Do you feel like you’re over-worked and stressed, and constantly being bombarded by messages from work? It can be rather hard to stay sane, maintain your relationships with friends and family while taking care of yourself in the midst of all the work being unloaded on you. Rather than letting work pervade all areas of your life, here are 5 tips for you to at least have some sort of work-life balance.
1: Schedule The Most Important Tasks First
Does your to-do list have loads of things on it to be done? Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work piling up? Don’t worry. There’s an easy way to settle it. Start by arranging your tasks by the level of importance and urgency that they hold. Begin doing work which are of paramount importance before working your way down. This will not only give you back a sense of control, but it also makes sure that you will constantly meet stipulated deadlines.
Important tasks can include meetings with clients. Start the day off with a powerful client, the energy from this meeting will carry you through the rest of the day and make you a more productive worker.
2: Say “No”
Be really careful with what you say “yes” and “no” to. Saying “yes” to a task your boss has offered might lead to a faster promotion but it also amounts to saying “no” to some of the more intangible things in life; such as spending time with your loved ones or even simply some alone time for yourself. If you are uncomfortable with any of the tasks assigned to you, it is always alright to say “no” and suggest someone else who you think is more suited to take up the job.
A further tip would be to say “yes, but…” and list down your own requirements for taking up on the assignment. For example, you might explain to your boss that you have many tasks on hand right now and would like the deadline to be set further apart. That works too.
3: Always Schedule Leisure Time
It is important to always schedule some time away from work. After all, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, right? Leisure time gives you the chance to recharge, and allows you to reflect on the various activities which you were involved in. Sometimes, when you become too busy, it is easy to simply get caught up in the motion to the point where there is hardly enough time to have some leisure time to think about life or just recharge. No matter if it is right in the middle of the day or at the end, be sure to leave time slots specially meant for leisure activities!
4: Take A Sabbath Day Every Week
Think about the most recent time where you’ve had a day where you did absolutely nothing which was work-related. Has it honestly been some time back? In order to prevent your life from becoming centred around work, work and more work, it is crucial to take a day off every week. Even if you have tons of things to do, believe in yourself that it is always possible to get them done and let yourself simply relax on this sabbatical day. Take the day off to catch up with old friends, on TV shows or simply for your personal hobbies. Remind yourself that life isn’t always about the work; life is about the living. So go on and live to the fullest on your self-declared sabbatical day every week!
5: Get Enough Sleep
If you’ve managed to plan your daily activities and tasks well enough, you will find that there is always time to catch up on some quality sleep at the end of the day. It is never a good idea to deprive your body of sleep. Research has shown that decreased number of hours of sleep amounts to poorer quality of work, across cultures and even across professions. Do remember to allocate at least seven hours of sleep every night. If that’s really not possible, it would be wise to squeeze in some time for short naps during the day.
With these 5 tips, we hope that you would now work even smarter and be able to prevent yourself from tearing your hair out at the very mention of “work”. Work should be enjoyable, not overwhelming!
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