Recent research has shown that two thirds of British employees are not happy with their work-life balance, yet as the workplace becomes increasingly competitive and the financial stresses of living in the city are on the rise, more of the population are finding themselves putting in extra hours at work. Here, outsourcing platform, Airtasker has come up with five tips to give your well-being a boost whilst keeping up with your career.
Know when to say no
This one is a little tougher for some. There’s no need to respond straight away when someone asks you for help with a task. Tell them you’ll get back to them and take a moment to check whether you have time to do it. Remember, it’s better to do a few things well rather than burning the candle at both ends trying to get too much done.
Leave work at work
Our smartphones have somehow made us more productive and less productive at the same time.
A good way to switch your mind off when leaving work is to write a to-do list for the following day. Then shut down and do your best to leave any work stresses in the office.
Learn how to work ‘smart’
It’s easy to unconsciously waste time while at the office, leaving work piled up for you at the end of the day. Prioritisation is the number one thing to master if you want to be efficient and productive in your work hours. This links back to the first point about being able to say no. Don’t be afraid to decline meeting invites if your presence isn’t necessary.
Plot in your work and personal time
According to a recent study, quality ‘me-time’ can actually make you a better employee. Plot self-care time into your diary and give it as much importance as you do your career. Have a clear divide between your work hours and your personal hours, and don’t let either intrude into each other.
Listen to your mind and body
A poor work-life balance takes a toll on your physical health, not just your mental well-being. Exercise is so important to de-stress both your body and mind; thanks to the wonderful endorphins it releases. Try and get a half hour everyday – even a simple walk can reduce stress and re-energise you.
Similarly, meditation and other types of relaxing activities pre or post-work can help you disengage from stressful thoughts about work. Even if it’s just for a bit.