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Redefining work-life balance during the pandemic

Redefining Work-Life Balance During The Pandemic

Working from home can make finding and keeping a healthy work-life balance more difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing have made it harder for most of us to feel like we are actually taking a break from work after hours or on the weekends since we don’t have those outside interactions. But finding that healthy balance is not only good for your mental and physical health, but it is good for business too! Here are a few ways that can help you maintain a healthy work-life balance during these unprecedented times.

Create a Routine

  • Dress differently for work and time off. Different clothes can create different mindsets, which can lead to more production.
  • Seek out virtual interactions with your coworkers through Teams or Zoom. It helps you stay connected with your team and is a great way to swap ideas, solutions, and creative insights from others.
  • When the weekend hits, put work on pause. Enjoy your time off by not checking your work email as often unless it’s truly urgent. This is where that work-life balance really begins to take effect.
  • Spend time after work or on the weekends engaging in relaxing, fun activities or exercises. That way, you’ll feel energized and recharged when you jump back into the work week!

Establish Transition Times For Work-Life Balance

Working from home negates traditional work transition routines like waking up, packing up, and driving to and from work. So, it can help create reminders for yourself that will let you know when it’s time to begin work and when it is time to stop. Setting alarms for a few minutes before you start so you can get your desk ready, or reminders to take a quick coffee break, etc., can help break up your day. Some people have found it helpful to take a brisk walk in the morning and one after work to get fresh air and clear their minds. Set a reminder for when your workday is over, and make sure you shut your computer down so that you aren’t tempted to send just one more email.

Finally, remind yourself that working remotely won’t be forever. 

While things may change, and they may not go back to the normal that we were used to, many things will work out in the end. Take a few minutes to stretch in your home office and remind yourself that work-life balance is important. Enjoy the comfort or chaos of your home while we wait for things to open back up. And most importantly, make it count!

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How to Avoid Work From Home Distractions

Working remotely first came to play in the 1970s, but really didn’t gain traction until the 1990s.  Telecommuting, as it was known, was given as a perk by many companies and tended to be on an as-needed basis. Fast forward to today, and we see companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon adopting this as a new norm for their office workers.

Working from home can be a great thing, but not everyone can do it. Distractions with kids, spouses, pets, and just being in the house can make it difficult to focus on your work. So how does one stay motivated and avoid distractions? Here’s how to avoid work from home distractions.

Have a dedicated area just for you

Having a bedroom or office set up where you can close the door and work without distractions is ideal. Don’t have an extra room? Get creative and think about your garage, sunroom, or mudroom. The attic should be the work refuge of last resort!

Set boundaries

Many people are working from home with spouses and significant others, and this can be a serious distraction. Make sure that you set boundaries and enforce them! Set lunch dates and make lunch together, but otherwise, between those certain hours, you are in the “do not disturb” zone. Kids are a little more challenging. If you have kiddos at home, try and have activities for them, such as movies, games, and snacks available.

Pets

The most lovable family member and the most challenging when working from home. Raise of hands from everyone who has been on a Zoom video call to see a cat run across the desk, or jump on a lap, or a pooch who sticks its head under your arm for a scritch. If you have a video conference call, make sure you remove all pets from your work area.

Some work from home distractions are inevitable

You will inevitably encounter a potentially embarrassing moment while working from home! Here’s a hilarious example:

When that happens, just move on. Everyone is in the same boat! As for motivation, do your best to secure a work area and set those boundaries and expectations. Having your own space will allow you to focus and get the job done!

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Tips For Starting A New Job While WFH

Starting a new job creates a lot of emotions: excitement, stress, curiosity, and anxiety. However, starting a new job while working from home (WFH) is a whole other ball game. It can be challenging to get a feel for the culture, your team dynamic, and your colleagues while starting a new job remotely. Here are a few tips for starting a new career while WFH to make you feel more comfortable with your team.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

If you only worked for your new employer for a few weeks before COVID-19 or actually started your new job while working from home, it can be overwhelming. You may not understand company processes, procedures, and other details that you probably would learn working in the office. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help. It’s okay to seek the aid of your manager or a co-worker if you need clarification on something. It sounds cheesy, but there are seriously are no stupid questions when it comes to a new job!

Initiate “water cooler conversations”

A big part of building strong relationships with your co-workers is getting to know them on a more personal level. This can be a little more challenging when you don’t see each other in person every day. Thus, you have to initiate “water cooler conversations” from the comfort of your home. Reach out to your co-workers and ask them about their weekend, discuss evening plans, and other small talk. These are easy ways to make you feel more united with your new team and start building upon your working relationships.

Ask for feedback

A great way to gauge how you are doing and understand what you can do better is to ask for feedback. Reach out to your co-workers and ask for some advice to help you navigate this new job better. Your team should want to help you succeed; therefore, it shouldn’t be a problem for them to give some helpful input. Also, you can ask your manager or boss for a one-on-one to provide you with some constructive criticism. You can discuss what you are doing well and what you still need to work on. This is an excellent way to improve and show the initiative that you want to be a better employee.

Starting a new job while WFH is challenging, but these three tips should help guide you in the first few weeks of your new career journey!