Office life is always hectic. Aren’t we always running out of time? We are expected to be turbo-charged for everything – a messy mailstrom, sneaking peeks at an oh-so-urgent project, a full-packed meeting calendar, team meetings and of course, the short project deadlines. It feels like a marathon with the finish line still miles away and all we keep wishing for more time. A 48-hour day maybe?
And we wrestle to establish the so-called healthy work-life balance and the poor balance bleeds into our personal life and leads to stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity. What if you could save all that precious time and enjoy a healthy work-life balance? Read on!
What did Research say?
Researchers at the Oregon State University (OSU) studied 203 people, all aged between 24 and 76, each in a romantic relationship, and two-thirds of them having one or more children. The study analyzed the subject’s repetitive thought i.e. how frequently these people worried about a clash between work and family life.
For example: whether to attend a client meeting at the office or an important family event. Kelly D. Davis of OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences lead author of the study said, “The main objective of this study was to test a conceptual model in which repetitive thought explained the association between work-family conflict and health.”
The results of the study showed that people who’re repeatedly worrying about striking a perfect balance and feeling conflicted are severely impacted with health problems like stress and fatigue, low sense of satisfaction, high blood pressure, and depression. The study advises “One technique that can help is mindfulness: intentionally paying attention to the present-moment experience, such as physical sensations, perceptions, affective states, thoughts and imagery, in a nonjudgmental way.”
In today’s hustle-bustle of “always on” employment, a perfect work-life balance seems like a utopian concept for busy professionals. Planning ahead and incorporating the time management strategies will definitely make professionals better able to minimise work-family conflict. That will although require discipline, effort, and most of all, a strong will.
If you’re happy working every hour God sends, good for you. If not, here are some “life-changing” TIME MANAGEMENT TRICKS that will make your work life a whole lot easier.
1) Recognize the work role
Work plays a significant role in office life. To get recognition from the boss and enjoy the fruits of your labor, adopting the right schedule at work is imperative otherwise you’ll end up making the job seem like endless drudgery.
Implement a strong daily routine keeping in mind your office hours and divide the work accordingly. Always remember — the time is the most valuable commodity and you cannot buy more of.
Don’t waste time. Scrutinize your day as per priorities that drive the overall job goals and max it out every hour, minute and second.
2) GO Smart. You can’t remember everything
Human mind is in constant motion and remembering everything is not possible. Rely on the smart note-taking apps like Evernote, Google Keep, Quip, Apple Notes, Microsoft Onenote. These online apps are free, save a lot of time and great to gather thoughts and ideas in one place conveniently from any device – computer or mobile phone. Why beat yourself over notes when here are the best note-taking apps available out there?
3) Compartmentalization is good
Yes, it is a key to succeed in a tough world. Compartmentalizing your problems oftentimes work as a defense mechanism. Try to focus exclusively on one problem at a time rather than dealing with multi-problems and figure out what could get you into trouble. Be open for an honest conversation with your manager about your needs and troubles. Learn from other people’s mistakes. Because those who don’t learn from history, become history.
4) Read between the lines
Pay attention to the details and what’s not being said. Find out where you’re wasting a time and eliminate your personal time-wasters like internet surfing, reading email, Facebook posting, texting, or making personal calls.
5) Stop Multi-tasking
This is the most game-changing advice I’ve gotten from my mentors. Map out the priorities and dedicate time to each of your priorities: exercise, work, family time, and so forth. Remember, there are 1,440 minutes in a day and you have to do one thing at once. Try not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
6) Delegate freely
You cannot handle every deal yourself and so, learn to delegate your tasks. This habit of the delegation will help you accomplish so much more as a team — and you’ll be much more productive.
7) Learn to say “no”
Very correctly said by Robin Sharma – Every time you say yes to something that is unimportant, you say no to something that is important. Set boundaries for yourself by saying “no” nicely and it will not drain your productivity.
Always remember that all time management begins with meticulous planning and to get things done possibly in a right manner you need a plan and a schedule so you don’t get buried under the stress of tight deadlines.