We often wish to live our lives as a dichotomy between work and home. It’s often said that the two should remain separate and there’s countless columns of advice online as to how to avoid one from affecting the other. To this I ask: why are we so obsessed with separating ourselves and our lives into different pieces? The last time I checked, I was who I was at home when I went to work, and vice versa.
Home life affects productivity, and office politics influences the way we behave at home. While I can’t offer advice on how to combat the more complicated of these dilemmas, I can say that as far as home life helping the office mentality, nothing beats getting your household organized.
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Experts call it "analysis paralysis" but simply put when we have too many problems to solve we end up not solving any of them. If you depart for work every morning from a house plagued with clutter and in need of some fixing up, that stuff stays with you when you sit down at your desk. Whether you directly think about it or not, major household concerns take up the space in your head that could be used for doing your job better. It might seem instinctive to try and fix your work routine with work-related changes in the way you function, but you should definitely look at home first.
Solution: Inspiration through Organization
Taking the time to collect your clutter and rent a self storage unit to throw it all in, or even just going out and buying boxes to store stuff in to put into the basement, can clear some space in your head as well as in your home. Waking up to a home you’re proud of, even if all it takes is a new paint job in the bedroom or kitchen, can generate mounds of positive energy you’ll use up later when you go to work.
It’s not just about clearing your head of household worry – if you create a home environment you’re proud of and look forward to seeing and maintaining, it’ll make you a more ardent worker. You’ll be happier because you’ll have something to work for and something to deeply appreciate. When you first bought your home, surely you expected to be proud of it. That pride, especially on the tail end of hard work, leads to positive attitude and a better life experience as whole.