The lines have been blurred as we all try to work out the best ways to live and work at home.
It’s hard to get the right work/life balance because you don’t want to turn into a work-a-holic, and you know that despite the way you feel about life right now… you can’t binge on Netflix all day.
But when our workplace is forced into our homes, we need to make sure we don’t let it take over every part of our day.
I mean, in the workplace, we’re told to leave our personal lives at home. But it doesn’t look like the same deal applies to work staying in the workplace.
Let’s be honest, though, the work-creep isn’t a new thing. It’s been happening for a long time now. So, we can’t blame our current situation for any of it.
I believe it all started when we allowed emails on our personal computers and smartphones.
Because when that happened…
- We instantly became more contactable 24/7
- It became too easy to take work home with us.
And the worst part is, we allowed the intrusion because we thought it would never hurt us to answer an email or two. But as we all know, it’s never just a few emails. It’s always way more than that. And before you know it, a few hours can eat into your home time.
So, what’s the best way to have a healthy work/life balance?
Here are a few things that can help get the balance right…
- Exercise is a must-do, not a might do: I have a routine I do every morning, and I never miss it, no matter how busy I am. It’s time I do yoga and meditate. I know that when I set up my day like this, I’m way more productive.
- Know your best times: If you’re a morning person, do more demanding work in the morning. Whereas, if you’re a night person, leave that kind of work until later in the day.
- Be realistic about what you can achieve: Setting realistic expectations is essential. Work tasks will always leak into home time if you overestimate or overcommit to what you can do in a day.
- Use technology wisely: Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, not harder. So, keep control of your technology. Don’t take work-related calls, and don’t check your work emails after hours. Most workplaces are strict on not allowing social media during work hours… it’s high time we reverse those rules for our home life.
- Do something you love: Have an interest beyond work that you love so much that you won’t miss out on doing it. This helps you to do a “hard stop” in your day and move on to something your passionate about.
There can be a bit of a catch if the thing you love is actually is your career too. I know this from personal experience.
Having my own business that I love means that I spend most of my day doing what I love. But even so, I still make time for myself. Because I know that if I’m not at my best, my business isn’t either.
That’s the fun of being a business owner and being your own boss. You can set your own hours and work to your strengths. And when you do that, there’s more of a harmonious flow between work and home life.