We're taught to budget our money and spend it wisely, but we're not taught to budget our time. And while you can earn more money, you can't get more time. When your number is up, it's up. A so-called work life balance is simply deciding how much of your non-replaceable time you're going to spend working (including your commute), and how much you're reserving for your actual life – the part that matters.
10 Important tips to bring a good balance in today's digital age.
- Use your time for the things that are worth it.
- Start a habit of switching off email whenever you can, even if this is only for 15 minutes or 30 minutes at a time.
- If you’re using social media for business, schedule some of your updates. You don’t have to be there all of the time.
- Start listing down the things which drain your time, both at work and as well as when you're with your family. This would let you stay focused, and surely be able to enhance you're productivity at work and also be able to spend a good quality time at home.
- Take mini breaks when you need them during the day to recharge and refocus.
- If you have some creative work to do, turn off automated alerts. Email, Twitter and instant message popups are one of the biggest causes of interruptions.
- When working outside the office, find a place to be “alone in the crowd.” For example, work in a café, library or public park but disconnect with music using a pair of headphones. As this would unnecessarily reduce your productivity and result in longer working hours.
- Prioritize all your tasks into 3 parts :
- High priority: High priority tasks are important and need to be carried out immediately - by the end of the day, for example. They will cause serious problems if they are not done on time.
- Medium priority: These are also important tasks, but the deadline may be in the medium term, or you may be able to set a deadline yourself. Try not to set deadlines that are any tighter than necessary.
- Low priority: These tasks are neither urgent nor important. Set aside a time to complete them. You may decide that you do not need to do them at all.
- Delegating tasks effectively will free you up to concentrate on crucial management tasks that only you can do. It can also increase the skills of your team members and build their confidence and initiative. Good communication skills are essential to delegation. Team members must know precisely what you expect from them. This means you need to not only explain the task, but also get feedback to make sure you’re understood. It’s also important to delegate to workers who are comfortable working autonomously, and not to burden workers who are already loaded with high-priority tasks.
- A very beautiful thought quoted by Sir Abraham Lincoln: “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”