Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities in the “New Normal”

What is Work-Life Balance?

It refers to the decision, commitment and actions that portray the amount of time spent on work and one’s or family’s personal life.

Responsibility for both work and family is crucial. Moreover, balance is necessary for working diligently and productively. Thus, all of us make an effort to achieve the best work-life balance. We were dealing with the load at work and role at home while finding ways to relax and ease our stress.

Today, because of quarantine/isolation required due to pandemic the boundaries between work and family become unclear. These blurring boundaries can make a substantial challenge for our work-life balance.

What can we do? How can we balance both our work and life at home?

Here are some insights that can help you to create a work-life balance while working at home:

Flexible schedule in Work Arrangements

Flexibility in the schedule is a new working arrangement between employer and employee. Moreover, they need to adapt to employees’ exceptional needs. Thus, it should be done without bias and expectations.

Some organizations allow employees to set their schedules, so they can work on the time when they are most productive. Like Unsplash, CEO Mikael Cho explains that some employees are at their mental peak during night hours while others thrive in the early morning.

 “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind”

– Bruce Lee

Set Priorities

Employer and Employee need to discuss and decide the priorities clear and concise. They need to be open and honest with one another so that they can understand their expectations and needs.

The main point in this is to allot most of the time on meaningful and important things. Make a list and categorize it so that you know where you will start.

 “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”

– Stephen Covey

Scheduling

Set working hours. It is easy to lose track of time when working from home because of the environment and days are looking the same.

Take Breaks. Step away from your work while taking your break. Go for a walk, watch tv, listen to music, or do things that can relax and ease your stress.

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you”

– Jim Rohn

Be efficient

Create an Environment that can help facilitate efficiency by creating and maintaining specific workplace at home. Allot a space or pick a room to become your workstation.

Avoid multitasking, if you juggle multiple things at once you may not accomplish any task. Don’t do household chores while you are working, often it is more distracting than helpful.

“Efficiency and focus are the key to success”

– Robert Crais

Know when to unplug

Once you are finished with your duty, turn off your computer, tidy up and leave your workspace. With this, you can change from work mode to home mode.

Take control of your technology. Know when you will be connected or when you will unplug, don’t just answer emails or calls when your working hour is finished. It is your choice to be available or not.

“At the end of the day, give up your worries and give thanks for the journey”

– Ben Vereen

Take care of yourself and stay healthy at home

Take care of yourself, just like you are doing in your work load. Eat a Healthy Diet, Exercise, pamper yourself, keep learning and don’t be too hard on yourself.

“Don’t forget to love yourself”

– Soren Kierkegaard

Work-life balance is more challenging now. Change is here, we need to embrace it and move forward. Be patient as you learn to adjust to a new situation. We must figure out how to balance working from home, doing household duties, spending quality time with our family and to oneself.

By: Matet

Sources: https://digital.com/how-to-become-an-entrepreneur/work-life-balance/; https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/how-to-achieve-work-life-balance/

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