First one in, last one out.
When you’re heading up a department or leading a team, your days might be all about the job. Working long hours may lead to good results for a project or the business. It could also encourage your staff to do the same, which may boost your office’s productivity. That’s all well and good, except you still have your personal life to lead, don’t you?
Work-Life Balance for Managers
It’s admirable to be dedicated to your job. As the boss, your goal is to move the business forward, to reach productivity levels and meet profit goals. But this shouldn’t be done at the expense of your personal life. Because when your personal life suffers, it is bound to affect your professional life.
What you need is to work toward a balanced and meaningful life, wherein you’re still able to deliver results for the organisation—and still leave on time. And no, this is not a New Year’s resolution type of goal, which most people just end up abandoning.
This is more of a step-by-step guide that will help you reach integrate work and life while still being an effective manager.
Step 1. Prioritise the things in your life.
Create a list of things that matter to your life. Other than your family or relationships and career, what other areas are important to you? Your list could include wellness, personal development, active social involvement, and finances.
Whatever is in your list, always make room for fun activities.
Having time for leisure helps you manage stress and boost your creativity. Sounds cliché and inconsequential, but it is really true.
I think we just like to make a drama out of so many things, and think things like fun can’t make any difference in our life.
Plus, priorities can change year in, year out. These can be prompted by changes in your industry, global economy, or your family. By taking time to evaluate your priorities, you’ll be able to make room for the truly important areas in your life.
Step 2. Come up with results or achievements you want to target for the coming year.
Separate the professional from the personal. Then create action steps that will guide you to turn these goals into reality. And be specific so that when you refer to your list, you will know exactly how to go about it.
Step 3. Restructure your days to suit what you’ve set out to do in step two.
Efficient management doesn’t have to mean getting stuck in the office.
You can arrange your workdays to deliver results while still having enough time for your family or friends, outside of work.
Step 4. Audit your time.
Which areas do you spend most of your time on? Are you taking on too many meetings that might not be necessary? What activities do you spend time on and yet do not enjoy doing? What, to you, constitutes “time well spent?”
When you run an audit of how you spend your days, you’ll know exactly who or what drains your time as well as energy. And by knowing that, you’ll be able to adjust your days so that you’re more productive.
As a final advice:
Take time to switch off — from your work email and from your personal social media accounts. And just enjoy down time without technology.
We have resources available for members within The Employer Toolbox. Excellent guidance and trainings to ensure life is not all about work.