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7 Tips to Create Work-Life Balance in Tech

When was the last time you actually sat down for a long, good conversation with your friends or family? If you cannot even remember the most recent date, you are probably working too hard. However, your workaholism is neither a phenomenon nor a disease. In a recent survey from Comparably, only 65 percent of tech workers said that they were satisfied with their work-life balance. Alison DeNisco, in writing for TechRepublic, sees this problem and suggests a few ways to achieve work-life balance in the tech industry:

  1. Set email expectations
  2. Allow for flexible schedule
  3. Automate what you can
  4. Prioritize work and personal tasks equally
  5. Exercise regularly
  6. Take your vacation time
  7. Make ‘me’ time

Have a Life outside of Work

Everyone has emails and is sunk under a sea of them at one point, but refrain from checking your work email after 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. If any emergency incidents at your work happen, you can prioritize them, but they are only occasional. If you need to be responsive to certain customers or clients, set automatic replies. You can also consider working virtually from home one to two days a week to spend more time with your family.

It’s important to remember that you’re not a work robot, but a human being who has emotions, hobbies, and interests besides your profession. In fact, you cannot achieve fulfillment if you ignore the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects in your life. Don’t miss your son’s basketball match, or your daughter’s birthday party in exchange for a few additional hours on your project that doesn’t need to be completed soon. Take some time to exercise and keep a healthy lifestyle, go on a vacation to recharge your energy, and create some space for yourself to read a good book, see a movie, etc. They all make your life more inspiring, and motivate you to go to work every day. Craig Malloy, CEO of Lifesize, concurs:

“In addition to always attending my kid’s activities, I find time for activities I personally enjoy… I played the piano in the past and have recently taken up lessons again. I find it is a relaxing way to take my mind away from work and use another part of my brain to focus on something creative.”

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