How to turn off work thoughts during your free time


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The four-day work week is good for business

 A New Zealand company is looking to implement a four-day working week following the success of an eight-week trial earlier this year. Researchers found that allowing employees to work 32 hours over four days—without any reduction in pay—not only improved work-life balance it also led to increased job satisfaction and better performance at work. Here, Adele Peters reveals how the experiment motivated employees to find ways of increasing their productivity during the four-day week by wo...
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5 things my daughter taught me as a freelancer

Juggling the conflicting demands of parenthood and career, especially as a first-time parent with a new baby, can be extremely demanding. Many women—who tend to be the primary caregivers—continue working full time while others opt for flexible working arrangements that allow them to balance work and family more comfortably. And for some, there's the option of quitting their regular job and becoming a freelancer. While it certainly has its advantages, working from home when you have a baby has it...
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10 free apps for achieving work-life balance

Our always-on culture is changing the way many of us work while the convenience offered by the on-demand economy is making lot of people's lives simpler and more efficient. As  technology continues blurring the lines between our work and home lives, it's easy to see why many people  feel they're becoming slaves to technology. However, the same mobile devices that can become a source of stress "can also help you take control of your time and prioritize what matters,"...
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The benefits of being unproductive

There's nothing wrong with having goals, plans or lists; crossing completed items off your list gives you a sense of achievement and makes you feel good. When it's your number one priority however, productivity becomes a measure of self-worth and you may fee guilty or anxious whenever you have a day that doesn't feel productive. Here Matthew Hughes explores the difference between activity and productivity, how to resist the "always-on" mentality to achieve a healthy balance between work and down...
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Does technology make professionals more productive?

Technology is a double-edged sword. While the "work anywhere, anytime" culture allows for greater flexibility, the blurring of boundaries between work and personal life can also create conflict. The automation that frees you from tedious, repetitive tasks can lead to the fear of losing your job to a robot. And the use of wearable devices to monitor employee performance may be raising more questions about privacy than answers about productivity. While research continues exploring how to achieve t...
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Too busy to change career? Not with these techniques...

Life's too short to be stuck in a job that's making you unhappy. When you're busy juggling the multiple demands of work, personal life, and family commitments however, any thoughts you have about changing career tend to be left on the back burner. Although it can be an arduous process, unless you make career change a top priority it isn't going to happen. To help you make the shift, career change coach Natasha Stanley shares her top tips for re-thinking your priorities, focusing on your goal, an...
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You’re taking breaks the wrong way, here’s how to fix that

Our portable, connected devices have liberated many of us from the constraints of the traditional nine-to-five, and our flexible schedules allow us to spend more time with friends and family. For many others though, this always on culture means they're constantly connected to work and not giving their minds a chance to rest. You may think you're being more productive by staying focused for as long as possible without taking a break and yet you're most likely being less productive. And you may al...
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How companies can encourage a work-life balance for their employees

More than 60% of the Millennial workforce strives for a work-life balance, and that has trickled down to the rest of the workforce.Yet, only 5% of employees consider themselves thriving with their work-life balance.Why should you care about this work-life balance? Because, employees with a healthy work-life balance are more productive, happier employees.To help you create a more positive culture and a more satisfying workplace, let's look at how companies can encourage a work-life balance for th...
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4 tips for reclaiming your weekends, from self-confessed workaholics

Even when we're away from our workplace, we're only one click away from work. Our mobile devices allow us to be productive when we're at home or on the move, travelling by plane, train, bus, or cab, outside of work hours, and even on vacation. And yet research shows that working long hours without respite is actually bad for productivity as well as being bad for our health. To help you "invest as much energy and dedication to your home life as you do your work life," Fiona Tapp shares here autho...
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