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We all get into situations where we have to choose between our job and the rest of our life. If you find yourself caught in a vicious cycle of neglecting your work-life balance and often work longer hours or at weekends, forgetting about your friends and health, then this article is for you. Here are some tips on how to create a better work-life balance.
It might sound counterintuitive, but often the less time we have, the more we manage to accomplish. Perhaps this is true for you; perhaps you are among the lucky few who can accomplish lots regardless of time pressure. Either way, it is a good habit to set time limits for your daily tasks to avoid procrastination and cut out unnecessary or non-urgent activities. Use the time you save to cultivate your passions outside work.
Never had time to read a new book or learn a new language? Now is the right time to start. By fulfilling your inner needs, you will go to work more relaxed, motivated and willing to do more.
Undoubtedly, your job is important. However, your health is even more so. Without a clear mind and a healthy body, completing tasks becomes harder and takes longer. You probably think you are already too tired and don’t have any spare time for exercising. Yet, physical activity will boost your energy levels rather than deplete them! Moreover, the benefits of exercise go far beyond physical health. Just 30 minutes of physical activity per day can help manage stress, improve your night’s rest, and give you a chance to disconnect from gadgets.
There is only one time during the day when you really have to think about what has to be done. And it is the evening. Set priorities and create a to-do list for the day ahead to clear your mind from unnecessary thoughts. Try to use a digital assistant to help you stay on track, preferably one that combines or synchronizes your list with team-members, partners and, if possible, personal relations.
It is no surprise that that vacations are important for long-term productivity and happiness. There are few things that are more pleasant than a vacation. Yet, we often take longer weekend breaks instead of a proper several-week getaways, thinking that it is enough to replenish the energy balance. In fact, short breaks provide a short-term recharge while long-term exhaustion is accumulating in the background. Thus, the next time you plan a longer break, remember that vacations are not an indulgent experience, but a crucial aspect of maintaining mental health. An active vacation, with its novelty and challenge, is essentially something the human brain craves and that creates lifelong satisfaction, according to Gregory Berns, the author of ‘Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment’.
With these tips at hand, you will find yourself more productive and satisfied, both at work and in life. If you’re still feeling unfulfilled at work, perhaps you should step back, look deeper into yourself and maybe even seek new career opportunities. But I’ll leave that to another day!
Remember, a good work-life balance is achievable, as long as you ‘work’ at it!
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