WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 19, 2013
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Striking the Work-Life Balance

The average working day is around 8 hours, totally to 40 hours a week. If we agree that there are 4 weeks in a month, then we work for an estimated 160 hours a month, and 1,920 hours a year. That is more hours spent at work than doing anything else. Once you start your professional working life, it is likely that you are going to be stuck in the routine for years – ranging from 28-35 years of work.

It is therefore imperative, for your health as well as personal life, that you make an effort to strike a balance between your work and life. Without a proper balance between the two, workers are expected to risk damaging their health – from poor eyesight and posture to serious issues such as Carpal tunnel syndrome and increased risk of heath attacks and other heart diseases.

Here are some tips to help you balance your work-life:

Organize ‘Me’ Time

Busy professionals are highly advised to plan their week ahead. Invest in an organizer and jot down deadlines, meetings and personal appointments to ensure that you are aware of what to expect during the week. Once you have your week planned, make sure that you allocate yourself some downtime to look forward to. This can be anything from drinks after work to getting a manicure.

Don’t Waste your Energy

Work is stressful and demanding as it is, therefore you should strive to keep energy-busters and negativity out of your life. Try to spend you break walking around the block or reading a book, instead of listening to your annoying colleague gossip and complain about work. This will not only drain you of precious energy but it will also make your paranoid, irritable and inefficient at work.

Walk your Stress Away

Brisk walking has been medically proven to benefit your health system massively. Spending 8 hours a day strapped to your desk will only make you feel tired and lazy after work. Refresh yourself for life after work by going for a 15-20 minute brisk walk every day. This will boost your circulatory system and make you feel happy!

Learn to Say ‘No’

Majority of workers feel pressured to do overtime and take on more tasks due to the current fragile economic climate. This is where you need to assess your situation and learn to say ‘no’ to work that goes above and beyond your capacity. Restrict yourself to doing overtime only twice a week maximum, ensuring that you leave work on time 3 times a week. 

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