It's no secret that when it comes to equality and responsibilities inside the home, women manage far more tasks than men. Whether it is another pile of laundry, dentist appointments, or organising date night, this invisible workload is too much to manage on the best days.
Over the past few decades, there has been a huge shift as more women are starting their own businesses so they can spend time with their children and be financially independent. Whilst many women manage to do this on top of the "normal" family workload, it often comes with a hefty price.
2020 and 2021 have been tough on many of us. And if you feel drained, it is no wonder. Have you completely lost your mojo? Is your work-life balance just whatever/whenever? And are boundaries non-existent? You are not alone!
It's time to clear the overwhelm and uncertainty and putting yourself first. Because you can't give from an empty cup. But before you run of for some extra and much needed self-care, let me share with you my favourite productivity hacks.
Many of us are trapped in the "too busy" cycle; the hustle, the grind, nonstop until you drop mentality. Working with self-proclaimed busy bees and workaholics whose mental health, physical wellbeing and relationships are affected by their work ethics, has given me great insight into the stories we tell ourselves and the myth about what being too busy really means.
Because it comes as no surprise being too busy has actually a deeper meaning. Let's find out, shall we?
Many of us are struggling to find a balance between work and home right now. The increasingly demanding pressure on families shouldn’t be ignored. But what can you do if you are struggling with your work-life balance? Whether you’ve always struggled or only found yourself in this situation in more recent times, there are things you can start doing today to improve your situation drastically. These are five easy tips to increase your well-being whilst working from home made easy.
After lockdown resulted in the largest work from home experiment we’ve ever seen, it became clear that our current workforce was ready for a much-needed upgrade. As most companies are now heading towards a hybrid workplace setup, it is vital to take the work-life balance into account to ensure the right improvements are being made.
The hybrid workplace has a lot of potential. It gives employees the opportunity to be more flexible and work with their personal schedules. In addition, it also reduces travel time and CO2 emission which, of course, is great for the environment. And perhaps most importantly, employees manage to be equally, and in some cases even or more, productive.
However, there are a number of downsides to working in this new setup. Employees have reported feeling isolated, more stressed and missing the social interactions that we need as human beings. Training of new staff members, or mentoring colleagues, also brings new challenges along the way. Not to forget, the so-called zoom fatigue; the overuse of virtual platforms of communication in particular video conferencing to meet other colleagues remotely for staff meetings. So if you are struggling, or feeling overwhelmed by these changes, you are not alone (but don't worry I can help!)
So what is work-life balance? Why is it important? And what small changes can we make to make this easier?
Susanne Grant is an Award-winning Work-Life Balance Integration Expert, Intuitive Business Coach & Consultant and International Bestselling Author of the book “Drop The MF Struggle”. She helps organisations reduce stress-related absence costs, increase job satisfaction and performance.