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Tipy produktivních lidí, jak si udržet work life balance

Datum: 20.10.2017

There are certain personalities types, which, if they allow themselves, can be completely swallowed up by their work. Driven by insecurity, competition or even the much-maligned “passion,” these types often struggle to identify where they end and their work begins. And then there are others who seem to be able achieve great success on the job without losing sleep. Somehow, they’ve cracked the code on how to be both a human and a <insert job title of your choice here>. How do they do it? Here’s what this latter group can teach the former about creating a sustainable balance between work and everything else that goes into making a contented life.

Put work in context.

A former colleague and I were discussing freelancing one day. He has a skill set that would easily allow him to pick up clients on the side, but he is absolutely not interested in doing so. “Can’t work all the time, man” is his response to potential opportunities. He’s a consummate professional who’d go out of his way to help a coworker when he’s on the clock, but outside of work, he’d rather focus on his music or other hobbies. People who are able to maintain work-life balance are careful to make sure that the place their job occupies in their life is in proportion to other aspects that bring them joy and fulfilment. They’re not focused on optimizing every moment for maximum earning potential because they know that’s the road to burnout.

Set and maintain boundaries.

Effective work-life balance requires maintenance. You need to set expectations around your availability (no meetings before 9:00AM so you can drop the kids off at school, no responding to emails on the weekend, etc.) and consistently maintain your boundaries. Once you let them slide just a bit, it’s a slippery slope to having your schedule running you instead of you running it. Those who have mastered work-life balance make the lines between their time and the company’s time clear and they don’t cross them, which teaches others not to do so either.

Don’t overly identify with a job title.

If someone asks what you do, do you answer that you’re a marketer or do say you work in marketing? There are very few jobs in which it’s evident at a glance what you do for a living–ER doctor, law enforcement officer, major league sports mascot, perhaps. The rest of us, unless we’re in a uniform, blend together. So, why go out of the way to explicitly center our identities on our job title, signaling that we are inseparably from our salaried employment? Think about the most interesting people you know. Are they interesting because of how they make a living or is it the fact that they can speak flawless Mandarin, paint beautiful watercolors or run marathons? When you next meet someone new, consider not leading the intro with what you do for a living, but what you live to do.

Don’t take work personally.

Truly exemplary work-life balance doesn’t mean that you’re able to practice a Zen-like level of detachment from annoying coworkers, tedious office gossip and demanding bosses at all times. It does mean that you’re able to distinguish between your value as an employee and your inherent worth as a person and that you're diligent about not conflating the two.You've cultivated sources of validation other than what can be measured by your latest performance review or raise. When you aren’t working, your work is not dominating your thoughts and coloring your emotions. You're able to shake off a bad day at the office, to realize that workplace criticism or negativity can have myriad sources and that most of them are not directly reflective of you personally.



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