hese days, work-life balance seems like an impossible feat. Technology makes employees accessible around the clock while companies are pushing to increase productivity to stay competitive.
According to a 2014 survey by recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley, about 82 per cent of professionals in Singapore work longer than the hours stipulated in their contracts, and the majority feel they have to do so even though their productivity doesn’t go up. What’s worse, their work-life balance is negatively affected. Here’s how you can make things better for yourself: A lot of overachievers develop perfectionist tendencies at a young age – when demands on their time are limited to school, hobbies and maybe an after-school job.
But as you climb the ladder at work and your family grows, your responsibilities mushroom. Perfectionism is now out of reach, and if it is left unchecked, the habit can become destructive, says executive coach Marilyn Puder-York, who wrote The Office Survival Guide.
The key to avoiding burnout is to let go of perfectionism, she says. “As life gets more expanded, it’s very hard, both neurologically and psychologically, to keep that habit of perfection going,” Marilyn says, adding that the healthier option is to strive for excellence instead.