Sometimes it feels like technology has extended the 9-5 workday to a 24-hour workday. With a smartphone, you have the office in your pocket at all times. Because of this, it can be very tempting to answer emails at midnight or phone calls on the weekend, but these habits will drain you very quickly. The Corporate Executive Board found that employees that maintained a healthy work-life balance were 21% more productive than those who didn’t. While it may feel like you must be on-call 24/7 because everyone else is doing it, letting work take over your life can actually hurt your performance in the long run.
Establish Boundaries Early On
Nobody is going to be able to maintain your work-life balance but you. This is the most important thing to realize and accept when you set off to strike a healthy balance between your work and your personal life. Once you understand that, you will be able to establish boundaries that work for you. Talk to your boss or manager and set expectations with them early on. This should be done as soon as possible because once you start staying at the office late into the night or answering emails on the weekend, people will come to expect that from you. Setting these boundaries will help manage expectations and allow you to avoid uncomfortable conversations later on.
Take a Break When Needed
Everyone needs a break at one point or another. It’s easy to fall into the mindset that your work is too important to take a break from, but no job is more important than your own well-being. Whether it’s leaving your desk to take a short walk or planning a relaxing vacation, a break from your work can be exactly what you need to improve your performance. Employers understand that their workers are not machines and sometimes need to rest. In fact, 91% of senior business leaders believe workers return from vacations ready to work more efficiently. If you feel yourself burning out, talk to your boss about stepping away for a bit.
Make Deliberate Choices
Unfortunately, work-life balance won’t just happen. You need to make it happen, and that can be done by being deliberate in everything you do. Nobody chooses to let their work take over their life; it is usually the result of letting things slowly slide until it has become unmanageable. This can be avoided by making conscious choices and talking to the important people in your life to see what is or isn’t working. This may not be easy; it is something that you must be constantly monitoring. Come up with a plan of what is important to you, what you want to accomplish, and how you will do it. By making sure every choice you makes aligns with this plan, you will be able to strike a healthy work-life balance.
Without a doubt, it is important to work hard and be successful in your professional life. But it is also important to prioritize your personal life sometimes, and that is equally important to your happiness. A healthy work-life balance is also imperative to your professional success because you’ll find yourself overwhelmed and burned out if you focus on work 24/7. Ultimately, you’ll benefit much more by establishing a good balance.
Regular business travelers become all too familiar with hotels, and it doesn’t take long for the downsides to pile up. No place to cook, not enough space, no privacy, no easy access to outside — the list goes on. Ordering room service or eating out all the time gets quite pricey, too. However, there’s a solution to consider: a short term business rental. Here’s why it’s your best option.
A Short Term Business Rental Offers Privacy
Staying a hotel is, quite literally, living in a community of fellow travelers for the length of your stay. You can spend top dollar on a great hotel room, but it will never feel like a home. After all, you probably walk by a front desk on your way in and out, and the only way to keep a stranger out of your room is to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. Continue reading “Why a Short-Term Business Rental Is Your Best Option”
A quick business trip is easy: Book a place to stay for the night, catch a flight, take a train or hop in a car, and do what you’ve got to do once you arrive. But what if you need to stay for a few weeks? Planning an extended business trip is a different ballgame. Here are some things to keep in mind. Continue reading “Extended Business Trips: Things to Know”
It not always easy to stay healthy when you’re on the road regularly. Sometimes you have no access to a kitchen to make a healthy meal. Your gym may be a thousand miles away. But don’t worry, because there are lots of little things you can integrate into your life on the road that will help keep you in good shape. Here are some tips for getting exercise while traveling for business.
Keep on the Move at the Airport
Sitting for long periods of time is one of the worst things you can do for your physical fitness. Most of us already sit more often than we should at work, and you’ll be sitting for your entire flight — so don’t get a head start at the airport.
Unless you’re in a rush to catch your flight, take the stairs, not the escalator. Walk instead of hopping on the people-mover in favor of the original people mover — your legs. Instead of sticking at the gate or at the bar, walk around the terminal. Airports are among the best places for people-watching. Continue reading “Tips for Getting Exercise While Traveling For Business”
Looking for a place to stay means evaluating your needs and preferences. It can also mean sacrificing comfort and convenience, for the sake of having a reasonable place to stay that meets your needs at a specific time. You’ve worked to make sure your home is perfectly suited for you in style, layout, furnishings, comfort, and more. That’s why there’s no place like home.
Having to find a place to stay for business, relocation, or vacation purposes that meets your immediate needs doesn’t mean having to forego comfort and convenience. It is possible to get the convenience of a hotel stay with the comfort and independence of your home.
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Summer is an exciting season—we wish it could last forever.
Alas, we must use its limited time frame wisely. As you arrange your summer plans over the coming weeks, you’re bound to encounter some tough decisions. On that front, we have good news: a San Diego vacation is an easy choice, and we can tell you why.
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Hotels are the norm for travelers, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with their hassles. There are so many new ways to live well when you travel—don’t settle! Here are 5 reasons to consider alternative housing options next time you’re out of town.
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While there are plenty of ways to spend the warm seasons, music festivals have arisen as one of the most popular. With their tendency toward thrumming bass, rhythmic vibes and an anything-goes atmosphere, they’re like microcosms of the whimsy of summer. Whether you’re a music festival veteran or have yet to attend one, here are some national music festivals to keep on your calendar in 2016.
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Business travel can be a mixed bag. Yes it’s nice to get a break from the office and get out on the road (especially if you are travelling somewhere particularly nice like San Diego). But the thought of being away from friends and family, long meetings, and living in a box-like hotel room for days, weeks, or months can be a bit depressing as well.
While we can’t help you too much with the first two problems, staying in a fully furnished luxury apartment on your business trip sure beats another trip spent in a nondescript hotel that looks just like all the others and feels a long way from home. Still not convinced? Check out the rest of our reasons why corporate housing beats hotels for business travel.
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Since its inception in 2007, AirBnB has become increasingly popular for people looking for an alternative to hotels when travelling. However, this AirBnB trend is growing beyond vacationers, as more and more business travellers are using the site for their temporary housing needs. But when it comes down to it, what is the difference between AirBnB and other temporary housing options? That’s why, this week we’re taking a close look at the true differences when it comes to AirBnB vs. temporary housing.
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