Sep 08, 2021

Are you the last one to leave the office? Here’s how to STOP it!

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Coming to the office, completing all the tasks and projects, and leaving on time are the three most crucial aspects for every working professional out there. Are you one of those individuals who comes to the office on time but finds it difficult to leave accordingly? Don’t worry! You’re not the only one who faces this challenge. While some get caught in an email trap, clicking away at their computers and firing off emails way past dinner time, others linger till late to appear committed to their jobs. 

Just like the discussion around work-life balance, working late has also become the norm. But the art of ‘leaving’ on time doesn’t happen by just talking about it; it starts way before the workday does, and there has to be a psychological commitment to follow a systematic schedule and a plan to make it happen on a regular basis.    

In this blog, we will provide tips that can help you strike an ideal balance between work and personal life. 

5 Measures to Take to Leave Your Office Space on Time  

1. Harness the Skills of Time Management

There have been many studies in the past which showed that working for extended hours could only make professionals less productive. By working for long hours, they only head towards making more mistakes, procrastination, and poor time-management skills. So, let’s start by understanding the cardinal rule- Your set hours are your set hours for a reason, whether you are an employee or a manager. 
To achieve time management skills, one needs to predict and preempt the things that take most of their hours and start working on them backward. There could even be days where you can’t complete all or even a single task, and to be honest, that’s okay unless other teammates are depending on you. Work is a never-ending process, and you should stop trying to get everything done in a day.   

2. Find the Loopholes 

There can be multiple things that might slow you down during office hours. It could be chatty colleagues, noisy office spaces, lack of pre-defined work expectations, the urge to take too many short breaks, unnecessary meetings, and so on. Take a step back and consider your priorities. What’s the ‘true north’ towards which you’re working? If you know that these frequent workplace distractions are halting you from reaching your goals, then it’s time to stop. 

Cut down on your unnecessary chit-chat breaks, find a space where you can work peacefully without any distractions, and get yourself taken off from the meetings and discussions that don’t concern you. Identify these leaks and fix them before they become a part of your schedule.  

3. Discover the Magic Formula

We all have some days that are particularly productive. It could be Mondays, Fridays, or just in the middle of the week. Identify these days and find those elements that made that day or days so good. Discover a pattern and try to replicate them as much as you can. 
This can certainly help you to complete all your tasks on time and leave the office on time so that you can spend a few of your valuable hours with your family and loved ones. 

4. Walk the Talk

No matter what stage of your career you are in, try to walk the talk. More often than not, we see managers saying, “We don’t want our employees and people to work past 6 or 7.” But then you get an email from them at midnight. 
As a manager or a senior at any level, you need to give your team permission to live the life that you want to live and expect the same of yourself as you do them. Lead with an example and build a culture that gives them a real chance to walk out before dark, regardless of workload.  

5.Switch to Spaces that Work for You

Whether you are a manager, founder, or an employee, you’ll agree that a place where you work, hold meetings, ideate and celebrate all the wins and some losses, plays a crucial role in shaping your day and work. If you spend almost half of your day figuring out why the internet is not working or how to get a projector fixed, then you’re probably in the wrong place. A workspace should help you work better and not the opposite.

This is where managed and flexible office spaces come into play. These spaces are designed to provide an ideal environment where employees can strike a perfect balance between work and personal life. With state-of-the-art facilities, including high-speed internet, well-maintained equipment, and professional support staff, you can focus on what truly matters—your work.  
The flexibility to choose from various layouts and locations means you can find a space that fits your team’s needs and culture, reducing commute times and allowing for better work-life integration. Additionally, amenities such as wellness rooms, modern pantries, and recreational areas ensure that employees have the necessary resources to recharge and stay productive throughout the day. 

In conclusion, these tips can help you strike an ideal between work and personal life. By eliminating the hassles of office management, managed and flexible office spaces empower you to maximize your efficiency and job satisfaction. 

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