Prioritize taking a mental health day off...
Sounds great, doesn’t it? I remember the
days when I looked up to WFH as a luxury and envied it. I believed one was
productive by staying and working out of one’s comfort zone. However, this
thought has changed completely with the lockdown scenario added. Moreover, I
hear clients raising issues with the Pandemic - WFH arrangement.
The concerns spelt often and the
strategies worth giving a try:
- I am not able to draw boundaries between home
and work. It’s both all day flowing into each other.
While structuring your schedule in a the way that you have enough breaks to manage other work in between may not be
possible all the time.
Do not get into multi-tasking the
office work with a household chore. This leads to divided attention and most of
the time results in spending double the work to get the tasks done.
Try changing schedules for what is in
your control rather than trying to change it all at once.
- We end up arguing rather than spending quality
Arguments happen when people do not
agree with the other. Communication is the key. While everyone is put into
erratic work timings since WFH began to try negotiating with work timings once
in a while.
Make them understand that there are
family priorities as well that cannot be compromised with work every time.
Learn to say ‘NO’ when it is absolutely difficult to manage work.
Divide the house chores among the
family members. Try shifting certain chores to weekends rather than squeezing
them on the weekdays.
Quality time is not just spending free
time together, sometimes sharing a task and doing it together can turn into
quality time as well.
- We are disturbed with each other’s work
The ones who are able to work in
dedicated physical spaces within the home might sometimes even manage to be
Most of the times when you are sharing the
room with another family member who is also working from home you might get
disturbed with each other and this might reflect in your work productivity.
Rather try tweaking the schedule and take turns while you both plan/ important
Understanding there are situations
where you do not have the liberty to tweak, try and place your situation, that
you might have a background interference and that it is not possible to gain
control over it due to the lack of space available.
- Being a working mom I feel guilty about not
being able to support my child during online school hours
While a child does not require adult
supervision all the time there are instances when they require help. Teach the
child to call out for help when required and whoever can manage to attend can
be available for a brief time. Sometimes, it would be helpful to teach the
child to make a note and discuss it with the parents when possible during the
For the younger ones, a lot of schools
offer recorded sessions. The parents can go through the recording while they
help the child learn in their home study times.
One does not have to feel guilty for
prioritizing children overwork when absolutely necessary or vice versa as most
of the situations are real-time. At times it may suit you to go with the choice
of a career break or switch to prioritize family but at the end not feel
Taking a break gets all the more important with the busy & mundane
lives we have been living for more than a year. We need to be more empathetic
with each other as everyone is affected in some other way due to the Pandemic.
Take a day off from work and utilize the time with leisure activities and spend
time on your hobbies.
Carpediem would like to acknowledge the use of Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash