Time management is of the essence when it comes to maintaining work-life balance. "Spending more time in office doesn't necessarily translate into productivity," says UB Group senior VP (marketing) Samar Sheikhawat.
"The key is to maintain discipline on the job. That includes coming on time, or possibly even a tad earlier; not taking extending coffee or lunch breaks, or whiling away time on gossip." It's purely about prioritisation, he adds.
If you don't have a good work-life balance, you can be successful but not happy. "To achieve both, it's necessary to focus on four life quadrants: work, family, friends and self," says TeamLease Services co-founder and senior VP Sangeeta Lala. "All four are equally important. If you focus on all these and maintain discipline, it's more-or-less a done deal."
Get interested in things other than work and make time for them. It could be something as simple as catching a movie, working out or pursuing an interest at an individual level or with friends and family.
"Make sure you are allocating part of your spare time to something enjoyable. Switch off completely when you're spending time with your family," says TeamLease's Lala.
Learn to Say 'No'
Putting in that extra bit is good, but it's equally important to know when to put your foot down and say no. "Many of us are under the impression that saying no or refusing to do something beyond what we are supposed to can be detrimental to our careers. But that's not true. There's no point in doing something out of a false sense of guilt or obligation. Setting boundaries is essential," says Sheikhawat.
Pursue Your Calling
Identify your areas of interest and do what interests you. "We often tend to take a job because there's a certain aura around it or our peers are doing it. Instead, by taking up something that interests you, can can avoid undue stress. Work becomes much more enjoyable and you can take time to stop and smell the roses," says Sanjay Modi, managing director, Monster (India/ Middle East/ South East Asia.