Americans are workaholics. In fact, studies suggest that they work more than the Norwegians, Germans, French, and Japanese. They even work more than anyone in the industrialized world. In a survey that was conducted by the Harvard Business School, they found out that about 94% of the adult population work more than 50 hours a week, and 50%of which admitted to working more than 65 hours a week. What’s worse is that only 25% of employees took a time off, even if they were offered a paid vacation.
Achieving a work-life balance is important to your productivity, happiness, and success. This week, we’ll give you some practical tips to help you achieve a better work-life balance.
A huge percentage of Americans are willing to keep in touch with their bosses and colleagues and resolve work issues, even when they’re at home. Others end up working even if they’re on vacation.
We all need time to relax and escape the daily grind from time to time. You need to distance yourself from the work environment and recuperate from the stress of work. Weekends, after work hours and vacations are the best time for unplugging. Use this time to spend quality time with your family and do things you enjoy.
A lot of people tend to multi-task. They would check the stock market online while talking on the phone or check their email while stuck in a meeting. They do so because they feel like they’re getting more things done in a limited amount of time. But the truth is that multi-tasking can hurt your brain, as well as your productivity.
If you’re working, focus your full attention on the task at hand. Tackle one task at a time, especially if you’re working on a complex task. If you’re having dinner with your family, focus on them. Life is happening right in front of you. Turn off your phone and join the conversation instead.
Build downtime into your schedule
We understand that you’re having a hard time juggling the demands of your job, but try to make time for yourself. Make it a point to schedule activities that you love and enjoy when you plan your week. Also, don’t forget to include some family time into your schedule. Beat burnout by making time for yourself and spending time with your loved ones.