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I’m finding it harder to maintain work/life balance these days. I feel pressured to take on all work coming my way to prove my worth and reduce chances I’m laid off. This isn’t sustainable. Wwyd?

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I think you have to do the same thing you (hopefully) did before the pandemic - manage the demands so you have enough work to meet hours but not so much that your responsiveness, quality, or brain suffers. If some assigns something to you or asks for help, tell them when you can complete their project and that if that timing works you would love to help. It’s also important to separate your work space and work time from your personal space and time. Maintain a schedule. Exercise, sleep, and chill. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. When you finish your work day turn off your computer and unplug. All of this is easier when we aren’t stressed and living and working In the same place. But you’ll feel much better if you are disciplined about maintaining work/life separation and make sure you live in the life part.

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Thanks, this is really good advice and helpful to hear. I am trying to remind myself daily that it’s ok to keep regular hours, turn the computer off and take time for myself. It is harder when my office is my living room and I never really “leave”, but I need to get better at this.

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