Follow these tips and you’ll soon be rewarded with a better work-life balance
It’s hard to achieve a good work-life balance, especially when our culture seems to place a lot of emphasis on working long hours. But working smart could be the way to gain more time to do other things you enjoy. This will also make you happier as you’ll be able to indulge in all the things you love when you’re not working. Here are five ways you can be more productive and achieve a better work-life balance in 2018.
One of the easiest ways to be productive is to make lists then tick each item off one by one, as you complete them. This allows you to get more organised so that you know exactly what you have to do and it will then give you ample time to participate in non-work activities. Make lists on a daily or weekly basis – depending on how busy you are – and you’ll definitely have a pleasant sense of satisfaction once you achieve all the goals on your lists.
Be On Time
Whether it’s to the office every morning or to meetings elsewhere, make sure you get there on time. Not only does this make you look more professional, it’ll also make your day go by more smoothly and not give you any unnecessary stress. Plus, when you’re punctual for all your appointments throughout the day, it’ll give you more time for after-work activities too.
Don’t eat at your desk
It might seem like a convenient habit but, the truth is, you have to get yourself away from the stresses of work as often as you can for a better chance at a work-life balance. So get out of the office for lunch, even if it’s just to the canteen for 20 minutes. Being away from your desk for a bit will also make you feel more refreshed and thus more productive, ready to face the rest of the work day.
Keep weekends work-free
Sometimes it’s hard to tear yourself away from work even when you’re not at the office, especially when you have an important deadline or a work crisis that needs your urgent attention. But if this is not the case, resist the temptation to check your emails during the weekends so that you can have a break from work. Take this time to enjoy life, even if it means just staying in to binge watch your favourite TV show.
Get enough sleep
Yes this isn’t directly related to how you work but the benefits you’ll reap from getting a good night’s sleep affect both your work and personal lives. When you have good quality sleep, you’ll automatically be more productive in the office, which means you’ll have plenty of time to do other things outside of your working hours. So make sure you’re well-rested for a better work-life balance.