Posted on 18th Apr, 2020
A lockdown can be a difficult and complex time, as nobody is used to isolation. Staying home day after day, and having to work as you would at office, is particularly challenging for a large number of office-goers, for whom work-from-home has never been an option before.
While it is natural to correlate home with relaxation and free-time, and be rather dis-inclined to work full-time from one’s sanctuary; with the changing times and the need of the hour being as they are, adapting to this new reality is essential, to be as productive as one would be at work.
Work-life balance - the delicate art of managing one’s time between personal and professional commitments - has particularly taken a hit in these trying times. With the house-help the more privileged of us are accustomed to, taking the work from home mandate seriously; these times find not only the underlings, but the heads of departments, verticals, or even companies rolling up their sleeves and picking up mops and dustpans, washing the dishes, cooking, and managing their kids!
Drawing a line between work hours and personal hours, while ideal, is rather unrealistic in the days of work from home during quarantine, considering that all the members of the family are home, necessitating every person in the household having to don multiple hats at once, rather than being afforded the time to switch hats on the commute from home to work, or vice-versa.
Your boss giving you instructions, while your kid is throwing a hissy fit because he didn’t get the candy he wanted? Your team is having a Skype meeting while your mother-in-law insists on you fetching her, her hot water bottle? Your grandfather’s fading sense of hearing has the news channel blaring, when you have an important client call to make? The vegetable vendor is downstairs for his hour-long permitted weekly visit but you just have to send that email?
Here are some quick tips for you to manage yourself, when you simply want to tear your hair out: