Don’t be a yes man
Learning to say no is crucial in ensuring you don’t get overloaded. If you find it difficult to refuse requests from management or colleagues, delay answering so you have time to properly consider what you’re undertaking. Communicate better by using phrases like: “I’ll check my tasklist and get back to you,” or “I’ll need to review my calendar before committing to that.”
When it comes to finishing up your work day, switching off your device is as important as leaving the building. Sign out of your work email and set your status to “unavailable”. It will still be there in the morning.
Find what relaxes you and incorporate it into your day. It might be yoga, kickboxing, cooking or just listening to a podcast but make sure you add it to your schedule like you would a work task. If you treat it as an afterthought it devalues it’s importance and you’ll end up skipping it.
An important factor in achieving a good work-life balance is learning to let go of the reins a bit. Get organised, delegate what tasks you can, and trust your colleagues or staff to carry these out effectively. Trying to do everything yourself is a sure fire way to minimise your free time and also annoy your team.
Be time efficient
Don’t equate hours worked to productivity. How you spend your time is a much better indicator of how productive you are being. Small changes can make a big difference to your results, working smart trumps working hard!
Avoid the drain
Wherever possible, limit the time you spend dealing with time wasting people. Some ways to do this are to insist on a meeting rather than informal call or chat and to request an agenda before all meetings so there is a clear structure.
Determine your own success
Don’t be too dependent on others for validation. Although it’s important to satisfy your superior’s expectations, it’s more important to satisfy your own.