How to avoid work-life balance burnout?

‘If there were no pains in life, the pleasure would never be cherished.’ — Anonymous

“Last night I reached home at ten. Before I could indulge in the egg roll that I had bought from the food-truck on my way, I got a call from one of my school mates. He was in the city for some business work and we were supposed to grab a drink together. But amidst the chaos at work and getting late in leaving from office I completely forgot about it.

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When the phone rang all I had was an apology in a really tired voice. Listening to which my friend himself got embarrassed and said, “I can understand it’s difficult to manage time during weekdays. It’s ok don’t let your work suffer. We’ll catch up the next time I’m around.”

If this was just one odd incident it would not have bothered me much, but this was happening for the third time in the last couple of weeks. It popped up in my mind that not being able to balance your work and personal life is one of the biggest pains that the current generation of workers is facing.”

This was the story of Dev, one of my team members who was discussing his inability to strike the balance between office and personal time. So, I suggested him some tips which I am going to share with you in this post.

Know what’s causing imbalance

The first thing I asked Dev to do was to start using ProofHub to manage his time. ProofHub comes with the option to set an estimated time for each task, and also record the time you have spent working on it. In a way it works as your personal time management system that lets you know what’s taking more time than estimated.

Once you have an idea about that you can go ahead and alter your working style or bring any changes that you need to make the most of the time you have at hands.

Build interest in what you are doing

When I say build interest, there are two ways to look at it. The first one is to either find a job which you are passionate about and can think of doing it for the rest of your life. If you cannot get it for any reason, then you need to develop interest in whatever you are doing right now.

Because developing interest in what you are doing is the first step towards enjoying what you do. And, once you start to enjoy what you are doing, you will automatically find a balance between the most important things in both your personal and professional life.

Become a manager of your life

No matter what designation you hold in your workplace, you need to become a manager of it. You don’t have to even stress out a lot to become a better manager, because technology presents you with tools to do everything.

The rise of advanced project management systems which make it easy to manage your time, resources, tasks and what not. You just have to input the data and the tool will make the management of all this as easy as 1–2–3! You won’t need a management degree to become the manager of your own life.

Ward off the distractions

Multitasking, social media, office gossip — all these are nothing else but distractions that take your focus away from work. In today’s scenario these are some of the major reasons why employees become unproductive and end up spending more time in the office. This naturally creates an imbalance in personal and professional life.

In order to strike that balance back you need to stay away from all these distractions, especially when you are at work. Once you will get your focus back on work, you will automatically notice a positive change in life with the work-life balance coming back.

In the end I’d like to quote these words by Sir Richard Branson, “Life’s too short to waste your time doing things that don’t light your fire. I don’t look at work as work and play as play; to me they are the same thing.” He’s a living example of how to do what you love and love what you do. And, he’s the perfect example of how to stay away from the work-life balance burnout!

“Don’t let work become a burden for your team. Start using ProofHub to manage projects effortlessly.”

Vartika Kashyap is going to host Twitter Chat on Remote working on 3rd August 2017 by the name of #ProofHubChat . I’d love you to be a part of it.

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Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. A passionate leader, Sandeep is always on the lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams and companies. He is also a featured writer on LinkedIn and a contributing author at YourStory. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Originally published at LinkedIn