Adapting to working from home

Adapting to working from home


Well, for those of you who don’t know, I am now officially self employed – I still work as a midwife, but now on the ‘staff bank,’ which means I work as cover for people on sick and annual leave and I can choose more when I work.  Plus no more on calls for me!  I’m discovering new ways of working from home, as a blogger, freelancer, antenatal educator, breastfeeding advisor and designer (just a few projects!) which is better for me and my family.  I have my home office set up – when I say home office, I mean dining room table, complete with laptop, organiser, pen and paper, editorial calendar, camera and phone.  It has been one of my goals this year to get more organised with my blog, a mission which I am starting to accomplish, I have an editorial calendar where I schedule and plan my posts as much as I can, and I have lists of my review items in the order they need to be published.  I am trying to implement a social media strategy and be more consistent in my approach, rather than posting in short bursts.  I have increased my numbers a lot, especially on Instagram, but there is still work to do.

According to Dell, there is only one device we need, rather than all of these separate ones, a point which they illustrate with this infographic.

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We don’t even need our purses anymore with smartcash on our mobile devices overtaking it.  I’ve already got used to the ease of contactless, I even experience mild annoyance when a retailer doesn’t have contactless!  With The Independent now only publishing online, it’s a trend that is set to continue, as we more and more read and keep our preferences on our devices.  Want to watch YouTube on a bigger screen?  Zap it from your tablet to your TV!  We hardly need physical DVDs or Games anymore, they’re all online or on a hard drive, easily downloaded or streamed.  Books – while there are many who still love the hard copies (me included), eBooks are now the norm.  I agree a tablet takes up less space though than several books, especially when you’re going away on holiday.  My phone, or rather mobile device as it is nowadays, will always be close at hand, I think I suffer from mobile phone addiction as I always like to have it to hand.  I hope one day there will be a one device fits all – do you have one?


This post is a collaboration with Dell.  All opinions are my own. 

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  1. Julian
    February 22, 2016 / 12:41 am

    This is a tedious post just the sort I’d expect from a mummy blogger.

    • February 22, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      This is a tedious comment, just the sort I’d expect from a numpty.

  2. February 22, 2016 / 9:02 am

    I’ve just started getting used to contactless too – it’s so much quicker! Well done on getting organised 🙂 I think you’re right though, everyone will be in one device (if it isn’t already!) x

    • Midwife and Life
      February 22, 2016 / 9:10 am

      Here’s hoping x

  3. February 22, 2016 / 9:07 am

    I feel lost without my devices because we need them more and more in every day life. I do prefer to read a proper book to reading on a kindle because I like the feel of turning a page. Do you remember the first mobile phones we all had when they became more affordable to buy? mine was huge lol

    • Midwife and Life
      February 22, 2016 / 9:10 am

      I had a flip top phone with an aerial that I was really proud of!

      • LIsa Barry
        February 22, 2016 / 11:11 am

        I work from home and this has really made me think about how I use my gadgets. Thank you for a great informative post with valuable information. You have given me food for thought xx

        • Midwife and Life
          February 22, 2016 / 11:20 am

          Thank you x

  4. February 22, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Ooh I’d love to work from home. I seem to have lots of devices though, not just one ha ha! I’ve just got one of those sticks that let’s you watch the Internet on the TV. A one device for Ali sounds good but imagine the terror of losing it!

    As for this being a tedious post, it wasn’t. And if hot dislike mummy blogs I’d suggest not reading mummy blogs… Oh and remember, “don’t speak unless you can improve the silence”

    • Midwife and Life
      February 22, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Well said! Thank you, and I didn’t think of losing it, can you imagine – it wouldn’t leave my sight!

      • February 22, 2016 / 10:04 am

        Sorry about the typos! another peril of small devices LOL – I was on my phone 🙂

  5. February 22, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I love my devices, I’m not so keen on contactless. I can’t get it out of my head that it isn’t secure, not needing a signature or pin number x

    • Midwife and Life
      February 22, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks, I love it, so quick and easy!

  6. February 23, 2016 / 5:36 am

    I’ve been working at home for a few years now and I have to say, I don’t think I could EVER EVER see myself working in an office setting from here on out – I am just so used to working from home in my PJs! LOL!

    • Midwife and Life
      February 23, 2016 / 7:31 am

      It’s the best!

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