Achieve at home what you do in the office

How to achieve the right work-life balance when living with your work colleague or family

Achieving work-life balance alone can feel impossible. Throw in a global pandemic where millions of people are working from home with their partner, children, and even colleagues in tow and it can feel impossible to just achieve in work, never mind that balance.

It is extremely difficult to achieve our work goals whilst working from home with family or a colleague, so how do we do this? How do we achieve whilst working remotely so that we can then achieve in life?

5 steps to achieving work-life balance

Working from home successfully requires you to be disciplined with your daily routine. It requires you to have a dedicated workspace that works for you and to be self-motivated to get up and get dressed and to time-manage like never before.

Once you have these in place, only then can you be organised enough and in the right mindset to achieve work-life balance.

Step 1: Do fewer things and do them well

Not everything is equally important so prioritise your work to work smarter, not harder. You will never get everything done so decide on what is important to get done today and what isn’t. That way, if you get on to the less important stuff, that’s a bonus, but if you don’t, you’ve done what you need to.

Step 2: Decide which of your values takes precedence

What is important to you? Perhaps it’s finishing work at a certain time so that you can have dinner with your family or put the kids to bed. Maybe it’s not working a weekend or having time for yourself in the morning so that you can exercise or meditate.

Whatever is important to you, note it down and draw the line there. There should be no exceptions for what matters most to you and having this in mind will make you far more productive for the rest of the time.

Step 3: Do the tasks that give you the biggest bang for your buck

Did you know that most of us get 80% of results from just 20% of the work that we do? Think about everything that you do and identify what tasks give you disproportionate results; identify which ones actually create progress rather than making you tread water and do those first and most frequently.