In the past few months, the world has changed exponentially – right before our eyes. We’re working from home, still spending most of our time indoors, and trying to stay sane (and happy) during it all. Holy shit — is that even possible? 

Personally, I’d say that the biggest change I’ve been observing in people is the lack of a work-life balance brought on by the sudden, long-term transition to teleworking.

Now that we’re scheduling every minute, so many of us are working around the clock. Stats show that, on average, remote workers spend 58 more hours a year on core work tasks. Since there’s not a lot of distinction between activities when they’re all happening at home, the pressure of feeling like we need to work all the time is kicking in.

Even while we’re enjoying the looser schedule and comfier working clothes, everyone is still working hard within a stress-filled paradigm. It’s even more intense because we’re not receiving the same outlets we’re used to that let us get the steam out and decompress. Social interactions are cut, we can’t go out and do our favorite things right now, and our days don’t have the separation we’re all so used to.

Needless to say, if you were sick of the grind before, how about now?

While this type of #WFH lifestyle is new to many of us, some people have been doing this for years – and they’ve been killing it. Fortunately, we can learn a lesson or two about how to escape the feeling of toil and inspire more joy and creativity in our work lives.

If you’re sick of the grind, here are 3 ways to start loving what you do for a living… or at least like it a little bit more.

Compartmentalize Your Day

Even though you’re not changing locations, it’s still imperative to break up your day.

A strong daily schedule is a valuable practice to uphold. Create time for your family, your work, and yourself. Be social, work hard, but don’t forget to get some quiet time. Make it a point to break up these activities so you can be present and satisfied by each moment.

I call this chunking. Give yourself achievable targets to get something done — and it ultimately will make you feel more accomplished. Getting an “applause” button like Kramer has will certainly help. 

Incentivize Your Workflow

The little things can make all the difference. Finding your flow is about curating your own specialty environment to be productive and proficient. And, with WFH’s freedom, it’s easier than ever. 

What makes you happy and excited? Find that and incorporate it within your work time. Whether it’s a gourmet snack, your favorite music playlist, or the promise of watching your all-time favorite movie after you’re done, engage it.

Put a New Spin on Your Perspectives

Life is short, so let’s enjoy it all. Whether you’re working, spending time with family, or (safely) kicking back with friends, it’s only going to be as good as you think it is. Which is the only thing you can really control — your thoughts. When you’re doing any task, it’s up to you to decide whether you’re going to love it, tolerate it, or cringe the whole way through. Positivity is a conscious choice. Be your own source of joy and inspiration.

Of course, these tips aren’t guaranteed to transform the way you approach work. But, they should sweeten the deal enough to add more joy, balance, and good times into your life. 

What perks do you plan into your workday to escape the wear and tear? Feel free to share in the comments, I want to hear from you!