The deadly Coronavirus. A term that no one is going to forget for years. Why? Well, I think the primary reason behind this is the fear it has created across the world and how it has changed the lives of humans. Everyone is now suffering from the COVID-19 directly or indirectly. But as we are human beings, we need to move ahead with this fear and to adapt our lives accordingly.
As we are talking about adapting our lives with the current condition, how can we forget the Work From Home (WFH) condition! We have to earn money to live, and while the world is going through a lockdown situation, every company is now putting its efforts to implement WFH methods. This has helped the companies to keep up their revenue cycle, and for us, we are earning money.
But it has been observed that most of the employees who are doing WFH are going through a lot of stress. I had personally felt that when I started WFH a few months back. The major reason behind this can be maintaining both work and personal life. No matter whether you are staying alone or living with family while doing Work From Home, it will become more challenging for you to manage both the things. Your timetable will get affected, and you will not be able to concentrate on your work.
Work From Home- You Will Have to Develop The Balance
While doing WFH, we are keeping ourselves safe from the COVID-19 virus. We also need to create a perfect work and life balance. With this, we won’t feel like burning out between our mobile and laptop. WFH indeed comes with a lot of challenges; you will find yourself spending more time than you used to spend at the office.
What I have realized that “Communication Fatigue” is a factor that has greatly affected the employees doing WFH. Even I am also going through this from Monday to Saturday as I deal with a constant communication process. At the office, things were very simple as we got time to take coffee breaks, to do chit-chat, etc. which made us feel relaxed. Now the whole thing has been moved to digital platforms, such as audio meetings, video meetings, and more. All these factors have greatly affected the Work From Home method. However, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be here for more years, we need to prepare ourselves mentally as well as physically to deal with the WFH situation.
So, friends here, I am sharing some of the tips that I have applied to maintain a work-life balance during WFH. I hope this would also help you a lot.
What Have I Implemented To Keep A Perfect Balance?
- A List About What You Need To Cover Today
It is a very simple thing. It will be easier for you to manage the day if you can note down the things that you will have to do that day. How can it help you? Well, by doing this, you can allocate the time accordingly. For example, suppose you have to go to the market to buy groceries for your house, and you also have an appointment with your doctor.
Now, you can decide what will be the right time to do these things without missing your office online meeting. If your office meeting is at 11 AM, then you can complete the shopping by 10 AM. I also do this. With this, you will be able to complete the work by the given deadline. There is something that you can also do. You can buy the grocery online to save time.
- A Break Is Important
Work or communication fatigue is quite common in the Work From Home structure. You can’t just sit for hours looking at your computer, dealing with clients, attending online meetings, helping your colleagues, and more. No matter how important the work is, you need to take care of your health. So, how about a KitKat break! Hahaha. You must have heard that dialogue, “Kitkat Break Toh Banta Hai” or “Have a break – have a KitKat”. It’s time to apply this. Take a few breaks while working. Give your mind, hand, and eye a little break. Eat KitKat and enjoy it.
I am just joking. It is not compulsory to have a KitKat but remember to take breaks. You will feel recharged for your next office meetings. I also prefer to have a short walk on my house balcony to give myself a much-needed break.
- Sometimes It Feels Good To Say “No.”
We all have a fear of losing a job as most of the companies are now closing down due to COVID-19. But I think that doesn’t mean that to protect the job, we have to do all the things that the company is telling us to do. We are human beings, and we can only function until a certain stage. So, if you have assigned a lot of work to do and if you think that is too much for you to handle, simply say “No” to it.
You can just send a polite request saying you can’t cover all the works today. As a content developer, I have a limit on word count that I can cover each day. When I get more than the caped word count, I just say I can’t do that. It impossible for me to keep writing for hours.
- Utilize Your Paid Leave, Don’t Forget It
You all have a few paid leaves, right? If yes, then don’t forget to utilize those leaves. If you have, suppose two paid leave in a month, take one leave in the second week and another leave in last week. You can take it whenever you want. During that time give yourselves a proper care. Spend time with family, watch movies, and yes, sleep as much as possible. Hahaha.
That is what I do. I also cook different foods whenever I take leave. It makes me feel refreshed. So, do whatever you love to do, and you can remove all your stress.
- Make Sure You Have Healthy Food In Your Mouth
During this time, you need to give much importance to boosting your immune system. How can you do that? Simple by eating healthy food. As it is not safe to move out every day, you can stock up essential health products and food items at your home.
During working, you can eat healthy food, and you won’t feel hungry. Not heavy food, but something like healthy snack items. When it comes to munching during work times, I prefer to keep a plate of sprouts by my side. Another thing is, if you are living alone, it will be better for you to make your meal plan in advance for a week so that you can prepare your meal quickly.
Along with healthy food, don’t forget to do some home workout to keep yourself fit. Because, if you can keep your physically fit, you can enhance your mental health.
- Wake Up Early, And Do Meditation
Yoga and meditation can bring a lot of positive results in our life. Due to lockdown and home quarantine, we all are going through a mental as well as emotional stress. We can’t go out, can’t meet friends, can’t go on a drive, and we all are missing those moments. Under such an environment, it can be very overwhelming to keep following the same routine.
This, in turn, develops stress and anxiety. All these factors can affect the productivity level. This is where Yoga and meditation and can help you. So, try to wake up early and spend some time doing Yoga. One hour each day will be enough.
A Few Extra Tips
- Create a designated place to do Work From Home.
- Make sure you have a better internet connection.
- Reduce the usage duration of social media as they can create distractions.
- Get a comfortable chair and table.
- Use better security software and antivirus to keep yourself protected from possible cyberattacks.
- A positive mindset is a must.
- Get a good headphone and listen to the music.
- After work do communicate with your friends and family members.
My WFH Routine
- Wake up around 5 AM
- From 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM – Yoga and Meditation.
- 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM- Breakfast and lunch preparation.
- Completing my breakfast and kitchen cleaning work by 10:15 AM.
- Getting ready to start work by 10:45 AM.
- Lunch at 2 PM. (I take a 30- minute break for this. After lunch, I spend a few minutes for a short walk across my home)
- Tea break at 5 PM. (You can have your tea while doing your office task, if possible)
- Completing work by 8 PM.
- Now, complete Freedom! I can do anything I like. (Watching TV, making dinner, etc.
Well, working From Home has become a major part of everyone’s life. I think we all have to deal with it for the next 2 to 3 years, or more than that. In some places, the authorities are gradually withdrawing lockdown conditions and allowing business establishments to work with a limited workforce, i.e., 50 percent of total employees. But for your safety, try to stay at home and do WFH by applying these tips. However, don’t forget to try your own methods that can keep you stress-free during such time. But make sure that those things are not affecting your working hours. And take a KitKat break guys.