Work/Life Balance in 5-10-15-20 Minutes a Day
With the advance of the COVID-19 virus, working from home has taken on a whole new meaning, even for people who worked at home before the lockdown. If you have kids, you are now home schooling. If you and have a partner and you are both working from home, you may be working in a corner of the bedroom. If someone in the house is at high, you may be worried about transferrance of the virus. Or you maybe worried about your parents, especially if they won’t stay at home.
In spite of all this, you still have to get the work done and successfully deliver your project. You may even have new projects that are time dependent because of the Corona Virus.
Everything is important but if you fill your head with every next thing, you will start a downward spiral where no one benefits. Instead, focus on what is important to you and your family. You can do this five minutes at a time, for 20 minutes each day.
- Five minutes for meditation.
- Meditating can mean the difference between attacking your day with ferocity and approaching it with an aura of calmness. Doing this at the beginning of each day is crucial.
- Meditation centers your mind and calms your spirit. It also helps relieve any tension you feel about the day ahead.
- Meditation helps you focus on your inner power and remind you that you’re important to others.
- Five minutes for planning. Once you’ve meditated, it’s time to plan your day. Planning means organizing your tasks so you can be productive without abusing yourself.
- Prioritize your tasks based on their importance.
- Try your best to stick to the plan for the day. Having a clear plan for what you want to accomplish helps to keep you focused and stress-free.
- Five minutes for checking in. Whether all at once or in one-minute intervals, check up on yourself.
- Assess how well you’ve been able to stick to your plan. Have you accomplished your important tasks? Have you been able to manage your day without losing your cool?
- There may be times when you’ll have to readjust your list of tasks. There are bound to be unforeseen circumstances. But what’s important is that you take them in stride.
- Avoid letting unexpected events throw your plan out completely. Take a moment to change your approach. Learn how to go with the flow.
- Five minutes for winding down. Now that you’ve come to the end of the day, it’s time to wind down. You’ve probably never allowed yourself the opportunity to do that before. Taking time to wind down is the best way to relieve the stress of the day.
- Engage in some relaxing activities. Sit quietly, let go of what happened today, and get ready for tomorrow. Listen to relaxing music, read a good book, or write in your journal.
- Winding down also opens you up to spending quality time with loved ones. Watch a family movie with the kids or a tear-jerker with your partner. If you have none of those, you could write a letter to a loved one, expressing your gratitude that they are in your life.
- You’ll probably agree that at the end of a busy day, you may be too tired to interact with anyone. That will change when you allow yourself to wind down each day.
Whether you are working from home or going out to work, designating these 20 minutes each day will help you maintain the balance between your professional and personal life. It can also help you manage all other aspects of your life during this time of massive change.
And when our doors open up again, you will walk out calmer, more connected, and more focused than ever before.