Balancing Work and Family Life if You’re Working from Home
You used to complain that you no longer have enough time for your family because you’re too busy with work. Your children are already asleep when you arrive home, and they’re still sleeping when you leave in the morning. Balancing your work and family life was extremely challenging. However, you had no choice. It would help if you spent time working away from family to provide for their needs.
Since the quarantine period started, you spent most of your time at home. You rarely go to the office. It should have been great news. You can spend more time with your children and no longer have an excuse not to bond with them. The problem is that working from home doesn’t mean you’re not working. It’s still the same busy schedule. It could even be worse since you no longer have a regular schedule to follow. You might start to notice that you’re not spending as much time with your children as you should. These tips will help you balance work and family life during this difficult time.
Don’t work beyond office hours
As tempting as it is to work beyond office hours, you shouldn’t. First, your employer isn’t going to pay you extra for spending more time working. If you started late, you can finish late. However, once you already completed your work hours, you should stop. There are plenty of days to get things done. You can start bonding with your children after working.
Spend time studying with your children
You’re not the only one making schedule adjustments. Your children face the same problem. Schools have moved online since it’s unsafe to reopen. You have to spend more time studying with your children, especially if they’re too young to learn
independently. Homeschooling could be challenging, and your guidance as a parent is more critical.
Give enough time for yourself
Some people think that working from home allows you to spend more time on yourself. You can rest more and sleep beyond eight hours. The truth is that even while you’re working from home, you feel restless. Your body is still adjusting to the new reality. You have to prevent yourself from getting stressed out with these changes. Drop whatever you’re doing and give yourself time to rest. You can also try mindfulness activities at home.
If you couldn’t even stay in the shower room for ten minutes before the quarantine, you can do more now. You don’t need to beat the traffic to go to work anymore. You can even invest in a freestanding bath. It allows you to relax and forget other problems. Since you’re mostly at home, you barely have private moments. Your children are always around to disturb you. Being in the bath is the only time that you can relax and forget about other problems.
These changes will make the new normal more suitable for you. Soon, things will change. You might have to adjust again. Don’t waste this moment since you can learn a lot from it.