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

Don’t worry! You’re not alone. It’s a challenge that every working professional faces: getting out the office door on time. 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 departure time and a plan to make it happen.

Read: 4 Productivity Hacks By 4 Billionaires

In this blog, we give you that plan and steps to execute it:    

Harness the skills of time management

A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that working more than 40 hours a week could make professionals less productive, put them at risk of making mistakes, and create the appearance of 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.

You need to accommodate and complete all the crucial things in the given hours. Period. Finish everything within the stipulated time, and if your current setup isn’t working for you, change it.  You also need to stop focusing on one day or one week and start planning for long-term goals.

Predict and preempt the things that will take most of your hours and start working on them backwards. There could even be days where you can’t complete everything you have planned, and that’s ok.

Work is a never-ending process, and you should stop trying to get everything done in a day.   

Find the leaks

There can be multiple things that might be slowing you down during office hours. It could be chatty colleagues, noisy office spaces, lack of pre-defined work expectations, 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 distraction, get yourself taken off from the meetings and discussion that don’t concern you. Identify these leaks and fix them before they become a part of your schedule.  

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!  

Walk the talk

No matter what stage of your career you are in, try and 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 of them. Lead with an example and build a culture that gives them a real chance to walk out before dark, regardless of workload.  

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, play 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 a wrong place. A workspace should help you work better and not the opposite.

For all those who are scrambling to find this elusive work-life balance, experience our office spaces for a day for free. We believe in doing less, to do more!  

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How to transform your work life in just three minutes!

Work life balance plays a significant role in an individual’s life. You’re snug in bed. Your alarm rings, you hit snooze. After a few snoozes, you realize you’ll be late if you don’t leave immediately. You reach office in the nick of time dressed in any attire you can lay your hands on! You reach office dishevelled, and find a pile of paperwork on your desk. You count down the seconds until it’s time to leave.

Does this sound like the story of your life?

First impression is the last, but with so much already on, where do you find time to take care of your personal grooming or imbibing appropriate work etiquettes?

#Smartbytes is the answer to all your workspace etiquettes woes.

Workplace ethics and etiquettes have always been a nebulous social territory where the fear of messing up can be daunting. Instead of initiating a flight response or sweeping it under the carpet, the best bet is to face them. The question often remains how?

The answer is simple, by investing in the most important person in your life-YOU!

This self-love has in fact proven beneficial for many office-goers. For instance, 48% of US employees combat stress by investing in professional development, according to a report by Udemy.

Another interesting report by the American Psychological Association revealed that 91% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts feel motivated to do their best.

Keeping the idea of professional development and well-being in mind, we came up with ‘Smartbytes’- A crisp, no-fuss and informative route to help you up the corporate ladder. Consisting of a series of videos anchored by the best experts in the field, Smartbytes is our take on everything professional. From power dressing to conversation etiquettes, we’ve got everything covered.

Our first series is on ‘Corporate Grooming’ and features Babita Jaishankar. She is the dynamic force behind Wsol, a consultancy that offers image management expertise to individuals and corporate entities. With her image management prowess and expertise, we have covered a variety of themes.

For our future video series, we plan to include topics such as rediscovering the joy at work, balancing work and family life, time management. The video series will feature experts from different fields offering top-notch tips and hacks for a smooth sail in your corporate life.

If you still haven’t seen a Smartbytes video, then it’s time you catch up! Watch the first video here