About 80 years ago, the 48-hour work schedule that many of us have known was introduced.
And somehow, throughout the decades, those who are always present at work, especially men, have been regarded as ideal workers or exemplary performers.
Now, at this stage of human history, research has found out that the actual work hours that support a healthy life is actually only at 39, and that actually spending all that time in the office, isn’t good for our well-being in various ways.
Recently and truly sadly, we have heard of CEOs, business owners, managers being defeated by depression and other forms of mental sickness. While there may be other reasons behind such, work and the stress that comes with it is certainly no exception.
Which is why it’s important to attain and sustain a healthy work-life balance. Whether you’re an employee or a small business owner, these tips are for you:
Be your own secretary
How do the busiest of heads of state and CEOs find time for everything?
They have an awesome secretary who takes care of their itineraries and reminds them of where they need to be and what they need on what day and what time for both their business and personal lives.
You don’t have to be a head of state to get your own personal secretary. You just have to be one yourself. Here’s how:
- Plan your week – List down all the things that you need to do in your business and personal life.
- Prioritize – Now, organize those things into their level of importance, doability, and dependencies. If others need to do something else first before you can actually get to your task, then take that into account as well. In short, keep it realistic.
- Schedule – This includes the date and time you have allocated for each task.
- Remind – Technology can play a good part here. Whether it’s via your mobile phone or laptop through a digital assistant, then make use of it to set a reminder for each task you need to do throughout the week.
- Commit – Be sure that you as a secretary is mindful that your employer sticks to his schedule.
It’s going to take a little more effort. But getting to organize get to personal- and business-related tasks can greatly help to ensure that you have time for both. Maybe even more time for the things that matter more.
You may be able to do everything on your own, but the truth of the matter is you can’t. That is, if you wish to retain your sanity, health, and cheery disposition.
Make delegation your friend. Remember your list of things to do for the week? Do you really to do it all?
If you’re an employee, however, well, that’s what family and friends are for. For business owners, that’s why you have employees.
If someone can do it, but not as efficient as you can, then the answer is clear isn’t it? Train and train them well. Just take into consideration how you’ve started and the difficulties that you faced, and that everyone has their own learning curve.
Remember, be it a job, small business or both, these should count as far more than sources of income, but as your livelihood, or in other words, something that humans do to sustain life, not consume it.