Managing Work and Personal Space A Need of Today
Many professionals still struggle to get past their presumptions — and their deeply set behaviours — around work hours, despite the overwhelming data that suggests that working long hours can be detrimental to both employees and companies.
What steps must you take to break free from these destructive habits and achieve a work-life balance that is more enduring and satisfying?
We conducted nearly 200 in-depth interviews with 78 professionals from the London offices of a major law firm and an accounting firm to investigate this subject. We spoke with an equal number of men and women, and the majority of the interviewees were in middle or senior management positions, between the ages of 30 and 50, with at least one dependent kid.
Most interviewees rated their employment as being chaotic, extremely demanding, and stressful, and many appeared to assume that putting in long hours was important for their professional success. Nevertheless, roughly 30% of the men and 50% of the women in our sample seemed to actively avoid putting in long hours, outlining a number of tactics they had developed to preserve a better work-life balance.
Our research showed a typical mental process that regularly assisted this group of professionals in improving the way they worked and lived, despite the fact that the specifics of each individual case varied.
Our research demonstrated that, at a high level, improving the balance between work and personal priorities comes down to a combination of reflexivity — or challenging presumptions to raise self-awareness — and deliberate role redefinition. Importantly, our research reveals that this is a cycle that we must continue to engage in as our circumstances and objectives change rather than a one-time fix. There are five distinct steps in this cycle:
To denormalize, pause:
The first step in creating a new work-life integration that meets your needs is to take some time to reflect on how the many aspects of your life are affecting one another. Take a moment to reflect on your present work-life balance and gauge your feelings. You might consider the following issues:
Do I spend enough time doing the things I really want to do?
Am I giving the people and things that are important to me enough time and effort?
Writing down your thoughts and feelings as you process these difficult personal questions might be a helpful method to pinpoint the areas you believe require the most improvement. In the end, these inquiries ought to give you more insight into your present circumstance.
Ask yourself this question after taking a step back: What is currently making me anxious, unbalanced, or unsatisfied? How are these circumstances influencing my performance at work and my level of engagement? What effect are they having on my personal life? What am I putting first? What am I giving up? What is losing one’s way? You can only start to address these concerns once you stop and acknowledge them in your mind.
Make a priority assessment:
You should start deciding what you want to prioritise as soon as you have a clearer understanding of what you’d like to change. You might ponder the following issues:
What matters most to me, and am I making enough progress?
Where am I able to give in? How can I not? Where have I been compromising too much lately?
What more steps can I take to make sure I’m giving my objectives and relationships enough time and effort?
Where can I combine my obligations so that I can fulfil several at once?
Utilization of time:
It’s critical to learn how to better manage your time now that you are aware of your goals, whether that means putting in more time at work to pursue a promotion or limiting after-hours communications by setting boundaries.
Examine how you currently spend your time and, if possible, seek for methods to rework your calendar. To focus on one subject at a time, you can “chunk” your time. You can also utilise a matrix method to decide what to prioritise when suddenly new duties come up. To increase your productivity and wellbeing, find out more about time management.
Setting limits is an essential aspect of time management. Also crucial will be communicating those boundaries. Your team will need to be informed if you are unable to swiftly react to emails after hours because you are spending time with your family.
There are three types of work boundaries: time, emotional, and physical. Create modest boundaries at first, then enlarge them. Find out more about improving your boundary-setting at work.
Think, refine, and repeat:
Whatever steps you determine are necessary to achieve a healthy work-life balance, you should be aware that you will probably need to keep improving it over time. Large-scale life changes can take time, so periodically reviewing and improving your strategy will probably be an essential part of the process.
Agrita Chhibber is from Jammu.
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