Choosing a profession, finding a suitable job offer and getting it are not the only challenges that await you during your career. Maintaining the so-called work-life balance, i.e. the balance of private and working life, is important. We bring you tips that can help you with this challenge.
FOCUS ON WHAT GETS THE RESULTS
Most of us get 80% of our results from 20% of our work. Focus your efforts on this 20%. Find out which tasks will help you achieve your goals. What is the most important job you have to do today?
MASTER THE TECHNOLOGIES BEFORE THEY MASTER YOU
Turn off your work cell phone at night. Of course, could you turn it off even during vacation? Mute notifications and only respond at a time that suits you, use filters and other settings for better organisation of incoming mail.
LIMIT YOUR TIME-WASTING ACTIVITIES
Only attend important meetings. Choose the most suitable and effective channel – telephone, video call or personal appointment. Set a clear agenda for the meeting and stick to it. Limit your social media activity to before or after work. Alternatively, you can use lunch breaks. You can also try mini breaks where you use social media for 10 minutes and then go back to work.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EMAIL
The average employee spends 36 days a year answering emails. Solve this overload in two steps. Check and respond to emails every day only at the specified time. Don’t always reply immediately – answering after 24 to 48 hours is OK.
LEARN TO SAY NO
Adopt the rule that for every new project, you leave one old one. If you take on more work, eliminate unimportant tasks and ensure you have time for yourself. Don’t just say yes. You don’t have to agree with everything and take on all the tasks. This can lead to burnout. Select! Choose projects that connect you with interesting people, or you can learn something from them.
EXCHANGE PERFECT FOR GOOD ENOUGH
If it’s too much, ask for help. Don’t be afraid to delegate. Set achievable goals. Discuss them with your boss or colleague and ask yourself: “Is this goal realistic?” Stan takes risks. Find out the worst that can happen.
BALANCE YOUR WORK AND PRIVATE LIFE
Find a balance that suits you. Ask your manager if you can work from home during the week or if you have flexible working hours. Coordinate your calendar with your family, so you don’t forget important events. Plan effectively and reserve time for essential things in your personal life.
CREATING A BALANCE BETWEEN REST, WORK, RELATIONSHIPS AND FUN
There are four essential things in life: rest, work, relationships and fun. If you want to avoid complications, find a balance between these pillars. The first thing we tend to neglect is fun. Set aside time each week for your favourite activities and hobbies.
It is important to spend time with those we love and maintain good relationships (this is one of the main themes of our project). Although we often overlook it, as humans, we are social beings. However, many times we prefer to focus on work rather than, for example, call a friend we miss.
Rest! It is simple. To maintain a healthy mind and body, you must rest. Every shift of working hours at the expense of rest reduces your productivity. By constantly checking emails or social media, you only increase your dopamine level and bring stress into your life.
Work is not a race. You don’t have to overwhelm your opponent at all costs. Learn to work productively in a healthy way. Several books can help you with this. We recommend “Getting things done” by David Allen or “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown.
Set aside one day in a certain period (for example, a quarter or half a year) when you will devote yourself to things that you have been putting off for a long time. Whether you change the light bulb in the pantry that hasn’t been lit for so long or you finally clean up your emails… Do on this day what has been waiting for a long time in your work, home or social to-do list.
We believe these tips can help you feel better in your work and personal life. However, sometimes the situation is more complex and may require more attention and thorough solutions. Therefore, do not be afraid to visit our page related to self care, where, among other things, you will also learn something about psychohygiene.