Work – life balance tips

Having a great science job doesn’t necessarily mean you will have to sacrifice your personal commitments and social life.

Here are a few helpful tips to help you both succeed in your scientific industry job and achieve a good work life balance.

Start with the basics

Have a healthy diet, take regular exercise and get all the sleep you need.

Manage your time effectively

Avoid procrastination and get organised. A good way to achieve this is to set some realistic goals and deadlines and STICK TO THEM. At the beginning of each day right a to-do list and prioritise each task.

Have a clear distinction between home and family life

Avoid taking work home and when on holiday.

Learn to say no

Learn to say no to commitments inside and outside of the workplace which you know will not be fruitful. You don’t have to a please everyone all the time.

Switch off

When you leave work, try to switch off. Shut off your email and work mobile to avoid being available 24/7.

Get a hobby

Either with friends or family – This will ensure that you have some quality time just for yourself.

Change you working hours

Most employers within the scientific industry will let you change your work schedule to meet your needs.  For example, by starting one hour earlier, you can leave work one hour earlier – enabling you to get home to spend some more time with your family.

For more advice on how to make the most of your working day read our 7 stress busting tips article