With the rise of remote work, it can be hard to balance a career with family life. For many people, the idea of working remotely has always sounded like a dream come true. No more driving in traffic to get to work, no more having to wear uncomfortable shoes just for an 8-hour shift at the office!
But what about your family? Is there time for them when you’re out roaming around all day? What about when you need care or support that can’t be delivered by remote means?
Being a leader in an office environment isn’t easy. Whether you’re navigating through the pandemic or not, it can still come with its share of stresses and responsibilities that rest just as heavily on your shoulders at home.
Thus, it is crucial to have a separate work-life balance for yourself and your work.
But, why do we need to separate work and family?
It’s possible to separate your personal and professional life, but it takes some work. Not only are there practical concerns like working from home or having an office nearby—even when that isn’t an option for you–there’s also how they interact with each other daily.
When we talk about separating ourselves into two different worlds as employees, this usually just means making sure our time commitment doesn’t overlap too much between where we spend most days-as individuals outside of work hours then go back again after the day ends.
The separation can become more complicated if both places have small spaces available, so taking up whole floors becomes impossible; however, one solution might be moving around various workspaces rather than settling down in one place.
Separating your world into two parts is easier said than done, but it’s important to separate them if you want to function individually and as corporate employees.
When people think of work-life balance, they often imagine a perfect scenario where you can do anything and everything from your job list without worrying about other responsibilities. But the reality is that life doesn’t always allow us this freedom; many tasks expand as soon as we start working on them, partly because these things take up so much time.
So, how do you make it work?
Working from home is a great opportunity to take control of your environment and set boundaries with yourself. You are in charge, so you must hold yourself accountable for work well done and when things need improvement.
However, this doesn’t mean there won’t be times where we should say “enough” like good managers might do; if something starts feeling repetitive or mundane just because all day long, our only input has been via computer screen.
Physical and digital separation. The best way to avoid distractions and stay focused on your work is by creating a separate login for anything related. That includes notifications, calendar reminders, or social media sites – all to keep you more productive during the day.
If you have the space and the budget, why not have a workstation in your home? The best way to have a healthy work-life balance is by working from different locations. If you’re not distracted at your desk, then it’s easier for people like me who need some time alone now and then. You can only work when you’re at your workstation.
To have a successful workspace, you must spend time in your home or remote space. It will help trigger the associations and memories of where we are most at ease and give us ample opportunities for relaxation when needed, so our work feels more like flow instead.
The goal is when you enter your home space, you’ll automatically feel at peace and free from the burdens of work-related stress for an entire day. And when you go into your workstation, you need to be productive and finish your tasks.
Reduce your unproductive meetings! Meetings are a big distraction for many people. I know that when my meetings drag on, it delays other tasks and extends the workday not just to me but also to everyone else involved in the conversation! So make sure you make your virtual meeting productive.
You should plan ahead to hold your meeting’s participants to their deadlines and get the results you want for your organization. It pays off to invest time in effective preparation, especially if this entails studying beforehand on the company or the individual you will be communicating with.
One of the most important things is to agree upon a video chat protocol before starting mutually. It includes topics for conversation or breakout discussions, the duration of the meeting, and types of questions that are at best left unanswered.
Set some boundaries! With the rise of remote work, employers have become more dependent on their employees. They are no longer in charge and often unable to set firm boundaries between themselves as well as clients who feel it’s within their rights for any contact at any time without warning or notice if need be even though they’re “the boss!”
Communication is key to any healthy workplace. Communicate with clients or employers about start and end times, stick to those plans by silencing your devices after work (or turning them off) so you won’t be tempted to work during weekends.
It’s important to have standards for yourself, but it can be hard when our expectations are higher than reasonable. Always set feasible and realistic goals to avoid disappointment in the end.
The real world is not perfect, and the best you can do is be okay with that. You have no control over how things will turn out in reality, so don’t stress yourself about trying for something unrealistic like “perfection.” Instead, focus on what has been achieved already- aim high but make sure there’s room left inside of your mind too! Your work-life set-up shouldn’t be perfect. It just needs to work.