Work-life balance in the times of #COVID 19

 

By Malka Doshi,

Environmentalist.

Covid 19, and the resultant lockdown has wreaked havoc on all of our lives. A hurricane has come and displaced our lives, and in many ways, we are still learning to cope with the situation we find ourselves in. A lot has been lost to the fire, but the thing I bemoan losing the most is my work-life balance

At the time of writing this, as a non-essential worker, I have been working from home for the past 85 days. And it has been difficult, to say the least. I have always enjoyed working. I have also always enjoyed going out, reading, watching movies, so on and so forth. I have always prided myself at having a pretty good work-life balance. I think I am good at what I do, and I have always enjoyed the ability to put my head down and work on a project, but I have also enjoyed leaving my work and then not worrying about it, and focusing on other things that bring me joy. 

However, as they say, even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Little Miss Corona has thrown in a wrench, and in working from home, the line between work and life is all but gone. 

I don’t know about everyone else, but for me, the lockdown has created a weird productivity void, wherein there simultaneously feels like there is too much & not enough work. Responsibilities have increased,  and with housework, suddenly there is a lot more to do in the day, but also the divides are gone. No longer can I clock in at 9 & clock out at 6. I find days where my goals for the day are accomplished at 2pm, and other days where I am still in front of a screen at 2AM. There are no demarcations left, and suddenly everything feels like the wild wild west. 

There is also a looming sense of paranoia. Am I doing enough, is my output good, am I completely messing this up. And the paranoia is exacerbated by my continuous doomscrolling. As someone whose job involves aspects of news and social media, I have not been able to escape the news, and that has not helped me. 

I am still looking for solutions to make this more bearable for me, especially as I am realistically going to be working from home until the end of this year. Writing down what needs to be done next at the end of every day has tremendously helped me, and creating work goals that I can work towards has dissipated the dread of not doing enough to a certain extent. What has also helped me is creating reminders and notes that enable me to keep track of my work, and ensuring that I do give my required work hours to my work, albeit on a slightly more flexible schedule.

I know I am not the only one going through this, and maybe reading this could be helpful for you to reassess your own state of being, or you know, relate to someone in these lonely times. Hopefully, I helped you. I also want to say that I recognize how much of a privileged position I am in to even have the ability to work from home and draw a steady salary as a lot of people around me struggle with the same, and struggle with a lot more than there is on my plate. Hopefully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us!

More about the Author

Malka Doshi works as the Communications Manager for an environmental network, and has been working in the field of environment for 4 years now. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and a Master’s in Environmental Sciences. During her time working with her previous organization, she successfully ran a school program bringing about environmental awareness for the students.

Email: malka612@gmail.com

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Work-life balance in the times of #COVID 19
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