Putting life first in the life-work balance means figuring out how work fits into your life rather than the other way around. You need to maximize the time you spend working so you can afford to spend quality time outside of work, knowing you’re getting things done.
Here are a few things to consider:
- You’re not that important: Remove yourself from as many meetings or decisions as possible. You need to learn to delegate and trust those around you.
- Time blocking: Set your workday up in blocks of time that are pre-scheduled. Working on the fly won’t get you the same results. Either weekly or at the beginning of each day, figure out which tasks you need to accomplish and schedule when you will achieve them. For example, in one day, you might spend one hour on emails and then move into one hour of reading to keep up on your industry trends.
- Time-off apps: While technology generally keeps us connected at all times, there are apps that will actually help you disconnect every day. I use Time-Off to block notifications on my phone for up to three hours at a time. That way you won’t be distracted while you are spending time with friends or family.
- Pomodoro technique: Use an online timer app, this is basically HIIT training but for work. Go hard for 20 minutes, take a five-minute break, then go again. Working in this way will help you stay on task.
- Have a cut-off time: Stop working everyday at a certain time. Your brain will get into the habitual rhythm.