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Work-life equilibrium

I’ve spent over 30 years working and the workload hasn’t reduced; worse it’s gone up. The use of email, laptops and phones mean that we don’t leave work as we arrive home. Over-working and neglecting your personal life can make you vulnerable to mental health issues. Do you take work home in the evening or at weekends? If yes, check you work-life balance.

Meeting

Work-life sync

I’ve lost count how many times HR professionals say that you should “work smart and not long.” Experts state that employers must support staff by ensuring that everyone works sensible hours, takes annual leave and is able to switch off after work.

Balance up

A healthy balance between work and home-life means a happy and productive life, but it’s not always easy to do. Many jobs don’t have large amounts of downtime. A good balance boosts your productivity, not only when completing work tasks, but also when solving home tasks.

Trigger happy

By recognising your own triggers and understanding when you’re overdoing it, you’ll be able to stop the burn out. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the perfect work-life balance. Here are 4 tips:

  1. Build a new email etiquette. Don’t check emails on your lunch break. Dissect your email-checking into timed chunks, so you can concentrate on other tasks. Stop checking emails before bedtime and ignore emails when you’re on holiday.
  2. Only invite those with specific actions to meetings. Around 30% of employees don’t find meetings productive. Trim meetings to 30 minutes.
  3. Consider your commute. The average commute to and from work is 98 minutes each day. Ask your boss for days working at home, assuming it suits you. Many people working from home are more productive and feel fresher.
  4. Communicate at the right time. Urgent emails are often lost, skimmed over and just missed, so don’t be afraid to use the telephone, text or what’s app.

Getting the work-life balance right is a winner for you and your employer. One way to switch-off is take time each day to reflect on your achievements. By refreshing your task list for the next day, you feel that you finished the working day. When at home, unwind with the family, thus helping to put work problems to the back of your mind.

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Important: If you feel that you have poor work-life balance and need help, then speak to the right medical professionals.

Sources:

http://www.cityam.com/283731/key-pillars-work-life-wisdom-

https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/five-benefits-of-work-life-balance/

Date: 08 April 2019 by Max Robinson