EXCLUSIVE: All work and no play? Here’s how to maintain the perfect work life balance in 2021

Suddenly the lines between professional and personal began blurring and we found ourselves working into the wee hours of the night just because the home had become an office.
EXCLUSIVE: All work and no play? Here’s how to maintain the perfect work life balance in 2021
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The past year completely changed life as we knew it. Overnight, we went from working in an office to working in our living rooms. Suddenly the lines between professional and personal began blurring and we found ourselves working into the wee hours of the night just because the home had become an office. However, this kind of approach to working cannot last long as certain fatigue sets in if you continue to work in a disorganized manner without taking time away from the screen.
As we step into 2021, a year filled with hope and promise, it’s a great time to break out of the work rut and resolve to achieve a certain work-life balance. If this is a resolution you resonate with, read on to know just how to make it happen.

Working from home: Create a sacred space and embrace the work-from-home life  
If you are feeling lethargic, have unclear thoughts, or are unable to focus while working, chances are you’re spending the day sitting on your bed or couch. These areas are meant for rest and recreation, not work – and your mind knows that for a fact. So, in order to feel efficient and get attuned to your work at home routine, you must create a sacred space that is only meant for working. It can either be a chair or a desk, but it needs to be assigned only to work. Your mind will naturally associate with the place as your work area and the mindset will shift as soon as you enter it. You’ll know that you have to operate and manage from there, and once your body and mind are on the same page, working will become much easier.

Now, if you have children at home, concentrating at home in their presence becomes an absolute challenge. At times, you might become really irritated with the noise and ruckus happening around you. Focusing on work with kids around is tough, yes, but this is an opportune time to work on your patience. Be calm and patient with your kids, and understand that they look up to you and want to spend time with you too. Take little breaks, maybe every hour, and see your children. Have lunch with them, play with them, hug them, and let them know that you are there. Simply put, don’t avoid them but instead involve them in your daily routine to embrace the work-at-home life. Once you create a routine that works for you, it’ll become a beautiful experience that is rewarding and not exhausting.

Working from office: Utilise your time and get back to your loved ones
Working from the office comes with its own set of challenges like added stress, travelling, responsibility, and more. In this case, the mantra is to take breaks and utilize this time to attend to your missed calls. Give frequent calls to your friends and family while you are travelling or taking your lunch break. Your parents, who are generally the last ones on your priority list, need to hear from you as much as you need to connect with them to feel completely happy and peaceful. The more successful you are, the more time-management you should do in order to make sure that your personal connections never suffer.

Life is never difficult if you designate a suitable time and space for things. Managing time can be the most beautiful thing in life, letting you do the things that bring you peace and joy. Whether you are working from office or home, think, act and be joyous at all times. Be grateful for everything that you have to balance your family life with your work life.

About the author: Dr. Jai Madaan, Astrologer, Vastu Consultant and Life Coach

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