Thursday, September 29, 2011

From Office to Home (defining your workplace and your job)

I mentioned earlier that it was so much easier for me to be organized at work than it is at home.

At work, I knew what my job was. I knew what I had to get done every day, every week and every month. I had end-of-month goals, and "end" goals (where I wanted to end up).

At home, I've been taking a very day-by-day approach. That works for some, but not me. Even though I don't have a written schedule, routines or written goals, I always feel like I should...which adds more stress on top of whatever is going on in the day.

We're going to change the chaotic days!

The first step to becoming more organized and efficient at home is to define where and what your job is. This is true whether you work outside the home or not, and whether you have kids or not.

I do not work outside the home, so my job at home is going to be more tedious than those who do have one (because I'm home all day making messes with the kids). My kids are also not of school age yet, so those of you who homeschool will likely have a longer list than me.

My workplace is in my home. There are other things that need to get done outside (pruning of plants/trees, raking, watering), but that will all be on an if-I-have-time basis.

My ultimate job during the day is to make sure the kids are bathed, clothed, fed and happy. In order to make sure those three can be done, grocery/toiletries (bathed/fed) shopping falls on me, as well as the dishes and the laundry (clothed/fed). And for the happy part? Kids are happiest with less chaos. Cleaning and decluttering is also my job.

For those of you who:

  • work outside the home, think about everything you need to get done in the morning before you leave for work, and what needs to be done when you get home. Make a list of every daily duty. 
  • home school, add those duties as well. Don't forget to include any printing/photocopying that you do regularly during the day.
  • work inside the home, remember to write down what you must do every day. I consider myself to fall under this category too, as I have recently began sewing dresses and making tutus to sell (they're really cute, I'll post pictures sometime for those of you who haven't seen them yet!).

Note, actual hobbies (scrapbooking, leisure reading, crafts, manicures, pedicures, DVR catch up) have not been included yet. Our goal today is to define what we have to do.

How are you at defining your job at home?  Do you think it's easier at an office, or at home?


  1. I don't think it's any easier to define one's work outside the home. I do think it's easier to get it done outside the home. The distractions are less, or at least more within your control. When your in the middle of completing a project outside the home and a coworker asks for help, you can tell them to wait. When your in the middle of completing a project in the home and the baby's diaper leaks poop all over his playpen, you don't have the luxury of telling him to wait. Also, generally speaking, most coworker's don't scream their heads off if their lunch is 3 minutes late. ;) Not to say that working outside the home is easier, just more within the definition of "control".

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