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Feeling stressed? Here's how you can achieve a better work-life balance

Our careers are a marathon, not a sprint. In the hustle and bustle of modern, hyper-connected lives, we tend to forget that and stretch ourselves and lose sight of what truly matters to us.

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As we grow older, we tend to take up more responsibilities in our careers and our personal lives. Somewhere we trade-off between our health and relationships outside of work. But here's how you can achieve a better work-life balance, and make the best of your personal and professional life. (Image: Reuters)
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As we grow older, we tend to take up more responsibilities in our careers and our personal lives. Somewhere we trade-off between our health and relationships outside of work. But here's how you can achieve a better work-life balance, and make the best of your personal and professional life. (Image: Reuters)

Cut away the inessential: The Forbes article says that trying to please everyone by doing everything is only going to stretch one’s self too thin. This ends in one being tired, frustrated and even burned out. We must know when to say “no” to things, especially things that needlessly stress us. This gives us the freedom to do the essential. (Image: Reuters)
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Cut away the inessential: The Forbes article says that trying to please everyone by doing everything is only going to stretch one’s self too thin. This ends in one being tired, frustrated and even burned out. We must know when to say “no” to things, especially things that needlessly stress us. This gives us the freedom to do the essential. (Image: Reuters)

Prioritise your schedule: You need to look into your daily activities and gauge the areas where you are the most productive and when is it. Also, try and measure whether the work you have done is progressive and whether you have achieved any goal. If you find that there is no meaningful output in a task being performed, then remove it from your schedule. (Image: Reuters)
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Prioritise your schedule: You need to look into your daily activities and gauge the areas where you are the most productive and when is it. Also, try and measure whether the work you have done is progressive and whether you have achieved any goal. If you find that there is no meaningful output in a task being performed, then remove it from your schedule. (Image: Reuters)

Prioritise your time: At the end of every day, do a brief assessment of your daily activities. How did you spend your time? Which parts of your day were most and least productive? Are there activities or people in your day that don’t seem to add anything? If so, cut them out. Your time is too valuable to squander on meaningless activities and is best dedicated elsewhere. (Image: Reuters)
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Prioritise your time: At the end of every day, do a brief assessment of your daily activities. How did you spend your time? Which parts of your day were most and least productive? Are there activities or people in your day that don’t seem to add anything? If so, cut them out. Your time is too valuable to squander on meaningless activities and is best dedicated elsewhere. (Image: Reuters)

Be protective about your time: The time you give to yourself is essential for a long-term sense of contentment. Whether it be going to the gym for a workout, or meditating to relieve anxiety and stress, it is essential to stay active for the sustenance of our physical and mental well-being. (Image: Reuters)
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Be protective about your time: The time you give to yourself is essential for a long-term sense of contentment. Whether it be going to the gym for a workout, or meditating to relieve anxiety and stress, it is essential to stay active for the sustenance of our physical and mental well-being. (Image: Reuters)

Ask for help: Modern times focus on individualism. At best, you are in-charge of our destinies and the successes and failures that come across. This may stress you, hence it is best to develop a trusted network around you and share your issues with someone who is there to help you and can rely on during testing times. It is enriching and humbling when you can return the favour to who helped you in your time of need. (Image: Reuters)
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Ask for help: Modern times focus on individualism. At best, you are in-charge of our destinies and the successes and failures that come across. This may stress you, hence it is best to develop a trusted network around you and share your issues with someone who is there to help you and can rely on during testing times. It is enriching and humbling when you can return the favour to who helped you in your time of need. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Mar 20, 2018 07:52 am
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