A balanced life is the key to personal success.

We have become so connected to our jobs, our personal lives and everything that is happening around us that we have somehow created the perception that if we work later and longer hours, we’ll be better employees. But how much of that extra time is actually being spent working productively?

As much as we want to work harder and show our bosses how much extra time we’re putting in, it’s not worth neglecting your personal life to do so. Here are a few tips to help you keep it real:

  • Stay engaged and involved

A good employee is always engaged. By this, it means that you are focused and present at every meeting or team conversation. Every job requires you to give 100% of your time. If you cannot complete your assigned tasks, either you’re not working while you’re in the office or you have taken on too much work and cannot keep up. If that is the case, you need to raise your hand and start distributing work.

Sitting in a meeting and spending the entire time on your laptop trying to respond to emails does not show that you’re hardworking and determined. It shows that you’re rude and you’re overwhelmed with the amount of work that you have on your plate. So, put down the laptop and spend your office time asking questions, giving feedback and actively getting involved with discussions.

Take the time to focus on ‘life’ and not on work. When you change your perception of your life, you’ll quickly learn to balance your life and put the time in where it matters most. When you’re at work, focus on growing your career and when you’re at home, focus on your family and on yourself. Learn how to switch off any devices diverting your focus and make a concerted effort to relax, recharge and have fun.

  • Know your rights

Love your job? You’re still not immune to burnout. Helping out is one thing but bending over backwards just to show others that you’re a good employee is something completely different. Of course, it’s important to help your fellow colleagues when things get busy, but you need to know when to say no.

There is nothing more frustrating than an employee who turns down jobs because it isn’t part of their job description. But sometimes there comes a point when you’re being taken advantage of. It’s crucial to know how to turn down requests without sounding rude and disrespectful. There is no doubt that when you put too much on your plate, it is only a recipe for disaster. This could result of deadlines being missed. And even if you do manage to spin everything around and accomplish it all, what does it matter when the work you’re producing is only semi-decent, not the high-quality work you’re used to producing.

  • Constantly communicate with your boss or manager

Another reason why people feel the need to go above and beyond with their work is because they want to show their managers that they’re adding value. But honestly, sometimes when you work for, or under, someone who isn’t truly invested in your performance and is never going to appreciate and reward you for taking time out of your personal life to work anyway. As long as the work gets done, right? Well, this is why one-on-one time is so important. Regular meetings with your manager or boss is an opportunity for you to update them on your progress and discuss your goals with them. This way they will always be aware of your performance and what you’re doing to add value to the company. It’s also a great way to show your professionalism and show that you care about your position.

As more millennials enter the workplace, the more companies are required to shift their focus on employee engagement and culture. HR management courses are extremely informative when it comes to learning about employee rights and how individuals can make a difference in the company. Being a rockstar employee can only be achieved if you’re doing it the smart, healthy way. Work already consumes so much of our lives that it would be unfair to let it dip into your personal capacity.

The bottom line

An evenly balanced life is a healthy one. In order to see your true potential, take each day with small steps and try not to become overwhelmed by your career. Depending on your position, it certainly does affect your personal life, but learn to switch off and control your stress.


Authored by: Pete Anderson

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