Discover how Changing work habits to support work-life balance can revolutionize your daily routine, boost productivity, and improve overall well-being. Embrace the change today!
It’s not always possible to spend less time on or at work, but small changes in the way you organise and think about work can help you feel more satisfied with your work-life balance.
Organising your work and boost productivity
- Arrange your work so you take on the most challenging tasks at the beginning of the day, instead of at the end.
- Set boundaries around how much work you do outside hours, including limits on checking and responding to emails or phone calls or attending out-of-hours meetings.
- Let coworkers and clients know your work hours – for example, by including work hours or days in your email signature.
- If you work from home, have clear start and finish times or block out parts of the day for work, rather than constantly checking in with work.
- If you work from home, try to keep your work area separate from family areas.
Leaving work behind improve overall well-being
- Review the workday in your mind before you leave or finish work. This can help you shift gradually to thinking about home and family.
- Call your partner, your child’s carer or your child on the way home. This can take your mind off work and give you a chance to catch up on your family’s day. It can also help you work out who or what needs your attention when you get home.
- Have a ritual or routine to mark the physical, mental and emotional move from work to home, from worker to parent. It can be as simple as changing out of your work clothes. If you work from home, try going for a walk around the block or doing a five-minute workout.
Changing your perspective on work embace the change.
- Take a moment in your workday to think about your children. This could be just looking at a photo or thinking about a special thing you’ve done together recently.
- Take your child or family to work social occasions. This can be fun for you and your child. And meeting your child might make it easier for your colleagues to be understanding – for example, if you have to take carers leave because your child is sick.