do Affiliate Marketing – Chat support – Keyword Research – Basic...
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