In the past year, the work lives of millions of employees have been abruptly upended, leaving many stressed and exhausted. Their days are a blur of responding to work emails, calls, and video conferences, tracking down groceries, preparing meals, wrangling children (and sometimes functioning as teacher and referee), negotiating work time and household tasks with partners and family members, staying informed about current recommendations, and trying to find time for exercise and personal interests. Even workers who were previously telecommuting may be disrupted as they now have to negotiate for work time and access to computers with household members who are suddenly home all day.
Adjusting to this new work-life equation requires being creative and resourceful. If your office is now in your living space, you need a survival guide to protecting both your professional and personal life. Here are some recommendations for staying productive while maintaining your physical health, interpersonal relationships, and sanity.