Striving for success in your professional life without neglecting your private life can be tough. A busy day at work makes for a tired evening at home, while overtime and business trips can cut into the time you spend with your family, looking after your body and soul, or reconnecting with friends.
Big ambitions tend to mean big sacrifices, but in the long run this might leave you feeling unhappy and unfulfilled. Climbing the ladder isn’t always the best. In addition to hard work and dedication, successful people plan well, look after their personal needs and maintain a good balance in their work, social and private lives.
Reassessing the way you function in the workplace can be a good place to start. Make your work routine more simple and efficient, and you will have more time and energy available to attend to the other parts of your life. If you are overwhelmed by your workload, start the day by listing what you need to get done, and concentrate on doing the tasks that will take two minutes or less first. This can help you skip the procrastination period and quickly feel the reward of ticking items off of your to-do list.
Only then is it time to hit the important stuff. Highlight the three big tasks that are most urgent and concentrate on working through those first. If your boss pressures you to take more work than you can handle, be mature and honest: Let them know your workload is impacting the quality of output.
That’s just three ways to simplify the situation at work. There are plenty of similarly simple approaches you can take to your relationships and your home life to further balance the way you live. Check out the infographic below, which is packed with suggestions for every area of your life. Successful people are those who work hardest on making the different aspects of their life function together in an elegant and sustainable way.