5 Big Ideas That Improved My Work / Life Balance

Idea #1: Shutdown Ritual

Overview: Shortly before the end of the workday, quickly review your emails, calendar and update your task list so you’re ready for tomorrow. Turn off your computer and/or close the office door and say out loud: “shutdown complete” to signify the end of the workday. Any time you catch yourself talking about or thinking about work, remind yourself that you’re not thinking about that until tomorrow.

Benefit: you’ll be able to relax and enjoy home life more because you’ve “looked over” all your work priorities as well as created a mental “no work zone”.

Source: Deep Work by Cal Newport


Idea #2: Digital Sunset

Overview: Turn off all your digital devices (phone, tablet, tv, etc) to intentionally reduce stimuli and harmful blue light that reduces melatonin production (a hormone essential for sleep).

Benefit: you’ll be able to fall asleep faster and get a better night’s sleep.

Source: Deep Work by Cal Newport


Idea #3: Time Blocks = Greater Efficiency

Overview: Use time blocks with a single intention because they’re productivity power tools. No emails. No phone calls. No interruptions. TIP: it’s unwise go longer than 90 minutes without a break (there’s a NASA study that backs it up).

Benefit: you’ll get more quality work done in less time and feel greater focus.

Source: The ONE Thing by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan


Idea #4: Energy Management > Time Management

Overview: Focus on oscillating between intense periods of focus and short periods of rest. Choose an activity that is low stimuli and causes you to feel rejuvenated afterwards.

Benefit: you’ll still have “gas in the tank” after everyone else has burnt themselves out.

Source: Off Balance by Matthew Kelly


Idea #5: Naps are Powerful

Overview: it might not be culturally appropriate but taking a nap during the day will recharge your batteries and potentially give you two days in one. Napping for just 20 minutes, approximately 7 hours after you wake will recharge YOUR battery like putting your phone on a mobile powerpack. FUN FACT: intentionally having a coffee before a nap is called a nappuccino.

Benefit: you’ll achieve more in the afternoon and have better energy/mood when you get home.

Source: Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sara Mednick

What’s been a game changer for improving YOUR work / life balance?


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