Of all the things that take strength of will and discipline, finding ways to keep the taut balance between our work and home life has to be one of the hardest balancing acts to achieve. Yet, somehow each of us has to find a way to create the time and atmosphere conducive to fitting in a full and productive work day, without unduly impinging on that precious moment when we turn it all off and go home. Sometimes the path to achieving better balance is to simply change a few habits, which by themselves don’t appear to do a lot, but taken together can add up to a more productive day and a neater bow tied at the end of it. For example, learn to minimize those productivity leaks that we sometimes put on ourselves, specifically those things that we allow to distract us, such as needing to get on social media, or having to read through every new email. It’s also a good idea to arrange the day around several rest periods, instead of just one long one. It allows your body and mind to relax, as needed, creating a better work to rest ratio and rhythm. Get away from your desk for lunch. A new view and a real change will actually help you refocus for the afternoon. Try to work with your energy levels, getting the new stuff out when your roaring hot in the AM and letting it dissipate and come to a half as your energies do. Most importantly, make a rule that when you are done for the day, then indeed, you are done for the day.
- It isn’t easy to put in a productive day at work and get home in time to have dinner with family, but many top executives do it.
- Leave out all those technological distractions that can really hurt your focus and take many little breaks instead of a long one.
- Don’t eat lunch at your desk because it doesn’t increase productivity and go home when you’re doing well so you can pick up quickly the next day.
“turning your working day around might be as simple as changing just a handful of behaviors”