Organizing Your Work-Life Balance

Meghan Hatalla

Benovates Expert Blogger

Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Balance is never perfect. And that’s especially true when it comes to work and life. There will probably often be times when work demands more of your time and attention, and other times when your personal life is dominating the majority of it. It’s like balancing a seesaw; sometimes both sides hover in harmony, but heavy, or more important, things are always going to tilt it. One of the best ways to keep the small things from snowballing into bigger, heavier things is through organization.

Employing a few strategies to keep your work life in order makes it easier to maintain a healthy work life balance. Benovate will have organization tips all week to help tackle the imbalances in your life.

4 Simple Tips for Organizing Your Work Life-Balance

1. Try the 80/20 Rule

The Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, has many different interpretations. Originally focusing on economic disparity, it has also been shown to have applications in the business and time management world as well.

When analyzing your to-do list, you might find there are many smaller items you could cross off easily. But what will those save you in the long run? The 80/20 rule advocates for tackling the few larger tasks that will ultimately save you more time and effort in the bigger picture.

2.  Keep Your Desk Clean

Maybe it’s the last thing you see or the first thing you see. But it happens to the best of us: the Pile.

The Pile is ever-growing. It’s where you stack meeting agendas with light notes, post its with half hearted checklists, and other random bits of clutter.

Do yourself a favor: go through it every day. Be brutal about what you can realistically use again and what can get tossed in recycling.There are multiple studies about how clutter affects our mindset and can make us feel more stressed. The more stressed we are at work, the more we take it home. So do yourself (and your family) a favor.

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3. Declutter Other Areas

Building off of the clutter comment, take note of your entire space. Whether you have a expansive office or a shared cubicle, make it a space in which you *want* to work. Keeping it tidy is one thing. But do you want to stand up and work? Look into a standing workstation. Like to draw out ideas? Get a whiteboard. Find ways to organize not only your physical space, but your mental space, too.

Make it a space you WANT to work in!

4.  Manage Incoming Communications

Let’s hear it: your inbox should not be your to-do list.. Even though you can’t see stacks of paper everywhere, it is still digital clutter and can cause stress. Being better organized will save time and allow you to access things more quickly when you need them.

Email clients, like Outlook and Gmail, have plenty of approaches to help you reduce the digital clutter and noise that comes in. Using folders or tags is a great way to organize your inbox so all emails relating to one project are in one space, for example. And if you’re one of those people with a phobia of deleting email, create a “MISC” folder in which you can dump the things you don’t need (but might need, right?).

Start tackling the imbalances in your life.

Balance is something we all need to find and practice for ourselves. These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to organizing work and home life. Interested in learning more? If you are a Benovate member, log in to check out the entire organization series!

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