I often joke I’m no longer working from home but living at work. It’s a reality that millions faced during COVID-19, and some will continue to face for the foreseeable future. I’m one of those (lucky ones perhaps? 😉 ) that will be returning to our office at some point next year.
At first, the new lifestyle was a shock and I had a hard time separating my work life and home life. After all, the office and emails were just a step away.
One evening, I found myself deep into a 14-hour workday and knew I needed to find a better balance. I made the effort to implement some changes the following week and I have seen much improvement.
Here are the 4 rules I’ve implemented:
Set a STOP time.
Once I close the office door, I’m done. There is no checking email or jumping online quick to review something. My 10-12-hour day stops, and ends, that moment.
Weekends are for relaxing.
The weekends are off limits with very few exceptions!
Make a concrete schedule.
I let people know my schedule and set boundaries. If you don’t then you will find yourself not only working your schedule, but someone else’s as well.
Take a deep breath and move on.
Additionally, and probably the most important, is that I do not let stress build up inside of me. If I had a rough day, I spend 15-30 minutes hashing over it with my husband, then, MOVE ON. I do not dwell. I simply let it out and then we both are able to enjoy the evening in its entirety.
I can see how it’s hard for some people to ensure a work/life balance, but it’s just like anything else in life. A little planning goes a long way! You have to make an effort to balance the two, so you aren’t tipping the scale one way or the other! Balance is key to a happy home life and a successful career!