Balance is not better time management but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.~ Betsy Jacobson
No matter how efficiently we approached our duties, it’s hard to shake that feeling, “I could do better”.
Where does one stop? Where to draw the line?
Call it work-life balance or simply life, powering through without a pause can do more harm than good, especially if we neglect our well-being.
Nowadays, Technology is a necessary evil that’s keeping us connected, organized & targeted, particularly during these challenging times. But, this very comfort entangles us into working extra hours, dismissing the sense of oppressing our body & mind.
The downside of working from home is, we never get off the work. We usually lose track & go overtime following our daily shift. While on the positive front, we get to spend quality time with our people and strengthen our relationships.
People hold diverse viewpoints about the efforts needed to maintain a healthy work-life balance. While few don’t even examine the concept.
In today’s society, most of us wear the multi-tasking hat. We have our personal To-Dos, we follow to push our life forward. Juggling multiple priorities: Work, Family, Friends, Travel, Pets, etc. If one adds the Pandemic to this crazy mix, life can get overwhelming. The most trivial chores may seem nerve-wracking.
No doubt, multi-tasking is a valuable skill to own, especially with the ever-changing needs around life. Yet, in the long run, it may be the sheer cause for burnout and stress, leading to severe health conditions.
How does one balance this work-life situation? How does an individual function without burnouts?
I am sharing a few tips that may help you set the picture straight :
01. Set Up Home Office
Locate a convenient spot in your house, whether it’s the kitchen table, couch, or the well-lit corner of your home gym. Secure this section as your workspace & use it regularly.
Set boundaries with your kids & pets. Help them build the connection as the Do Not Disturb area whenever you’re working.
02. Adhere to Your Schedule
Sleep & wake up timely, freshen up, grab a coffee or breakfast. Set your rhythm. Follow your routine. This exercise equips your system to kick start a productive day.
03. Establish a TO-DO list
Work with your kids to set their daily plans. Lay down a few activities they could pick from, encourage them to make independent decisions & stay engaged.
To gain the most out of the day, jot down your priorities. Divide time to complete your tasks & stick to your plan, be productive in the comfort of your home.
Don’t forget to include some Me time as well.
04. Active Communication
Stay connected to your team. Schedule regular touchpoints with your manager & colleagues to update on your activities & deliverables. This includes internal & customer communications, challenges, or learning curves that could be discussed with the team.
05. Breaks are Essential
Set expectations with your team on your working hours, availability, and deviations expected from the norm.
Don’t avoid taking breaks. The key to a productive day is taking frequent pauses to prevent burnouts. Block time on your calendar for short breaks.
Step away from your desk, take a walk, listen to music, read a book, or take a power nap. Let your mind & body relax for a few minutes.
06. Ask for Help, Where Required
If you need assistance at work, be proactive, and reach out to your colleagues. Don’t oppress yourself, talk to someone close to you. This will help diffuse your stress, which is a much productive approach than internalizing and and suffering.
Everyone realizes there are circumstances when we need to work as a team and support each other. This Pandemic was a crash course on that. So, don’t shy away. Speak up & they shall appreciate you did.
United we stand, divided we fall.
- 20% of North American employees worry their managers won’t think they are hardworking if they take routine lunch breaks.
- 13% of employees worry their colleagues will judge them, if they take routine lunch breaks.
- 38% of workers feel discouraged from taking a lunch break.
- 22% of North American supervisors say that workers who take a routine lunch break are less exhausted & more productive.
Remember, staying centred and self-honouring is the key to long term sustainable success. A secure future relies on a solid foundation of personal balance and emotional equanimity.
Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.~ Dolly Patron