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Residents Aimed For Work/Life Balance In Lockdown
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Californians enjoyed a number of activities in lockdown that they didn’t always have time for before. Twenty-five percent said they’ve spent time on home improvement and gardening, while 23 percent have been reading more.

Lockdowns were certainly a shock to the system when they first started and required some readjusting, particularly for those who found themselves working from home (WFH). Totally unprepared, millions of workers had to improvise by using ironing boards as desks, or hunching over low kitchen tables that would have triggered alarm bells if the occupational health consultants were present.

When it all started, many would have questioned whether they could ever be happy with their new setups; after all, there were no ergonomic chairs, no conference rooms to retreat to for calls, and no in-house cafés serving your favorite tall, non-fat latte with caramel drizzle. But when it became clear that lockdowns were not just short term circuit breakers to defeat the virus, people did what they have been doing for centuries – they adapted and made the best out of their situation. Gradually, the new WFH set up started to have its advantages – in came real plants (as opposed to the plastic ones in the office); mid-morning jogs around the neighborhood became routine; and the lack of after-work drinking sessions has turned out to be great for people’s health and time for other activities., the leading resource for public relations news, conducted a survey of 4,500 employees and found that over one in three (36 percent) Californians say they have achieved the ‘perfect work/life balance’ (compared to a national average of 44 percent). When broken down by state, this figure was highest in Alaska, where 70 percent of employees say they’ve found the perfect balance between work and personal life. Comparatively, it seems those in Louisiana, New Hampshire and Rhode Island still seem to be struggling with achieving this balance, with only 20 percent saying they’ve effectively done so.

So, what hobbies and activities have Californians been partaking in during lockdown? When asked, a quarter (25 percent) said they’ve spent time on home improvement and gardening, while 23 percent have been reading more. Another 19 percent enjoyed cooking more and 17 percent spent quality time with family, while 13 percent dedicated more hours to exercising and 3 percent made the most out of having more time for a proper breakfast.

Furthermore, over a quarter said they’ve become more self-sufficient during lockdown, doing things they may have never done before like starting an herb garden, growing their own fruit and vegetables, baking from scratch and learning new DIY skills.

“There’s no denying the difficulties brought on by lockdown but with the fast-paced nature of life as it was, there’s also no question that slowing things down has been beneficial for many of us as employees, parents, students and people in other walks of life,” said Jamie Ellis for “It’s refreshing to see that so many of us have taken these extra hours spent at home and translated it into using our time more mindfully and personally by doing enjoyable activities we never had the time for before.”