Work has never been so odd, flexible, and strangely structured as it is in 2020. Never before have so many people begun working from home in remote positions, of course encouraged by national lockdowns as a consequence of an international pandemic.
This gives us a good opportunity to consider our working balance, and how we are best geared to work. What does productivity mean to you? How do you balance yourself around your working responsibilities? And, even if you don’t work at home, what could this new awareness bring you in terms of managing your time and staying active? Well – to start with, it’s quite clear that working more hours doesn’t necessarily mean you are more productive. Sometimes, it might be that you’ve been breaking employment laws by working more than you should, because, well, you’re strong and wish to provide for your family. Truck drivers often do this because they feel that they’re aware enough at the wheel, not recognizing that they need to rest responsibly.
Let’s consider some advice to help you find that working balance you so sorely need:
Understand Rest Points
It’s important to take rest when you need it, perhaps to rejuvenate your mind or your body. For instance, a chef that works a morning shift, lunch shift and evening service without taking a break, while they do seem to pride themselves on that, will not last very long in the business without artificial help – such as alcohol. The same goes in any career, UK truck stops, for example, are essential for any long-haul driver to know about, because their alertness quite literally translates to how safe they are on the road. Understand this, and you’ll be in the best possible situation going forward.
Manage Your Schedule
It’s important to manage your schedule to the extent that you can. If you’re continually wasting time in unhappy pursuits, such as mindlessly browsing the internet between assignments, you’ll likely to feel worn out. Set a calendar, using an app and provider of your choice. Know what you’ll be doing with segments of your time in the day. Ensure you DO take that break for lunch, and that after a certain time, all work is left at home or paused. Having two log-in profiles on your computer can help with this – one for work, one for recreation.
Take Time Off
You may be motivated to ‘take no rest days’, particularly if you’re trying to launch a business or make good on an initiative that’s important to you. However, it’s important to take time off when you can – to completely de-couple from work, to book a mental health day every now and then to keep on top of your stress. If you can do this when it’s appropriate (it doesn’t have to be often) you can then return to work with a sense of real interest in moving forward and working hard when you need to. Taking time off isn’t a dirty concept – don’t treat it as such.
With this advice, we hope you can find that working balance you, and many others, so sorely need.