Have you ever come home from work and tried to get dinner started or talk with your kids or partner just to realize that you are STILL thinking about work or answering emails or phone calls? Things can get a little stressful and confusing when we try to mix different categories of our lives together. Today, I want to share with you the importance of compartmentalizing your life and my favorite and personal tips to get organized!
In order to compartmentalize, we have to first understand what that really means. It means to separate your life into categories in order to help you be more productive. The more productive you are, the more you can focus on your priorities and be able to differentiate between which tasks are important, urgent or both.
Most people have three main categories in their lives: work, home and personal. And it’s important to note that each are very different. Home is not that same as personal. So let’s dive right into what each mean to us:
You’ve probably heard me day this before in a podcast or post…but balance is bogus. It’s all about harmony. Sometimes we need to spend a little more time in one category than another.
Compartmentalizing allows us to focus on each one of these areas with its own time, meaning each area is also treated as a priority during its time. When you open and close these compartments, it’s like a door opening and closing – and that’s not a revolving door. That’s because we want to keep these areas separate.
It’s sometimes difficult to shut off work and focus on home because we have so many things or people depending on us. But the main opponent to compartmentalizing is overwhelm. When you feel overwhelmed in any of your categories, you’ll feel it when you try to focus on another.
The best way to combat the feeling of overwhelm is by writing down the steps you need to take and then plan or refocus the compartment you are trying to work on in the first place. Overwhelm is not simply having too much to do, it’s not knowing where to start. We want to eliminate this feeling as much as possible.
If you ever feel like you’re not really making much progress by working harder or smarter, it might be that one compartment is being neglected. Make sure you know where your priorities are and that you’re using allotted time for each task under that priority. It takes about 10 minutes to get yourself into the zone, and you can do just about anything during these focus times!
So, now that I’ve gone over why compartmentalizing is necessary and how it affects your life, I want to give you my favorite tips you can implement today!
Boundaries are the key to compartmentalizing because you have to communicate those with others. Create a structure and routine that will make you feel empowered and successful.
Go ahead and set up Google Voice, make sure your emails for work and home are separate and use do not disturb mode when you can. When you’re at home, truly focus on the things that are important to you there. Same goes for your work and personal compartment.
Next, I hope you take some action today to start compartmentalizing your life and then tell me about it! Comment below what strategies and systems you currently use and maybe others will get some more great ideas. And if you think you need any more details or examples listen to episode 015!