Work-Life Balance Is Simple. To Succeed at Work, Get a Life.
Many of us are working longer hours than we should be just because we are wasting time on low-value activities.
Track your time for a few days to identify your distractors and the low-values tasks that should be delegated.
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Having an active social life is crucial to your health. People who isolate themselves from others could increase their risk of death by about 50 percent.
If you have a busy life, schedule recurring social activities with your closest friends, monthly. Plan your work schedule around your social calendar instead of the other way around.
The key to finding the balance between work and health is learning how to cope with stress.
Get in the habit of stepping away from the stressful situation for a few moments to calm down and collect your thoughts: step away from the computer or spend a few minutes walking outside.
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Balance looks different for everyone. It all depends upon what you value at any given time, what you want to achieve, and when you want to achieve it.
But thinking of your care...
The wrong move is to say “yes” if you don’t have the available resources to do another task.
If it’s not a ‘hell yes,’ then it’s a ‘no.’ That means if it’s a “maybe,” then it’s a “no.”
... about how you spend your time. Others will come to value your time only if you value it first.
For example, be aware of the calendar invitations that you accept. If it’s from your boss or client, you probably have to go. But if it’s a group meeting that you could easily catch up on from one of your colleagues, decline.
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Instead of relying on a tool with all the bells and whistles, find out where you’re struggling and what’s essential for you.
For example, if scheduling is taking you away from product development, then you could use a scheduling tool that uses machine learning to automate most of your scheduling needs. If you’re wasting too much time on email, then consider using a tool to help tame your inbox.
Time management is only useful when you’re aware of your limitations and don't let the system dictate your entire life.
In other words, when you don’t tread lightly (especially at first), time management can add more stress to your life.
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it leads us to starve for more time to do everything we need to do. As a consequence, we begin to:
Also, scheduling back-to-back items in your calendar doesn’t account for the unexpected. Emergencies will always pop up and if your calendar is packed too tightly, you won’t have the flexibility to handle a crisis without completely trashing your calendar for the foreseeable future.
Instead of accepting every invite or request for help, be more selective so that you’re not spreading yourself too thin.
The easiest way to do this is by only saying “yes” to the things that excite you or that serve a purpose.
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