Many of us were thrust into working from home over a year ago, rather against our will and without much preparation. Now, the impacts of this arrangement are becoming clear: our dogs are loving it; our work / life balance is not.
We're not just working from home as much as we are living at work. The hours we're "on", at least mentally, have increased substantially. It's not sustainable or healthy.
Here's a few thoughts on reclaiming some work-from-home sanity.
1. Define opening and closing rituals.
In the Before Times, our commute functioned as a natural bumper between work and home, helping define the mental space we occupied. For most of us, shuffling between the kitchen table and the kitchen is not a long enough trip to serve the same purpose. In the place of the commute, create a physical activity - preferably outside - that signifies you're done for the day.
2. Communicate your boundaries to your team.
As a leader, setting the tone here is crucial. Identify the hours others can expect a swift reply from you, and when they shouldn't. Normalize shutting down for the day. Most organizations aren't directly saving lives or responding to emergencies so a little flexibility here will create the margins needed to recharge.
3. Monitor your drain and fill activities.
You're probably not thriving as a person after 5 straight hours of Zoom meetings. We all have different things that fill our bucket professionally, but the things that drain us are fairly similar: unnecessary meetings; bureaucratic minutia, navigating needless politics. If you see a long stretch of draining activities in your calendar, be sure to proactively schedule the things that help refresh you as well.
Whether things ever go back as they were in the Before Times, you'll benefit from knowing how to take strategic breaks, creating effective boundaries, and understanding your rhythms.
At Trellis Group, we believe chaos is the enemy of the small business. It's our mission to partner with small business owners and their teams to develop the managerial practices and processes to crush chaos.
If you feel overwhelmed and need a proven system to focus on the next best thing, we can help. Companies who work with us see revenues go up, anxiety go down, and work becomes a force multiplier for good in the lives of your people.
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