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July 28, 2017 By Raph DaCosta

5 Shortcuts to A Better Work-Life Balance

July 28, 2017

By Raph DaCosta

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July 28, 2017

5 Shortcuts to A Better Work-Life Balance

By Raph DaCosta
Social Media Specialist

Working extra hours is sometimes necessary when deadlines loom, but constantly putting work first creates an imbalance that can lead to burnout. If you constantly feel like a hamster running around on a wheel at work, learning to take time to relax can require some practice. Try these tactics for striking a work-life balance that leads to business success and a more satisfying life.

1) Take Control of Emails

Chances are one of the tasks that keeps you ultra-busy is reading and sending emails. In this 24/7 culture, a quick email turnaround is often expected. You may have found, though, that the faster you answer, the faster the emails come in. For your own wellbeing you need to tame the email onslaught.

Try just answering and sending emails only at a certain time during the day and refrain from checking otherwise. You may find that a quick conference call can more efficiently answer questions that would have taken several emails to discuss. During a conversation, you’re also likely to talk about subjects you might not have had time to type about in an email.

2) Set Boundaries

Though it may be difficult to do, creating boundaries with your time is crucial to living a balanced life. Doing this starts with realizing that you aren’t able to accomplish every task asked of you right now. That means learning to say no, when necessary. If you’re the boss, work on prioritizing the workload and delegate tasks to employees whenever possible.

3) Break for Exercise

Being physically fit is a key element of living a well-balanced life. When your day is already busy, though, the idea of fitting in a run or take a walk may seem impossible. The fact is that 30-40 minutes of exercise can boost your concentration levels and give you the energy you need to power through the rest of the day. Exercising also helps keep you healthy so you can live a more enjoyable life.

4) Separate Home and Work

Even if you work from home, make sure your workspace is solely about work. Avoid filling your desk with too much stuff. It’s much easier to work when you aren’t constantly reminded of home. Embrace the same philosophy if you work in an office and do your best to leave work at work. It’s nearly impossible to relax and enjoy yourself when your laptop is sitting on the kitchen table when you try to sit down for a meal with your friends or family.

5) Start Slow

Transitioning to a mellower, kinder schedule after working at a frantic pace takes time. Be patient with yourself as you make the change. If you’ve been working 24/7, try cutting down on your work one weekend day a week and gradually shorten your workdays. The more balanced your schedule becomes; the easier it’ll be to take personal time, and the more productive you’ll be at work.