Updated 06/09/2020

Pre-“Safer at Home” orders, the concept of balancing both your work-life and your home/family life were already difficult. Now, more than ever, it is essential to interweave balance into your daily routine. Some of you may be working from home for the first time, while others are seasoned pros. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, we are hoping this blog can aid in your transition and help you to find your work-life balance, working from home (#WFH).

But what exactly is a work-life balance? 

Before putting this balance into action, having a clear definition of what this harmony means can help you stay organized, levelheaded and actually perform better in both aspects of life.

Life Balance 

Lifestyle balance starts with narrowing your focus. Concentrate on the main aspects of your life that are important to your mind, body, and connections with others. Here are some examples:

  1. Your health
    2. Family and friends
    3. Relationships
    4. Finances
    5. Personal/Spiritual growth
    6. Hobbies or fun activities

Try writing down what is most important to you so you can see it on paper, creating a lasting imprint in your mind. By prioritizing these essential and vital parts of your life, you can achieve the happiness, financial organization and interpersonal connections that will allow you to take a break from your work and rejuvenate yourself. That way you will be fresh and ready to tackle your work life.

Work Balance 

So what does your work life expect from you? What do you expect from them? This balance goes both ways.

Your company wants from you:

  1. Time
    2. Performance
    3. Engagement
    4. Commitment
    5. Knowledge

You want from the company:

  1. Time
    2. Compensation
    3. Communication
    4. Collaboration
    5. Promotion
    6. Recognition

With these factors in the forefront of your mind, evaluate what your priorities are and consider how each can serve in your balance.

Here are some tips on achieving the right balance while working from home:

  • Keep a regular schedule

    • Wake-up on-time – keep your regular schedule as if you were still driving in to the office. This will help you to be better prepared for the day.
    • Get ready as usual – Putting on work clothes will help you feel your best, plus it will motivate you to do your best work. Placing intention on your day ensures you make the most of it
    • Remember to take breaks – Keeping your regular break and lunch schedule is important for recharging your brain. Fatigue will cloud your thoughts and challenge your attentiveness. Maintaining proper nutrition and eating on a regular schedule will also help your body maintain immunity levels when coupled with regular exercise.
  • Create a productive workspace

    • Keep It Organized
      • Your work desk at home should be a minimalist’s dream. Keep your daily supplies, files and notebooks in your workspace at all times. Do not leave things around the house. This is a recipe for disaster. There is no need for photo frames and personal knick-knacks since you are already home. These items should be reserved for outside of the work at home space.
    • Consider Your Needs and Be Prepared
      • If you find yourself on daily Zoom calls, which I do frequently, then headphones or wireless air buds are ideal.
      • If you analyze tons and tons of information, a printer may save your eyes from staring at the computer screen for extended periods of time.
  • Be honest and accountable to yourself

    • Set micro and macro goals – Nobody knows you better than yourself. How do you keep yourself on task? Is it daily lists? Weekly calendars? Annual projections and goals? Choose what works best for you and see it through.
    • Communicate with your employer regularly – It can be informal as a daily phone call or as in-depth as a weekly time sheet. The manner in which you report to superiors will be highly dependent on the leadership style in your company. However, but if you are proactive, you will likely avoid micro-management

A good rule of thumb is to reflect on where change is needed, if any, on a monthly basis. Otherwise, you will continue to feel unfulfilled and unbalanced. Possible changes could include, changing employers/careers or communicating your issues and concerns to your boss.

Finding a balance may take some time and/or trial and error. But the result of achieving this harmony will far outweigh the potential struggle it may take to get there. This active and present approach will allow you to perform better while working from home with a clear, organized focus, be the maker of your own destiny and create the control you desire for your life.

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