9 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance During Difficult Times

9 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance During Difficult Times

We, as a human race, are going through an unprecedented event in modern history. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, many of us are anxious and worried, which is natural. However, preventing the further spread of the virus is a shared responsibility. To contain the spread, government-mandated ‘stay at home’ orders are getting extended, which is inclusive of ‘working from home’ settings as well.

As many of us are getting used to this new normal, maintaining a balance between working and running daily chores might not come that easy to all of us. Here are 7 ways to learn how one can learn to be efficient at work while also spending some quality time with family. 

1. Dedicate specific time and space

Working from home with kids around can be overwhelming. However, we should also see that as a profound opportunity to spend some extra time with our families. To maintain both - work and family time, we should dedicate hours and space for everything. Just compartmentalize your workspace vs. home and try to stick to the schedule as much as you can. 

2. Break the monotony 

Take a few short breaks as you would do at work. During these breaks, take a short walk, talk to your family, or video call your friends to stay in touch; whatever makes you feel refreshed. If no one seems to be around, take a virtual walk with one of your colleagues and talk about anything, you’ll feel energetic. You can talk to your colleagues about their backgrounds and some fun facts to keep you going, especially during tough times. 

3. Embrace work flexibility

It can be difficult to be efficient at all times of the day, some tend to be more energetic in the morning and some get more work done after the lunch hour. Now as you are working from home, it provides you the flexibility to get work done per your schedule. Identify the hours you are most productive at and make the most of them. This will leave you with some time to spend with your family alongside meeting work deadlines. 

4. Enjoy the extra time

 As now you don’t have to commute to work and have some extra time in hand, don’t let it go to waste. Catch up on the course you have been eyeing for months, talk to an old friend, and have regular family dinners at home; learn to understand the importance of maintaining a balance of everything in life. 

5. Build an office-like environment

At times, you might think things are getting monotonous, especially due to ‘stay at home’ conditions, this is where you have to be a little creative. One of the most useful tricks is to feel like being at work, get dressed and you’ll instantly find yourself more productive. If you have the bandwidth and an extra screen, use hangouts. It helps you feel like a part of the time and builds an office-like work environment. 

6. Opt for a healthy lifestyle

Just like we make time for crucial things in life like eating or drinking water, we need to give priority to a healthy lifestyle as well. Exercising for an hour a day can pump endorphins in your body and uplift your mood. It helps you relieve stress and increase productivity. Include yoga, meditation, or exercising in your daily routine to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. You can start by taking small steps; breathing exercises during quick breaks or meditation for 10 minutes a day can help you unlock productivity and a good mood. 

7. Make necessary changes 

Working from home, spending time with family, buying groceries, preparing dinner, and staying in touch with friends – this all can be quite overwhelming. Maybe it is time to make some changes. You cannot give your 100% to each and everything throughout the day. If work seems to be eating up your personal time, start outsourcing some of your work. Keep all the important tasks to yourself and delegate the rest to someone else. You can leverage online job search platforms and hire freshers or freelancers to free up some of your time and cater to higher priorities. Search for resume writing services to enhance your resume or CV.

8. Limit not-so-important activities

Sometimes we get so indulged in some activities that we are unable to give adequate time to other important tasks. Scrolling through social media is a great way to stay connected to the outer world, especially during these self-isolation times, but also it helps you to focus more when you resume your work. However, scrolling through your Instagram feed for hours is way more than necessary. Set your priorities and work accordingly. Spend less time on things that are not important. Limiting interactions with less constructive people and instead, spending that time to meditate or exercise will help you in the long run. 

9. Be Realistic

During these difficult times, it is important to pay more attention to your mental health. As life gets expanded and you are bound to focus on more than one thing, it can be exhausting to achieve perfection in all aspects of life. Give everything your best and do self-analysis at the end of a day to understand what went well, what did not, and how can the issue be fixed.

The Bottom Line is

“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”-American humorist, Art Buchwald. 

We are fighting a global pandemic, people are going through terrible illness and loss of life, dwindling economies are affecting nations, and there is an ongoing war to save daily wagers who will be beggared due to the disruption. You are never going to forget these months in your life. However, if we try to see beyond all the negative outcomes COVID-19 brings along, we will be able to see a silver lining of learning some life-changing lessons. Learn to maintain a balance between different things and find out ways to get closer to your life goals. 

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