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Working Vacation?

Most virtual assistants will have a variety of clients, some out of town and some local, but what happens when a virtual assistant wants to take a vacation?   They can choose to have another virtual assistant cover the workload or attempt a “working vacation” and support clients while traveling.  I chose the latter this past week and was able to complete my  clients requests while enjoying a great visit with family and friends in Kamloops, Gibsons and Victoria, B.C.

Hiccups,  yes there were a few like Cadboro Bay, where I stayed,  which has no cell tower. I had to walk three blocks up the street to get coverage. Fortunately there was internet service at the house so I could plug in my netbook , use Skype and e-mail.  When away from the house (and in cell tower range) I used my Blackberry to stay in touch.

As my clients were aware of my travels I believe they were easy on me but here’s some advice, backup everything before you leave.  I use an external hard drive to back up my computers, then a separate memory stick for each client.  I traveled with the memory sticks, a network cable and a netbook.  I do attempt to go paperless but took a small notebook too.

Please note the new law in British Columbia which is “NO HANDHELD DEVICES” while driving.   I always found some quiet times during the day and set aside a few hours every night to complete tasks and update sites.  The only day I had to take off was the drive from Victoria to Calgary.

This Working Vacation combined two of  my passions, being a Virtual Assistant and spending time with family and friends.

This whole concept of blogging has me confused

Anyone can start a blog, anytime, about anything. I recall a few years back when I worked on a corporate newsletter, the hardest thing was to find enough interesting content for each issue. With a blog, content is not an issue, you can say what is on your mind, provide opinions on current events or discuss your passions. 

You don’t need a college education, a degree in journalism or be technically inclined, all you need is a connection to the internet, it can even be at your local library. You can create a blog in just a few minutes with no prior experience and you can do it for FREE.

Not only can you write in a variety of languages, you can publish photos, video’s, music libraries or any type of catalogue or tutorial for all the world to see.

So why create a blog? Well for a number of reasons, to persuade, to inform, to advise, to warn, to express or to teach. When you blog your message is published instantly. Your expressions may be considered personal, professional or corporate. Your blog may be a marketing tool which can aid in the generation of income, but if everyone is blogging, does that not reduce the significance of each blog as more of us blog?

So I blog, and two of my friends blog, and each of their two friends blog, and so on and so on, until the world has so many blogs that there are now blogs about the different kinds of blogs and blogs that rate the blogs.

If I do blog what is the worst that can happen, I can be criticized for my opinion, or condemned for providing some incorrect information. In either case the blog will have taught me to do my homework before I publish. And if someone blogs about my blog isn’t that a good thing?

Isn’t blogging just another form of communication, could it be therapeutic to blog, could we see things more clearly just because we have written them down? If we just need to express ourselves does blogging fill that void?

I have tried a few times to start a journal, never worked with me but this blogging, ah now that’s something I think I’d like to try.

Office Spring Cleaning Time

I know it is Saturday but I had some things I needed to tend to in my office. I finished my bookkeeping and set aside three things that I would get to next week during office hours. But where to put them, usually I clip them up on my file cab with a magnet ready for the next day but one look around my office and I knew that it needed a good Spring Cleaning.

Why is it that everything seems to land right in my work area. I thought my filing was done but there still seemed to be too many papers, envelopes, and well, just stuff. The wires under my desk needed some taming and my clients business cards were neatly organized scanned and verified, mine were still sitting in a pile.

Where to start. I took a look around. I needed to create more space so it is time to archive the older files into boxes. I had been using a spare drawer in my file cab as a supply area and have decided to use two rolling plastic organizers to put the extra disks, papers, clips, cards, etc. so that would also free up another drawer of my file cabinet. I took all the old files, put them in a bankers box, wrote down what was in the box, kept a record in the box and one on the computer the boxes then went into storage.

The added space helped me get the stuff, (pencil case, bank books and calculator) off my workspace creating a larger area to work in but still keeping most of my equipment within an arm's reach.

It has always been easier for me to organize others but now it was time to make sure the spring cleaning came into my office space. I resolve to set aside 15-20 minutes at the end of every work day to keep my work area clean and tidy. It is going to be easier now that I have a larger work area and room for my filing to grow.

So don't forget your office space when you are doing your spring cleaning.

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