Work-life balance and how to embrace four lessons the future has taught us
It is obvious that we need to embrace a new work-life balance and how to do that has forever changed, hopefully for the good. We’ve been to the future and had a taste of what the digital economy may be shaping up to be. We have liked a lot of what we have seen, but have also learned that there are facets of our work-life balance that won’t – and shouldn’t – change.
For example, as much as we believe in being a team that is physically present at the office, the future has taught us that there are needs outside of the office that should be catered to.
These lessons teach us about a new work-life balance and how to make it work. Because when we are happy in our personal lives at home, we are happy at work.
1. Work-life balance, how to enjoy both at the same time
You know the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Connection and relationships are integral to our well being as human beings and no one thrives at a work-life balance from being a workaholic.
Those with children, need time with their children. Those with elderly parents, need to be available to provide care for them and those with commitments in their communities need not feel guilty about setting aside time to give back.
One of the beautiful things about the digital economy is that we can preserve and entrench a flexible work-life balance by learning how to manage the time at the office and being able to work from home. You see, it’s both. We need you here but we understand you are needed at home too.
2. How to get back into a routine
Getting back to work assists you with a daily routine that is a building block for a good work-life balance. You know the start time, you have all the tools you need at the office, you get motivated by the peer pressure of others working alongside you and you can clock out on a consistent basis instead of working with a flashlight under your covers at night.
3. Embrace new habits for a new work-life balance
Habits and comforts you may have developed at home to cope with the pressures of work can be brought into the office when you get back to work. Favourite snacks and drinks, things to read during your break time or music you like to listen to that inspires you (just use your headphones) are things you don’t have to leave at the office door (except for binge-watching your favourite Netflix show of course). But being back at the office also means you are less likely to let those comforts become addictions – so it’s a win win!
4. Mastering a good work-life balance helps you grow in your career
Lastly, getting back to work at the office is where true mentorship and career growth takes place. Something we strive for here at RocketNet. This is especially important for younger employees who really benefit from training on the job. Learning from your more experienced peers, gleaming some good business traits from your ‘boss’ or learning new skills from those in a different department, will only help you to grow and achieve more in work and life.
We thought this quote is quite apt for those finding their feet for a new work life balance at the office:
“If you put your heart, mind and soul into your work, success will find you wherever you are”.
Welcome back from the future. You’ve been missed!