News: June 2012

Work-life balance

Most business people struggle to get the “work – life balance” correct. Here are a few tips to help you get it right.

Delegate

Effective delegation is an essential skill that every manager needs in order to succeed. In business, it is tempting to do a lot of things yourself so that the job gets done right the first time. However, in doing so you are taking away from your personal life. As such, you should try to delegate tasks that can be done by someone else. Be sure to have good systems in place so that there are clear instructions outlining what needs to be done.

Schedule Time for Yourself

This seems to be one of the hardest things for most business people to do. It’s also the last item on most people’s list. You have to make time for yourself, even if it is only an hour here or there. It could be something as simple as taking an hour to read a book or go for a run. No matter what you do, the goal is to incorporate some “me time” time into your schedule.

Planning

Before you can even begin to get your work-life balance in order, you need to gain an understanding of where you are going wrong. Are you spending too much time at work and not enough at home? Are you working at the weekend instead of seeing friends and family? Ask yourself these questions to determine where you need to make some adjustments.

Family Time

Life isn’t just about you; so when working on balancing your life, your family must come into consideration. You must identify what you are missing in this part of your life and ensure that you dedicate enough time to invest in your family.

Prioritise

The key to finding balance is the ability to prioritise. You have to thoroughly understand what needs to be done first and what can be pushed back to a later time.

Learn to say “No”

In business, we often want to please others and so will usually take on more work when asked. However, by doing so we risk the possibility of having too much to do in the time we have allocated. Sooner or later we have to say no to some things in order to keep our life balanced.

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