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Tips On How To Maintain A Work-Life Balance

Work often takes precedence over everything else in our lives. Our desire to be the best at what we do and to succeed professionally can push aside any concerns around our well-being. This might be especially true if you work ridiculously long hours. Still, a work-life balance is possible. Not sure how to do it? Here’s how to start:

Learning how to say “no”

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an activity at work that you really wished you hadn’t agreed to? Or, ended up staying late to mentor the newest recruit who needs help with reports? We’ve all been there. However, if you’ve found yourself in this position more times than you’d like, then you might be a people pleaser. When you quit accepting tasks out of guilt, a false sense of obligation, or the intimidation of saying “no” to your boss; you’ll have more time for yourself and the activities that are meaningful to you. Practice respectfully turning down extra work, or simply saying “not now”. You’ll be less likely to feel frustrated, resentful and overwhelmed.

Take care of yourself

There are only so many hours in a day and you have to set aside time to do the things you want to do. Don’t leave your spin class for the last hour of the day or when you should be making dinner, slot it in during your lunch break. Fit those sessions into your schedule and they won’t feel like a chore. Taking care of yourself also includes going back to your healthy living goals, and taking a balanced approach for your overall health. Work will still suffer if you don’t know how to switch off.

Prioritise your time

Whether you are at home or the office, it is important to make use of your time efficiently. For most remote workers, the lines are blurred quite easily. Don’t let personal issues spill over into work time, and equally important, work stress and deadlines should not be the first thing you talk about after you leave your workstation.

Don’t be afraid to unplug

Sometimes, truly unplugging means going offline for a while. And whether that means setting time to keep yourself and the family well fed and fit, taking leave to catch up on a good night’s rest or treating yourself to a staycation, is completely up to you. It’s important to take time off to mentally and physically recharge. Give yourself a break.

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