“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This quote resonates today more than ever, as we find the majority of people working from home.
The faceless dictator often arises without repercussions barking orders and overwhelming their people, with a barrage of emails. Instead of simple correspondence to check the state of matters and ensure their people are safe, well and can handle the work load.
What do you do when you are sent a billion emails a day and are overwhelmed?
Many believe that working from home is great and more relaxed. They can have maximum productivity and many bosses feel they can inundate their employees with even more duties and responsibilities. Many might feel overwhelmed by the number of changes, the many emails and the changes in their work life. So it is important to manage not just your expectations, but the expectations others have of you and give yourself understanding and forgiveness for what you cannot do.
Begin to navigate the transition smoothly, understand your limitations and create dedicated workspaces so you can walk away and break free from the computer.
Self preservation and the understanding of Self is crucial now and if people and bosses don’t understand this may cause an extra layer of anxiety.
Start your day and end your day on a schedule. Try not to be tempted to grab the computer, during your down time. You may find that day has gotten away from you and you have worked the entire day away without a break.
Managers and Directors may not take heed to the above quote but don’t be afraid to say, “Hey, I’m overwhelmed”, “lets set up a phone call”, or simply take a mental health day.
Being well, is not just staying home due to COVID-19, it also means being mentally balanced and maintaining a work life balance at all costs.