With everything happening around us, the consequences of the pandemic, the digitalization of our work processes and methods… a growing number of companies are adopting remote working. And as a consequence, the boundary between our work and personal life seems to be blurrier.
In fact, the ongoing struggle to achieve the ideal life-work balance never has been this difficult or challenging. Recent researches have shown that two-thirds of the British working population are unhappy with their life-work balance. So, achieving this right balance is definitely not easy, but it is certainly not impossible.
So here are five essential tips to ensure your physical and mental well-being while keeping up with your career:
Leave work at work
In order to draw a clear line between your work-life time, it is essential to leave work at work. The new technological tools like our smartphones or portable computers plus the internet connection, have given us the chance to do our work from anywhere. Yet this isn’t necessarily a very good thing for our work-life balance.
Being productive and loving your work are certainly good qualities to advance in your career yet skipping your family and loved one’s time, will just make you miserable. That is why it is important to disconnect and to no look at your emails after 6 PM.
Try to write your following day’s to-do list as a technique to switch off your mind. Then, enjoy your personal life, meet with your friends, see your family and do your best to leave your work worries at your office.
Know how and when to say no
Even though it is a simple thing, saying no is sometimes tough for many of us. If you can identify yourself as the kind of person who never says no to their bosses or teammates’ requests, you may find yourself overflowed with endless tasks.
Hence, you don’t have to respond straight away when someone asks you for help. Take your time, finish your urgent tasks and tell them you will get back to them to see if you have time to help.
In the other hand if you feel very busy and you know that you can’t afford the time to assist anybody else, just say no, I’m sorry I can’t help.
Don’t forget, you better stay focused and do few things well rather than bite off more than you can chew, trying to get everything done.
Plot in your work and personal time
Recent studies have proven that having a quality “me time” will make you a better employee. So basically, when you spare some time to relax, practice your hobbies, meditate, see a friend or just chill…you are ensuring your propr wellbeing.
This is why you need to plot self-care time into your daily life and give it as much importance as your professional life. Have a clear separation between your personal and working hours and don’t let any boundary get mixed with the other.
If you are a workaholic, think of it this way if you focus on your physical and mental wellbeing, you will be a more productive employee, you will perform better, and stay motivated.
Learn how to work smart
Since we are always solicited by our email, meetings, and endless tasks, it is essential to learn how to focus and to work smarter.
Time thieves like our smartphones are not making things easier for us, and it is easy to waste unconsciously your time till leaving your work piled up for the end of your day. This is why you need to start by prioritizing your tasks. Divide your daily to-do list into categories according to axes: important/ not important versus urgent and not urgent.
Start being accomplishing the urgent and important tasks, plan the non-urgent and important things. Then, delegate the urgent but not important missions and finally eliminate the non-important and non-urgent ones.
As we said in our second tip don’t forget to say no if you can’t afford extra time to help others or to take an extra task. Set deadlines for each task and stick to them. Move to a quiet place of you need to concentrate or to get a presentation done. Outsource smaller tasks, get rid of time wasters, stay focused and you’ll find yourself doing a lot more in a lot less time.
Listen to your body and mind
Maintaining a poor work-life balance can deeply affect your mental and physical health. So, don’t forget to take some good resolutions and stick to them.
Have a weekly routine in which your exercise at least 2 or 3 times a week. Exercising is so crucial to destress both your body and your mind, thanks to the endorphin it releases.
Try to have half an hour each day, even if you take a small walk you can reduce your stress and re-energize your body.
You can also practice some meditation, read some books, or do any other relaxing activity that will disengage you from your stressful thoughts about work.
Follow these tips and try to have a balanced life, work smart n set boundaries, say no when you need it, take some time off and never forget that your physical and mental wellbeing is as important as your professional career.
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