We could all argue that the typical five-day workweek could easily look a little something like this. It’s easy to get caught up in what we think is the American Dream, which in recent years has seemed to translate into non-stop working
Thanks to smartphones, we’re constantly connected. As a result, it can become difficult to distinguish a sustainable work-life balance. Sometimes, the world’s overachievers have to sit back and smell the roses, giving a new perspective on life. In my fairly brief transition from non-professional life to work life, I’ve made personal strides to create a strong work-life balance — the life I want to lead — by incorporating balance and happiness. Here are a few tips I’ve learned to keep me sane throughout the week
Prioritize your time.
Studies show that we are only productive a portion of the day, so why not make every moment count? Set up your day every morning according to the most important tasks, which gives you a timeframe to accomplish everything and will keep you motivated to plow through to the next task. As we like to say at Fish, “A ‘to-do’ turns into a ‘to-DONE’.”
Practice open communication of your workload with your team.
Sometimes we can’t finish everything. Even when we try our hardest, we tend to get those 3 p.m. fire drills that force us to stop, drop and resolve. The more we communicate our schedules, the more we’re able to shed light on what we can and cannot do within our eight-hour day. It's okay to say, “I need more time.” It’s better to be open with your colleagues in terms of your workload rather than letting the quality of work suffer.
Keep an agenda.
An agenda is key. Write down anything and everything and you’ll never forget. The “flag” tool within the email system is another lifesaver that helps keep you on track and helps coordinate the day’s priorities.
Work always seems to pile up and it’s difficult to pull away when you’re in the thick of it. That’s why taking a lunch break is so crucial to productivity. It provides us all with a little sanity in the midst of our hectic days and gives us time to take a breath, contemplate life, laugh a little and enjoy leisure time with colleagues.
Author Nigel Marsh puts it perfectly when he says, “It's up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead. If you don't design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance.”
Check out his video at TEDxSydney for more tips on how to keep your sanity.