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Work-Life Balance and Productivity

Published by: TELUS Health,

Work-life balance is the strongest workplace driver of personal happiness, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report. The report found that a healthy balance between work and home could lead to greater job satisfaction and overall well-being. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can adjust your day-to-day activities to feel more engaged, more productive, and happier at work and home:

Focus on your priorities. Take stock of what’s most important to you. One way to do that is by asking yourself: If I passed away suddenly, how would I want to be remembered? Then prioritize activities that support these core personal values—and consider cutting back on other activities when you can.

Share the load at home. If you live with a partner, sit down together periodically to decide how to divvy up the household chores, shopping, errands, and childcare responsibilities. To gain a better understanding of what the other person does, try switching roles for a couple of days.

Make the most of your time. Whether you’re at work or at home, try to break up tasks into blocks of no more than 90 minutes at a time. After that point, your concentration is likely to plummet, taking your effectiveness down with it.

Carve out time for fun. When there’s a lot to do, putting playtime on your calendar may seem frivolous. But doing something healthy and relaxing gives you a chance to recover from today’s demands—and that helps you be ready for tomorrow.

With content from Linda Wasmer Andrews


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