#Lifestyle: 5 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR WORK LIFE BALANCED  || According to the article published in Electronic Journal of Applied Psychology, the ever increasing job-related stress that comes with the pressure of market-driven globalisation, tireless demand for growth and efficiency, has led to a growing conflict between private and professional roles. This imbalance leads to even more stress, which is a trigger for many mental and physical health issues. Finding a way for these two roles to coexist in harmony is the key to a happy and healthy life. However, this is an uphill battle, but it is by no means a futile one. If you are struggling to achieve this balance, here are five tips that could help you.

Make Priorities

Cleaver time management can truly be a lifesaver. Instead of trying to fit in dozens of to-dos during the day, you should make a priority list and stick to it. This goes both for your personal and professional life. And when we say make a list, we mean take a calendar and crayons in different colours.  Just be sure you are being realistic when making plans, as some duties cannot be multi-tasked. Don’t make compromises unless you have to.

Use the Perks of Technology

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We live in the 21st century, so working in a cubicle from 9 to 5 shouldn’t be considered an option without an alternative, especially not when you have all the necessary tools to perform the same work from home. A Global Telework Surway found that telecommuting is highly regarded and it is becoming more widespread in recent years. Most of the teleworkers reported that their ideal amount of working from home is 2 or 3 days a week, which could be enough to reduce the work-related stress and manage your time more efficiently.

Be 100% Focused

When you are 100% focused on your work, you will achieve more and get your tasks done earlier, so you will have more time left for your personal life. Some of the methods which can help you be more concentrated at workplace are getting your workstation organized, removing distractions from your PC, drinking enough water, and eating brain-boosting snacks (whole-wheat crackers, berries, almonds, nuts and dark chocolate). Many students and part-time workers would recommend taking a smart pill that can effectively improve your focus, memory and productivity.

Make “ME”, “Friends” and “Family” Time

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, you know? Spending time with friends and family can relieve stress, and make you feel fresh and ready for your work assignments. Also, it gives you something to look forward to during the work hours. Just remember that “free time” doesn’t have to mean “available time”, and sometimes, instead of spending it with friends and family, you should really take a deep breath, relax, rest and do something you really enjoy  – be that illustrating or reading your favourite book.

Don’t Steal Time from Your Weekends and Vacation

If it has become normal trying to squeeze in all your appointments, social meetings and work which you are falling behind, in your free days, weekends and vacations, you should really re-evaluate your choices. Use this precious time to unwind and rest. If you can, turn off your phone (especially business number). By the end of your weekend or vacation, your mind will be refreshed and sharpened, which will in return lead to better focus and work-life balance.

Juggling work and personal life has never been more difficult, but it doesn’t mean it is impossible. There are ways to accomplish this without sacrificing or neglecting either one of these roles.  



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Beauty and fashion writer for HighStyleLife from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for many fashion events in Brisbane.