We all have a wide range of demands on our time, from work to caring responsibilities and taking care of our own physical and emotional health. These days, continuous communication and the demand for flexible working means it’s easy to see why we feel overwhelmed. It’s important to draw clear lines and determine what work-life integration means for you.
Consider these strategies to help you choose how you want to spend each minute, hour and day.
Make a list of activities you’d like to do if you had more time. From this list, prioritise the most important ones. It might help to think about activities in terms of work or your career, your home life and yourself e.g. hobbies, exercise. This process can help you identify what makes you happy and motivates you to address any imbalance.
When it comes to making changes set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding and
Time-bound. For example instead of saying, ‘I want to spend more time at home’, say ‘I’ll leave the office at 5:30 3 days out of 5 every week for the next month.’
You have the power to make the right choices for better work-life integration. But sometimes it can be difficult to choose which tasks or activities to prioritise. A good tip is to start with the task that will reduce your stress the most. This will give your positivity and motivation a boost and help you tackle the rest of your to-do list.
Making choices about your work-life integration means you’ll need to say no to some of the demands on your time. This can be uncomfortable for some, but saying no in a positive, assertive way can benefit everyone. Try saying something like …
‘I’m not able to start that piece of work today, as I have a report which needs to be finished by the end of the day. I can start it tomorrow when I have the full day to do it.’
Improving your work-life integration takes effort, so it’s important to keep your energy levels up. Eating healthily, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly are all little things you can do to make it easier to find and maintain your balance. CABA’s wellbeing zone app is designed to help you to make healthy choices.
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