015: Compartmentalize Your Life

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015: Compartmentalize Your Life

Today I’m sharing my personal favorite strategies to compartmentalize your life for work, home and personal. Learn about these three main categories and how compartmentalizing can help us gage the importance and urgency of various tasks. By the end, you’ll be able to implement these strategies so that you feel less stressed and more focused on one category at a time.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • How one compartment of your life affects the rest.
  • The mistakes you might be making when compartmentalizing.
  • Real strategies to apply focus in different areas of your life.
  • The key to compartmentalizing effectively.

What To Do Next:

  • Find some ways this week to compartmentalize your life.
  • See the strategies we talked about in the Resources and Links section.
  • Tell me about the strategies that work for you to compartmentalize.

 

Resources and Links

Compartmentalization Strategies:

  • Create separate work and personal email accounts.
  • Put your phone and email on do not disturb.
    • Ex: When you’re at home set your work email to do not disturb.
  • Use Google Voice: free service to set up a separate phone number just for work while still using one phone.
  • Set hours of availability vs. hours of business:
    • Hours of availability are the hours that you publish and people know you’re available to respond to calls and emails only during this time.
    • Hours of business are the times used to focus on work. Don’t use this time for communication, responses, etc.
  • Set expectations for when you’ll be in each compartment of your life.
    • If you’re writing emails during your business/work hours, you can save them as a draft and send them during your hours of availability. There are also apps you can use to schedule when your email sends.
    • Reminder: Hours don’t have to be 9-5, and they don’t have to be consecutive. Set your hours depending on when you work best.

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton