Tip 1 – Get Some Disconnected Time When You Should Be Resting
Modern life can be difficult and many of us go to bed with problems, ideas and thoughts that should be left at work. Many people also wake up and very quickly access their mobile phone device to be confronted with all the emails and messages received during the night. You must pause for thought here. Is first thing in the morning a suitable time? Are you awake and thinking clearly? Are you able to read, digest and interpret the messages/emails? Are you able to answer in the most suitable, professional and thoughted manner? The chances are that the answer to most of these questions is no, unless you are an exceptional individual and a definite ‘morning person’. Mobile technology and computing devices (laptops and tablets) throughout the home can be great. All that easily accessible information for work, education and recreation is fantastic. However, accessible information means that negatives such as the next job being added to an ever-expanding job list can be seen immediately. If this is received late at night, this means that you go to bed mulling over your actions for the next day. This in affect increases the working hours of each day. This is not productive and is likely to hinder restful sleep in the majority of individuals. To help with this, we suggest having shut-off or disconnected times. These should be at least 2 hours before bed and at least 30 minutes after waking. This way you are not extending your working hours and are able to rest/awaken more easily. This is equally applicable to those who are employed, self-employed and company directors.
Tip 2 – Use a Diary or Calendar App to Diarise Recurring Events and Keep a To-Do List
Using a calendar on your mobile phone will help you set aside specific time to do jobs which are needed each week. This ensures that things are noted and they do not get left. Equally, setting a recurring is weekly where you can add your outstanding tasks is a good idea. This list does not have to be done at a set time, but is there as a reminder of what needs to be done. You may find that this is a good way to monitor how fruitful your week has been as you cross off the jobs. One of the reasons for keeping this list is so that you are not constantly mulling over the jobs that are outstanding. They are written down and so you can act on them the next day without missing anything. This means that you no longer have to go to bed thinking of the jobs list because it is physically recorded and needs no more thought. The second reason for writing a list is so that irrespective of the order that they are written, you can quickly view and mentally prioritise the most important and most time sensitive.
Tip 3 – Select up to 3 Resources of Information for Each Task
One mistake that can be made is searching for endless resources. You want to be comprehensive so you continue to find resources, when the first may have contained all the information needed if you had spent a little more time to assess and extract the information originally. Getting more resources may just prolong tasks and may ‘muddy the water’ causing you to be confused. Even if you are able to analyse and interpret the information, the value may not be worth the additional time sent. In this instance, selecting and sticking to the first (up to) three resources may be the most efficient. Re-evaluate each situation and ask ‘do I need more and what would be the REAL added value?’.
Tip 4 – Count to 10
Many situations make you emotional. Often when you have one emotion, others can be affected. Imagine if the trip to work was busy and there were aggressive drivers on the road, you are more likely to walk into work feeling on edge. Guess what, that emotion is quite human! The successful approach is to manage these emotions so that a negate thought does not lead to a negative impact on another task/action that is unrelated. See each situation and circumstance as a new scene in the chapter of life. Never let stress or adrenaline increases affect you. Keep calm, keep voices at a low level and act professionally. This will save a lot of regrets later and will gain you much more respect than people who act loudly, confrontationally or aggressively (even if this respect is not immediately apparent at the time).
Tip 5 – Create some ‘me time’ in every day
Have an hour at least in the evening where you do nothing but relax either with yourself, your family or your friends. Never feel that this is wasted time, especially if there are jobs outstanding. Factoring in rest will make you much more efficient at other tasks and make you think much more clearly than a person who has not let their mind have a break. Exercise can be part of this ‘rest’. The rest must be where you let the thoughts and emotions be controlled by other things (i.e. friends, family, TV, exercise etc.).
Tip 6 – Unsubscribe to emails that are not wanted
Most websites have a way of marketing. Even us! We are planning our own regular newsletter. This hopefully will be insightful and will make you interact that is beneficial to you; but guess what, it may also feature information that either gets us paid or advertises other services at the same time as bringing you information. If you regularly click on a link in an email and find it useful, keep getting emails from that sender. However, if there are emails from sites you have purchased from or signed up to in the past that you never interact with, scroll to the bottom and unsubscribe. This will save you a lot of time reading headings and clicking delete several times each day whilst also making the more important emails stand out.
These tips may not be suitable for everyone and are meant as general ideas. Shape or omit as needed for your own circumstances. We hope that you have found these tips for achieving a stress-free, organised healthy work life balance super useful.
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