How I Make Working From Home Work For Me

How I Make Working From Home Work For MeEver since I switched to self-employment, I’ve had several people tell me their thoughts on whether or not working from home would work for them. Usually these people say one of two things.

One phrase I often hear is “Oh, you are so lucky to be able to work from home. I would LOVE that.”

The other phrase I hear is the exact opposite “I would absolutely HATE working from home. That would never work for me.”

I know several people who work from home and couldn’t possibly love it anymore than they already do (I’m in that group), and I also know those who have worked from home in the past and completely hated it.

Whether we’re talking about working from home for yourself, or working from home for others, those who work from the comfort of their home usually experience similar problems and situations.

Working from home obviously isn’t for everyone, but below is how I make working from home work for me:

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The Problem With the Traditional 8 Hour Work Day

The Problem With the Traditional 8 Hour Work DayToday, we have a post from my friend and personal finance blogger Harry Campbell.  

Harry started blogging about personal finance on his main site Your PF Pro a few years ago and enjoyed it so much that he started a second site dedicated to finding the perfect work-life balance at The Four Hour Work Day.  When Harry is not blogging, he works full-time as an aerospace engineer and enjoys surfing and playing beach volleyball.

Traditionally, in the United States our work days have been 8 hours long and we trudge into the office 5 days per week (and 2 weeks of vacation time is standard).

This pattern dates back to the Industrial Revolution – yeah, the cultural and societal revolution that happened over 200 years ago.  We’re usually a little bit slow to catch up to the rest of the world I guess.

You’d think by now we’d have realized our way of doing work is a little outdated. [Read more...]

Tips To Manage Your E-mail Better

2236649349_4985cc57d9_nTo some, managing your e-mail may seem very easy. A post on the subject may seem repetitive. However, to others an e-mail inbox may be the source of a lot of stress. I receive many, many e-mails each day and I’m sure many of you receive even more than I do.

Some days I want to just close my laptop and run away. Don’t worry, I actually love to receive e-mails, but sometimes receiving so many e-mails each day can be overwhelming.

Usually, I wake up to a few hundred e-mails each morning, and that doesn’t even include the hundreds of e-mails that automatically are sent to my Junk folder. The weekends are a little lighter, but there are still a lot.

Continue reading this article on Diversified Finances.

Also, don’t forget to read my wedding rant and planning update from yesterday. It is a doozy :)