Maintaining a good balance between work and life is a topic that comes up in any business. Not getting enough time away from work is more costly than some might think. Studies, posted by the CDC, report that one-fourth of workers claim their job is the number one source of stress in their lives and “Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life-stressor, more so than even financial problems or family problems.”
Luckily, we’ve put together a few tips to help you out:
- Prioritize. It’s important to clearly define, to yourself and others, what matters most. Giving in at work and missing out on family time or personal appointments leads to more stress. Putting work tasks in order of importance helps you to identify what requires completing now and what can wait.
- Share the load. Delegating is sometimes difficult, especially when you’re in charge. You have ownership over your work and you want to see that it’s done right, but you can’t do it all on your own. Start out by assigning smaller tasks to others. This frees up more time for you and gives you an opportunity to find out if your associates are ready for additional responsibility.
- Plan. You’re probably keeping a schedule already, for work. Why not pencil your personal time in as well? Keeping one calendar, for work and out-of-work appointments, is easier to maintain and helps you remember when you’ve scheduled family time or dates with friends.
- Stay Active: Research suggests that exercising on a consistent basis helps to keep you alert. More focus on the job means getting work done faster, leaving you more free time.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started.
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