Have you ever wondered how others are managing their lives after work? Surely, you are not the only one who’s too occupied and spending most of your time with work. Ever heard of work-life balance?
I understand that some jobs are time demanding. I have had days which if I wasn’t working late, I take the work home. Email people left and right. Calling people from every department. Just another day in the office for me.
There were times when the whole dev team and I had to come in on weekends just to meet a client’s deadline because my boss takes in clients even though it’s beyond our team’s capacity resulting to us working on a constant urgent state.
So how do you stop such from happening every now and then? What can you do so that when you’re not working, you’re not thinking about work?
Here’s what you could do to achieve that work-life balance:
Develop A Risk Management Plan
Identify potential risks within the project. Do not be a “firefighter”. Act proactively and address the risks right away
You have a team. Don’t do it all by yourself. Spread some of your work to those you trust that are capable of doing the job.
Set A Snooze Time
This may be a bit tricky especially if you really are passionate about your work but set a cut off time on when you will respond to work issues. Let them know that you have a life after work.
Prioritize Your Daily Deliverables
Identify what your team needs to deliver on a daily basis. Ensure your clients or boss does not come back complaining about a recurring issue. Risk management plan, remember?
Enjoy The Outdoors More
Yes, as programmers, we love nothing more but work indoors and write codes but take some time and go out. Out with the air-conditioned air from your system and in with the fresh air. When was the last time you jog? Don’t just look at your codes with a fresh set of eyes.
Being a manager does not necessarily mean that you have to put in ridiculously more hours than everyone else. In more ways than one, working smart is better than working hard.