Maintaining a healthy work/life balance has never been as important as it is right now. Whilst a lot of us are working from home, and balancing that with accommodating the needs of partners, elderly relatives, children and pets, it would be so easy to lose control.
As I sit here, having just finished my very own version of a maths lesson with my 6 year old and a handwriting lesson with my 4 year old, I’m wondering how other people are managing this balancing act that we are now faced with.
On an evening once the kids are in bed I’m finding that I’m beginning to use this time to catch up on work, having not done as much as usual in ‘standard’ business hours, so that I can be mummy/teacher for at least a few hours of the day. However, this isn’t giving me much time to relax and actually this time is as important as the time I’m committing to my work and my family.
Getting the balance right, whilst working in the comfort of your own home can be difficult, as if you are not someone who regularly, or in fact ever, works from home this has probably been a difficult adjustment for you. I myself very rarely work from home and am currently sat at my kitchen table. Which means my kitchen is now acting as family communal eating area as well as my place of work! Not ideal.
There are a few hints and tips that I’ve picked up along the way that should help ensure that we are all maintaining a good balance between work and play. It is so easy to do more work when your work and home have merged into one.
So here we go….
- Try and keep your work life and home life separate. If possible choose a room to act as your office, so that once your working day is over you can close the door on it and return the following morning. If like me you don’t have that extra space and you are utilising some living space, when you have finished for the day, cover your work equipment up. I am now using a blanket to cover up ‘my office’ so I’m not tempted to log on later.
- Take regular breaks. When in the office we don’t just sit and work for the full 8 hours. We get up, walk around, have chats to colleagues and even take lunch breaks. Continue to do this as much as you can.
- Get some exercise. Healthy body, healthy mind. Whilst we are still allowed out once a day I would encourage you to get out in the fresh air, even if it is just for a short walk during your lunch break.
- Check in on colleagues. Working from home can get lonely, especially if you are used to working in an office 5 days a week. Take 10/15 minutes of your day to have a team chat in the morning or afternoon, make it non work related and just enjoy catching up.
- Don’t pile on the pressure. We can’t do it all, we just can’t. For those of us who are balancing the needs of others we just need to accept that we can only do one thing at once, and some things will have to wait. It will get done, just perhaps a little later.
On this website, along with a lot of work related items we have also tried to bring you ways in which you can ensure you maintain a balance between work and life which is right for you. Feel free to dip in and try some of the suggested activities for mind and body, along with some of the more fun stuff to keep you and the children entertained! Remember, we are in this together and we will get through the other side. Try remain calm, take each day as it comes and enjoy the challenges thrown at you, but most importantly stay safe.
Rachel Green, Marketing Manager