5 Quick Ways to Maintain Work-Life Balance
In a world where more and more people are struggling to strike a balance between life and work, it can seem like an impossible task to achieve that seemingly faraway dream. Or is it really impossible?
Here are a few quick tips to help get your life sorted:
Learn to manage your time
Time management is one of the biggest challenges that every employee faces. There are only so many hours in a day, so how can you get things done in a timely fashion? One good way is to prioritise. Prioritise the most important task on the list, then work your way down to the less important ones. Another way is to delegate tasks. Say no to unimportant matters and simplify your work.
This will take some getting used to, but once you learn to manage your time, it'll make your life a lot easier.
Don't let emails control you
It's easy to get distracted by emails. You know the drill; whenever an email drops in, you feel obligated to respond to it right away, and therefore set your work aside for the moment to respond to it. While this might not seem like a big deal, it really adds up. When you get caught up in responding to a string of emails, you end up neglecting the work you could have finished ages ago.
Instead of tending to emails every time they pop in, try only answering them during a certain time, be it in the morning, an hour before the end of the day or during intervals.
Make time for exercise
This might seem counterproductive, but making time for exercise can do wonders for you. Not just in terms of health, but for your personal and worklife too. How? Well, for starters, by making exercise a priority, you will become a better employee who will be able to work with a sharper, clearer mind, who'll be able to finish tasks more efficiently, and who'll have the energy and stamina to do more. Doesn't take sound awesome?
So get some much needed exercise into your daily life. You'll thank yourself for it.
Set specific work hours
This is difficult to do, but trust me when I say that it pays off in the long run. So no matter how much work you have, do everything in your power to keep it and finish it at work. Certainly, there will be days when you won't be able to achieve this, but otherwise, never bring work home. Constantly bringing work home is just a recipe for leading a stressful, depressing life.
Whatever you can leave for another day, leave it for another day. The stress just isn't worth it.
Take care of yourself
This can range from eating healthier to taking time off every now and then to making time for your hobbies and passion(s). Even turning off your gadgets can do wonders for you and your mental and emotional health.
In today's fast-paced world, people often forget to take care of themselves. This shouldn't be the case. After all, when you are happy outside of work, chances are you'll be a more effective employee at work. Heck, having something to look forward to after work can be a good incentive to finish things up quickly at the office!
Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini