I feel constantly over-worked. How can I get my life back without letting my team down?

August 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Being a manager can be extremely challenging and stressful. It can require you to work long hours while constantly trying to whittle down your list of overwhelming tasks and prioritise other responsibilities, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With just a few simple steps you can have the work/life balance you have been yearning for without feeling like you are letting anyone down.

To get the right work/life balance, begin with prioritising. You don’t have to spend an equal amount of time on each, but make sure that the balance you choose is equal in importance. Sometimes work will take priority and you may need to spend extra hours working on an important project while at other times personal matters will be more pressing. Without this balance you will be less productive, stressed both at work and at home and the feeling of being overwhelmed will only increase.

Secondly, learn to manage your time. Set yourself realistic goals for the hours that you have available in your day and remember to allow yourself some extra time just in case there is a work based emergency. Make sure that you list all the jobs that you must accomplish each day and that the top priority tasks are listed first. Use calendars, to-do lists or anything else that will help you to plan your time more effectively.

Thirdly, delegate, as this will free up your time. Delegate entire objectives to other employees, giving the responsibility for the performance and the outcome to the employee. You can make sure that they know your expectations and you can also check the outcome, but you must leave the rest to them. Use a simple dashboard / traffic light system to monitor everything you have delegated. This allows you to focus on your own activities rather than worrying about what others are doing. Not only will this boost the moral of your team, but being able to delegate in this way will mean that your workload, as well as your stress levels, will be drastically reduced.

Finally, stress can affect your health, your relationships and your ability to perform in your job. Use some basic techniques to reduce stress, like getting enough sleep, exercising or even meditation. All are excellent ways to help reduce your stress levels and ensure you are performing to the best of your ability.

If you would like more help with balancing your workload and working effectively with your team get in touch with me today for a free consultation

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