If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment, you probably know just how stressful and hectic your day can get.

The fast-paced lifestyle can certainly be a shock for anyone just stepping out of university and into the working world.

However, in recent years, more and more people have been looking for ways to improve their work-life balance, as well as motivating themselves to get back into the office groove when coming back from holiday.

With this in mind, the team at Reassured scoured everyone’s favourite modern social media platform – TikTok - to bring you the top 15 work-life balance hacks that you can try out in your own life to brighten up your weekdays.

1. Start a secret drawer club

It can sometimes be tricky to take ownership of your workspace, especially in a traditional office environment - which might explain why secret drawer clubs have become so popular.

For those not in the know (possibly because the first rule of secret drawer club is ‘don’t talk about secret drawer club’), a secret drawer club is a designated drawer where you and some trusted colleagues can leave custom figurines, trinkets, and decorative pieces to create your own little whimsical space.

When you or a colleague is having a down day, you can take a moment to open said drawer and appreciate the wholesome scenes set up, while also leaving behind feel-good messages, sweets, and gifts for your other colleagues in the know.

2. Take regular breaks throughout the day

You’ve heard it before but we’re going to say it again - sitting at your desk all day without taking a break or getting up and moving is not good for your health.

Regular breaks are essential for both your physical and mental well-being, and stepping away from your desk gives you an excuse to have a chat with other people in the office and get to know them.

Who knows, you might even make a new work friend.

3. Give yourself well-earned rewards

Have you just come out of a really important meeting that you spent all day preparing for? Absolutely nailed a sudden but important task dropped on you first thing in the morning? Give yourself a treat, you deserve it.

Learning when to reward yourself might sound like basic psychology, but there’s nothing quite like a bar of your favourite chocolate after a hard day’s work.

Just remember that these treats should a reward for particularly good work and not every little piece of work should be an excuse to indulge.

4. Get to know those working around you

Small talk isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and no one really wants to start every conversation with a chat about the weather.

Therefore, getting to know those you work with on a more personal level will go a long way towards making those long workdays easier.

Plus you’ll have people you get along with ready and waiting to go for food and drinks at all the best bars, restaurants, and cafes when the hard work is done.

5. Learn some niche skills

There’s nothing like learning a niche and unusual skill, especially if you want to create a talking point with new people.

So, if you’ve got five minutes between meetings, you can use that time to practice a simple skill that interests you.

Drawing, meditation, solving a Rubik's cube in under a minute, your options are as endless as they are entertaining and beneficial to your well-being and growth.

6. Start your day earlier

Now, we want to make this very clear, we’re not advocating that you get into the office an hour earlier to start your workday.

Instead, you should use this extra time in the morning to do something nice for yourself.

This could be heading down to the gym, going for a morning walk/run, or just visiting your local café for a coffee - the choice is yours.

Do whatever you feel will help to start your day off on the right foot.

7. Eat lunch while you work

Again, as with our last point, we’re not suggesting you work through your lunch break.

But that’s not to say you can’t eat at your desk before or after your designated lunchtime.

That way, you can use this free hour for something fun and exciting.

You could use your lunch break to squeeze in a run, do a personal hobby, or just sit back and unwind with a book in a nearby park, whatever helps you to get the most out of your day.

8. Make a positive email folder

Creating a positive email folder is a great way to give yourself a positive boost on those difficult days.

This gives you a space where you can store any emails in which you were given a positive shoutout that meant a lot to you, letting you look back at this praise at any time in the future.

Not only will looking at these give you a mood boost, but they also act as a reminder that you’re an important and valued part of your team/company, even when things get stressful.

9. Keep your files organised

Speaking of stress, few things are more stress-inducing than having to gather obscure data points and email chains in a hurry, which is why you should document and track everything, so you have it on hand when you need it.

Obviously, this will require a bit of organisation to prevent your storage from becoming a mess, but the next time your manager or a client emails asking for last year's sales stats, you’ll be very glad you have them in easy reach.

10. Invest in a notepad and pen

Quite possibly the best office companion anyone could have, the humble notepad and pen are essential tools for anyone looking to get the most from their daily meetings and work breaks.

From making quick notes on impromptu calls or meetings to scribbling down reminders at the end of the day, or even just doodling in the five minutes between tasks, it won’t take you long to appreciate the value of these simple stationery items.

11. Give praise to your colleagues

We all love being praised for our good work, so it’s just as important to make sure that those around you get equal praise for their achievements.

The next time you notice a colleague has really put effort into their work or delivered top-notch results, give them a shout-out and the praise they deserve.

12. Start conversations with a compliment

Few things brighten someone’s day as much as a surprise compliment.

Not only is it a good way to start a conversation with someone new, but it’s the perfect way to build a bond and get to know your colleagues better.

Just be sure to keep the compliments friendly, genuine and professional - it’s an office environment after all.

13. Know and use your benefits

As many experienced office workers will attest, one of the best ways to conquer work stress is to make liberal use of all your company’s available benefits.

Whether that’s free coffees every week or the ability to work from abroad, you need to know what your benefits are, note them down, and then plan out exactly how to use them so you can make the most out of them.

14. Make a to-do list

To-do lists aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and for some of us, they simply don’t work.

But, if you want a good way to track your work from day-to-day and stay on top of ad-hoc client requests, a to-do list is essential.

You can create this list using the physical notepad and pen we mentioned earlier, or you can use a dedicated piece of online task software, whatever works for you when it comes to deadline tracking.

15. Decorate your office for different seasons

If your office allows you to, then you should absolutely decorate your workspace for the different times of the year.

Spring, summer, autumn, winter, and every holiday in between, decorating can help lighten the atmosphere, make you feel more at home and get you in the mood for such occasions.

And, if you can’t directly decorate your office, then you can still decorate your secret drawer to match whatever calendar event is happening or on the horizon.

Summary

With those tips in hand, you should hopefully have plenty of ideas on how to survive the corporate life.

Of course, there are some things in life we can’t plan around, which is why you should speak to the Reassured team about helping you pick the right insurance for your needs.

Whether it’s life insurance to protect your family if you were to pass away or income protection in case you have to stop working due to injury or illness, Reassured and our advised business are here to help create the kind of financial safety net that takes the stress out of life’s inevitable twists and turns.

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