Work Mode

So…you’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to lately.

Last time I promised you a brand-new blog entry, but that fell by the wayside when my beloved Tiya passed away; her burial coincided with the Sunday that I planned to post my entry, so between the wake and the funeral, I hadn’t had a lot of time to recover.

Once that was over, though, I plunged straight back into my freelance virtual-assistant work, and I ended up missing yet another window to write a new blog entry. Next thing I knew, it was Palm Sunday, and I had nothing to write yet again.

Which brings us to where we are right now.

I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I’ve been working nonstop since February. The writing’s still there, though not as regular as it used to be, but going back to actual paying work has given me a better reason to bloom where I’ve been planted, so to speak. This means that I’m back to my usual “office hours” setup that I had when I used to be a graduate student, where I did most of my work in the daytime while pursuing my writing and creative stuff by night. And not only am I getting paid, but I get to work from home, which eliminates all the runaround that I used to put myself through during the last few years of graduate school.

That said, however, I’ve decided that I’m going to make a series out of the work hacks that I’m learning ever since I started my freelance work. It’s not going to be a regular feature the way my writing-life essays are, but these are hacks that have made a difference in my work life ever since I started implementing them in my schedule. Here are some of the topics that I intend to tackle:

  • Motivation for being present in the moment
  • Ideal routines for getting work done
  • The best times to take a break (and how)
  • How to balance work with creative time

I’d like to encourage you to share your best tips for working (both at home and in the office) here in this space. What were the strategies that have worked for you? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Stella

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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