Today, it has become extremely difficult to distinguish between work and social life. Especially technological developments in mobile communication make this almost impossible. Our smart phones, which we keep about us almost every second, cause us to be exposed to messages from our team members and social media notifications at any time of the day. As a result, work performance suffers due to the events occurring in the private lives of people and similarly, work life makes incursions into their private lives almost to the same extent. However, research shows that distinguishing between business life and social life has a one hundred percent impact on success. So, is it really possible to make this distinction? Here are some tips that will help you to differentiate between business life and social life...
1. Think about work at the workplace, attend to your personal affairs in your leisure time
You should first embrace this way of thinking to distinguish between business life and social life. When you're at work, just focus on the work at hand, and not your private life concerns. Similarly, keep work out of your private life.
2. Use office hours for half-completed work that needs rescheduling
It is also extremely important that work gets done within the office hours. So, use the office hours to plan what you intend to do with any uncompleted work you have pending.
3. Spend more time with your loved ones, create more time for your favorite activities
People who do not have happy lives tend to be workaholics, and this may cause a person to feel unhappy in general and reduce their productivity at work. So don't forget to do things that will make you happy in your social life. Spend time with your loved ones, get a new hobby and enjoy life.
4. Try enjoying leisure time activities
In order for a person to be successful in his/her business life, a clear line needs to be drawn between business life and social life. Focus on enjoying the work you do while at work and the activities you do in your leisure time so that you can maintain both lifestyles independently.
5. Learn to say no
You need to learn to say no to people in order not to get your work and private affairs mixed up. You may be asked to work on a holiday or a friend may ask you out while you are at work. Saying no to prevent gummed up work schedules and for an efficient time management will help set up that delicate balance.
6. Use a Day Planner and stick to your notes as much as possible
If you organize your work and private appointments using a day planner, and if you can stick to it as much as you can, you can maintain a balance and differentiate between business life and social life. Do not forget; spoken words fly away, written words remain.
7. Accept things as they are instead of trying to be perfect
Excessive perfectionism may at times cause one not to get a sense of fulfilment out of any success. Therefore, instead of trying to be perfect, accept things as they are, especially in work life. This way, you won’t feel miserable, relieved that you have done your best.
8. Define what is “urgent” and “important” in your work and social life
If something is urgent, that does not necessarily make it important. Distinguishing between these two concepts fully and not forgetting that distinction is essential for a real equilibrium between work and social life. You should therefore acquire a clear understanding of what urgent and important means in both your work and social life and act accordingly.
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