The pressures of work can be too much sometimes and seep into your family life. This will hold true especially now as many are coming home to work due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak.
If you find yourself working from home, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with your kids, duties around the house and work.
Here’s how to start putting the balance back in your life for the sake of your family and your own mental health without worrying about losing your job.
How to Balance Work and Family, Starting Today
Use ‘Yes’ Less
If you’re always saying “yes” to office projects or things around the house, then you’ll have to say “no” to some personal activities as there are only 24 hours in a day. Instead, practice starting to decline some of those other things if it gets in the way of family time.
Spending time with the kids when they’re young and while they are home is important. So is taking time to spend with your spouse. Even if that means a good Netflix binge.
Consider hot desking so that you have the freedom to work at any workspace or area with lots of storage and free of distractions.
If you can safely work in a setting like this (without being exposed to any illness), it may allow you to work for a few hours uninterrupted allowing you to head home without the worry of having to work the entire time.
The hardest part about working from home is learning when to turn off your work and turn on your family time.
Schedule in Exercise
The same way you would add a meeting to your schedule, so too is it important to add in a workout (or two). Sure, you might be saying, where do you find that hour to get a quick workout in but your health should be the #1 priority right now.
You can do many at-home workouts that will keep your heart and immunity healthy. I also think it helps keep you mentally clear allowing you to manage your day better too!
Keep Stressors to a Minimum
I get it, it is an overly stressful time right now but you have to try your hardest to remain stress-free.
Stress can induce illness and that is the last thing you want right now.
Try to plan ahead the best you can and prepare for the worst. Worry about things you CAN control and avoid stressing over the things you can’t.
Exercise and breaks can also help keep stress levels down.
Know Your Strengths
Be more efficient by knowing when you work the best. For instance, if you’re a morning person, then don’t leave tough tasks until the end of the day. Instead, tackle them first thing in the a.m. when your mind is at its best.
Begin to balance work and family, starting now, to improve both your workplace performance and enjoy time fully with family.
What are some other ways you plan to find balance?