How to Win at Work and Succeed at Life

It is probably no surprise to you that most people today feel overwhelmed and overworked at their job. Establishing a culture that emphasizes work-life balance is challenging due to the high demands that work entails. In the book How to Win at Work and Succeed at Life by Megan and Michael Hyatt, these two authors explain how to have both a great career and personal life by giving five helpful principles. Here’s a breakdown of the five principles to help you better win at work and succeed at life: 

1. Work is only one of many ways to orient your life

Most people believe that they must choose between work or their personal lives. However, work is a component of your life that you can learn to prioritize along with everything else. An applicable way to shift your mindset on this principle is to look at work and life as a partnership instead of an opposition.  

2. Constraints foster productivity, creativity, and freedom

Taking breaks during the workday is vital to productivity. Whether it’s taking a walk, cooking, or listening to music, it’s crucial to set boundaries during your workday to make it as enjoyable as possible and set yourself up for productivity success. 

3. Work-life balance is truly possible

To achieve a work-life balance, you prioritize what truly matters to you and make it happen. Maybe there’s a yoga class you want to attend during the week? Or an in-person educational event? Or a photography course that you’ve had your eye on? Whatever it may be, make sure to plan out your workweek and personal events in advance to make sure you factor in both. 

4. There is incredible power in nonachievement

A great rule of thumb to win at work and succeed in life is to make sure you have something to look forward to after working hours. Having a hobby is imperative to having a successful work-life balance. Whether it’s an intramural sport, knitting, or playing an instrument, find something that gives you joy and that you like to do outside of your day job. 

5. Rest is the foundation of meaningful, productive work

Lastly, rethink your sleep schedule and make sure to prioritize rest. A lot of people think that sleep is not as essential as it is to accomplishing daily life well. To have a productive workday, you need energy and rest. Try one week of sleeping at least eight hours every night, and you will be amazed by the results. 
Work and life are a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure to take time for yourself and prioritize yourself! Click here to learn more about how our team at Snellings Walters views work-life balance and leadership.

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