Work-Life Balance – Does This Exist in 2022?
We’re excited to announce that we’ve updated our work-life balance post.
You can check out the new content below:
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition based mostly in the western hemisphere.
We resolve to change an undesired trait or behaviour to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve our lives.
However, this tradition may be far older and more far-reaching than we previously thought.
Different eras in history had different ways of starting their new years.
Not every new year was in winter as we have today.
Egyptians would make sacrifices to Hapi, who was the god of the Nile and their year started in July.
This is when the Nile would flood and then the surrounding land became fertile.
The Romans continued this ‘tradition’ and changed their calendar from 10 months.
Closer to the one we know today with Julius Caesar reforming it by adding January and Janus the god of home and hearth.
Jump forward in time to today.
We are constantly creating New Year resolutions every year. We want to be thinner, happier and have a better work-life balance.
And every year it fails…
In a recent survey, it took only 13 days to revert back to old habits, and the most popular resolution at 53% is to get into shape.
The reason behind the huge fail is sighted as either:
loss of will power
being too busy
or it being too hard
becoming a close second and third.
If you are over 55 making the resolution the higher the fail does to a lack of will power.
25 – 34-year-olds were too busy or found things too expensive.
We rarely look at one of the biggest areas of our lives which is the office, but another popular resolution as technology is more accessible is a better work-life balance.
So I ask myself is a work-life balance even possible?
Creating less stress and ‘switching off’ when you get home. We rarely look at the way we work in the office and even less about being able to change it.
Creating a more even work-life balance is about being organised – on both sides of your life.
If you know something is to hand you stop worrying about it.
You become confident in the knowledge its ready to go, be delivered, handed on, or filled in.
But is that easier said than done?
Are you a person that needs to be last minute.com, do you believe in leaving things till the last minute makes you work better?
It’s a well-known fact, management promotes people perceived as being more organised in the office as well as being efficient at their job role.
There are several things that can be done to make sure you get the best and most productive day you can have.
This also means you can measure your day, look back and see what you have done rather than know you were busy but not sure what you have to show for it.
Here are some top tips for getting a head start in the New Year:
Step #1: Start by cleaning your desk!
Take some time to declutter, move things that can be addressed at a later date.
Have some shelves or drawers that can be labelled so you know what documents you have to work through.
Every morning have a tidy up just so you can start on a clean slate, it clears your head.
Ever heard the phrase ‘messy house, messy mind’? It’s a timeless saying. It resonates because thoughts become things.
Plus, in turn, your desk is where you’re inevitably going to become creative and create. Thus, your thoughts become things.
A messy environment can be quite distracting as well.
Also, now we’re in the time of Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Your colleagues may want to do an unexpected conference call. And they’ll be making interpretations and forming opinions about the subliminal communicating you’re doing. This includes, how you organise your home environment, body language, etc. If it appears that you can’t make your home environment presentable, collaborators may think that you won’t be able to make theirs presentable either. So be presentable because bad presentations can burn bridges before they’re able to be built.
And that’s all because thoughts become things.
Step #2: Know your goals
Sit down and think about short term and long term goals and aim towards them – are they financial, growth whatever they are, your daily plan should revolve around tasks and activities that directly relate to them, and to generating income and growing your business.
If you find it hard to plan ahead in the morning take 15 minutes at the end of the evening to clean your desk again and plan your next day’s jobs.
It helps separate work and home by allowing some decompression time.
Coming in to a clean desk is more energising for the day rather than having to clean a messy one.
Now that it’s 2022 and the days seem to be going at full speed, you’re probably ready to take it to the max. Want to literally see your bigger picture in crisp detail? Do a vision board! If you’re a visual learner, this may be more appealing to you. You can let all that creative energy you have loose on it.
You’ve probably dreamt about how life is once your goals are accomplished. I’m guessing you have a nice, vivid mental picture of that as well. You can see all the details, right? Well bring as much of those little specific details to life and get them on that vision board. If you stick to your script your dreams will come true. Sooner or later.
But, if you’re choosy, you’ll get EXACTLY what you want if you dive deep in those details that seem insignificant. Because trust me, nothing in your vision is insignificant. Reverse engineer your vision and watch it happen like a 4D movie.
And since we’re writing, that brings us to the next step.
Step #3: Write down your to-do’s, prioritise them and keep a notebook
Getting your to-do’s down on paper gets them out of your head!
It frees up the space to concentrate on the job you have to do at that moment and stops you from stressing as you don’t have to remember the next job to do or run the risk of forgetting.
Having them prioritised means the most urgent gets done first and in time.
Don’t put your least favourite to the back (procrastination)! Do it first, if priority allows.
If you’re not sure how to prioritise see the below:
Important and urgent — Tasks that must be done. Do them first right away.
Important but not urgent — Tasks that appear important, but upon closer examination aren’t. Decide when to do them.
Urgent but not important — Tasks that make the most “noise,” but when accomplished, have little or no lasting value. Delegate these if possible.
Not urgent and not important — Low-priority stuff that offers the illusion of “being busy.” Do them later.
Once it’s done, the rest of the day is potentially better.
The stress of forgetting something and then being chased by a colleague, then rushing to do it as it has become urgent.
Being last minute lends itself to making mistakes as you have no time to check your information.
Getting your thoughts on paper means you can let go and concentrate on the task to hand add to your ‘to do’ list if need be.
If you have or have had a planner/to-do-list notepad and still have access to it, you’re sitting on a self-improvement goldmine.
Why? Because you can look back and assess how good you are at getting the tasks on your list ticked off. This allows you to get more specific and see exactly what you need to do. I’m a walking example, I use my 2021 planner so assess my strengths and weaknesses with my planning and implementing abilities. Because of this I can get more specific with my 2022 planning! Thus putting the ball of work-life balance in your court.
If you’re feeling a digital vibe, utilise the reminders on your phone. That way, you’re more likely to see each task that’s requiring your attention. Plus, you’re not carrying any extra physical items by doing this. Sometimes you may not mind carrying extra physical items, but we all have those days where we just can’t be bothered.
Having to carry extra physical items might not be an issue. Days, when we’re not in the mood to do so, are inevitable.
And you’ve got too much potential to let inevitable moods hinder you.
Step #4: Use your calendar
Either paper or digital using a calendar means you do not run the risk of being double booked.
You will also be able to plan your day effectively.
There’re planners that come with calendars for each month within them.
If you’re like me, your goals are probably all the way into the stratosphere. What I like to do is use my reminders and my calendar on my phone as well as a physical planner. If you’ve got a love for tech and own a smartwatch, you can have your reminders and plans alert you on your watch. Receiving reminders in different ways will prevent it from being boring in the long run, which is great.
Plus, you can adapt your calendar to your vision board if goal list if you have or decide to create one.
Step #5: Reward yourself and find your comfort
Take the breaks you need to clear your mind and find your comfort.
Many people feel they have to work through lunch to get the work done.
This can have negative results
Not eating lowers blood sugar that can make it harder to think
Panicking can also cloud the mind, take that time out to clear your head
Stepping away for a moment can give you a different perspective and reward yourself with something that makes you happy even if it’s just a cup of coffee or tea.
Sometimes you can be the most organised and in control person.
If you are relying on other people or machines to help your workload and they are not delivering on time or are constantly in a state of ‘out of order’ can be stressful.
It might be time to look at streamlining the business at the same time.
Euro Digital Systems can help get the New Year off to the best start possible.
By replacing your old office equipment including Multifunctional devices and printers with more reliable and up to date technology.
We can look at your business processes and workflows, help with achieving GDPR and make sure documents never get lost on desks and are filled properly.
Give us a ring this new year and let us help you and your business create a calmer and more equal work-life balance for 2019.
We all know growth can be out of your comfort zone. But there are ways to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Meditation is an amazing tool to help you find that comfort. Plus, you don’t have to pull your wallet/purse out for it. It’s got mental and physical benefits. The last thing you want is a build-up of stress, or to feel burnt out. If you’re intention is to evolve, chances are, you’re going to get busier and busier. Move forward by being still.
Implementing the 52/17 rule is what I like to call a productive personal reward. Unsure of what it is? Don’t fret I’ll break it down. The 52/17 rule is a time management method. 52 minutes of work and a 17-minute break. The numbers have a random feeling to them I know, but it’ll make sense soon enough.
The principle was first made known in an article for The Muse back in 2014. It came about after DeskTime revealed the stats that they got after an experiment. DeskTime is an employee productivity tracking software. DeskTime isolated the top 10% most productive employees – the ones whose ratio of using ‘productive’ applications for their line of work was the highest. After that they analysed their computer-usage behaviour for a day.
(New) Step #6: Adapt to working from both Home and Work
Don’t forget to tie in other blogs, somehow see if you can tie the profitable skills in.
With the way things are these days, you don’t know if there’ll be another outbreak, another variant. So, you don’t know if you’ll have to work from the office one second, or at home the next. This will only be a problem for you if you let it be. Because there’s an easy solution – adaptability. Neither circumstance will phase you if you’re ready for both of them.
Have tools ready to work remotely, depending on your career/profession it will differ. Plus, when you’re at home you’re in your comfort zone. Getting your work done from home can make you just want to get it done in your dressing gown and other comfy clothes. However, if your colleagues are the type to have a zoom/meeting out of the blue, you maybe want to stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.
Sometimes working from home can be a chore, so jazz it up! Play with your work aesthetic a bit. Make your home office-type environment accustomed to you. It gives you the opportunity to be creative. You can even be more futuristic than the company you work for and upgrade all of your home tech. See what the year 3022 feels like! Trust me on this, you’ll love the vibe of the new setting you’ve created for yourself.
Working from the office is already familiar. The only thing is that you don’t want to get out of the swing of things. The ball will be in your court if adapting between the two becomes effortless. Channel your inner Chameleon!
By now, we know for sure how uncertain the future is. However, it’s not the problem that everyone makes it out to be (that was a generalisation but you get the point). Just see the work-life balance as a challenge. That perception makes it fun that way. You’ll know you’ve completed the challenge when you can seamlessly switch between the two.
Chances are you won’t just be working remotely from home. You could be working remotely from a hotel or from a friend’s/family member’s house. So, you could even create a portability pack. It would consist of everything that you would need to work remotely – well everything you’d need to work remotely comfortably.
With it being a new year, you’re probably setting yourself goals to level up. As a lot of these skills are still relevant and still evolving, check out this blog. It’s called 7 Of The Most Profitable Skills To Learn In 2022.
Feel free to add your work-life hack below!