Ep132: Work-Life Balance: The real hack you should know.

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In this episode, Mei Phing discusses how achieving work-life balance requires understanding the company culture, clarifying job responsibilities, and effectively communicating with colleagues. Skipping these foundational steps can lead to long hours, stress, and compromised quality of work.



0:00 πŸ“…πŸ’Ό Inspired by the Monday blues and a client’s struggles in a new job.

2:10 🌟 When joining a new company, take time to understand the culture, mindset, and people before trying to impress.

5:00 βš–οΈ Segregate the time spent on job execution and learning the company’s operations and culture.

8:15 🎯 Understanding job goals and expectations is crucial to avoid frustration and maintain work-life balance.

11:00 πŸ’¬ Lack of communication can lead to lack of clarity and support, jeopardizing work-life balance.

14:00 πŸ—ΊοΈ Start a new job with clarity on goals, department dynamics, and performance review expectations.

17:00 ⏰ Skipping foundational steps can result in long hours, decreased efficiency, and compromised work quality.


Key Insights

πŸ’‘ Understanding the goals and expectations of a new role is essential to avoid frustration and maintain a work-life balance. Lack of clarity can lead to unnecessary long hours and stress.

πŸ’‘ Effective communication is crucial in building relationships, gaining support, and clarifying misunderstandings. Fear of appearing incompetent should not hinder seeking help or feedback.

πŸ’‘ Skipping foundational steps in a new job, such as understanding the corporate culture and mapping out goals, can lead to burnout, inefficiency, and compromised work-life balance.

πŸ’‘ Pursuing high-paying, challenging jobs requires realistic self-assessment and proper expectation setting. Overestimating abilities without a strong foundation can lead to crashing and burning.

πŸ’‘ Work-life balance is achievable even in high-paying, challenging jobs when there is clarity on job responsibilities, effective communication, and a strong support system.

πŸ’‘ Investing time in understanding the corporate culture and mapping out goals in the early stages of a new job sets the foundation for long-term success and work-life balance.

πŸ’‘ Prioritizing work-life balance and setting clear boundaries is crucial for overall well-being and sustained success in any career.



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