Organizing Tip #15: Working From Home

Organizing Tip #15: Working From Home

More than 50% of the workforce today works from home ranging from full-time hours to at least one day a week. Having this option offers the employee the benefits of avoiding a commute, flexibility, and saving money. All of this creates a happier employee! A self-employed person who works from home has the additional benefit of having autonomy.

I love working from home! For me there are so many advantages and I am grateful for being part of that 50% who have this opportunity. I wanted to share with you some of the ways I make the most of this lifestyle.

First, the flexibility to design my day so it is beneficial to my work and my health – physical, mental, and emotional. I start my day with my morning routine. Completing all the things I want to do everyday usually takes me from three to four hours so depending on when I wake up, I am finished by 10-11 am. I spend time at the gym, read my book, walk my dog, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

Next, I buckle down and focus on my actual work. This type of work will be different for everyone, but with all my daily tasks out of the way, I feel focused and motivated. I work hard for the next several hours until I need a break. This might be 2-3 in the afternoon.

I take a short break by playing fetch with my dog or calling a friend. I check my to-do list and decide what I need to finish.

Finally, with a renewed and refreshed attitude, I work again for another 3-4 hours. I stop around 6-7 pm. In total, I work very focused about 6 hours per day, but I have accomplished more than I would have in an office for 8 hours.

This kind of schedule may not work for you, especially if you have young children at home. The idea is to create a schedule that does work with you life, but to take advantage of the ability to work from home. Add some quiet moments or breaks that enhance your day! Go for a walk, sleep in, or read a book. Create a work day you love!

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Finding Balance

Finding Balance

A well-balanced life, just like a well-balanced meal, includes all the things that we believe are beneficial for us. That’s why we try to limit desserts and put extra veggies on our plate.

What makes a well-balanced life for you? Consider these areas when filling your “plate” or your day: physical, mental, emotional, social, occupational, and/or spiritual. Look at your calendar and identify what part of your week you dedicate to these areas. Eliminate the things that are not so good, like sugar or tv watching, in order to add the things that are more beneficial for you. Don’t eliminate all desserts because it is okay to have some indulgences, but make sure all the important stuff is in your calendar first.

Some examples could be to read a book before bed in order to fulfill a mental goal. Another example could be to do stretching exercises while you watch tv each night for thirty minutes. This fulfills a physical goal. Another example might be to enroll in night school in order to fulfill an occupational goal.

Try making one small change each week until your “plate” is well-balanced and includes all the areas necessary for good health.

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