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  1. Hey Cori,

    I am a full-time employee and working on my blog as a side business. Imagine trying to juggle a full-time job, and all the daily obligations and distractions… I guess the best way to deal with that is a visit to the nearest cafe 🙂

    What would you suggest for someone like me? Someone who is starting – or working on – a business, while having a full-time job?

    Let me know what you think!
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  2. Hi Cori,

    Honestly speaking, working from home is not a walk in the park. Sometimes I pause to ask myself how those big shots in the industry manage their time.

    Though I haven’t really done well in managing my time because social media seems to take a big part of it, but there’s one way I have figured to help myself. And that’s, working in the night when everyone else as fast asleep. At that time, I have less distractions at home and from my online friends and students.

    Using some of the tips you shared here, I’m sure I’m going to improve.



    • Hi Emenike,

      I ask myself the same question all the time! 🙂

      Trust me by the time Thursday rolls around my schedule is all over the place! I don’t know how but I loose track of time and social media may be my culprit as well. 🙂

      Working at night is best for me too. There are less distractions – unless my dog needs to go out. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by to read my post and for your comment!


  3. These are all great tips, Cori! Very helpful for any mom working from home. It’s so easy to get distracted by home-keeping tasks. Monthly goal setting is a good idea too (which is something I need to start doing). Checking in with the list of goals half way through the month, will show a pattern, after a few months have passed of what is and what is NOT getting done.

    • Hi Lisa,

      Distractions live here 24/7. There is always something going on here. 😉

      I love that – we should be checking on our stats mid month to see how we’re going – it would be easy to make any adjustments instead of waiting the last week of the month. I need to do that. I check the first couple weeks and then get caught up wtih other things. By the time I realize I hadn’t checked my stats, it’s the last week of the month.

      Thanks for adding more value to this post!
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  4. Hi Cori,
    Guess I’m used to working from home. At first, when my daughter was younger and living with us, it was difficult to balance. But I did all my work while she was in school or at summer day camp.
    Now, it does come easier as long as I make my own deadlines. When I don’t guilt pours over me and I cannot enjoy whatever I’m doing. So I get things done, feel good and then go out and about.
    It is easier for me because my husband works along side of me now and we both run the same business.


    • Hi Donna,

      It was hard for me to balance working from home too. I’d work while the kids were at school and at night when they went to bed. Now they’re grown up but I’ve taken the role of caregiver for my mom so it’s another type of distraction.

      There are somethings you can ignore but some things that need our attention – that’s when flexibility comes in. And I’m getting pretty good at it myself, hehe. 🙂

      It does feel good to stay on task. It makes it better to enjoy the downtime.

      Sometimes I wish the hubs would work with me but I don’t know if we’d like each other for long, hehe. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by to share, Donna! Have a great new week!

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  5. Hi Cori,
    Definitely gotta use time wisely to make the WAH thing work.
    Kelli and I woke at 6 AM today to go to the Kelly and Ryan show down the block in NYC. Yes Kelli and Ryan saw Kelly and Ryan 😉 We spent a few hours at tapings and the live show, then walked the dog and my work day did not start until 11 AM. So I am moving into effective action with my lessened work load, leveraging my presence more than usual, even. Work wisely. WAH intelligently. Prosper.
    Thanks for sharing the smart tips!

    • Hi Ryan,

      You know – if you and Kelli did show for bloggers – you’d be a hit! If you do, can I be your Gelman? 🙂

      Such is the life of working from home – always having to adjust our schedules. It happens. And when it does that’s when we “move into effective action” – I love that! But the kicker is – you have to have the drive. I can’t tell you how many times my day has started late in the day and I’ll say screw it – the day is gone…but it’s not. I learned my lesson and don’t do that anymore. When my day starts, it starts.

      Thank you for coming by to read my post and for your comment! I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  6. Hi Cori

    People say those who work from home can’t meet deadlines as strictly as people at workplace do.

    I think as the saying goes; “a person never be happy in any situation”; is the main problem people have about working from home.

    Those who go to workplace think from home they could have delivered more while people pining in homely environment dream of going to workplace.

    Those who can be their own boss it’s does not matter be they are at home or in office. While those who constantly need a goading to keep working can hardly be successful working at home.

    I worked in corporate sector for 20 years and now working from home but doesn’t feel any problem because I worked in a team and most of the time as team leader.

    Many thanks for sharing this thoughtful post to work from home without wasting time.
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    • Hi Mi Muba,

      You are exactly right. A person is never really happy in any situation. I worked in the corporate sector for about 10 years and I used to dream about being able to be at home.

      Now that I’m here, there are times I wonder what was I thinking. But the latter is so much more freeing and rewarding than the first.

      Being in management in a sales environment where results and driving revenue were the main focus, it’s helped me work through tough times. Working under pressure was the norm in the office so what I go through now is a piece of cake. 🙂

      Thank you for coming by to share your insights with us! Have a great new week!

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  7. Oh yes! When I was seriously contemplating working from home, I really didn’t take into consideration all the distractions. On many of my vacation days from my day job to work on my side-hustle, I realized it wasn’t all oreo’s and milk. The furkids wanted frequent breaks to go outside. Of course, I have to pass through the laundry room to let them out. Oh, look at that! Laundry is still on the floor. Throw it in the washer. Then headed back to my office, of course, I peek in the kitchen. Hmm…let’s get a snack, a drink, Oh, the dishwasher hasn’t been emptied. Oh yes, it definitely takes someone who can focus on the tasks at hand and not deter into domestics and furry children.

    You’ve done an amazing job girl! Thanks for the tips!

    • Girl, you just described my day! That’s exactly what I go through. Our furkids are like little humans – they want and need attention, too.

      I’ve left clothes in the washer and had to rewash them. LOL

      Yeah, it takes some big britches to be able to make working from home work. 🙂

      Thanks gf and thanks for coming by chica!

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  8. Great advice! My issue is not being able to stop, sometimes…my boyfriend will come home and we’ll be watching TV, yet I’m still sitting on my laptop typing away. He complains sometimes and I have to remember to put down the laptop haha.

    I also love taking my laptop with me to cafes – sometimes it feels like a breath of fresh air and a way to clear your head, to just get out of the house and do work in an environment with other people around.


    • Hi Kamara,

      It’s so funny you said that – I’m like that, too! I had to move my desktop to our room so now the hubs watches TV and I’m at my desk typing away. Just yesterday he told my dog “mommy doesn’t love us, she loves the computer.” LOL

      I’ve never worked at a cafe…A friend of mine studies at Starbucks. I might have to try it sometime. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing!

      Cori Ramos recently posted…Work-from-Home Job Lead Round Up 11My Profile

  9. Hey Cori,

    Though I have never done any corporate job but I know the pain people are going through.

    It’s really hard to manage the time for their online business. Especially, for the home moms who have kids to be taken care of.

    They should schedule their work according to the time they get when their kids go to sleep or play. It requires some work.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
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    • Hi Ravi,

      Either lifestyle is tough – it’s just a matter of deciding which one we want more and work around their kid’s schedules.

      I know bloggers who have a full time job while trying grow an online business. It’s tough – with or without kids. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by to share your thoughts! Have a great new week. 🙂

      Cori Ramos recently posted…Work-from-Home Job Lead Round Up 11My Profile

  10. My problem in working from home is I can never learn to truly “leave the office”! Because working is so accessible, it’s hard for me to resist getting on my computer to get a few things done.

  11. Hi Cori, I occasionally work from home with my day job. Let me tell you I prefer to work from a Starbucks to stay focused. Otherwise I look at laundry and dishes and feel overwhelmed.
    I think having a place to go to where you can focus on the tasks on hand is super important. Maybe a sound proof roof in a house would work well. Otherwise the distractions could really get you down.
    I don’t know how you’ve managed to do Cori especially when the kids were younger….
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    • Hi Lisa,

      I’ve never worked outside the house – like at a Starbucks but there is something to it. A friend of mine was studying to be a nurse and she’d be at Starbucks early in the morning studying. I might have to try that because distractions are 24/7 around here. 🙂

      Thanks, Lisa. It was tough – I worked a lot of late nights, still do. 🙂

      Have a great new week!

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  12. I think people think work for yourself is a constant vacation. But there is a lot of pressure and lot’s of potential distractions. I love the idea of working at a cafe. I did that a lot when just starting out. I don’t do it as much anymore, but ti is probably a good idea because there are many fewer distractions.

    • I blame the trolls for the stereo-type, Erica. They splash ads with people working on their laptop while sitting on the couch in their pjs along with a caption that says “make $100 a day reading emails”. They make it look so easy.

      I’ve never eaten at a cafe – I need to give it a try one day.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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  13. I don’t work from home all the time, but when I do, it’s a struuuuuuggle to get anything done efficiently. Thanks so much for creating these tips! They’re super helpful and I can’t wait to put them to use soon!

  14. I find working from home so difficult. I work a 9-5 but my boss allows me to work from work from time to time. I don’t get as much done as I’d like to on those days – I think I’m just too excited about being able to stay in my pj’s all day lol. These are great tips for me to help manage those work from home days 🙂

    • Hi Krysta,

      I can totally understand that. I hope these tips will be helpful for you. One thing I would do is get dressed as if you’re going to work – full make-up and all and have the mindset that you do when you’re at work.

      Let me know how it goes!

      Cori Ramos recently posted…Work-from-Home Job Lead Round Up 11My Profile

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