Covid-19 has had an unprecedented effect on how we live our lives from how we socialize to how we entertain ourselves… and yes, to how we work. In response to the global crisis, many countries have instituted some level of mandatory lock-down that has changed the way we do business. Some businesses have closed leaving employees without a steady source of income. Others have allowed employees to work from home. So, how are professional employees faring in this new reality?
Whether you call it social distancing, self-quarantine, or a mandated lock-down, many of us feel the psychological effects of our current reality. Time we once spent socializing, dining out, attending concerts and sporting events, has become downtime that has to be filled within the confines of our homes. Luckily, many of us have the opportunity to fill some of that time by working from home. But this, in itself, presents a psychological danger. When work is all that’s left to fill the empty hours, work addiction becomes a very real possibility.
You already know all about work-life balance. You work hard, but you always make the time for the things that are important to you like healthy exercise, spending time with family and friends, and indulging in hobbies. You know how important it is to take a break from work, but what about the breaks you take while you’re working? Taking a work break during your work-day can help to maximize your productivity. With everything else you have going on you may think you don’t have time.
A tidy little house with a picket fence, a loyal dog, a Pontiac station wagon in the driveway, and two weeks every summer to visit the Grand Canyon as family… a this was success 50 years ago. 30 years ago, it was a Manhattan apartment, a Porsche 911, and a cell phone the size of a small brick. As our world changes, as our society changes, our idea of what it means to be successful evolves. While measuring success often involves an individual’s perspective, societal trends and generational goals influence our perception. So, how do young professionals define success today?
All to often, we come to believe that work is a painful necessity. It seems to involve grinding away at repetitive tasks and just surviving until quitting time. We only feel like we enjoy life when we’re off the clock. After all, there’s just so much you need to get done, and none of it can wait. But here’s some good news: It doesn’t always have to be like that. You actually can enjoy work.
Hard work pays off. That’s what we’re always told as we go through school, apply for jobs and navigate our careers. If our goal is to one day be successful, we must work as hard as we can to achieve our goals. This is the hustle culture we’re participating in today.