Category Archives: Work/Life

Succeeding at Work While Making Home Your #1 Priority

Balancing work and family are probably the number one issue facing workers today. Although most libraries are open and have been for some time, that doesn’t mean that your responsibilities outside of work disappear just because you’re not working from home. People still manage childcare (schools close due to reports of COVID infiltration) and eldercare (parents have doctor’s appointments). Pets need to be taken to the veterinarian, laundry needs to be done, dishes must be washed, and groceries must Read the rest

Workplace Anti-Stress Strategy for Working Parents

The pandemic made it clear that working caregivers —particularly parents— must juggle the needs of those for whom they have responsibility with the demands of their jobs. We should not expect caregivers to go back to the way things were before the pandemic hit —feeling tired, worn out, and overwhelmed attempting to be engaged and productive at work while worried about sick children or elderly parents. The author of this article says it’s time for employers to be flexible and Read the rest

21 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress Now

Holiday movies and music have already begun to play — even as some people have yet to put away their pumpkins from Halloween. Technically, the pandemic is not over. But people are behaving as though it is. They are thinking about and planning big gatherings with family and friends for the holidays. With the possibility of either traveling to visit family or preparing for family to visit you, shopping for presents, planning meals, and still having to complete projects for Read the rest

Strategies for Better Time Management

Are there times when you wished there were a few more hours in the day? Often, it can seem like there isn’t enough time to do all the things we want and need to do. We’ve probably all struggled with being more productive, trying to do too many things, and feeling like we can’t get a hold of our time. It happens. That’s life. But if we have too many days overloaded with too much to do, things can feel Read the rest

Self-Care Reminder

By Shaureece Park

Many of us are getting in the swing of spending more time in the office/library. As we do so, we are also trying new routines and reviving some old ones. It is important to remember that taking care of yourself is still critically important.  The pandemic has led many of us to place a greater emphasis on self-care. It is essential to continue to do things that help us to be less stressed and healthier. Develop … Read the rest

Choose the Meaningful Over the Urgent

Have you ever had so much to do that you didn’t know where to start or what to do first? Sometimes you can get organized by making a to-do list. But often, when you have too many things to do, you can feel overwhelmed. You can become paralyzed and end up doing not much of anything at all. One way to move beyond this feeling of being stuck is to pause and focus on the present moment. This can help … Read the rest

Parents and Caregivers Still Need Flexibility from Employers

It’s been approximately 16 months since the U.S. (the world really) practically came to a standstill due to the pandemic. As much of the nation became a work-from-home workforce, many parents went from full-time employees to facing additional responsibilities of becoming teachers, chefs, caregivers, etc. Most could not rely on the traditional assistance from parents or older relatives for fear of endangering the lives of their family members. And how many of us can afford to have nannies or live-in Read the rest

How to Respond to Negative Feedback

Have you ever gotten feedback that you didn’t enjoy hearing? It could have been from a supervisor, a coworker, or even a spouse/partner. Sometimes, negative feedback can be difficult to accept because it forces us to face things about ourselves that we would rather ignore (assuming there is truth in the feedback). We all need people around us who will be honest, who will tell us the truth, even when we don’t want to hear it. In this short videoRead the rest

Self-Care Is Still Important – Breaks Can Help

It has been shown repeatedly that when we take time out to rest and relax, we’re more engaged and productive. However, it can be challenging to take a break when we have one meeting after the other. Often, it seems that supervisors and coworkers think they can add more meetings to our calendars because we’re working at home (and obviously, we have nothing else to do). Not to mention that when we get into a flow of work, it’s easy … Read the rest

Why We Feel Exhausted and Lack Focus and What Can Help

Are there days when you don’t feel like doing anything, especially working? You may not feel burnt out, but neither are you bursting with energy. Perhaps you feel tired, or like you’re walking around in a ‘fog.’ Don’t worry, you are not alone. After more than a year of disruption caused by the pandemic, many people feel ‘blah.’ It’s okay to admit that you are not okay. It does not mean that there is something “wrong” with you. You don’t … Read the rest