How to Maintain Work-Life Balance in the Time of Corona
Achieving work-life balance on a normal day? Not that easy. But achieving this during a lockdown? A different kind of challenge entirely.
At the start of the quarantine, not only did many working professionals have to physically transfer their workplaces from office to home, but they also had to transform the way they worked: from physical meetings to back-to-back video calls; from ending work hours at 6pm to entertaining later deadlines because of blurred boundaries.
This endless grind can make you feel drained of stamina. How do you maintain it in the time of a pandemic?
As a man who values both his personal and professional life, you have the power to take control. Here are a few ways to do so.
A Quiet Place
We don’t mean the movie, but a designated workspace in your home where you can fully get into work mode for the 8 hours you will be working. Make sure it’s one area of the house with the least number of distractions, where you can take your video calls in peace, and family members or flat mates will not bother you.
Have a Break — Or Two
You used to go out for breakfast and lunch, and have coffee breaks during work hours. Allow yourself the same number of breaks while working at home. Your brain needs those moments to decompress because it can’t be on work mode 100% of the time. So stand up and walk around, have a leisurely lunch with the wife and kids, and use a 15-minute afternoon break to play with the family pet; your body will thank you for it.
Set Your Schedule
Try to work around a schedule that allows you to separate time for work from time for your family or self. Keeping to a schedule helps you to focus better and to manage your expectations on a daily basis.
Things can pop up during the day, like a quick run to the drugstore. It’s okay to insert it into your schedule. Similarly, realize that your schedule may not be the same as that of your coworkers’. They could start or end the day later given the times they are most productive or need to meet their family’s needs. Just do your thing and let them do theirs. As long as you align on your expectations and work around them, you can still maintain productivity for your team.
Unplug and Unwind
When your work ends for the day, let it end for good. Lines have blurred when co-workers think they can contact you beyond your self-designated work hours. So unplug that laptop, turn off work notifications, and spend the rest of the day doing non-work things.
To help you be at your best during the hours you have to work, take a multivitamin made for busy men like Rogin-E. Nine out of 10 Rogin-E users said that they are more focused, and have more stamina thanks to it*. With Deanol found in Rogin-E, you can do your work efficiently before unplugging and enjoying the rest of your day.
Are you ready to take on the challenge of turning work-life balance from fiction to fact?
* Rogin-E Real-World Study in the Philippines, Consumer Satisfaction Survey, IQVIA Consumer Health, 2019
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