Coronavirus has turned many aspects of our lives upside down, including our jobs. Many people are working from home, some have been put on short-time working, some have found their working day has not changed much at all and others are having to do a lot of overtime. In times like these it is particularly difficult to pay attention to work-life balance, so we’ve come up with 5 tips to help you find more equilibrium and contentment. Here goes!
1Write a to-do list
An eight-hour working day can feel very long if it’s a chaotic one. Write a to-do list in the morning, or even better the night before, with all the tasks you have to complete. Sort them according to importance and cross them off as you finish them over the course of the day. This structure will help you not to forget anything, so you can focus your attention on other things.
2Concentrate on what’s important
Separate what’s important from what’s not, split large tasks into smaller sections, and set priorities – a to-do list is also helpful here. Effective time management with a system and a plan helps you to structure the day and to always know what’s up next.
This is particularly important at the moment as we are spending more time at home than before. If you can, spend a few minutes each day tidying up your home and workspace. A tidy environment will help you concentrate better and work more effectively. And as an added bonus, once the weekend arrives you can enjoy your well-deserved break without first having to tidy up a complete mess.
4Do unpleasant tasks first
Whether it’s at home or at work, complete the most unpleasant tasks straight away. The longer we put something off, the more difficult it seems until at some point it feels insurmountable. Maybe you’ve experienced this before – so go on and just get it done! Then you’ll be free for something else.
5Make time for yourself regularly
This tip is especially important for finding balance and contentment. Schedule a period of time to be ‘you time’, and use it only to do things which you enjoy and which make you feel good – like reading a book, taking a bath, going for a walk, or baking something delicious. The most important thing about this tip: don’t forget to abide by the schedule you set!
What ideas do you have for what you could do with this time?
One extra tip from us: Stress is completely normal.
But it’s important that it only comes in short bursts, for example an unusually intense work day. It can help to keep in mind the principle “stress must be followed by recuperation”. Constant stress can lead to physical and mental exhaustion, and at worst even to illness. Sometimes it can help to divide up the work and share it with others. Here too, you should be aware and regularly check in with how you are feeling.
Let us know whether these tips were helpful for you, and whether they’ve helped improve your daily working life. We’re excited to hear from you!