Technology has helped bring us closer but when it comes to work, it has blurred the lines between work and personal life. As a result, your work life is more likely to invade your personal life, leave you with no free time, and disturb your work-life balance. During the lockdown period, many people working non-essential jobs, non-frontline jobs have migrated towards working from home.
The lack of clear boundaries between workspace and personal space has made disconnecting difficult. For many professionals, their work life and their personal life doesn’t fit into structured segments anymore. As a consequence, they are feeling the effects of chronic stress and burnout.
Job stress is unavoidable – even if your job is something you love – but there are always steps you can take to ensure that you maintain a healthy work-life balance. To understand the tips that TABIIB has listed in this blog, it’s first important to know what work-life balance actually is.
What Is Work-Life Balance?
Work-life balance has become a buzzword over the last couple of months. With many people working from home, the lines between work and personal life have blurred.
According to Cambridge, work-life balance is the ratio of the time one spends doing their professional work to the time they spend working on what they love such as their hobbies and interests. Maintaining an optimal balance between the two is key towards a financially and emotionally fulfilling life. A case study has shown that work-life balance ranks above health benefits and pay when it comes to employees and their workplace preferences.
However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Work-life balance isn’t a static goal; it continually varies over time. Instead, it’s easier to think of it as a balance between professional achievement and personal enjoyment. It involves learning to structure your time in a way that helps you perform your work while also having time to enjoy your hobbies.
The nature of work-life balance is complicated which is why so many people struggle to find that harmony. As a result, many are overwhelmed and stressed. There are many ways you can find balance in your personal and professional life. TABIIB lists out a few tips to help you get started.
Make downtime a part of your schedule
If you’re someone who values structure and routine, then this could help a lot. When you’re planning your schedule for the week, make sure to schedule a bit of downtime. You can use this to focus on your hobbies, go for a walk, or just take a nap. It always helps to be proactive about scheduling.
Create a separate workspace
Our homes are where we go to relax. But with the recent restrictions and lockdown, the world has taken to remote work. If you’ve been working off your dining table or your couch, then it’s time to make a separate space that’s entirely for work. This can help create clear boundaries between work life and home life. If you work from only one spot in the house, then your brain gets trained to be productive and in work mode when you sit there.
Create transition times
To keep your work life and home life separate, it’s recommended to create rituals or activities that can help you transition from “home mode” to “work mode.” Back when everyone was travelling to office, the commute and the morning coffee worked as a transition for many to help them get used to starting the work day. At home, you can put on more formal clothes before getting to work – if that helps. You can also go for a walk around the neighborhood that can imitate the feeling of your morning commute.
Set your limits
Setting limits and clear boundaries regarding work can help you achieve the balance that you’re looking for. If you don’t set limits, work can leave you with no time to enjoy your hobbies or rest. It’s best to learn how to manage your time so you can set realistic goals for yourself. Delegate those tasks to others which you can’t handle within your work schedule – this can help in managing your stress levels, as well.
Work-life balance is always going to be a juggling act. There will be times where you’ll feel in control of your schedule and times when you don’t. These tips can help you get a headstart on understanding the nuance of maintaining that balance. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, though, you should always reach out to a professional on TABIIB who can help. Book a video visit or consultation online here.
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