Are you struggling to maintain a balance between work and play? Here are some tech hacks to help you make the most of your time in and out of the workplace.
1. Plan your dream vacation through TouristEye.
A vacation to look forward to is just what you need to get you through a day of deadlines and annoying co-workers. TouristEye allows you to create a vacation bucket list and visualize that sweet break from work. You don’t have to take that trip this year; it will serve as good motivation. You’ll be able to go soon if you follow these other tips.
2. Limit your social media usage.
Isn’t it annoying to go out for dinner with friends, only to find them all busy fiddling with their smartphones? Cutting down on your social media usage allows you to focus on what’s happening right in front of you and enjoy your free time proactively. RescueTime is great software that monitors and helps you cut down the time you spend on social media.
3. Use your inbox efficiently.
Learn how to identify urgent and non-urgent emails and try to plan your day around tasks that need immediate attention. If you have to be on-call 24/7, it’s best to learn how to prioritize urgent messages and delay the others until the morning. It’ll allow you to create time for yourself, your family, and your friends.
4. Make sure the meetings you attend are productive.
Nothing wastes your time like going to an unproductive meeting that goes on for an hour or two, only to be called back to another meeting… of the same nature. Unproductive meetings cut into your limited time, so make sure the time you spend in the meeting room doesn’t go to waste. You can also reach out to your company’s operations department and inquire about policies and technology that will help limit the number of meetings you’re invited to. Also good to ensure people stick to an agenda.
5. Ditch the office and work from home.
Ask for permission from your supervisor first of course! If you’re planning on working from home, take time to get acquainted with tools that are helpful to remote workers, such as Trello and HipChat. Trello allows you to organize your tasks (both solo and team projects) and keep track of their progress. HipChat is an instant messenger that allows you to easily communicate with your co-workers supporting a large number of platforms.