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Work-Life Balance: 5 Must-Know Tips To Do It Right!

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Overtime and going home late is now a work health and safety issue

 

Quite the Busy Person?

 

Juggling work, school/training, and an active lifestyle can be a huge task for anyone, no matter how efficient they may seem to do it.

Add to the fact that not everyone has the luxury of time to effectively balance everything the way they want to.

But this doesn’t mean balancing these key areas of your life is unattainable.

There are ways for you to hang out with your friends and spend time with your family while excelling in school and/or being brilliant at your chosen career.

Here are five must-know tips that can help you meet and maintain proper work-life balance throughout your busy schedule.

 

1. Avoid Procrastination


student procrastinating school work

Delaying your workload will lead to piling of more work and can disrupt your schedule. If you have the chance to do something — homework, research, business meeting, etc., do it right away. Don’t put it off some other time unless something really important comes up.

Also, Procrastination adds to your stress level on top of your daily workload. Rushing to get work done is as stressful as it gets. Additional stress and rushing to get work done against a looming deadline makes you very susceptible to mistakes and poor quality of work.

If you’re stressing all over this, then you won’t have the time for other important things

 

2. Consider Taking a Day Off


happy woman taking a day off

Balancing work, life and study is only possible when you’re able and willing to make time for each area of your life.

Work and/or study will always have a definite schedule, so it’s safe to assume that we will always be tied and committed to making time for it. However, making time for yourself is something a bit trickier than most people think, and sometimes completely fail to do so.

With deadlines constantly knocking on the door and workload that never seems to run out, having time off from either work or school may look impossible.

But it’s actually important to find time for yourself — either spend it with your friends and family, or it could be just raw quality time for yourself to relax and recharge your batteries. This will better prepare you for when you go back to work or school. Go watch a movie, play sports, schedule a get together with people you love being around with. Whatever it is, make time for it.

3. Avoid Distractions


Social media apps as distraction

Considering how huge social media’s influence on everyone’s daily lives, it’s almost safe to assume that it’s now embedded in every Australian’s lifestyle. Social media consumption has risen year per year and it’s not stopping anytime soon.

According to roi.com.au, there are 18 million active Australian users of social media (69% of the population) as of January 2019, with Facebook being the most popular social media platform, with 16 million monthly users.

Viewing viral videos, funny memes, and cute pictures of dogs can easily eat your time away.

There’s actually nothing wrong with this, but if you’re in the middle of schoolwork, business research, or anything alike, then it’s best to keep your phone away and focus on the task at hand.

Scrolling through your Facebook timeline may seem harmless, but you’re wasting valuable time that you should be pouring in for your tasks.

You can always view the latest trends AFTER you’ve accomplished your work, not during. Remember, getting things done can give you more time to do your hobbies and up your productivity level. So, stay focused!

 

4. Work Smarter, Not Harder


smart woman working

Working hard is not a bad idea, in fact, hard workers should be commended. But, if you want to take it to the next level, then you might want to work smarter.

Doing homework in the evening, even pulling-up an all-nighter to study is working hard. Doing homework during your spare time on the duration of your day? That’s working smart.

The idea of working smart means doing less work and saving more time as much as possible — which is exactly the thing you need to effectively balance your career, school, and social life.

 

5. Stick to a Schedule


schedule

This is probably one of the most important habit of anyone who wants to keep a balanced lifestyle.

Having a schedule and sticking to it can tremendously help you track everything you need to do.

However, crafting a schedule for the sake of crafting one won’t cut it. To maximise efficiency, make sure to note which task has the most priority.

This way, you can adjust your schedule in favour of tasks that has higher priority over the rest of your work.

Having an organised schedule helps prevent procrastination and gives you a sense of urgency for completing your responsibilities. Stick to whatever schedule you have and missing a deadline will be the least of your worries.

Another important point to consider is that scheduling is applicable for your work life, your school life, and your social life. Which means, if you plan your schedule right and stick to it religiously, chances are you’re adequately maintaining a good work-life balance — which is the ultimate goal.

 

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