Keys to Achieving Work-Life Success
While achieving work-life success may seem tough, it’s important for healthcare professionals to figure out a way to protect their “me” time and make sure they are getting enough sleep.
Nearly one-quarter of U.S. workers say work-life success has become more difficult in the past five years. They cite getting enough sleep and getting enough “me” time as two of their top five hurdles while trying to manage their personal and professional lives.
Though it is admittedly difficult, Lucky Jain, MD, MBA, Chief Academic Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, strives to find work-life success in his life. Watch this video as Dr. Jain explains how he fiercely protects his “me” time one simple way each day.
Are you on track to achieve balancing work and life successfully? If you aren’t sure, take the Canadian Mental Health Association Work-Life Balance Quiz, which is recommended for physicians at Stanford University, to find out.
If you need help integrating work and life into your day, try these tips:
- Quality vs. quantity. Consider the quality of time versus the quantity of time you are balancing in work and life. We cannot change the number of hours in a day; however, we can work to manage our energy so that in the moments we want to be fully engaged—like when you return home to your family after work—we have enough energy to do so.
- Exercise. Short bursts of exercise can help clear your head and increase your energy. Download Johnson & Johnson’s workout app, which offers an abundance of seven-minute workouts that you can do anywhere—and anytime.
- Ask for help and delegate. Whether at work or home, make a list of tasks you need to complete and prioritize them. Determine which tasks can wait, and delegate items when you can. If you need help outsourcing your to-do list, check out assistance services like Task Rabbit, or learn more about the Concierge services we offer at Children’s.
- Draw boundaries and disconnect. When you are at home, draw boundaries of when you will not be available; if that seems unreasonable, start small. Turn off your digital devices while you are eating dinner and at least 15 minutes before you go to bed.
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