How to Find Work-Life Balance During a Pandemic
It's harder than ever to find balance when work is only a click away

    For many, having to deal with the realities of COVID-19 has bought about many new challenges. From masks becoming a staple in wardrobes across the world, hand sanitizer becoming liquid gold, and Zoom becoming the primary means of interpersonal communication, this period has been full of radical adjustments. For many business owners, however, this adjustment has caused work and personal time to meld together without the separation of physical space.

    Finding a way to balance life and works sounds easy at first, but it's much more challenging than it seems when your entire lifestyle has been thrown out of whack by a global pandemic. It's crucial that we all learn to get our bearings back and find balance again. Here are some great methods to help you along the way.

1. Upgrade Your Time Management

    A good place to start is by not getting too ahead of yourself. Be reasonable about what you can and can't get done with your time! The eagerness to get as much done as possible working from home can easily lead to overwhelm, making it even harder for you to complete your tasks.

Here are some tips to make your time management skills pandemic-proof:

  • Conduct a time audit:  Keep track of what you're doing with your time for a week and take note of what you can cut down on.

  • Set time limits on tasks: Don't let yourself endlessly grind away at a task by setting time limits ahead of time. Include a healthy cushion of flexibility in your time limits while still keeping yourself from overexerting yourself on any one task.

  • Learn to say no: Taking on too much may seem like a good way to impress your boss, but it actually leads to lower quality work and higher stress for you. Learn to turn things down so that you can focus on delivering high-quality work. 

2. Designate Your Work Space

    Finding or creating a designated work space is crucial for your ability to get in the flow of work when you need to. Whether it's a seat at the dining or a desk in your office, a designated workspace will allow you to keep all of your work materials in one place and distractions safely out of sight. Kindergarten teachers know that toys have to be put away for there to be any hope of getting kids to focus, and oddly enough, he same is true for adults working from home.

Here are some tips for creating your work sanctuary:

  • Use the same workspace each day: Using the same space for work each day will help you focus and get into flow more quickly.

  • Update your workspace for comfort: Make your at-home workspace a place you enjoy. Get a comfy chair, a nice painting, an ergonomic mouse, or whatever makes you happy! Do what will make it easier for you to spend time there.

3. Give Yourself Breaks

    Nobody can sit staring at a screen doing work consistently for 8 hours, so don't try to force yourself! It's important to take regular breaks to help your brain recharge. It will actually help prevent burnout and make you more productive over the long-term.

Some great break activities you could try include:

  • Go for a quick walk outdoors: Not only is it relaxing, but it also boosts circulation and helps keep your joints healthy.

  • Spend some time with pets or family members: Spending so much more time at home comes with a silver lining, and that's the fact that we have the opportunity to spend more time with our loved ones.

  • Enjoy some screen time: Contrary to popular belief, screen time isn't universally bad! Catherine Price, journalist and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone, recommends viewing some types of screen time as better than others. She advises that we ask ourselves how each particular type of screen time is making us feel, and indulge in those that bring us joy or refreshment, such as calling friends on Zoom.

4. Set Routines 

    A great way to help yourself establish work-life balance is to establish a routine. By setting a routine, you actually save the mental energy required to manage a less predictable schedule. When you sit down for work around a set time each day, it will even take you less time to switch over into work-mode.

    Everybody is different, so there's no 'correct' routine. However, try starting small when building up your own routine. Have your coffee at a certain time every morning, go for a walk every morning, or visit a park every afternoon after work.

There are just some examples of how you can start structuring your routine, and here are a few tips to help:

  • Wake up at the same time each day: Staying consistent with your schedule will make getting into a work flow even easier. 

  • Remember your goals: Write down your goals for the week, the month, and even the year. Keep sight of those goals in order to remember what you're working towards and maintain a consistent direction. 

  • Know your triggers: Figure out what distracts you the most, and do your best to set them aside before you begin your work day. 

5. Stay Healthy

    Staying healthy isn't just about having a great beach body. A good diet paired with moderate exercise can allow you to focus better at work, have greater mental clarity, and more energy day-to-day. You'll be shocked by the impact on your productivity when you combine that with proper hydration and rest. A healthy lifestyle can also result in decreased stress, leaving more opportunity to do the things you care about with more joy and conviction.

The Bottom Line

    Coronavirus has forced many of us to work from home. These tips will help you find greater balance, but most importantly, remember not to expect perfection from yourself. We are in the midst of a global pandemic after all, so make time for being kind to yourself. Even when you slip up, remember that "if you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough."

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Written by Victor Zuniga

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