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5 Tips on How to C# Developers Can Obtain a Better Work/Life Balance

Thanks to the rise of the ‘always-on’ work culture, C# Developers in the North West struggle to achieve and maintain a healthy work/life balance. A study found that more than 94% of service professionals put in more than 50 hours a week!

Health studies show that poor work/life balance can have a significant impact on a person’s mental and physical health. Additionally, and not surprisingly, poor work/life balance can impact your relationships.

To improve your quality of life, Developers need to master the art of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Progress Talent have compiled a list tips that you can follow to separate your professional and personal life.

1. Learn to make the most out of your time

Your to-do list may contain multiple tasks; however, do all these tasks require your immediate attention?

To use your time better, create to-do lists in order of importance. You can prioritise your tasks into four different categories

a) urgent and important

b) important but not urgent

c) urgent but not important

d) neither urgent nor important.

You can perform this task before retiring to bed every night.

To get organised, maintain a diary. Draw a line between your personal and professional life by letting your boss know when you're free, and when you're not. Similarly, tell your family members to avoid calling you during work hours (unless really urgent!). Professionals who must take work home should try to limit their at-work home to specific hours of the day.

Do not start working immediately after returning home. Talk to your partner about their day. If you have kids, play with them or help them with their homework.

2. Set professional and personal goals

To give direction to your life, set professional and personal goals. Create a list of short-term career goals (a short-term goal/milestone can be "complete a project by next Friday"). You also need to set long-term goals and come up with a strategy to realise them. The rewards of achieving professional goals can spill into your personal life, helping improve your quality of life.

It is important that you set long-term and short-term personal goals too. A long-term personal goal can be getting married or having kids. Short-term personal goals can be something as simple as planning a trip to the movies with your family, or heading out to the pub with mates.

3. Plan carefully

Planning holds the key to maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Try to turn your hobby into your career. In time, if you feel that your job is too demanding and you’re getting nowhere, start looking elsewhere. Or if your developer job is not paying enough, consider looking for other opportunities.

It is also important that you analyse how your family life impacts your career. When making important decisions such as whether you or your spouse or both of you should work, consider every factor (money, time etc). Seek answers to questions such as whether your job gives you enough time to pursue your passions? And how long is your commute to work every day?

4. Take care of yourself

To improve your productivity, adopt healthy habits. Cut deep-fried and sugary snacks from your diet. Instead, include healthy foods such as green veggies and lean meats in your diet. No more Northern pies.

Consider fitting exercise into your routine a priority, not a matter of choice. To supercharge your mind and body, get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. To get a good night’s sleep, turn off your gadgets at least 30 minutes before retiring to bed.

Everyone needs support. Whenever you are overwhelmed at work, share your problems with friends and family. They may not be able to help you every time; however, sharing your issues will help release built-up tension. Every once in a while, treat yourself to a relaxing massage at your favourite spa. To pamper your inner self, go shopping, play golf, watch a movie, or do anything else that helps you unwind.

5. Take breaks

Your body and mind require regular breaks to de-stress and relax. Take time out throughout your day. Even if you are bogged down with a complex task, remember to at least take a lunch break. To improve your focus, get up and stretch every 15 minutes.

Take at least a day off from work every week. Learn to listen to your body’s signals and make time for a holiday when you feel overwhelmed at work.

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