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Five Steps to Prioritize Work-Life Balance

In your life, a few different aspects hold a lot of importance. First, your job is important. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and it contributes to your livelihood, helping you afford all the things you need for good health and happiness. Second, your life outside the office, with friends, family and loved ones, is also important. These are the people who love and support you, and spending time with them adds to your overall well-being and quality of life. What starts to get tricky is if one side of this equation starts to take up so much time that you’re finding it difficult to get done all the things on your to-do list each week. From assignments to appointments and downtime—it takes balance to fit it all in comfortably. This is called work-life balance.  

How to prioritize your work-life balance 

If life’s weekly demands are starting to make you feel stressed out, it could be that your work-life balance has gotten out-of-whack. But with a few easy steps, you can get everything back on track and restore the harmony in your life: 

1. Assess the situation.

Before you can make any positive changes, you’ll need to understand what is going on. Take a look at your workload, or what has been going on at home. Can you pinpoint exactly what is causing you to feel overextended? Once you understand what’s causing an issue, you can take steps to improve your situation.  

2. Ask for help.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, talk to your boss. Can some of your assignments be shifted to a co-worker? Can you make your schedule more flexible, for example work from home part of the week, or adjust your shift? Maybe you’re short-staffed and it’s time to hire someone new. All of these concerns are things your boss can talk through with you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at home, think about ways you can get tasks done more easily. Maybe it would help to use a shopping service for groceries, hire a babysitter, or ask family for help. Consider what problems you’re running into and how you can re-calibrate to address them.  

3. Prioritize.

Many times, we find ourselves overwhelmed by stress we’re simply putting on ourselves. It can help to prioritize tasks for completion. This way, you’ll have a clear idea of what to do next. Planning can make it much easier to do more with less, since you’ll spend less time feeling frustrated and can apply this time to getting things done. Start your day by highlighting a few things that must be accomplished today, and other things that could be accomplished today. Schedule the tasks that take the most brainpower for when you’re most awake, and other easier tasks for times when you aren’t, such as first thing in the morning or after work. 

Know when it’s time to make a change 

If you’ve found your job consistently robs you of work-life balance, it may be time for something new. And working with a recruiter, such as Inter-Connect, can help. We’ll review your career goals and experience, and help you find something that fits. To learn more, visit our job search page today!

The Importance of Setting Career Goals

If you know where you’re going, you’re much more likely to get there. This is just as true when you get into your car as when you’re thinking about the future of your career. It’s important to set goals for yourself to help you achieve your dreams. We all know time goes by very quickly, and by making the most of it, you can be more efficient at achieving what you want in your career.  

How to set career goals

Think about what you’d like to achieve this month, this year and in the next five years. It might be as simple as learning a new skill and as big as receiving a promotion. Don’t worry about being too specific—just get an idea of the direction you’d like to head.  

Break your goal down into steps

If your goal feels intimidating, don’t worry. You can make it much easier for yourself by breaking it down into steps. It doesn’t matter how small a step is, as long as it’s in the right direction (forward!). Make sure your steps are specific, so you know exactly what to do, and measurable, so you know exactly when you’re done. Add a deadline for each step and for the goal overall to keep yourself on track.  

Revisit and adjust, as needed

The key to staying on track with your goals is to keep recalibrating. It’s unlikely that every step you outline for yourself will be exactly what you need to do—that’s just the way life works. But remember, it’s a learning process. If one step doesn’t work out and you find you’re not on the right path, simply re-assess what you need to do next, adjust your steps and keep moving. Do this on a regular basis to be sure you’re still moving in the right direction.  

Looking for a new job?

This is the goal of many! And if you feel you need help with this goal, one step can be to reach out to a recruiter or visit the website of a staffing agency. You might find open job opportunities you can apply to. Or you may be able to connect with a recruiter to explain what you’re looking for and how you’re qualified.  

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How to Set Practical Financial Goals for the New Year

financial goalsWhat are your resolutions for the New Year? Many people choose a goal that will lead to some sort of improvement, such as weight loss, more exercise, or eating healthier. Another consideration for your overall well-being is your financial health. And setting a financial goal for the New Year can help you get 2022 off to a great (and profitable) start!

How to get started setting a financial goal

So, where do you start? New Year’s resolutions are easy to set, and just as easy to break if you choose a difficult goal. Instead, choose just one or two things to work on, and break them down into small steps that don’t feel overwhelming. Consider the following steps to managing your finances, and pick one that would work best for you this year:

  • Track your spending. It sounds easy enough, but you may not realize how much you spend on little things that quickly add up. For example, stopping for a coffee every morning is only a few dollars a day. But multiply that by 30 days a month, and you’re spending some serious cash. Writing down everything you spend can be an eye-opener for ways to easily cut back.
  • Start saving a little each paycheck. If you’d like to build up your savings account, set short-term goals to reach. For example, let’s say you’d like to save $100 each month. Then, divide that by the number of paychecks you receive in a month, and plan to deposit that amount into your saving account. Start small, because if you cut too far into your living expenses, you’ll end up needing the saved money back.
  • Set up automatic transfers. If your bank offers it, set up automatic transfers to be pulled from each paycheck into your savings account. You won’t notice the money is missing, and meanwhile, your savings are growing like magic each time you get paid.
  • Invest in your future. If your company offers a 401(k), take advantage of it. And if you’re already paying into your 401(k), increase your payment by a percentage point or two. You may not notice this small amount, but it will make a big difference in your retirement savings.
  • Pay down high-interest debt. The key to paying off debt like credit cards and student loans is to start with the debt that has the highest interest and make more than the minimum payment. Then, once this debt is paid off, take the money you were paying towards it and apply it to your next source of debt. Have trouble paying your debts? Check out a debt consolidation company for help getting back on track.

Don’t give up!

Remember, everything is achievable when you work on it little by little. The key is not to give up, but to stick with it. When you choose small, achievable resolutions, they’ll be much easier to keep until you find yourself successful in reaching your goal!

Looking for a new job?

Maybe one of your New Year’s resolutions is to find a new job in 2022. Well, you’ve come to the right place! HireCall is your number one source for light industrial and office/clerical jobs, among many others. To learn more, check out our job search page today!