Working from home?
- Your ‘better half’ is in the other room on zooms.
- Children being home schooled, and just being children.
- Washing needs doing, dishwasher needs emptying, vacuuming to do … chores!
Working from your office?
- Colleagues dropping in with questions.
- Couriers dropping off parcels.
Whether it’s personal stress, interruptions, workplace conflict or, in the case of 2020, the world feels like it’s in an eternal state of chaos, life goes on.
During times like this, a healthy work-life balance can mean the difference between sanity and a meltdown, so here’s some tips to help you keep on the right side of sanity!
1. Looking After Yourself
First and foremost, you can’t do a good job at work if you are not taking care of yourself.
Working in times of chaos, personally or globally, you have to give yourself the room to breathe and manage your stress levels. Check out our blog post on the best ways to manage workplace stress and anxiety, this will give you some ideas of how to get through the day to day while maintaining your mental health.
Acknowledge the uncertainty of these times and allow yourself permission to express whatever emotions you feel. Repressing that stress will only negatively impact your work life and feed the cycle that makes everything feel much worse than they are.
Self-compassion is hugely important because feeling stressed is a normal and natural reaction to chaos, and you can’t force yourself to have superhuman productivity skills as a coping mechanism. It’s exhausting, not to mention impossible!
Tools To Help With Focus
The advice above is great, but there’s more you can do to help make those tips habits … and keep focus front of mind. Here’s our pick on the best tools to help you stay on track:
Focusing gets easier the more you change how you work. Short, sharp focused blocks of time, reducing those interruptions, blocking out background noise.
Figure out the tools and strategies that work for you and be very conscious about how you work.
With a little practice you’ll master that chaos, imagine what you’ll achieve then!