This morning I took a trip out to grab some amazing bagels, and on my way back I stopped off at my local grocery store to pick up a few odds and ends. When I check out, I always go to a self-serve lane. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had a cashier check me out. But I’m picky. I’ve been both a bagger and a cashier, and I’m extremely particular about how I bag my groceries. Plus, when I do it myself, I can keep a closer eye on making sure all the prices are correct.
Today, when I made it to the checkout lanes, you would have thought it was the day before Thanksgiving. What was everyone doing there, and more importantly, why was everyone taking such a long time to check out?
I often get asked what I do as a virtual assistant. Many people are mystified about the whole “work from home” situation and more often than not, people say “I could never do that.” It’s true, this isn’t for everyone. You really have to be able to multitask and be aware of everything that’s going on.
The title of this blog is a bit of a misnomer. There really isn’t a “typical” day for a virtual assistant, but I thought I’d share my day with you so you can kind of get a behind the scenes tour of what happens.
You’ve just signed a new client - hurray! You’re feeling happy, successful...and then it hits you. This.job.is.HUGE. Bigger than you’ve ever worked on before. And perhaps doing some things you haven’t really done a lot of before.
That’s when the fear sets in. What did you just sign up for? Can you really do this? How do you get started?
Take a deep breath. You’ve got this. You just need to get started on solid ground. Take these six steps and your project is going to shine for your client.
When you go to a brick and mortar job, you leave home behind for several hours and focus on the work you’re doing. And when you leave for the day, people always tell you: “Don’t take your work home with you!” You leave that chaos behind. But what do you do if you’re having a bad day AND you work from home? How do you separate your personal stress from your work at home life?
I am surrounded by clocks. They all tell different times. Of course, the cell phone and laptop clocks are all on a universal time, so they’re the ones we consider “accurate.”
But the rest of the clocks in my life do their own thing. The living room clock is a few minutes fast. The kitchen clock runs about a minute behind. The appliances all have different times. (The microwave has to be reset every week!) One of our car clocks is always slow.
Honestly, I have no idea what time it is. And I don’t care.
25+ years of business experience. 12+ years of virtual experience.