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Creating a blogging space in your home

For those of us who work from home, it can be hard to separate our living space from our working space. Which is why many experts advise us to have a dedicated office or home section for our work. I must confess, I don’t have a dedicated office space in my home. We were supposed to get our study up and running years ago. But life happened and keep happening, which is why the study does not look like a study. And why my blogging space is still a work in progress.

Although I don’t have a home office per se, I do have some spots in my home that I like to work in more than others. Being a blogger means I have a few gadgets to help me work effectively. And it can be tricky to have them all in one spot. So I tend to move around the house a lot when I work. Where I work in my home depends on my mood, the weather, where the kids at and what sort of work.

Create the perfect blogging space or spaces is easy once you have the right tools. Here are the most important you would need to blog effectively this 2018.

 

Get a writing desk

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Regardless of the sort of space you have, for you to blog easy, you would need a good writing desk. If you intend to blog long-term, then you need to invest in comfort. The last thing you would want is damaging your posture while working.

This Splice Writing Desk above is a perfect example of a great desk to use. I came across this sleek writing desk online, and the minimalist design and grey finish caught my eye. This would be perfect for working from home.

 

 

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Another perfect example of a great writing desk is this Gandino Writing Desk above. I also found this stunning desk while browsing online for home furniture and I was blown away. The design is such a beauty. It would look amazing in my home.

 

Pick a great spot

If you have the option of picking a spot to work in, make sure you go for a great spot. A spot with a view and ventilation is great. You would also need an airy room with a some place to move around.

I like things being tidy and organised, so I won’t be able to work or live in a house with clutter everywhere. That would be a massive distraction. And we all know how expensive distractions can be when you work from home.

 

Have all your gadgets

For blogging you would obviously need a reliable laptop and a smart phone . Having a reliable tablet is also a plus for when you can’t get on your laptop. If you can afford to, having a great camera would be ideal. I know some bloggers take photos only on their phones, but if you plan on taking your blog seriously, you would need to make some investments, one of them being a camera.

You should also have some photo props to make your pictures look extra pretty. Wall papers are great for this. Fluffy rugs, flowers and anything else you can think of could also work great.

 

Have you created a blogging space in your home? How did you go about it? What do you think of the writing desks above?

 

 

 

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How To Manage Time When Working From Home

Working from home can be very tricky if you suck at time management. Thanks to the social media, mobile phones, TVs and all the other distractions, which can make working from home a blessing or a curse, if you don’t know how to manage time. I have worked at home steady for over 3 years now. And I have learnt a few tricks on how to successfully work from home. It takes a lot of work to get it right but it is very possible to work from home, making good money.

 

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How To Manage Time When Working From Home

 

Have the right equipments

Working with the right equipment would save you time and money in the long run. I bought my Apple MacBook Pro last year and it has completely changed my working life. I don’t have to deal with the many issues I dealt with while using my old HP laptop. The old laptop was forever going off by itself, and I was forever putting it back on. It made my working life miserable. So I was happy to get rid of it for a better laptop. If you can afford to go Mac, I promise you will never go back!

I also got an iPad Pro with the keyboard some months ago, which has been very handy for when I need to work outside the house, without my MacBook Pro. Having the keyboard with the iPad means I can type faster. It has completely changed my life. My good old iPhone is also another smart gadget I use for work. It was like a breath of fresh air when I replaced my old Blackberry with the iPhone.

Having the right gadgets have changed my working life for the better. It makes working from home easier and faster.

 

Ignore the distractions

Ignoring the distractions is easy for me, which is why working from home works for me. But I know it can be tricky for others. So switch off your phone if you have to, and work in a room without any sort of distraction, so you get your work done. My kids are in school for only a few hours, so I have to make the most of the free time I get during the day. I also work most nights, with the TV off, and I never feel like I am missing out. So this tip would only work if you let it.

 

Multi-task

I am good at getting a couple of things done at the same time and I think it helps me stay on top of my to-do lists. Multi-tasking only works if what I need to do does not need 100% of my attention. If it does, then I do it when I don’t have to multi-task.

 

Have a to-do list

Having a daily to-do list helps me stay on top of my day. I wake up in the morning, and I already know what needs doing. It saves the time I would have spent on trying to figure what needs to be done on that day.

 

Have daily goals

Having daily goals helps because you have set targets and you know what you are working towards. I like to have goals for morning, afternoon and sometimes evenings. That way, I can break up day, and work to clearly defined targets. It works great for me.

 

 

How do you manage time? Please sound off in the comments section. Thank you!

 

 

Cheshire Feels Like California

The Lovely Weather in Cheshire

I was telling a friend the other day, how crazy this whole weather thing is. I would never have predicted the warm weather we are currently experiencing. Cheshire feels like California. The weather has been dead warm for weeks now which is very usual for us here in Cheshire. And it has been pretty warm in most parts of the UK. We usually have a very short summer, much later in the year. But this year, we skipped spring altogether, and dived right into the warm weather.

I like the weather to a certain extent. It feels great to not hear the corny jokes about how horrible the British weather. They get boring sometimes. It also feels great to be able to style our summer pieces.

We have been making the most of the lovely sunshine as much as possible. Our summer wardrobes are looking good. We are enjoying the fact that we can wear less and lighter clothes. The kids have worn shorts all week, and we always have our sun cream with us for protection. How is the weather where you are?

 

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Bring on the Weekend

The weekend is almost here and I am seriously looking forward to it. I am looking forward to it so much that I have been busy reading a book with funny weekend quotes and Saturday quotes to get me even more in the mood. My Hay Fever has been a lot better this week thanks to changes in my lifestyle. I have been implementing the Hay Fever Tips I shared on the blog some weeks ago, and my overall health has improved. I hope it keeps improving. Hay Fever is one of the most uncomfortable illness to have.

This week has been very busy and it has been hard being on top of everything thanks to the half term holiday we enjoyed the last week. We spent the holiday in Chelmsford, Essex; and we had a terrific time with the family. We didn’t want the holiday to come to an end. Which is always the case when we get together with the crew. How was your half term week? Do you have any weekend plans?

 

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Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

I have been reading Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth and it is quite an interesting read. It is all about the author going undercover to work in many companies to discover what life is really like for the workers. I found the book informing, enlightening and very disturbing. It is shocking to see how big corporations treat their staff. And how many people live from hand to mouth. Reading this book has made me even more grateful for even the little things. I hear about how many people struggle to survive on low-income jobs, with many on zero contract jobs in London and I find it worrying. It is a book worth reading for sure. 

Reading  Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain also brought back memories of some of the previous jobs I had. I once worked in a call centre in Bristol whilst studying for my masters in International Human Resources at the University of the West of England (UWE). I had a zero hours contract with the company. But the good thing then was I wasn’t bothered. I had enough money to survive at uni, the money from job was just extra money to shop with. But that isn’t the case with many others. Many people solely relied on the income to survive and having a zero hours contract meant work was never guaranteed. 

I still remember how many times I would be booked to come into work, only to get a call an hour or 2 before to be told I was no longer needed for the day. It was my first job in the UK, and this was around the year 2008/2009. It was quite experience, and I would never forget it.

 

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Good all that is now a distant memory and this is now my reality. When I remember where I am coming from, I am thankful, and it makes me work even harder. I am looking to keep doing what I do and improve in what needs improvement. My plan is to work on my blog SEO and draw in even more traffic. I found an SEO services London company, and I am seriously considering having them on board.

How do you attract more blog traffic? Please share your tips. Have you ever visited Cheshire? What do you think of the county in general?

 

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