It has been an even crazier year than most and lives in many ways have changed significantly in the last few months – including our work environments.
For many of us whose home is even closer to work these days, creating a work and play balance is even more important. It can be done with a little planning.
First, set a schedule. Make sure you set a time to start your day and end your day. We need to be more purposeful to start our day on time and to end our day on time.
Whatever times work most effectively for you and your boss, stick to them. At the end of the day, start wrapping up your work about 15 to 20 minutes earlier to create a list of items that you will tackle tomorrow, tie up loose ends, and do a last minute email and voicemail check.
It is important to set both your morning and evening boundaries to where work starts and ends.
Second, end it. It was hard enough to instruct people to leave their work at work, but even harder now that work is at home. At the end of your day, leave your work wherever it is.
Create a separate work space so that you can close the door to your office or space and do not return until the morning. If you remember something that you forgot to write down, write it down or text yourself a reminder for tomorrow, but be purposeful to leave it there to wait until tomorrow.
Third, take time for your own activities. Think about what makes you happy and be purposeful with the time that you have off. I personally do not enjoy watching TV unless I am really stressed. That is how I know I need to dial it back and do an activity that I do like.
Create a list of activities that bring you joy and schedule them to make sure you do them. These items seem to take a backburner to our responsibilities, but they are very important and will reduce burnout or – as for me – a TV binge. The activities create a mini-vacation for our mind from day to day.
Fourth, schedule a trip, event, or time off with friends, or something similar to look forward to. It is a little trickier these days and we do need to take certain precautions, but there are ways around it. It is important to get time to talk with people and to also look forward to something. Looking forward to events makes us excited and hopeful and it allows our mind to expect a future.
Although it has become more increasingly difficult to create a work to play balance, it is possible. The most important part of creating your work to play balance is to be purposeful with your time and to not allow one to be more important than the other.
Holly Wright of Bluffton is a Reiki Master, reflexologist, NASM certified personal fitness trainer, and co-owner of Trinity TheraSpa in Moss Creek Village. trinitytheraspa.com