Singaporeans are among the hardest working people worldwide. Although hard work is typically good, there are some who lose control of their work-life balance. This can be the cause of stress build-up and general tiredness at work. So, here are some things to take note to keep your time balanced at work.
Plan your day
Plan your schedule for the day and stick to it. Strictly following your schedule will typically help you finish your tasks as quickly as possible. Set a time for each activity you have for that day and try to finish your tasks at the time you set. Don’t worry if you start or finish late, as long as you try your best to follow your schedule.
When you have your schedule sorted out, it would be helpful to do your most important tasks first. This takes off a huge burden of your shoulders as you are able to finish a major assignment as early in the day as possible. This also allows you to erase your unnecessary obligations or at least cast them aside until later when you have no more things to do.
Delegate the work
Many people have reservations about delegating with their co-workers. Some don’t share work with others because they think that if they want it done correctly, they will have to do it themselves. There are also others who are afraid to delegate because they assume others might think of them as lazy and taking advantage. But if you think about it, you’ll never get done with anything if you demand to do everything yourself.
Don’t allow yourself to be distracted
Minimize distractions by putting your phone out of plain sight or blocking social media sites during work hours. Obviously, when you allow yourself to be distracted and procrastinate, you get less work done. You say to yourself, “I might be able to do this at home later so I’ll just scroll through Facebook for a while.” Now, you’re already doing work at home, even though you could’ve finished everything in the office.
Keep your work environment clean
Can you imagine that one time when you had to look for an important file and you took an hour to do so just because you have a messy pile on your desk? Keeping your place clean and organized will do you wonders when it comes to productivity. Have a clean work environment can also reduce stress and anxiety during work.
Relaxing doesn’t necessarily mean going to a foreign country for a one-week vacation. It can simply be meditating for 10 minutes or taking a walk outside of your office for a while. Many people seem to think that relaxing in the office is only a waste of time. But taking a break from work even for just minutes will usually boost your productivity throughout the day. Just remember not to relax too much.