Meeting the demands of work while enjoying life at home with your family and friends can be hard to balance. In fact, recent research revealed 8 out of 10 (82%) working parents find it difficult to deal with ‘life admin’ - those unavoidable tasks and events that interrupt our everyday lives - outside of their normal working hours. Our psychological health expert, Eugene Farrell, has come-up with some practical steps to help you manage that all important work-life balance.
Top ten work-life balance tips for employees
- Schedule your work into time slots, as you would with meeting appointments and work to that time.
- Take regular breaks, get up every hour – even if it’s just a walk to get a drink of water.
- Have a proper lunch break of at least 30 minutes away from your desk where you can switch off from work for a while.
- Take all of your annual leave each year, with a least one full week.
- Use an out of office message and delegate work when you’re away, so that you don’t have to check emails until you return.
- Turn off email notification and check mail at scheduled times in the working day – not in the evening and never before going to sleep.
- Don’t be afraid to say no to taking on more work if you don’t think you’ll achieve it. If something’s a must, chat to your manager about delaying something else.
- Look after yourself. Get a good night’s sleep, eat healthily, exercise; it will help keep you focussed.
- If you feel work is taking over then talk to your manager.
- Focus on the quality of your work, rather than quantity.
Most importantly, own your work and your time – don’t let it own you!
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