The pandemic has given us this gift called REMOTE WORKPLACE that is being rejoiced and hated (maybe?) by employees alike. As Uncle Ben would say in his iconic voice, “Remember Peter, with great power comes great responsibility” we must also understand the powers that we get from working remotely and use it responsibly so that we remain productive and remain mentally as well as physically healthy.
10,000 employees surveyed by the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago said they thought they were just as productive working from home compared to working in the office. In fact, 30% of those respondents told researchers they were more productive.
So…why is it that some of us are constantly tired and often cannot wait for the weekend to arrive already! Well, the answer to this question is that we somehow neglect the need to establish the boundaries between work and home. This can be initiated by our own sense of working better neglecting subtle signs of fatigue and can also be initiated by toxic work cultures.
So in times like these where there is competition and a constant need to stay ahead in the race, how can we maintain a balance or perfectly balance as all things should be according to Thanos. Eliminating half of the universe is not the right answer.
Here are 3 important tips to improve one’s work-life balance amidst this remote workplace.
Being Orderly and Avoiding Procrastination: As easy as this may sound, each one of us has procrastinated at some point of the day when leaving the tasks until the deadline is near seems to be very tempting and we fall for it. The remote working environment means there is nobody looking at what you are doing constantly and only reviewing the tasks on collaboration tools and zoom calls. However, to ensure your work runs smoothly, do not postpone what can be done today. Finish it off during regular office hours. Start by noting down deadlines and creating an action plan to implement this keeping sufficient breaks in between to rejuvenate yourself. Stick to the plan.
Keep Work and Personal Life Separate: working during late hours of the night to taking more responsibilities than you can handle blurs the boundaries of work and personal life resulting in chaos in both worlds. We are at home does not mean we are available 24*7. Give sufficient time to your friends and family as well and this can only happen when we stop considering remote working as an always-available job and start appreciating our boundaries.
Health is wealth: Staying at home gives you some extra hours. Try joining the gym or challenge your child for a game of badminton in the park. Have your meals timely and avoid stress eating. Your health reflects in your productivity. Nobody ever saw or imagined that a small virus will affect our lifestyle to such a great extent. We have all lost some part of our lives as we strive to move forward. But you do not have to go through this stress and trauma alone. Seek expert help for your mental health in case you are feeling that it is becoming out of control for you and you are not able to manage. Remember, we are all in this together and we will come out victorious. Visit CDC for a better analysis. Remember, your well-being matters.