|Beware of meetings
People are spending more than double the time in meetings than before. Ryan Anderson, a vice president at MillerKnoll, told me this creates rigidity in people’s schedules. It prevents people from prioritizing their personal and professional goals throughout the day.
“If your calendar is just chock-full of scheduled video meetings, you may feel much less balanced — might feel much less autonomy — than what you did even in 2018 or 2019,” Anderson said.
Although most employees want location flexibility, schedule flexibility is even more important to them, according to a recent workplace study from Future Forum.
Recognize how work creeps into your life
Lipton told me that people often (and erroneously) conflate remote-work flexibility with work-life balance. But that’s led to work seeping into every aspect of our lives: the dinner table, couch, and even vacations.
“Self check-ins to consider whether the work setting, style, or load are contributing positively or negatively to work-life balance,” Lipton said, “and consider what we need to do to improve our situation.”
Value the commute
Although studies have shown that long commutes are bad for people’s mental health, a reasonable commute can be quite beneficial. It offers a physical boundary for people’s work and life, Anderson said.
“It gives you a chance to process the day and be ready to be engaged and present with the people you love in the evening,” Anderson told me. “Transitions and boundaries have gotten so blurred that it’s helpful for individuals to reestablish them.”
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