In the last year alone, America’s workforce has undergone serious change. From a national shutdown to the re-evaluation of what makes someone essential, almost every organization has experienced some form of restructuring and reorganization. Even if you’re one of the lucky few and the only change to your career was a temporary work from home order, nobody was able to avoid major disruptions to their work life balance.
The Atlantic published an article on how structure relates to happiness, and they found that the happiest people limit their unstructured free time to 2-4 hours a day. These findings may sound counterintuitive at first, but professors from the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania have also found that too much unstructured free time makes people feel unproductive and unhappy.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 threw any semblance of structure out the window, and now everyone is struggling to find structure within their personal and professional lives.
Without a clear routine at work and at home, it can be incredibly difficult to find happiness when everything seems out of whack. However, while structure is an important aspect of work life balance, it’s not the only factor to consider. The next section includes 10 ways in which you can improve your work life balance without the need for structure.
Make sure every goal you set is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound. If your work goals meet these five criteria, you can’t go wrong!
It might feel wrong to step away from a critical project, but a short 5-minute break can help refresh your mind and allow you to think about difficult problems in a new light.
Procrastination is dangerous and detrimental to one’s work life balance, especially when you’re used to a specific workflow that no longer exists. If you set SMART goals and adhere to the timeframes you set, then you’ll be ok.
While this might sound like it would be an uncomfortable conversation with your boss, it may actually be more efficient for you or your team to coordinate during times that don’t fall into the usual 9-5 work day.
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If your work is affecting your mental or physical health, make sure you fix whatever is it is that’s hurting you right away. Finding balance is a give and take; you can’t give 110% without taking 10% from somewhere else.
If you’re working from home, don’t prevent yourself from completing necessary chores just because you’re “at work.” If you need to step away, that’s ok as long as you’re able to complete your assigned tasks.
Take a walk or find an activity that does not involve a screen when you are done with work for the day. The worst thing you can do is close one laptop and open another. Everyone needs a break from screen time.
Studies have shown that working from home actually increases productivity, so even though you don’t have to spend time commuting, that doesn’t mean you should always offer to do more.
Whether you’re working from home or in the office, it’s tough to find time to connect with your coworkers. With everyone being displaced, it can easily feel like you’re all alone. Be sure to reach out, even if it’s just to say hi.
Now that you have a good idea of how to achieve a stable work life balance, how can you maintain that balance when life throws you a curveball?
One way is to find a career that works for you. At USPRO, we have a wide variety of remote and in-person job opportunities that will help you achieve your professional goals.
You can also check out these great online resources on how to maintain a proper work life balance during Covid-19:
Forbes: “6 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance” ,
Business News Daily: “How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance Today”
Our “Running Guide on How to Achieve a Proper Work Life Balance“ on LinkedIn.
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