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Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy Work -

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.

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