Traditionally, it has been seen as positive to separate personal life from professional life. It forces us to live as if we had two personalities: one who goes to work and the other who stays at home.
However, the scale usually leans towards work, so individual and personal activities go to the waiting list or are no longer desired or disappear over time.
It is possible to really merge work and personal life and reorganize activities, seeing them as a whole, without any division, attending to each one with the same importance.
Working from Home and Being a Parent
When schools closed, working remotely with the little ones at home became a real challenge for all parties involved. Younger children especially don’t understand why their home suddenly becomes a workspace and mom or dad aren’t always available. To avoid stressful situations, it is important to introduce clear structures into the work and care routine, as well as to set limits beforehand.
Taking care of children and remote working at the same time is always a double burden. Both tasks require a lot of attention, which can be exhausting in the long run. For this reason, taking deliberate breaks is very important, because this way you can rest and continue working. If possible, plan breaks in a space other than the one used for working.
Simple tasks such as walking the dog, cleaning the house, making lunch for the whole family, and running errands make this work-at-home promise no easy task.
Yet, talking with your family and dividing household chores is the first step to an organized routine.
Of course, the distribution of tasks must be equitable for all family members, and it is necessary to consider each person’s abilities. A good way to do this is by making a list of the main tasks that need to be done at home each day.
Working totally or partially from home allows us to manage our lives as a whole, and if automation and teleworking are the future, then it requires that we develop new skills or adopt ways of life that were not so normal before.
Everything flows much better when instead of fighting, we blend our work with our personal life; when we do our job correctly and feel motivated to do it better and better. In parallel, we also feel the satisfaction or tranquility of having done our personal activities.