Impacts on working from home in a lockdown world: I’m a woman hear me roar!
With a pandemic, many people were forced into a new dynamic of working from home. Lockdowns for women meant that not only was it a challenge to work from home but they also had to manage their children and household tasks. The multiple roles and hats that women wear evolved from working mum or professional woman, to chef, teacher, housekeeper and many others. This has evolved and developed their skills, which in turn has even more so made women the glue within a family.
So, what are the challenges? This meant women have been more stretched than ever before. Often there maybe a crying toddler or a young one cameoing in the mother’s Zoom call. Women have to work out the schedule for the next day for the household whilst doing laundry between meetings. They also have to sort out schooling for the kids and making decisions around the family’s health.
This puts a lot of impact on one’s mental health and challenges around staying on top. How can women do it all and stay on top? The best advice is breathe. Take it one day at a time. Realise that whilst there are things that are under one’s control, there are things that are just out of our hands. Plan the day in advance. Write down the 5 most important things for the day and cross them out as you get through them. Talk to a friend or have a Zoom wine/coffee catch up with them. Know that today you have done the best you can. If you still are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk, come and join a professional networking group like Auckland Executive Club. We are likeminded professional women, who catchup and network to go through some of the challenges that you might be dealing with. In the end know that you are not alone, we are in this together.