Creating a Productive Home Office

In line with imposing quarantine all over the world because of this Pandemic. Working at home has becoming a norm to majority of businesses and organization.

How do we shift from the typical office set up to working at home surrounded by too many distractions?

Let’s create a pleasant and productive home office set up.

  1. Chose your perfect spot.

You have to ensure that you put your self in a quiet spot where you can gather your thoughts and concentration to be productive working from home.

I suggest you move away from the television that makes you want to glimpse on the series your housemates are watching, or just near the fridge where the snack can easily distract you.

Get your self a nice lamp giving you enough lightning to pump that mood and ambiance of an office.

2. Don’t use the bed as your work space.

I know there are lots of bed tables that allows you to work while you’re sitting or slouching on the bed, but no, please don’t. Just the same with using your couch, those gives you too much comfort. One minute you’re working enthusiastically and the next thing you know you’re just chilling there or worst, sleeping. Good bye to do list.

3. Keep your work space clean and organize.

Since working at home allows us to practice paper less transactions, keeping a decluttered desk is expected.

Don’t be tempted to eat on your desk and leave everything you have used on the side of your table.

Remember that a neat workspace gives us clearer space to think and perform all the work-plans productively.

4. Move.

After doing above mentioned tips, I know, you’re too focused on your work to even listen to me, but hey! Remember to move and don’t be on the same sitting position while working. Be conscious on your posture and do some stretching.

5. Own that workspace.

We really don’t know how long this work set up will last, so might as well own that space. Put something personal that will cheer you up every working day.

Remember how you put those frames on your office desk or those tiny collectibles? It gives a lift right? Try doing it on your home office set up for the same pleasant experience.

Working at home does come with some perks, most of us are enjoying. It’s best to give back by being productive with a touch of excellence and your perfect makeshift office will help you do so.

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Interview tips from HR

If you are looking for some advice on how to ace that upcoming interview, here are my tips.

Be your true self

When I do interview and talk to an applicant, I am not waiting for the right answer. There is no perfect answer to any of my questions. I just need to know the truth, why? when? what happened, things like that. Never ever pretend to be someone else or to claim something that you really don’t know of. Remember that you have 6 months in probation to prove everything.

Do not convince, but convey

Do not put a lot of marketing during your interview. I know you want the job but you have to convey your importance and value as a skilled person with a good character rather than just convincing them to hire you because you can do the job.

Stay focused

Sometimes, in the middle of the interview, you tend to get along too much with the interviewer that you lose your concentration on the questions and ends up making chit chats. It’s ok to get informal conversation related to the interview but do not lose your focus. Make sure that you are still catching everything right.

State your strength and highlight your weaknesses

For me it is important to see how a person acknowledges his flaws and how willing he is to improve. Don’t be afraid to tell exactly what you are lacking of or you’re weak at, again, be your true self. Just make sure that you are doing something to improve where you fall short, otherwise you won’t make it on the short list.

Passion for work

Among all the applicants on a job vacancy, there is one with superior set of skill and there is one with overflowing passion for work and I always go to those passionate ones.

In my experience, super skilled person can do the job perfectly but some one passionate put some add ons and I’d say it’s work of love.

I don’t say it’s correct but I’m saying this based on my experience, and all those I hired never failed me. Most of them are already managing a team, if not regular employees.

You see, interview is basically just knowing who you are and why we need to hire someone like you. Be prepared to show your value and your passion for work. Maybe you won’t get hired on the first, second or third interview but do not lose hope. There is always that company who needs someone like you, you just need to keep looking.

Good luck!

Self Learning your guide to Success

Self Learning your guide to Success

Back in the days, self-education or self-learning has been very difficult. You need to go to the library, get a library card to study a book that you need, and return it at once. When you are looking for a definition of a word, you have to grab that thick Dictionary or Encyclopedia to know it’s history and scan through all those pages.

Luckily, the world has developed and equipped us with all the learning tools we need, with just a click away. All we have to do is to read, learn, apply, and share that information to make self-learning more valuable.

Self Learning by Your VA Ayah

WHY DO WE NEED TO CONSIDER SELF-LEARNING?

Unlike the usual school approach in education, self-learning is not measured by your exam results, it is basically all the knowledge you acquired outside school environment and let’s you gauge that knowledge through experience which makes it more meaningful.

Self-learning can help us improve our skills and enrich our practical applications. Here are some reasons why we need to consider self-learning:

  • Improves problem-solving .
  • Stress-Free. Since this does not require deadlines, examination and recitation. It is pure learning at your own pace.
  • It entices us to explore and learn more.
  • It gives us sense of accomplishment. When you have unlocked something new, it creates a positive feeling which will motivate you in doing it again.
  • You become an inspiration. When you share your learning experience with other people, you are encouraging them to have that self-learning attitude as yours.

HOW DO YOU START YOUR SELF-LEARNING HABIT?

It always start with your CURIOSITY, this is your main drive to learn. When you are eager to satisfy that curiosity, you have start writing your LEARNING GOALS, what is it for? what is the learning coverage? When your goals are set, you need to start your RESEARCH, gather reliable resources, references or learning material. Gather as many as you can, when you have them all start ENGAGING WITH THE LEARNING PROCESS. Read and understand, read and understand, repeat until you reach your learning goals. Test your acquired knowledge by practical APPLICATION. This is the part when you can say your research is either fact or fiction, and the part when you can decide to explore more on that same or different learning goal. To make your self-learning experience more meaningful, SHARE it with your network. Collaborate with people and share what you have learn.

You can apply self-learning attitude in everything you do. Talking to a person with experience similar to your learning goals or subject of your curiosity is already a self learning process.

There is nothing that will stop you if you want to learn. Learning is a never ending cycle that wheels us to Success, so if you want to succeed, make self learning a habit.

Marketing Platforms Your Business Needs To Look At

When you are starting to run a business or maybe planning to have one, you have to think of how you will market your brand for a long term customer engagement, but as soon as you created your marketing approach the next question is where to start and place your campaigns?

Social Media Sites are said to be the best marketing platform for businesses due to it’s increasing population of users.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Linked In
  • Pinterest
  • Youtube

Its accessibility being on mobile devices helps market strategist to easily connect and engage with audience or target market.Networks can also be easily expanded in social media platforms.

You can start growing your audience or followers by branding, you can personally do this if you are a marketing specialist by blood however an expert on digital marketing can give you suggestion on what possible digital marketing can work well with your brand, products or services and target market.

There are a lot of digital marketing you can do using social media platforms, Here are the following:

  • Email Marketing
  • Lead Management
  • Event Management
  • Websites & Landing Pages
  • Blogging or Content Management
  • SEO
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Live Chat
  • Dashboards and Analytics
  • Ecommerce and point-of-sale

These are just few example of what to explore to establish your brand in the market and boost your company’s sales. If you are aiming for a fast and noticeable presence in social media platforms you can hire your own Digital Expert and let him do the work for you.

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