It’s hard to believe, but we are in the thick of summer. (Where did the first half of the year go, by the way?) Here’s a question to consider: Will you have time to get away from your desk to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days?
I sure hope so — and not just because everyone needs to kick back and relax on occasion. It turns out that spending some time on your personal hobbies can make you more effective in your role as a graphic designer: More than two-thirds of advertising and marketing executives surveyed by The Creative Group said employees who are passionate about interests outside the office typically perform better at work. While meeting deadlines and delivering quality results is important, you shouldn’t get so wrapped up in your job that you forget to make time for yourself.
Pursuing your interests can provide fresh inspiration and a welcome respite from a heavy workload. Consider these three tips to achieve better work-life perspective so this summer doesn’t pass you by:
- Slow down. Stop and enjoy the activities and people around you, both inside and outside the office. Whenever possible, schedule time between meetings and leave your evenings free so you can refuel throughout and at the end of each day. Resist the urge to bring too many projects home over the weekends. Distancing yourself from work-related activities will give you time to recharge so you’re more alert and productive when Monday rolls around.
- Share responsibilities. No matter how efficient you are, there is only so much you can accomplish in one day. If you’re a manager, make sure that you are delegating appropriately instead of trying to do everything yourself. Doing so will reduce your workload and help your staff build their skills.
- Negotiate a change. Many companies today recognize that family-friendly policies help them attract and retain talented employees. If you like your current job but need more flexibility, see if it’s possible to negotiate a compressed workweek or telecommuting opportunities. Research policies the company may already have in place that can provide more flexibility, and talk to your manager about the possibilities. In these discussions, emphasize how modifying your current work situation will increase your efficiency and productivity.
Additional Resource: Supercharging Your In-house Team
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