It's 7pm and you're still in the office. You're not going to make it home for dinner and you're working away in the hopes that your efforts will bolster your career. There is, of course, merit in working hard but is it necessary to sacrifice your personal life to achieve professional success? Not so, according to business consultant and author, Justin Bariso.
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In a blog post, Bariso noted that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, one of the world's most prominent figures in business, leaves work at 5.30pm on the dot so she can have dinner with her family. You can sink hours and hours into your job and there will always be work to be done, but highly successful people tend to think through their personal and professional priorities, allocating time for each of them. They then stick to the allotted times.
For you, quitting time might be 5:00. Or maybe it's 6:30. What really matters is that you pick a time and stick with it.
To do this, you should treat your personal priorities like a doctor's appointment that cannot be missed. It's important to have a healthy work-life balance, especially as we kick off the New Year and people start returning to work after the holiday break. It may not always be possible to have a perfect work-life balance (and that's okay) but you have to bear in mind that working longer doesn't necessarily mean you're being more productive. Leaving work at a decent hour to decompress is valuable for creativity and managing stress.
[Via LinkedIn Pulse Blog]