Previously Published: March 26, 2020 Updated: August 26, 2021 With more and more people working from home, I thought it would be a good time to republish the series of posts on Work-life Balance. Working from home can throw a monkey wrench in everything. You can find yourself working too much with little balance in your life. You may find that you have problems with productivity. There are ways to fix that! This post looks at organization as a way to help with work-life balance. There are links to more posts in this series at the bottom of this post. Getting Organized is not just a good idea because your mom said so. If you are working from home, organization is your best friend. There are lots of benefits to being in control and developing a clutter-free lifestyle. 1. There’s less stress When you are organized, you are automatically less stressed. You would know where your keys, wallet, important papers, phone charger, and phone are. Similarly, if your project plan is up to date and you complete your reports or tasks on time, there’s no need to worry about on-the-spot requests for updates or meetings. 2. There’s more time Planning your time and keeping up-to-date means you can allocate time for everything in your life, including downtime. Better work-life balance. Being organized means, you won’t get sidetracked or panicked by not being able to find important items. You’ll be punctual and more productive. 3. You’ll be ready for the unexpected You can be prepared for last-minute requests or deadlines because you’re not distracted by untidiness or the mental cloud of not being quite sure where things stand. That is true for everything from planning your child’s birthday party to that big project at work you are overseeing. 4. Better health Studies have shown that being organized has demonstrable health benefits. Lower stress levels mean lower blood pressure and less body inflammation. Also, your immune system is stronger, and you’re less likely to be at risk of depression. You set up a positive feedback loop that spills over into other areas of your life. Better organization habits lead to better eating, exercise, and sleep habits. 5. Nothing feels overwhelming Having your life running smoothly, means you’re much calmer and in a better mental position to deal with all things — including unexpected things. You can look at your to-do list without panicking because you know you can do it. You know that you can tackle the list task-by-task without feeling overwhelmed. 6. More energy It might seem counter-intuitive but putting effort into planning and organizing your life gives you more energy. You’re less stressed because your mind isn’t obsessing about all the stuff you have to do. When you have a plan, you’re in control and know you can get it all done. If your papers, ideas, and tasks are in order, you can see a way through. Life is no longer a chaotic mystery! Finally, being organized signals trust and reliability. If you are on time, follow through on your commitments, and are ready for whatever comes at you, you will project an image of professionalism and responsibility. You will look promotion-ready and get more respect from your colleagues and your family. Work-Life Flow Posts
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