“The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not true.” – Larry Page, Google The concept of a work-life balance has always existed; however, the most recent generation to join the workforce is insistent on it. Millennial employees are determined to work for a company that understands that they are not just cogs in a machine producing product, but instead, real people who have lives outside of work. While some businesses have taken to the four-day work week to allow for more personal time, others have simply started incorporating “development periods” to ease the stress of five day work weeks. Targetprocess is one of these. CEO Michael Dubakov has created a program that allows employees to devote the last day of the week to development activities. He calls it “Orange Fridays.” His employees use this day to participate in online courses, read articles or try out new things that they have an interest in. Some even, “form development teams and work on various products like mobile apps and games,” says Dubakov. “It is time during the week that people can dedicate to learning or interesting projects that they normally wouldn’t have time to do.” Another way to make sure that employees aren’t overdoing it is to take into consideration whether the 40-hour work week is being exceeded on a regular basis. A proper work-life balance doesn’t exist when 60 hours of the week are spent in the office. In order to prevent this from happening, try implementing these tactics. 3 Ways to Create a Work-Life Balance
- Knockout the big tasks first.
Make it a point to create a to-do list at the end of every week. That way, when you come into the office on Monday you can hit the ground running. Tackle the bigger projects first so that after lunch (or later in the week) can be a little more easygoing.
- Turn off autopilot.
Be conscious of how you are spending your time. If you simply enter into autopilot when it comes to your to-do list, it’s likely that your productivity is low. Take breaks, stretch, grab something to drink and give your brain a few minutes to reset. This will help you accomplish tasks more effectively and efficiently.
- Know when you’re done.
Stop spending hours in the office reworking tasks over and over until they’re perfect. Lay out a clear goal and definition of the end result. When you’ve reached that, put the pen down and go home. At the end of the day, successful work-life balance will be accomplished with better time management. What other tips do you have to keep you work and personal life in check? Photo Credit: Phil and Pam Gradwell
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