Many employees, in general, often face problems achieving a work/ life balance.
Managers, in particular, often find themselves choosing work over their personal life for fear of losing their employment. In the end, it is usually family and personal obligations that suffer because many supervisors concentrate on work above all else.
This, however, does not have to be the case as many successful individuals happily report a good balance between the two worlds. You, too, can achieve this with the advice in this article.
Plan Ahead – Typically, the problem with work intersecting with personal time occurs around special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries. Many managers have reported calling home to cancel plans because of an unruly workload. However, all this can be prevented just by planning ahead. Marking important events on your calendar will remind you to reorganise your work schedule to accommodate taking time off. Or, it lets you alert your colleagues to your absence so they can cover for you.
Re-Evaluate Your Efficiency – Many times, individuals face a work/ life imbalance because they are simply not efficient with their time. They shop online, utilise social media, or simply don’t work as well as they should at the office. This leads them to work late, or catch up with the duties at home, when they should be spending time with their families. This often creates issues with spouses, who complain that their husbands or wives constantly bring work home. By tracking the activities at work, and improving workflow, more projects will be completed at the office, leaving you free to interact with family members at home.
Redistribute Work – If you feel that you are working at your full capacity, but still not getting anything done, start redistributing work to your subordinates. Many micromanagers feel burned out and as if they don’t have any personal time because they do not know how to pass on work to their staff. As a result, they take on too much, while their employees don’t have enough to do. Without putting extra pressure, or too much burden on your workers, assess if you are truly using them to their full potential. Have a meeting and go over all the responsibilities you currently handle, and decide what part of that can be handed down to your team members to lessen your load.
A good work/ life balance is essential for a happy life. It is important to spend time with family and friends, take care of personal obligations, and have time off to relax and unwind.
Use the three tips above to attempt to better your life and create a new balance in your regime.
Head of Training
Originally published: 30 March, 2015
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