Many of us have transitioned to working from home during these uncertain times. It is important that you remain productive while working from home. Now that our home has turned into our offices, it is a bit harder to separate our work life from our personal life. We are working from home but let us also remember that we have roles to play. It is important to maintain a work life balance for us not to feel burnout between our work and home life.
“Work life balance is not an entitlement or benefit. Your company cannot give it to you, you must create it for yourself”
ESTABLISH A MORNING ROUTINE
Set up a morning routine that you can count on from the minute you wake up in the morning to start your day in the right way. Waking up early in the morning , having coffee, eating breakfast, and meditating is kind of a routine. Get fully ready for the day, get dressed and pretend that you’re actually going to work. Getting a project started early can be the key to making progress throughout the day.
CREATE A QUITE WORKSPACE
It is really enticing to work from your bed, as it is the most comfortable place in your house but beware of spots that are too comfy, otherwise you might find yourself back in bed. It is easy to get distracted in an environment that you usually associate with relaxation. Create a designated spot for your work station that makes you feel calm, capable and motivated. As we prepare for the new normal, quiet workplace is very important. Having a space meant for work can help you stay focused and more productive.
MAKE A TO-DO LIST
It is important to list down the things you are supposed to do in a day. Managing tasks is done by maintaining a to-do list for everyday. It will help you to keep focus and prioritize your task without putting too much pressure on yourself. Time is very essential to one’s life, so you should learn how to use it wisely and effectively whether you are working or doing personal activities.
The practice of maintaining a to-do list is very helpful to manage time efficiently and productively.
TAKE SHORT BREAK
It is also important to take a break from work just what you’re doing in the office. Use your beak to get away from the desk, go get some air, refresh and relax your mind. It can help you lessen stress that can lead to being overwhelm. Don’t force yourself to work nonstop just to accomplish a tasks because our body and mind needs to take breaks to reset and restore our energy.
You might have given the privilege to work from home but that doesn’t mean you work all day long. Stick to the normal office hours to help balance work and other responsibilities.
It is really challenging for us to set an appropriate boundaries especially when our job and our personal life are literally under the same roof. Boundaries aren’t just a sign of a healthy relationship; they’re a sign of self-respect. Healthy people in your life respect boundaries. So give yourself the permission to set healthy boundaries because sometimes you have to say NO to others and YES to yourself, consider what you can tolerate and accept and what makes you feel uncomfortable or stressed.
“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others”.
Self-care is about pampering ourselves when we feel overwhelmed. Your work, relationship and health are all a priority in your life, but it is very important to make time for yourself. Schedule time to focus on your needs to feel better. Even when you feel like you don’t have time to squeeze in one more thing, make self-care a priority. When you’re caring for all aspects of yourself, you’ll find that you are able to operate more effectively and efficiently.
Putting yourself first also gives you the “energy, peace of mind and positive outlook that might help you feel more productive at work.
A healthy work life balance allows time for work and all the other aspects of your life. It is something that you can achieve if you want to. Create a sustainable lifestyle and strike a balance between your work and personal life to be able to enjoy life to the fullest.
written by: Jenny Puhot