A Work-Lounge Balance
[That fine threshold between working and lounging]
Although we are gradually re-surfacing from our strict home work-life, it is clear that things will not be returning to precisely the way they were pre-2020.
So, what is a work-lounge balance? I hear you ask. We like to put it as a way of managing the continuous sway between our work-life routine and those sweet, enticing calls from our living room alcoves, urging us to put our feet up and sink ourselves in the warmth.
Long gone are the days where a work-life balance was the pursuit of mental (and physical) detachment from our offices at the strike of 5.
Instead, we are challenged by a new kind of living and working, where, we can no longer use the bus ride home to declutter our heads and gradually strip ourselves of the impending bustle that awaits us tomorrow. For the first time, we have no choice but to unwind at the flick of a switch. As we turn our desk lamps off, shuffle our papers and rinse our coffee cups, we must shift our mindset to receive the families, partners and life that awaits us in the next room.
So, how are you managing your work-from-home schedules, while resisting the constant call to relax and bask in that glorious sunshine cascading over your favourite lounge? Well, with a few battles over the last few months, we think we've cracked that code - at least for us.
Here are a few tips we can recommend:
1. Morning are GOLD.
And no, we do not necessarily mean jumping out of bed at 5am and being that chirpy morning go-getter we all dream of becoming.Whichever time you rise and whatever tasks you need to tackle, make sure you rise right. For us, it is a morning walk or jog and a dip in the ocean and rarely do we break this routine. If we're running a little late, we make sure to pack our Traveller's Bag with runners, a towel, change of clothes and our notebook in case we need to head straight to a meeting after.
2. Rather than setting our work hours, we've begun to set our personal hours.
In most cases, we know what needs to be achieved. For us, procrastination occurs when we haven't set our personal goals. So, along with our to-do lists, we schedule a personal task each day - a lunch, a swim, a good read or a catch up. This gives us a lot more balance in our home life and makes goal-kicking far more enticing.
3. Jot down 3 priority tasks that need to be achieved each day.
Rather than clumping a tonne of activities onto a single page and in no particular order of priority, we began to categorise each in order of importance over an extended period of time, then breaking these down to 3 tasks per day. These are either deadlines or tasks that we know will jolt that needle in our business. We write these down and make sure that we tackle them in the morning.
Everything else is ideal but not achieving them won't break our bank. But list-making and task-setting is quite intricate and we may break down this elusive art form further in another post.
4. Every 30 mins we move.
Not doing so, results in neck and back cramps for us. So setting that alarm for regular 30 minute intervals became a necessity. You can even take it as an opportunity to get up and dance.
5. Rituals over routines
Not sure about you, but when we think of routine, words such as 'mundane', 'repetitive', 'obligation' come to mind. These don't quite set the mood for achievement. Rituals, on the other hand, refer to tasks that are much more sacred, essential to our being and carry much more considered intent. We've begun to apply this wherever we can. Just like waking up to a yoga session in the sun, exercise for us became a ritual that occurred each day at a specific time. In fact, we found we were unable to function the same way if we skipped certain rituals. Even mundane tasks like replying to emails followed suit, occurring at a specific time over an afternoon coffee but with a strictly capped time frame. What daily routines can you turn into rituals?