A New Year in the Life of a Virtual Assistant

Since writing A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant and A Different Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant very early last year, a lot of things have changed for me. I know how some of you enjoy reading about my life as well as the tips and advice I give on this blog, so I thought it was about time for a little catch-up.

As I wrote these posts such a long time ago (it doesn’t feel that long) I’ve just had to re-read them, just to remind myself of my life back then. It’s amazing how things can change and move on so quickly.

I think I’ll start just after March 2012 when I wrote the second post. In June last year I decided that I was spending too much time indoors working, sat at my computer all day and not getting out in the fresh air. I was telling everyone on my blog to get out and about, take a break, go for a walk and I wasn’t living by my own advice. So I got a puppy!

HatchiThis is Hatchi, when I got him in June 2012 he was already 5 months old (which in hindsight was a huge nightmare!). Hatchi is a Breton Spaniel and needs LOTS of exercise and LOTS of attention. When I got him I didn’t take this on board, I just kept thinking that we’d go on lots of lovely walks together, he’d get me away from my computer and I’d be all healthy and slim. How wrong could I have been! I love having a dog and wouldn’t change him for the world, but he’s a big responsibility, he needs walking three times a day, I can’t do anything without considering what will happen to the dog.

I could write a whole series of blog posts on owning a dog, and about all the antics Hatchi gets up to, but as this is my business blog I might save that for another day.

If you read my previous posts you will also have seen there were plans to move to a farm and spend my day with cows and sheep and various other animals. Well back in June this year when the farm was nearly habitable I separated from my boyfriend. His French way of life just didn’t suit me, there were things I loved and there were things I hated, and the anxiety about all that just wasn’t going to work out.

Since then I’ve started new French lessons, 5 hours a week and also just this week I have found a new house to live in. The apartment I have been in for 2 years is just not working anymore. I don’t have enough space outside for the dog, and as I was no longer moving to the farm I have been on the lookout for a new place since then. My tenancy starts on 1st December but I have lots of cleaning and decorating to do before I actually move in. I will have a field of 2000m2 for the dog, as well as plenty of space indoors for an office and a guest bedroom – I may need to invest in some extra furniture to fill it though.

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This is my new house…

Now my work day looks like this…

So as you can imagine, my working day is slightly different from when I wrote the other posts back in 2012. 

I get up around 8am, no alarm clock which I love! I might sit at my computer and check emails while eating breakfast, or sometimes I watch the news.

Around 10am I will take Hatchi for his morning walk, I try to alternate the walk I go on so he doesn’t get bored. We’re usually out for around 30-45 minutes.

I have my one and only cup of coffee of the day when I get back, it helps get the brain going for the official start of my working day. I spend a couple of hours doing client work, making sure I prioritise the important things for this time of day which means I can have a more relaxing afternoon.

Sometimes I have lunch at my desk, other times I will sit and catch up on a TV series I like to watch. Then after lunch spend another couple of hours on client work until around 3pm when I take Hatchi for his afternoon walk.

That just leaves a couple more hours for client work, and anything else that needs doing business related.  Just recently I have been working in the evenings for a few hours as I have been very busy with eBook formatting, but as a rule I will switch my computer off around 6pm and do something un-work related.

I used to spend my evenings on my iPhone searching for articles to share on social media, and generally continue working. I don’t tend to do this as much now, I have managed to separate my work and life a little more now my business has grown. I now have my very own virtual assistant who takes care of the little jobs I used to struggle to keep up with myself.

This Christmas I am actually switching off for the whole time, from 23rd to 27th December, no work, no business related activities. It’s going to be hard, but I am adamant I will have a proper rest from work.

And in 2014…

Well I have some ideas about where my business will be going in 2014, and if you are signed-up to my newsletter (you can sign-up at the top) then you might just hear about my ideas later this week when that’s published.

Comments

  1. Congratulations on the move Jo! Very pleased you will no longer have a leaky roof!
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