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4 Easy Steps Towards Work-Life Harmony 四個簡單步驟達到工作與生活平衡

Posted by Vikki Cheung on

Some of us (yes, me too) pour 150% of our time and effort into our work, because we are passionate what we do and want to advance up the career ladder. It can sometimes be an admirable trait, but it often also just leaves me feeling like death at the end of the day.

It is like I was constantly chasing the day on autopilot, trying to fit every single small thing in. And sometimes, the tiny voice inside me pops up to remind me that life is short – we’ve got to cherish it. Of course I know that but how can we change our lives right now to achieve it while still staying brilliant at our work? There are some simple steps I’ve been taking to do exactly that.

大部分人也會把150% 的時間及心血放於工作上(沒錯,我也是),因為我們都對自己的工作充滿熱誠並希望創一番事業。這絕對是值得欣賞的,但下班後在街上不難發現臉上總掛著倦容的上班族。
我就像一個沒有生命的機械人,每天也追趕著急促的生活節奏並滿足著別人的期望,但有時在我身體深處中有一把聲音跟我說 ‘人生短暫,你應該好好珍惜時間及感受生活’,當然我知道我不能只埋頭工作,但怎樣才能在發展事業同時能好好地感受生活?
以下是幾個簡單達到工作與生活平衡的步驟!

1. Sort Out Your Priorities 寫下你追求的

First, create a list of top 1 to 3 priorities in each area of your life. So, for instance for me, in the Personal Area, I really value exercise and maintaining a strong relationship with my partner, and in Work, I want to improve my current professional skills. Write it down somewhere you can refer to frequently so you can always keep it in mind.
This will help you make deliberate choices about how you spend your time to achieve what you want from life. It is no secret that we will always manage to get done the things we prioritise and hence choose to do first.

首先,在每個範籌寫下一至三個你重視的東西,例如在個人方面,我認為運動及與伴侶維持穩定而良好的關係是重要的,同時在工作方面也希望改善自己的專業知識及技巧。寫在任何你能隨時看到的地方,以時刻提醒自己,這能幫助你謹慎地分配時間並追求你所想的。

2. Start Saying No. 學會

A common dilemma is, with all the constant commitments and opportunities, how does one fit it all in? The thing is, I actually don’t try to or care to fit everything in, because it’s frankly impossible. When we are clear of our priorities, it becomes easier to say no to distractions. Millions of opportunities that are supposed to be beneficial for you but you don’t really care for? No.
This way, you will avoid those familiar feelings of anxiety and mediocrity when you become overbooked for responsibilities outside of your priorities. And for the things you say yes to, you can now be wholly present and confidently present your A-game.

在生活中我們總會遇上很多不同的機會及責任,但不是每一個也適合自己並能勝任。所以我不會強逼自己去接受所有遇到的機會及責任,而是選擇我希望追求及重視的,這樣我便能專心地在我想追求的範籌上努力。如果只是盲目地接受所有機會,最後只會因為無形的壓力及焦慮而感到辛苦,不能勝任工作。所以,要學會說不!

3. Schedule & Make Sure You Take Time Off 訂下議程及記緊休息


 

Hold yourself accountable by setting up a schedule and always input your top priorities first. This way, you will know exactly what needed to get done, the end-game is crystal clear, and your deadlines are non-negotiable.

An important part that slips a lot of people’s minds is to also schedule in time off exactly like how one will schedule business commitments. No matter how busy your schedule is, you should also take some time off for the things you like, such as grabbing a coffee with friends or simply some me-time. Sometimes, it even just requires a small change. For example, instead of ordering in and just watching TV, I have been cooking dinners with my significant other for a change.
清晰地訂下議程及考慮你所重視的東西,更容易達到自己所想的。但更重要的是記緊要訂下休息的議程!無論多忙都一定要抽時間做你所喜歡的,例如跟朋友喝杯咖啡,或享受一下私人時間!有時候你可能需要一些小轉變,例如今晚晚餐不叫外賣,自己煮吧!

4. Be Kind to Yourself 善待自己

Even with all that meticulous planning, don’t forget to always be kind to yourself. Some people around you (especially on social media) may seem like they have got it all together, but, trust me, no one is perfect and no one gets everything right all the time so don’t be too hard on yourself when you make mistakes. However, when things really get too tough, don’t be afraid to take a moment and rely on your support network. Life is always difficult - just try your best and you’re already firmly on the right track.
Annie Dillard once wrote, “How we spend our day is how we spend our lives.” All these steps may seem small, but over time will provide a solid foundation for building a fulfilling career without missing on life.

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即使你有一個一絲不苟的計劃,也別忘記要好好善待自己,有些人(尤其在社交媒體上)看似所有事情都一帆風順,人生也很成功,但相信我,生活與事情也沒可能經常順利,人生一定有不少挫折,所以當犯錯時不用給自己太大壓力!可是,當事情太糟糕時,記緊找你身邊的朋友,互相支持。
生活總是充滿困難,盡你所能,其實已經在對的路上!著名美國作家Annie Dillard 曾說過 ’你如何渡過每一天就決定你如何渡過你的人生
雖然以上的步驟看似小,但持之以恆的話一定對工作及人生很有幫助,從而達到工作與生活平衡!
 
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