Updated 8 February 2021
It is difficult to have a good work/life balance when we try to do too much at one time. You may be trying to be a good mother, father, brother, sister and to ensure that you are healthy both at work and at home, then it is good to prioritise.
A great way not to get stressed is to set priorities or goals. The easiest way is to decide what is essential to do and what can actually wait for another day or week. Have a plan of what you want to do, where you would like to be and how to get there. Here are some goals which could be:
- Are you going to start learning how to play golf or improve? Have a date when you will start.
2. Thinking of a diet? Then do it with a friend or colleague and you can support each other and lose weight at the same rate.
3. At work – have a ‘to do’ list and put them in order of importance with a date beside each one so that helps you to focus. If you don’t manage to get something done today, there is always tomorrow…
What seems so necessary today may not even be desirable tomorrow. Martin Luther King
The Eisenhower Matrix
This is a great way to help you focus on what to do NOW. The first quadrant is ‘Do First’ and this would be an important task to deal with that day. An example could be to finish a report and give it to your boss today.
The second quadrant ‘Do Later’ and you can schedule for another day. It will be important but put into your diary and ensure you have a reminder set.
The third quadrant is ‘Delegate’ and this could be to give a piece of work to one of your team who is looking for promotion and this can be identified as a development opportunity.
The fourth quadrant is ‘Eliminate’ or ‘Don’t Do’ and this could be checking social media on a regular basis and as a result not able to get on with the important parts of your job.
Using the matrix is a very useful way to keep on track. Aim to use it and find out how you will get on with those jobs you do not really want to do and stop procrastinating. Be more productive.