Simple steps to start a Home Office Day in your week and five reasons why you should.
A home office day raises your ordinary to a new level. We all have bills and finances to manage, lists, calendars, mail and paper clutter, and some of us even have home businesses. I’m sharing five reasons for a home office day, and simple steps for starting a reserved day of the week to devote time to home office tasks. I’ve written a lot about Office Day in Home Management, Plain and Simple, this is the shortened version.
Five Reasons for Home Office Day
- Our lives are full and it’s easy to live distracted. Home Office Day brings focus to details we need to manage. Life can go by in whirl, the days and months blend together and while in our mind it’s still June, the current month is October. By holding a Home Office Day consistently, you will have more success in managing your bills, money, calendar, home business, and to-do lists.
- A Home Office Day will relieve stress. You won’t have little nagging stressors that pop into your head at random times. You know your financial situation. You’ve managed your time by planning with your calendar, your plans and lists are made, and you’re acting on them.
- Your view changes on all of life because you are dedicating time to managing the backstory. Giving thought to life, planning, and making deliberate decisions build a foundation for success. Your confidence grows as you build skills in taking care of details.
- You make better money decisions. When you plan and prepare, you will make wiser choices and reach your goals.
- Your calendar and lists will be more thoughtful, and you will make better choices with your time. As you devote time and thought to your activities and when to do them, you will get a better idea of how you want to live. This will help you know where to fit the things that are most important to you and your family.
Simple Steps to Start
- Each week, set aside a certain amount of time devoted to Home Office tasks. Look at your family’s calendar and choose a time when you can think and work in a quiet environment. This can be tricky depending on your unique situation. I recall times in life that I had a “bill paying bag” that I toted along to my children’s piano lessons. I also liked to do office day tasks during nap/quiet time. Other times in life I woke early before the children to do home office work.
- Set up your home office area and make it a pleasant place! Have fun with it! Pinterest is full of inspiration for home office desk areas or rooms. As I said earlier, I also collected certain tasks into bags or totes to carry along with me and do while my children were busy with their activities.
- Ideas to do: menu plan and make grocery lists, save your online shopping for Home Office Day, plan your calendar out for a few months and include date nights, birthday parties, home projects, and other activities that can slip by undone without thinking and planning. And of course, get all the bills paid and check that all your autopay settings are current.
- If you have a home business, set aside a day to devote extra time to do specific tasks. Plan your business calendar, make phone calls, and other extra effort tasks for your income producing activities.
- Organize your lists. I like to separate my lists according to different areas of life.
- On Home Office Day, spend some time cleaning and organizing your home office and removing all the paper clutter.
You can have a successful Home Office Day! The more consistently you do the home office activities, the better you will become at your tasks and achieve proficiency. Commit to a focused day because it frees up time in the rest of your week and brain power that gets sucked away with “I should” and “I need to” thoughts. You can do it!
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