Since COVID-19 forced most professionals to quickly adopt work-life integration, it became apparent that few people know how to juggle dynamic work and personal responsibilities effectively.
Even before the pandemic exasperated many issues, it was impossible to completely separate work and personal responsibilities. Inevitably, you'd occasionally have to deal with urgent personal matters during work hours, and work would interrupt your evenings and weekends.
Work-life integration is all about planning for the inevitable overlaps between your work and personal lives so that when they happen, it doesn't impact your productivity.
As counties reopen and you're able to return to the office, you're going to have the option to return to your old schedule and habits or use this experience as an opportunity to make lasting productivity improvements.
To help you be successful, we've partnered with the productivity coach Alexis Haselberger to provide a free webinar on how to embrace work-life integration and shift from surviving day-by-day to thriving in all areas of your life.
If you're still unsure if work-life integration is the right lifestyle for you, here are three benefits to consider.
Experience Less Stress
Though it may not feel like it now, work-life integration can drastically reduce your stress levels. When implemented correctly, it gives you the flexibility to accommodate all of the priorities in your life without worrying about timing.
Instead of maintaining barriers between work time and personal time, work-life integration calls for you to complete tasks - personal and business - at the optimal times. The only requirement is that you get all of your essential activities done each day.
With this approach, you don't have to worry about personal activities like doctors' appointments and childcare responsibilities that can only be completed during the day and work issues that come up in the evenings. You simply complete tasks when it's most convenient to do them. This reduces stress by ensuring that you have time to complete all of your priorities instead of feeling like you constantly have to choose between work and personal priorities.
To stay focused while switching between work and personal activities, you need to create smooth transitions. In the upcoming webinar, Alexis will explain a couple of practical ways to do this and avoid having tasks slip through the cracks.
Register now to hear her tips.
Be More Creative
An abundance of research shows that one of the keys to maximizing creativity is walking away from projects so that your subconscious mind has time to develop new connections. When you return to a difficult task after a break, you'll typically have much better ideas than if you try to power through in a single sitting. However, many professionals struggle to do this because if they pause their main project, they feel like there's nothing else they can do to stay busy.
Work-life integration empowers your creativity and performance by giving you the ability to take productive breaks. Once you reach a point with an activity where you're struggling to figure out what to do next, spend at least twenty minutes, ideally longer, handling other responsibilities, including exercise and childcare. You'll make up the lost working time by working later after your typical hours and coming up with more creative ideas.
Initially, finding the right ratio of focusing on projects, giving your brain time to make more creative connections, and making up for break time can be tricky. In our webinar, Alexis will share some hacks to help you set effective boundaries that maximize creativity and productivity.
Create a Lifestyle Where You Thrive
Work-life integration lets you break down the barriers between your work and personal life so that you can focus on the activities that matter most. Instead of deciding how you want to spend your private and work time, think about all of the goals you want to achieve and your top priorities.
Once you know what you want to achieve, block off the most effective times to complete the required tasks. This can include decisions like stopping work every day at 5:30 and logging back on at 9 PM so that you can make and eat dinner with your family. Or it might be working out during lunch since that helps you stay energized and focused.
Ultimately, work-life integration is about making intentional time management decisions to live the most successful and fullest life possible. To learn how to manage your time effectively, and prevent tasks from falling through the cracks, attend our free webinar.
About the author: Emily formerly led Prialto's content production and distribution team with a special passion for helping people realize success. Her work and collaborations have appeared in Entrepreneur, Inc. and the Observer among others.