The pandemic has definitely introduced a number of new personal and professional troubles. One of which is the apparent permeability of work and personal life. In response to this, employees now struggle to maintain a sort of self-boundary to help set their home and work life apart. If ever you have experienced the same struggle, below are a few ways on how you can improve your work-life balance:
Go back to your “Why”
In times when you reflect about the current state of your work-life balance, consider tracing your actions back to your “why”. This is the time to recall why you want to take certain courses of action, as well as why you think achieving such harmony is important to both your professional and personal life. Going back to your purpose may help provide you clarity on your next plans moving forward.
Take a break
Consciously pausing amidst busy times is of utmost importance, especially at a time wherein work-life boundaries are blurred. This may take in the form of simple, 5-minute breaks, 10-minute catching up with friends and family, or even a minute’s worth of meditation and mindfulness. Whatever medium it may be, detaching yourself from your work assignments for a few moments may definitely make you feel a sense of calmness and relaxation in between the hustles.
Reach out to colleagues
This does not only pertain to mere chats and catch ups. Reaching out to colleagues can also mean communicating your feelings and thoughts about work to them, as well as being transparent about your schedule. This sets boundaries and expectations between you and your co-workers, eventually alleviating some pressures that you have coming from them and their demands.
Detach materially, too
Keeping your mind off work is one thing, and detaching yourself from your work space is another. Setting your work materials aside can definitely make you gain a conscious and tangible sense of closure after a long day’s worth of work. Take this also as an opportunity to create boundaries for yourself and to extend a sense of respect and honor to your own time.
Complete the full disconnect
“Unplugging” is important after an entire work day. Having lying and wandering work remnants in your headspace will impede you from fully reaching a sense of restfulness. This disconnect does not only entail closing your laptop and taking short breaks, but more importantly, also fully stopping work and even thinking about work. Do note that this step might be difficult, especially if much is to worry about work on certain days, so feel free to take your time while you’re at this process.
Indeed, the need for these steps may come off as ambiguous, especially at a time wherein pressures to work hard are more amplified due to pandemic and its implications. It is for the same reason that going back to your own why is an imperative step towards attaining balance among your commitments. Ultimately, this simple stepping stone may be the powerful driving force for you to find purpose and appreciate the momentary, yet meaningful pauses along the way.