Striking The Life-Work Balance

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Summer is over, and life for many of us is slowly returning to normal. Are you packing school lunch bags while thinking about the company budget planning cycle that’s due soon? Do you wish there were such a thing as a survival kit for living, just to get you through the last four months of the year? These eight simple steps will help you keep your head above the water as the days grow shorter.

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Scrap your current to-do list

Productivity guru, and senior lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Bob Pozen advises us to think carefully about why we are engaging in any activity and what we expect to get out of it. How can you get started? Focus on the three biggest goals that you need to achieve by the end of the year. By ‘biggest,’ I mean the accomplishments that will deliver the most value to you, goals that will impact on your work or career expectations in a substantial and positive way. Everything else is cluttering up your mind and soaking up energy with little return. In Pozen’s own words: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Delegate, delegate and then delegate some more

A striking 93% of employees report that they work with people who don’t pull their weight. In a study carried out by VitalSmarts, around 80% of employees also admitted that picking up the burden for slacking co-workers lowers the quality of their own work. Do you accept work from colleagues and direct reports because it takes too long to explain to them what needs to done? Focus exclusively on those tasks that only you can perform and delegate everything else. It may take some time and effort up front to brief or teach others, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

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