Perhaps it’s just me, but has anyone else been tired? Not tired in the sense that I need to go to bed a bit earlier tonight, or tired in the sense that I spent a few too many kilometres on the treadmill. Tired in the sense that I just don’t want to keep doing what I’m doing at the pace at which I am doing it.
Well, then answer is not to quit your job and join Greenpeace. The answer maybe in the little details. Do you have a good work-life balance?
If your answer wasn’t immediately yes, then here’s some tips to improve your weekends, and give you back the energy and passion towards your career!
1. Take some downtime. It sounds simple, but how many times have you been at the park/out to dinner/sitting watching television at night and the mobile has gone off. Turn the mobile off, throw the phone on the desk, and enjoy your weekends and nights.
2. Work out what matters. Decide what you want out of life, why you’re working as hard as you are. The first rule of getting balance is being realistic about your needs and goals.
3. Learn to say NO. If you want more time to yourself, start learning to say no to the extra assignment. Leave the office on time without feeling guilty. Saying no with respect is not only effective, it feels good, too.
4. Look after your health. Constant exposure to stress can lead to exhaustion and burn out. Keep these devils at bay with enough sleep, healthy eating and regular exercise. Its not about making time, its about fitting everything else around these things. They are vital to being healthy and effective in your work.
5. Separate work and your family. We may be laid back as a nation, but as workers, we’ve been working longer hours on average. Make sure you separate the two, and resist checking your emails while you’re with the kids or partner or at home. Your family will thank you!
Don’t think of this as an excuse to work less however. This is about managing your time so you don’t fizzle out or sacrifice those special moments for work. Be happy and make money, not the other way round. Time management is the key to a good balance.
If there is one rule to live by, here it is - Clear your inbox on Friday afternoon so you can enjoy your weekend, and go back on Monday ready to work.
Until next time - be the best you can be.