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Work-life balance: how to find it?

You have probably all heard of burnout due to chronic stress in the workplace. Unfortunately, this is a phenomenon that is becoming more and more frequent and that affects or has affected a large number of employees and employers. 

That is why, we have decided to give you some keys to achieve the balance you need, the one that suits you. Because yes, finding the right balance is a highly abstract concept that varies for each of us.

Prioritize your time
Your time is not unlimited and neither is the time you spend on your work. Prioritizing your tasks will help you plan your day and make time for yourself based on your workload and needs. For example, our team uses the Eisenhower Matrix very frequently. It allows us to organize ourselves efficiently according to the tasks we have to accomplish. To use it, classify your tasks into four categories: urgent and important, urgent and not important, not urgent and important, not urgent and not important. Once this is done, start by working on the urgent and important tasks, plan when you will complete the not urgent but important ones, ask for help and delegate for the urgent and not important ones, and finally leave aside momentarily the tasks that are neither important nor urgent.

Define working hours
Always linked to planning, it is important to define hours dedicated to work. This will not only allow you to get organized but also to take time for yourself during your day. For example, at Coworking Neuchâtel, you have the possibility to come and work whenever you want according to your schedule, as we are open 24/7. Once your work is finished, you will still have time to do what you like. Make the most of it and it will do you the greatest good!

Learn to unplug
While technology has made our lives easier in many ways, it has also allowed us to be accessible all the time, especially for work. According to many experts, when you keep checking your emails or receive a notification related to your work activity once your day is “over”, your free time is interrupted and this can create ongoing stress. It is, therefore, crucial for you to learn to unplug and to say no. It can never be said enough but work must stay at work and this is best done when you have the opportunity to work in a dedicated area separate from your home, such as a coworking space for example.

Exercise and meditate
This tip may seem too “cliché” to you, but sport and meditation have many benefits. They allow the release of endorphins that reduce stress. Set aside some time for the sport of your choice, for a few minutes of meditation and perhaps even a massage, such as those offered at Coworking Neuchâtel and you will see the difference.

Let go
According to many studies, perfectionism and burnout are closely linked. Like anything taken to extremes, it becomes destructive. Although it is not always easy to put things into perspective and to take a step back, it is necessary for your well-being. Moreover, perfectionism is an abstract and personal concept. Indeed, it will never be perceived in the same way by two people. In conclusion, do your best, because that is what counts.

We hope these tips will help you find or regain your balance, as it is an essential aspect of health. Take care of yourself!