Taking a look at your journal can help you reveal patterns of wasted time or too much time dedicated to meaningless activities. You’ll become much more aware of your actions and the effect they have on your productivity and your life.
Learn to Say “No”
Very often, people find themselves incredibly busy because they don’t know how to say no and keep the number of tasks they’re responsible for down to a reasonable number.
Saying no is difficult because you may feel like you’re rejecting people. This isn’t really the case. You’re valuing your time and you’re still doing a good job. If people can’t manage on their own, they’ll have to do a bit of a productivity boost themselves.
There are ways to reject additional work without sounding confrontational. Stick to your guns and remember that you can’t please everyone, especially at the expense of your own leisure time. There’s no need to go to last-minute meetings or to spend sleepless nights completing a project that isn’t yours. Such behavior will only lead to a vicious cycle in the future.
Improving the work-life balance necessitates conscious effort on your behalf. You have to change your thinking before you change the things that you do. A mentality that’s focused on doing a good job and still enjoying your personal time requires a bit of effort. Let this change happen. It will take some time and it will make you feel uncomfortable in the very beginning. Still, the results will justify the work you’ve done on making it happen.