Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Find Work/life Balance

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Find Work/life Balance

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Blur the boundaries. Treat work as part of your life, not a separate entity.

Manage expectations. Be clear and honest with people upfront if you're going to be working late. If it means you need to say no to something, say it, rather than disappoint later.

Clear your mind. Leave your to-do list on your desk. Use your journey time to empty your mind and get yourself ready for your destination.

Show your other side. Give people in each part of your life a glimpse of what else you do. Spend 10 minutes sharing your day with the people at home or your weekend plans with a colleague. Keep it brief and interesting, then move on - you don't want to bore them.

Challenge yourself. Work provides us with plenty of challenges, but home life can be more humdrum. Set yourself a challenge that motivates you - say, running a marathon or learning to paint - and throw yourself into it. …

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