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Life/Work Balance 101

Is Your Job Taking Over Your Life?

24 Ways To Tell You Don't Understand Work-Life Balance

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Many of us are now working from home, telecommuting or working remotely. The advantages of these new, flexible modes of working are numerous. However, for some, working from home does pose a risk to wellbeing, in that it can be difficult for those new to flexible hours to effectively separate work from homelife.

In a recent Daily Mail article, psychologist Emma Kenny claimed that in order to achieve a perfect work/life balance people should work a maximum of 2.5 hours a day. Follow these tips to ensure that your job doesn’t take over your life!

1. Only work in a particular designated zone– By separating your office area from the rest of your home, you will prevent your work from invading your private life. Declutter this area regularly in order to prevent an unneccessary build-up of papers.

2. Spend time outdoors- Make sure that working from home doesn’t prevent you from having regular contact with the outside world! Take time to go for a walk every day. Even if it’s just for ten or fifteen minutes, enjoying fresh air will boost your concentration levels and prevent your energy levels from flagging in the afternoons.

3. In the evenings… Switch Off- The ‘Flexible Revolution’ has enabled an increasing amount of workers to enjoy the benefits of a less concrete 9 to 5 routine. However, this means that it can be easy to work too hard. Tackle this issue by aiming to avoid working throughout the night. Of course, this may not always be possible, but aiming to spend evenings socialising instead of working may be key to achieving a strong work/life balance resulting in overall life satisfaction

4. Go mobile- Technology  has provided us with a plethora of apps which claim to offer us the tools to navigate modern life. Take advantage of these by using your smartphone to aid your flexible routine. Apps such as Expensfy, or the Self-Control app (for Macs only) for those who are keen to stick to their routine. Shoeboxed.com have a great list of apps which aim to help improve work/life balance.

5. Get an enjoyable hobby- Cultivate richness and variety in your life by gaining a new pastime which excites you and which you feel passionate about. Preferably, choose something creative, which you can do with others or alone as a way of winding down after a hard day’s work.

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5 Reasons Why ‘Generation Y’ make Good Employees, by a Real-Life Millennial

In this controversial lecture, clinical psychologist Meg Jay argues that young people today should be doing more to ‘claim’ their 20s, rather than delaying their ambitions and procrastinating until they reach the big 3-0. While Jay makes some good points, encouraging 20-somethings to invest in ‘identity capital’, the overall impression that she gives is that the majority of young people today have little idea as to what they want to do with their lives, or how to go about achieving their aims. This is nothing new, yet opinions such as these do little to help salvage the reputation of ‘Generation Y’ in the media.

Here are just a few of many reasons why ‘Generation Y’ workers can be extremely beneficial to employees:

1: They are in touch with reality.

Millennials always seem to be getting bad press, but the truth is that they are actually very aware of their less-than-glowing reputation in the Western media, and the criticisms that they are constantly barraged with. Millennials know about society’s negative preconceptions of ‘Generation Y’ as a group of spoilt, entitled ‘kidults’, lacking in both life experience and a solid work ethic. The result is that millennials have to work hard to prove that these negative stereotypes are not an accurate reflection of most young workers.

2. They are designed to multitask

Studying at a university nowadays is a different experience to what it was twenty years ago. Now, there is an increasing emphasis on the importance of versatility in graduates. Internships are on the rise, and learning to successfully combine academic study with a vocational internship is a great way for undergraduates to boost their multitasking abilities. Perhaps more than any other demographic, millennials are skilled at switching between multiple tasks with ease.

They come with a strong set of personal values

3. Millennial are not as concerned as previous generations with the benefits of financial security, but instead aim to focus their energies on work that they enjoy and believe in. Arguably, millennials don’t work less hard, but simply have different priorities to their 20th century forebears. The world has changed and now a fulfilling and challenging career is what the younger generations strive for, rather than one lifelong career which comes with guaranteed financial stability.

Social Media know-how is almost an innate ability!

4. Gen Y, the ‘social media generation’ grew up posting on Myspace and Bebo. They have since moved on to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other blogging platforms. For ‘Gen Y’, social media savoir-faire comes as part of the package. In 2014 we can expect more millennials to latch onto social networking sites like LinkedIn, in order to boost their connections. The way we network has shifted, and ‘Generation Y’ will be at the forefront of this development.

Millennials have the ability to be flexible in a rapidly-changing world

5. It’s no secret that the world of work is changing in favour of flexible hours, telecommuting, freelance work and part-time posts. Millennials will learn use this to their advantage. The future of work will be time-efficient and results-focused, and ‘Generation Y’ have the ability to move with the times, and even thrive in the era of the Flexible Revolution.

 

How to Find Fulfilling Work

In The Wonderbox, cultural historian Roman Krznaric makes a very strong case for why we should aim to be ‘wide achievers’, rather than high achievers. He argues that those who specialize in a very niche area or  field risk cutting themselves off from other rewarding and valuable career experiences. In Krznaric’s view, we should strive to gain experiences in a number of diverse areas, in order to learn about ourselves and find meaning in our work. Roman himself has had many jobs ranging from gardening to academia, and refers to himself as a ‘serial specialist’.

In this short lecture, Roman discusses how we can find fulfilling work, and explores the ways in which it is better to be a ‘wide achiver’ than a high achiever.