Many Singaporeans often complain that there is no work-life balance in our country. In fact, a research by Emolument.com finds that 49% of workers in Singapore find work-life balance awful! The study’s findings show that although countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and UAE offer competitive salaries, the level of commitment for employees is generally higher. It might be difficult to leave your job as it pays well even if it requires longer hours, but you can make your life easier by employing these tips to achieve better work-life balance!
1. Unplug When Necessary
Technology has helped us in ways we couldn’t have imagined a decade ago. However, there’s a price to pay for its convenience. Nowadays, instant and constant responses are expected, even outside of working hours. This creates a vicious cycle where your work day never seems to end. Therefore, you need to learn how to unplug at the correct times! For example, you can set a limit for yourself by not replying to work messages after 9pm. Also, make sure you are not busy replying to work texts during important events such as your family dinners or day out with friends!
2. Refrain From Activities That Waste Your Time
It might seem like you don’t have enough time to finish your work, therefore you need to work extra hours to make up for it. However, have you thought about whether you’ve put in your 100 percent during actual working hours? Most of us waste time on activities or people that add no value – for example gossiping with your colleague or scrolling through social media during work. Such activities should be done in moderation, as too much of it is just a pure waste of your time! Learn to discern important tasks from unimportant ones to make full use of your time at work so you don’t have to waste your precious after work hours OT-ing.
3. Learn How To Say “No”
If you’re one of those people who say yes to everything others ask you to do, you can’t blame your coworkers for throwing extra duties at you. In no time, you will probably be swamped with an excessive amount of work that you can never finish and will waste your weekends completing! If it’s in your nature to agree to people’s requests no matter how unreasonable, make a change by letting them know you’ll get back to them after checking your schedule. This will give you ample time to decide if you can handle their extra request. If you cannot handle it, just say no in a polite manner. There’s no need to feel bad as you already have enough on your hands!
4. Determine Your Priorities
This is an extension of the previous point mentioned above. Instead of piling up your workload with unimportant things, identify the most urgent and important tasks to complete first. You should have a to-do list for your own convenience where you can write down all your tasks to complete by today. Only after checking these off, should you move on to less urgent duties. Identifying your priorities will allow you to have a better work-life balance where you don’t feel the need to complete everything immediately!
5. Make Time For Yourself
We all need a break from work sometimes. However, not all of us have the time and luxury to travel! If you only have half a day to spare, you can choose to unwind with a movie or a shopping trip. Alternatively, exciting activities such as bubble bump, laser tag, and combat archery tag allow you to clock in some exercise time while spending quality time with your family and friends! These games are not only fun and affordable, but also help you to better understand your own strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly, it gives you a well-deserved break away from your never-ending work!