Organization Is The Key to Happiness: Working from Home Zen
As the Covid-19 restrictions continue, many of us career girls still find ourselves working form home. While working in loungewear can be fun, there is something rewarding about the structure and organization of a physical office. It was this thought, coupled with an inspirational quote from Bonni Goldberg, (“detail is electric”) that sparked me to make my home office a space where I could be at my most productive. During this journey, I discovered that the key to happiness – and productivity – is organization. As you begin to de-clutter your space, you will immediately see results and ultimately, your home office will feel simultaneously like a sanctuary and a space of creativity, productivity and organizational zen!
Achieving Your Working From Home Zen
There are lots of things you can do, both large and small, that will make a tangible difference in the way your home office feels and functions. Getting rid of things you no longer use in your office will increase its functionality by making it tidier, easier to clean, as well as giving it a boost of positive energy. I recommend beginning with old papers – add them to the recycling bin (or shred them), along with files and calendars you no longer use. Additionally, consolidating your daily notes and to-do lists into one notebook will do wonders for your desk & give you more space to work.
Now is the ideal time of year to embark on a spring office (& life!) cleaning: doing your taxes, as well as clearing and sorting through your work wardrobe are wonderful places to start. Now, you are ready to pick one big project (don’t worry about trying to do multiple projects at once) to embark upon. I recommend focusing on one project a month; working on it a little at a time can be cathartic and is the ultimate stress-free plan. A deep cleaning of your physical working space once a season will also support you to feel comfortable at work, and will brighten up and refresh any space.
My final suggestion is to take aim at the little, repetitive, everyday tasks. Work hard to make it a habit to sort your mail right away, clean your desk and purse every day, and dream up new ways to multitask effectively. Train yourself to make a difference in tiny ways all day long, and soon you’ll forget it’s an annoyance, because when it all adds up, you’re way ahead of the game.
Make Organizational Zen Your Normal
If you can coax yourself into making the art of organization second nature, I promise it will serve you – and your career – forever.
This guest post was authored by Becca Anderson
Becca Anderson comes from a long line of preachers and teachers from Ohio and Kentucky. The teacher side of her family led Becca to become a women’s studies scholar who writes The Blog of Awesome Women. An avid collector of meditations, prayers, and blessings, she helps run a “Gratitude and Grace Circle” that meets monthly at homes, churches, and bookstores. Becca Anderson credits her spiritual practice with helping in her recovery from cancer and wants to share this with anyone who is facing difficulty in their life. She is the author of Think Happy to Stay Happy, Real Life Mindfulness, and Every Day Thankful. Becca shares her inspirational writings and suggested acts of kindness at https://thedailyinspoblog. wordpress.com/.