If you have a stressful job, you’ll know that it can be challenging to find the right work-life balance. As well as managing a team or meeting tight deadlines, you need to find time for your friends, family and indeed yourself. To aid you in this process, I have outlined some top tips for taking back control of your working week.
Schedule your day
One of the easiest ways to improve your working week is to set a schedule. Not only should your day-to-day work tasks be scheduled and managed accordingly, but you should extend your planning to the outside of the office. From the school run to your evening meals, the more organised you can be in your life in general, the more you will be able to enjoy your time away from work and relax.
Focus on one thing at a time
Although we may have to juggle several tasks and deadlines at work, humans cannot effectively manage more than one thing at a time. You should therefore ensure that your working environment allows you to work on tasks sequentially, instead of simultaneously. By taking the time to focus on each task individually, you will deliver higher quality work and reduce your stress levels.
Turn off your phone
Our smartphones and tablets are great for catching up with friends, but they can also be great distractions. Although scrolling through Facebook and Twitter can be a great way to pass the time, you should avoid using such devices during your working hours and instead focus on your job duties. This way, you’ll be less likely to fall behind with your work schedule and can therefore avoid having to spend time catching up outside 9-5 hours.
At the end of your working day, you should be able to switch off from your work and spend time relaxing with friends and family. Don’t answer work emails from home – particularly at night when staring at a screen can prevent you from sleeping well.
Focus on success
If you are working in a high-powered position and enduring significantly more stress than your frontline employees, you’ll know how difficult it can sometimes be to enjoy your work. You may find that your work seeps into your evenings and weekends and that you never get a chance to unwind and relax.
The pressures of hitting targets and growing an organisation can be challenging, but taking advantage of high-end executive success coaching can allow you to take more control of your work-life balance. I can mentally and emotionally rewire your brain to guide you on a journey to a more successful, happier you, and enable you to take true control over your working week in the process.
Take time out
Overworking is not only bad for your mental health – it’s also bad for business. If you don’t take time out to relax – whether that involves going for lunch with a friend or enjoying a week off over the summer – you won’t be able to perform at your maximum capacity. Making sure you focus on your mental health and allowing yourself regular breaks and days off is the best way to take control of your work.
By taking control over your working week, you’ll find that you will be more effective and efficient, and spend more time enjoying your career. Now, who doesn’t want all of those things?