I’m so excited to introduce India, a fellow entrepreneur who blogs about her journey at The Redd Blogger! She is such a sweet girl and recently jumped head first into the world of freelancing, and has some really down to earth things to share today! Take it away, India!
Exactly a month ago, I quit my full-time, right out college job at a local news station to pursue freelance writing. I know, it may seem bizarre, but it was the right move for me! While on this journey of working from home, I’ve learned some interesting things about myself. I hope this can help you if you decide to make this transition!
I work better when my bed is made: I’ve never been that person who absolutely has to make up their bed in the morning (usually, because I was running late for work and that was the last thing on my mind) but now that my office is in my room, it HAS to be made or I can’t focus. It’s a great way for me to go from sleepy-mode to work mode. Plus, the bed looks way too inviting for sleep if it’s not made.
Waking up early is actually beneficial to me: I would always tell people that I am not a morning person, being extremely grumpy while getting ready for work. Now that I’m working from home, it’s easy for me to wake up at, or even before, 8am. It’s something cool about waking up doing something you love (even if it is challenging) and waking up earlier just helps daily tasks go by so much more smoothly.
I am The To-do List Queen: This is something I already knew, but I am a definitely The Queen of Making To-Do Lists. I have to make a very specific to do list daily, whether it’s in my notebook, my new Simplified Planner, or one of those fancy Heart and Arrow design to-do lists :)
How much I love to read: Again, something else I knew about myself that has resurfaced while working from home. Since I make my own hours, I have a lot more me-time, with which I’ll use to curl up with a good book. I’ve read three novels this month already!
I have lazy tendencies: Ok, I’ll admit, I do have lazy tendencies I need to work on a little more. When working from home, there’s no boss to call out too when you aren’t feeling your best and there’s no way to ‘ride the clock’ (which, I never did anyway, but you get the point :)) Whatever work that you do, or don’t do, you are completely responsible for and lazy tendencies such as sleeping in or thinking to yourself ‘Hmm, I really don’t feel like writing this article today’ isn’t going to cut it!
Procrastination stresses me out: Oddly enough, this is something that I’m only just learning. Prior to working from home, I would describe procrastination as simply ‘working under pressure’. But it can be a little stressful when you have a number of articles do on the same day; articles that you’re income is dependent upon. I’ve learned my lesson, trust me!
I’m easily distracted: The first step is admitting! I can easily go down the rabbit hole of a blog that i’ve just discovered, Facebook, or even online shopping. I try to keep one tab open at a time (focusing on whatever is on my to-do list) and go from there! It’s so easy to get off task on social media.
I actually like the whole breakfast thing! Who knew? Breakfast was nonexistent to me for the most part, even in college. But since I’m staring to like the whole waking-up thing, breakfast goes right along with it. It’s a great way to start my day and keep my tummy quiet until lunch.
I’m not a sleepyhead: When I was usually exhausted 5 evenings out of the week, I just chalked it up to being a sleepyhead or super drained from work. Nowadays, I have a ton of energy to exercise, hang out with friends, blog and anything else!
Comparison is my worst enemy: This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned while working from home (and honestly, I’m still learning!) It’s so easy to look at other writers or other bloggers’ success and wonder why something isn’t happening for you, why aren’t you getting the engagement you want or why don’t your pictures look the way another bloggers does. Of course, it’s great to admire a blogger and their work, but I’m also learning not to compare myself to other people and their journey and focus on making my own journey better!
This working from home journey has already seen ups and down but I’m loving it! I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me! Stop by my own blog, TheReddBlogger.com and say hello! :)