On Tuesday and Wednesday parts of my home town which included my house, were without electricity again. The previous week we had to live for 4 days without this commodity. It made me realise how absolutely dependent we are on electricity for all or rather, for most of our needs.
As virtual assistants we work with computers on a daily basis and when the electricity supply is cut for whatever reason, most of us are not able to do our work and supply our clients with their projects.
In South Africa we also had to learn to live with load shedding which disrupts not only our working hours but also our lives. It seems as if life comes to a standstill when there is no electricity. We grumble and complain about it, but should we not rather use these "quiet" times to do the things that we normally do not have time for?
During the first 4 days of no electricity, I did some much needed spring cleaning. When you sit in front of a computer for 18 hours or more to earn a living, house work tends to be put on the backburner. It is shocking to see what happened to your cupboards, drawers and even your wardrobes in the weeks and months you were in front of the computer.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I cleaned my office (I always have good resolutions to recycle all the papers and cardboard- I love handmade paper, have even tried it a few years ago, but in the end it is easier to just throw everything away). I am going to make a few document folders next year so that I can know exactly where the textured paper for invitation cards are, where I can find coloured cardboard, where, where.....
I also took time to read a few of the e-books on internet marketing that I downloaded two years ago. What a joy it was to actually understand what these gurus are talking about when they mention things like SEO, keyword search, niche marketing, content is king, "it is in the list", Google Adsense and Adwords.
One of these days I will put an autoresponder on my site and capture the e-mail addresses of everybody who visits here.
I suffered from information overload for many months after downloading, reading and trying to understand all these things. A few quiet daylight hours gave me the chance to realise how much we actually learn without even being aware of it.
Another thing that I have learnt is that candles are really only romantic when you spend time with the love of your life. When you need four candles to be able to read at night, you know that your eyesight is deteriorating fast.
As virtual assistants we tend to neglect our health, the long hours in front of the computer are bad for our eyes, we do not eat regular meals, we drink too much coffee, do not get enough exercise and then we wonder why we feel tired all the time. We have pain in our necks, pain in our backs and many times our family thinks that we are one big pain!
Life without electricity is not so bad after all, it gives you time to do a lot of things, it gives you time to reflect on your life, it gives you time with your family and it also gives you time to catch up on much needed sleep.
It is now 12.45 am and if the electricity were still off, I would have been in bed sound asleep by now. So, out with electricity, in with candles and natural living.
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