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Strategies to cut back on workload



So, you are reaching that time of life when retirement is just over the horizon, and you are looking for ways to slow down and take part in activities you actually enjoy. You do not want your work or business to suffer, however, so you need to think carefully and develop efficient strategies to cut back on your workload.


Dealing with work


If you work for an employer, you may feel that your choices are limited in terms of cutting down your workload, but you do have some control over your day-to-day work activities. For example, look at how your day unfolds. Are you spending too much time on tasks unnecessarily? Are you in charge of a team that could be more efficient if properly organised? Are you struggling to complete all of your assigned tasks?


Your options are more varied, of course, if you own a business. Perhaps you could promote a trusted and valued member of your staff so that you can delegate some of your managerial tasks to them. You could also look at all the tasks you need to accomplish, not only on a day-to-day basis but also on a monthly, bi-annual and annual basis. This will enable you to develop long-term, as well as short-term, strategies. Examine these tasks and work out whether you can achieve them by yourself or whether you will need some help.


In terms of help, look at your existing workforce to determine whether you have every skillset that your business requires. Outsourcing is one of the key business trends to have emerged in recent years, and it can be a great way of expanding your skillset base without incurring extra costs by the acquisition of new members of staff. Contractors can be hired to handle short-term and one-off projects, such as marketing, or long-term tasks such as payroll. Do not worry that you will have more paperwork and relationships to manage; many contractors use an umbrella company. An umbrella company would handle all of this for you, including payment and tax obligations. If you prefer to employ staff in your office but do not want to spend time placing adverts for recruitment, use your network of contacts to find out if they know the types of people you are after.


Whether you are an employer or an employee, when it comes to daily work, it can help to lend structure to your day. For example, at the start of each working day, write out a to-do list in order of priority. Be realistic about what you can achieve in a day, however. If you know you need three days to complete a project, tell your boss or workforce that it will take three days.


Work, while it is an important part of your life, is not the be-all and end-all. Devise strategies that will allow you to manage your workload and fulfil your obligations but that will allow you to achieve a good work-life balance.


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