“Work is worship.”

“Hard work is the key to success.”

“The early bird catches the worm.”

We have all grown up listening to these words, they have been instilled in us, we have abided by them. As children we are always told that hard work is the most important, you need to work, in order to succeed. 

Sometimes it may so happen that we may be unable to devote as much time or energy on our work. It may be difficult for us to concentrate as well. There are various stressors in life, that can hinder our work and you may be unable to work as per your potential.

Professional/ occupational life is extremely challenging in today’s times. People complain of always being on the job, of ‘never ending’ work commitments, which is leading to enormous amounts of stress. 

Individuals may not be able to concentrate at work because of the day to day stress at home or in their personal life.

It is of utmost importance to strike a balance and separate professional life from your personal life in order to maximize efficiency in both.

 It is very essential for an individual to work in order to support his/her family, to gain certain expertise, to build a reputation for themselves, to earn money and the most important goal; to make a name of their own in the world. If we let our personal issues get in the middle of our work, it will automatically decrease productivity and it can also eventually lead to fatigue and then burnout.

There are a number of ways by which an individual can utilize their energies in their work to attain maximum productivity.

1. Strike a balance/ the balancing act

It is absolutely crucial for every individual to be able to balance their personal and professional lives. If both lives meld into one another then it would lead to chaos and the individual may suffer both personally and professionally, being unable to devote time to both. Whether it be matters at home or friends, maintaining a hypothetical wall would be beneficial so that both the worlds do not sneak into each other.

2. Get organized

In order to maximize productivity, you need to be organized. Being organized is not just limited to keeping your table in order, it also means that you need to build daily or weekly goals for yourself. Make use of a planner and track the amount of work that you are able to get done in the amount of time delegated to the task. Build doable goals, do not chart out unattainable goals as it will create stress and unproductivity. It may take awhile to get organised but do not lose hope and continue to optimize your work.

3. Reinvent yourself

 Do the things that you like to do or are passionate about. If you pursue certain hobbies that you have let go in the past, bring them back to the forefront and seek them. Doing so will help you in concentrating on your work and it will make you happy.

4. Remove time for your family

 Learn to allocate time and split your time between work and family, it is extremely necessary to work and it is necessary to spend time with your family as well. Neglecting either of the two will cause unwanted stress. Go out for meals, movie or even short trips and by doing so, you can have the best of both worlds.

5 Exercise

With the mind always working and on the run, you need to let your body catch up with your mind and the only way to do so is to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. If your body and mind are in tandem, then you can work up-to your full potential.

There are many aspects of your life that will fight to demand attention from you, but if you work diligently and efficiently it will make you feel good about yourself and your family as well.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle” - Steve Jobs.