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(How to maintain work-life balance tips is written by Aislinn Elvia)
Quarantine has been hard and great at the same time. On the one hand, we can’t go anywhere or meet up with anyone. Yet we have time to do some home projects and spend more quality time with our loved ones. Now, reality sets back in as states in the U.S. start to open back up and employers start opening up shop again.
I started a new position in March, worked for five days, then went into seven-week quarantine and just went back to work this past week (needless to say, I barely remembered anything 🤣). I think the hardest part for me is the fact that I don’t get to hang out with my husband and my pup as often as I used to and now it almost feels like I have to schedule everything.
I’m here to give you all some tips for when we all eventually go back to work (I know 😥) and how we can balance work and family.
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How to maintain work-life balance tips: Overview
- Allotted times
- Plan activities
- Disconnect from screens
Tip #1- Allotted times
The first tip is to make sure you have allotted times for work and family time. For example- us Americans typically work an 8-4/9-5 job which takes up 40 hours of our week. When we’re finished at either 4p or 5p, that’s it. Don’t take your work home with you, leave all of it at the office where it belongs.
For some of us, such as lawyers, that may be difficult for you have to build a case for your client which may take up more of your time. In that case, I suggest scheduling certain hours of the day when you work from home and then that’s it, the rest of your time is dedicated to family. For example, if you have to work from home for a couple of hours work in the morning until early afternoon (7/8a- 12p) that way you can spend the rest of your day with your family. So many people put career before their loved ones and unfortunately that causes a lot of separations.
Families need to feel important in your life so it’s vital we give them our full attention when our workday is finished.
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Tip #2- Plan Activities
During the week, or even that previous weekend, plan ahead for the upcoming weekend what sorts of activities you could all do together. Currently, it’s a little challenging to plan a cool trip or outings due to the virus. However, there are tons of other activities you can do with your family:
- walks around the neighbourhood
- game night
- camping out in the living room
- making smores around a fire
- movie night with popcorn
- playing sports in the backyard
- zoom family reunions
We can even make chores seem fun. Have time dedicated to cleaning the house and to motivate your kids you could offer golden tickets to win a certain prize or turn the chores into a treasure map to hidden treasure. Almost make it into a game without them realizing that they’re doing house chores.
Tip #3-Disconnect from Screens
Phones, laptops, kindles, anything with a screen has almost become an extension of ourselves. When I take a walk and look around, almost everyone I see is staring at their phone. I’m not excluded from this for I catch myself staring at my phone when I go for walks to catch up on some news or reading blog posts. When we come home from the end of the day, set a time when you turn off your phone and disconnect.
I started to utilize this technique and it has helped. I sometimes catch myself using it after hours and then I immediately put it away. It’s almost become habitual for us that we have to be staring at our phones and socialize that way as opposed to talking to the actual human being that’s sitting next to us. This takes time to rewire the brain to shut off from our devices, yet it’s so much better, in the long run, to give your family your full attention.
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About the Author:
Aislinn runs a blog called Peace Love Harmony