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​SAP Community Coffee Corner Meet-up: Work-Life-Balance achieved or are you still struggling?

It’s only one day to go for our first SAP Community Coffee Corner Meet-Up on Friday, June 26, at 4:00 p.m. CEST, where you can register right here! I am really excited because over the last weeks and month I realized that now everyone is affected by working from home – or let me say at least almost everyone. I think it was already difficult to combine work and life before the pandemic situation but with that, there was even more pressure because by then you had to be altogether with your family 24 hours. This applies for example for me, but we shouldn’t forget about the people who live alone and got stuck home with no one around them. I can imagine that may be a challenge, too, but I have to admit that, at the moment, I am kind of desperate to spend some hours or even a day without anyone.

The work-life-balance has become more important to me than ever before. Looking back to the start of the “lock-down”, I can only say that, for me personally, the first week was really chaotic: we (my husband, my two children and me) slept long and started work late, spent a couple of hours outside every day to get sidetracked, I took care of cooking (which was one of my heaviest challenges which some might know), went grocery shopping, cleaned up, washed, not to forget the home schooling… and I worked late in the evenings to catch up all the stuff which arrived in between. At the end I was very exhausted, and I realized that I didn’t have a minute on my own that first week in “isolation”. I saw that things had to change. So I changed them. The week after I started to get up early in the morning, followed my morning routine which include meditation (BTW: altogether 30 minutes on my own while the rest was still sleeping!) and I set some rules: everyone has to help housekeeping, my husband has to cook at least twice a week and has to go to the grocery’s, too and I get the “office” in our apartment 2 from 4 working days. I spent more time with going running or attending virtual cardio classes to let off steam and from that second week on, it went much more smoothly and of course, there was also less pressure on me. My husband also took over checking the kid’s school stuff! Amazing! Result was I felt much better, balanced, more relaxed and the atmosphere in my family changed, too. I recognized how important my work-life-balance is and I can say: I survived!

Coming back to our SAP Coffee Corner Meet-Up I am the host of one of the three sessions which will take place in parallel in three break out rooms (via ZOOM):

As mentioned earlier, the topic of work-live-balance was always important to me and stick with me already since the beginning of my working career initiated as of my two jobs: the "office one" and the "instructor one". Feel free to read my previous post to get more insights. Of course, I am curious about hearing and learning more from you: how did you handle your work-life-balance, especially these times? Any sports? Any hobby? Any other brilliant idea? I would like to invite you to a casual conversation and maybe you would love to share your ideas with the community. Or maybe it’s just the opportunity for you to step out of your hamster running wheel and get the motivation to change things. Come, talk with us, have fun… I am really looking forward to it!

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  • Jun 25, 2020 at 08:52 AM

    Hi,

    We are three humans(My wife, son and me) and two cats in our household. In the first weeks of the lockdown we had partial simultaneous holidays. So no Problem. While I have mobile office(we are not allowed to call it home office), my wife has not. Home office in senior care doesn’t work. Kindergarten was closed. So I started as early as possible my work day. Working hours had been extended from 7a.m.-6p.m. to 6a.m.-8p.m. as long as mobile office is active. With some luck I had up to three hours peaceful working. As my wife started working in her new job, things got a little trickier. So I simply gave it a try to work mobile and look after my son. It worked better than expected. Later learned, that more colleagues handled it that way. Getting up early proved to be a real winner. Kids seem to be easier to handle in the morning. Around 3p.m. Our workday is over and also shopping is done. We play round robin who can take some off time. We split most household activities but cooking is something my wife won't part with. Now Kindergarten is open. Feels strange to be alone all morning. I’m still starting early. So my end of work is still a little ahead of my wife’s. So I have a little space to do some vacuum cleaning, empty dishwasher, go shopping and stuff. Then there is still enough time for oneself AND your beloved will not be tuckered out after coming home.

    With this setup we cope quite well. We both work, we both manage our household, our son has fun in Kindergarten and at home and all of us can get some off time. All get enough love and are not caged in for 24 h/day. Stress level is not above normal.

    Another important aspect: Make yourself a comfy work place at home. Why chastise yourself? The situation can be hard enough on it’s own. Also the situation is not really temporarily. So investing a little doesn’t hurt. My setup at home: deep comfy chair, foot rest, pillow in my neck. Also extension cables for my keyboard, mouse and headset. Monitor is my 40” TV. This way I can cut out my compression socks and don’t get a hard neck or a bad back. I will miss that in my office...

    • Jun 26, 2020 at 08:48 AM

      Hi Manfred Klein thanks very much for sharing. You did quite well during the isolation. I like it that you and your wife both shared / still sharing the activities. This helps everyone in the family not to get overloaded. Also my children, who are a bit older (10 and 12): they also have to help with housekeeping (bringing garbage outside e.g.). Okay, cooking is a separate topic - your wife don't want to give this away but this was the complete opposite in our home. My husband cooks delicious although he amost didn't before. Definitely one advantage of the whole situation... for me :-)

      Thanks also for sharing the tips and I agree: a comfortable "home" or "mobile" office is an important thing!

      --Svea

  • Jun 28, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    The SAP Coffee Corner Community meetup was great - thank you for making this possible. I enjoyed your panel. Do you think it would be helpful to blog about my meditation experience during Corona lockdown?

    Best Regards,
    Tobias
    • Jun 29, 2020 at 06:55 AM

      Hi Tobias,

      It was great you joined and shared your experience. I also liked our panel and the casual conversation very much. It's very interesting to see also the perspective from other regions e.g. like Eduardo Chagas shared his thoughts. And I think it's really helpful to share your meditation experience with others, too. You had a great achievement! We have this quite new Emotional Intelligence tag in SAP Community which you can use for it. I am looking forward to the post.

      Best regards,

      Svea

    • Jun 29, 2020 at 04:49 PM

      Since I was not able to be in two breakout rooms at once, I missed Svea's Work-Life Balance session, so I would be interested in the meditation experience if you choose to share, Tobias.

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