I am amazed by how Margaret was able to overcome particular struggles that go with being creative – temporarily losing your creative juices isn’t easy. To maintain your drive, you need to get going and I am glad that Margaret has taken the initiative to keep her passion alive; one great character of a Virtual Assistant!
In 2008, Margaret Langston initiated Beautiful Corner, where it began as an original organizing concept, encouraging its clients to honor the past but live in the present by 1) letting go of content and clutter which is unnecessary to the present 2) uncovering and showcasing treasured items reflecting priorities and achievements 3) learning simple routines for maintaining order 4) using filters that allow in only that content which is needed and wanted and 5) making space for living in the present and motivating positive action for the future. Experience and circumstance led to Beautiful Corner’s evolution into a Virtual Assistantship, which seeks that same goal, namely to provide assistance that frees clients’ time and optimizes daily productivity.
What made you decide to venture into Virtual Assistance? How does this help you with your long-term goals?Working from home allows me to achieve a real work/life balance. Click To Tweet
I never liked working in an office, don’t like being micromanaged and I am most productive when working alone. Working from home allows me to achieve a real work/life balance.
What is a typical day like for you?
Morning is filled with personal activities which prepare me for the work day: partner/dogs/meditation! An annual average puts my work day at about 5 hours, which in real time increases or decreases according to the clients’ needs. I work intensely during this time without distraction. I take breaks to do light housework (I NEVER clean on the weekends). Overall, I’m done with the workday mid to late afternoon and am free to pursue my own activities for the remainder of the day.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Can you tell us more about it?
Volunteering (literacy/mentoring); writing; sketching; singing; walking with the dogs.
What are the most difficult challenges you have encountered as a VA, and how did you overcome them?
The most difficult challenge was creating clear communication with a variety of clients. I overcame this by being proactive with my own communication, encouraging my clients to give me necessary feedback, and offering a variety of ways to connect (phone, video chat in a few platforms, screensharing.)
As someone who has excellent drawing skills, have you ever experienced creative burnout? How did you deal with it?
I’ve had many dry spells in my creative life. The best solution I’ve found is to join groups to keep me going. I sing in regular community activities here in Monticello NY. I’m part of a writers group that meets regularly, and I participate in online sketch classes and forums.
How do you adapt your services to the ever changing needs of different clients?
I get regular client feedback and review work on an annual basis. I’m constantly assessing my skills, to see what needs improvement.
What quote best reflects your philosophy at work and in life in general? Why?
WORK: Getting tasks done instead of putting in a certain number of hours
LIFE: Time is NOT money. Time is infinitely more valuable.