Working in front of the computer for hours is what tech people do. Losing track of time has become especially common over the last year as many more technology professionals made the switch from working in the office to working from home. However, working for eight or ten or 14 hours in front of a computer screen can be detrimental to your physical and emotional health, not to mention your relationships.
Finding a good work/life balance is essential for your long-term wellness and happiness. In this post, we’ll explain why a good work/life balance is important and give you seven ways to revamp your schedule so you can make the most of your time in front of your computer without neglecting other aspects of your life.
What is work/life balance and why does it matter?
Too much work and too little other activities causes chronic stress in many people. This stress can lead to hypertension, digestive issues and anxiety and depression. It can also cause workers to “burn out” and leave their jobs. This burnout costs companies an estimated $125 billion to $190 billion a year, according to a recent study by Harvard Business School.
7 Tips and Reminders for an ideal work/life balance
The good news is that there are ways to achieve a good walk/life balance without sacrificing your job performance. Consider these seven suggestions:
1. Create set work hours.
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you should be working all of the time. Designate work hours and stick with them.
2. Make a daily (or weekly) to-do list the night before.
Having your day already planned when you “arrive” at work helps you make the most of your designated work hours.
3. Prioritize the items on your list.
Making a to-do list is a great start, but it’s not helpful if you only take care of the easy items and leave the others to be pushed to the next day. Avoid this by assigning a priority of one to five stars to each item and tackling the most important items first.
4. Take regular breaks.
Taking a 15 minute break every hour or two will increase your focus and actually boost your productivity, according to many experts, allowing you to get more done in your designated work hours.
5. Realize you don't have to be perfect.
Striving for perfection is a great thing. However, insisting on perfection can keep you from completing (or even starting) a project. Coming to terms with the fact that your best is good enough will help you finish the items on your to-do list.
6. Ignore time-wasting digital content and people.
We all know that checking social media pages multiple times an hour is distracting and can keep you from finishing your work for the day. However, this is also true of people who want to gossip around the “water cooler” or even checking their emails or texts. Unless you have a sick family member, checking your messages twice or three times a day is plenty.
7. Find something to look forward to.
Having a goal or activity outside of work that you want to achieve will help you get through the day more productively and make it easier to leave work behind when it’s time to quit.
Achieving a healthy work/life balance doesn’t have to be stressful, even for those in the technology industry. Try a few of our tips and see if you don’t end up happier and healthier without sacrificing anything with your job or career.
Koolt Communications is a marketing company from Oradea, Romania. Koolt Communications is focused on brand building through marketing strategy, content strategy and content creation. Their portfolio includes clients in digital transformation, technology, premium beauty, fashion, NGOs and public institutions.