What is work life balance and why is it important?
Work life balance is all about creating symmetry between your work and your personal life. It’s cultivating a healthy equilibrium between the time you spend at work and time spent with yourself, friends, family and other aspects of your life that are important to you.
The pandemic has been a catalyst for shifting our working and personal lives on a deep level. We all faced rapid changes with the blink of an eye and found ourselves in situations we didn’t think were possible. Working on our kitchen counters, limited social interaction and being at home 99% of the time all became the new norm. I think it’s fair to say that it has all left us a little lost and somewhat unmotivated; hence why it is so crucial now that we strive to focus on our own wellness. It means that we are then better able to show up in the world, our work and for others. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
“A good balance can help prevent burnout and improve your overall productivity in the workplace and when working from home.” – HR News
Tips on achieving work life balance and its benefits
Remote working has meant that our home and work lives blurred into one; with an unhealthy tipping of the scale towards working longer hours than usual and neglecting socialising and self-development. Here are some tips that may help you.
Have set working hours
By having core hours, it will help create the separation between home and work life. You may decide you need some leeway, or unexpected situations may arise, but above all it’s important to figure out what will work for you. If in doubt, trial and error can help you figure out what kind of schedule will be best suited to your lifestyle.
Create healthy boundaries
Create boundaries with your boss, family and friends. Ensure you communicate with them on when they are able to reach you and any hours where you’re unable to make time for them.
Organise your time
If you’re more of a practical person, it may really help to physically write down to-do lists and tasks or block out slots on your calendar. It’s a good habit to adopt and ensures you know exactly what you’re doing and when.
Take some ‘me time’
Set aside time for just yourself everyday. What is it that you enjoy doing? Perhaps its cooking a nourishing meal, or listening to your favourite podcast. Whatever it may be, reserve uninterrupted time as part of a self-care practise.
Work life balance with coworking at Uncommon
Coworking is the bridge to the future – healthily creating that barrier between working and home life.
At Uncommon, we use the ABW method (Activity Based Working) where individuals are able to use different work spaces designated for specific tasks. We have quiet areas, areas for collaborative working, individual booths for calls and more. Research suggests that ABW can help increase staff collaboration, productivity, pride and overall effectiveness.
Community is a core element of coworking spaces like Uncommon. We offer brilliant networking opportunities and access to events you wouldn’t have access to working from home. We offer fitness classes, health & wellbeing sessions and collaborations with local brands that are in alignment with our ethos. Our Liverpool Street Space has a dedicated Well Studio which features meditation pods to easily tap into some ‘me time’ at any point of their working day.
It’s a great way to do something for yourself, perfectly striking that balance between working efficiently and your wellbeing.
We want to deliver our members a holistic and mindful experience, which in essence provides a more harmonious space to work. Uncommon sits on foundation of wellbeing, design and providing a unique experience – all of which collaborate to deliver a unique experience for all members and guests.
Since working is a big chunk of our lives, this certainly is an encouraging approach to working and living well.
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Uncommon takes pride in helping businesses thrive. Our workspaces are designed with your wellbeing in mind. Every single detail helps create an environment in which you can feel good about where and how you work. Visit our locations in Borough, Highbury & Islington, Fulham, and Liverpool Street to experience our unique vision of working life across London.