How to get more work-life balance

How to get more work-life balance

It is very important to separate your work from your personal life although many people do not know how to do this.  They tend to make their job a large part of their life and they just do not know how to relax and enjoy their down time.  No matter what your job is, you must find the time to have time away from work.  This means that you must separate yourself from your work at the end of the day.

When you are at work, you will need to ensure that you give it your full attention.  This means that you are not paying attention to personal things that have nothing to do with work.  You are working on a schedule and this means making the most of your time at work.  It is important to prioritize your day by listing out all of the things that you need to get done and then complete them in the order that they are written on your list.

There can be many distractions to your work day like a phone ringing or emails coming in and alerting you to that fact.  If you receive a lot of email it can be tempting to continually check those emails and that can eat up a lot of your time.  One way to stop this from eating up a lot of your time is to have a schedule where you do certain things during your day.  You can schedule in a time to return phone calls, one or two times daily to check email (and not at any other time) and a time for meetings.

It is a good idea to close your door when you need to concentrate on things so that you have the ability to concentrate and get them done faster.  When your door is open you are inviting people to drop in and bend your ear.  Closing your door sends the message that you are not currently available and you need to not be disturbed so that you can get things done.

Your life outside of the office should never be sacrificed.  Time away from work means uninterrupted time, no phone calls and no texts.  If you have a device where you can be reached by your work, turn it off once you leave the office, or leave it off when you are spending time with your family.  You need a separation from work when you will relax and not think about anything work-related.  It is important to finish up your work day tasks between the hours that you are slated to be at the office.  Do not work overtime unless it is absolutely necessary.  The truth is that if you schedule all of your tasks during your day you should not need to work late.

When it is time to be away from work in the evening, leave your work tasks at the office and never check your work email at home.  If you never separate the work part of your life from your personal life then you never have down time. If you don’t get the down time that you need you can run yourself down and become very stressed out.  At that point you will be no good to anyone.

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Authored by: Pete Anderson

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