Improving your work life balance

work life balanceUsing technology to replace time consuming paper based tasks is a great way of freeing up time.  However, sometimes it feels as if the time we’ve gained just disappears as work pressures continue to increase.

Here are our top 5 tips for improving your work life balance:

Make technology work for you, don’t let it rule you.

Mobile technology is great, enabling you to check work schedules on the go, respond to emails at any time, but is this good for your work life balance? Being able to turn off the email and leave work at work is key to finding the right balance says Life Coach, Melanie Allen. She suggests ‘downloading’ the things that are on your mind before you leave work and make a list of them, but then leave that list at work enabling you to focus on other areas of your life.

Draw a line between home and work

Many organisations actively encourage staff to work from home for at least part of their working week. The Mental Health Foundation says that if you do take work home with you, you should try to confine it to a certain area of your home, literally be able to close the door on it. This will help you to switch off at the end of the day and keep your work life balance in check.

Work ‘smart not long’.

Review the tasks you have to complete at work on a regular basis, are there any that could be automated, using software instead of manual form filling for example? Administering staff payroll and timesheets are often time consuming and subject to human error, look for software solutions such as that will genuinely save you time with these tasks. The Mental Health Foundation advises allocating a set amount of time for tasks and not getting involved in unstructured meetings that take up a lot of time.

Get more out of your mobile technology

If your job means you’re out on the road for all or parts of your day, make sure you’re taking full advantage of your smart phone and have access to apps that will make your job easier. For companies using to roster and manage their remote workforce, enabling field staff to use the Bee app will ensure they are instantly informed of roster changes saving time on phone calls or emails.

Have a plan and prioritise your workload to achieve that plan.

It’s easy to get bogged down and side-tracked, if you have a plan for your day or week keeping the key tasks at the top of the list will ensure you are in control of your work and can switch off at the end of the day knowing you’re on track to achieve your goals. In his book ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ Stephen R. Covey advises us to be proactive instead of reactive, focusing on proactively achieving our goals rather than reacting to urgent but not important tasks.