A lot of Filipinos feel guilty when they leave the office on time, for fear that doing so may be interpreted as them not caring about their jobs enough. And while it's true that some may take it against you, remember that your output and its results will always outweigh office politics. 


And if its your productivity that you're worried about, it's important to note that an overworked mind and body will not produce the best results. As we've said before, "regular overtime work not only raises stress levels, but also ruins your diet, disrupts your sleeping habits, increases your blood pressure, and ultimately ups your risk of getting heart issues."

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To be able to make sure that you achieve work-life balance without compromising your tasks, here are some easy changes you can make to be more efficient at work:

Set work intervals

Don't underestimate the value of giving yourself mini-deadlines to finish tasks. According to a feature on The Guardian, writer and consultant Tony Schwartz said to "use a timer to work in 90-minute 'sprints', interspersed with signficant breaks." Meanwhile, an experiment by the Draugiem Group featured on Fast Company found that 10 percent of employees with the highest productivity took breaks for every 52 minutes of work. There's really no specific period that's ideal for everyone, so set a time limit based on your nature of work, and more importantly, stick to it.


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When you do get a break, go for a five-minute walk.

As you get older, your body needs more attention. If you often experience back pain, it might be because of sitting in your cubicle all day. Walk around your office if you don't have much time for a break, but if you can, try stepping out completely and catch some sun. Feeling cold uses up your energy, and natural light will help keep you alert. Just don't forget your SPF!

TRY: Biore UV Watery Essence, P420, available in department stores and supermarkets

Limit time spent on social media.

It's good to stay updated, but remember that unless you have a real purpose for being online, scrolling mindlessly through Facebook and Instagram could be cutting into valuable work time. Try saving social media for your commute, standing in long lines, and for when you're finally home. That way, you can interact with friends without work at the back of your head. 


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Plan your meals, and eat right.

It's easy to forget to eat when you're caught up with work. Avoid this problem by having meals delivered straight to your office (better if on a weekly basis), and as a bonus your body will thank you for, choose healthier options to get all the nutrients you need. Junk food may be quick and convenient, but it's just not good enough for a career woman like you. 

TRY: Isabel's Dewy Morning Greens, available via isabels.ph

FN Tip: If you don't want to commit to a five-day subscription plan, opt for the M-W-F package, and go for a wrap instead of a salad if you're worried about getting hungry later in the day. 

Stay hydrated.

According to a feature on Shape, research done by U.S. Army scientist Harris Lieberman, Ph.D. showed that "dehydrated women experienced a significant drop-off in energy and mood," and that "women were more likely to have headaches and report difficulty concentrating." He also notes that "men experienced some of these effects, but not to the same extent as women." Don't wait until you start feeling these symptoms. Have something to drink on stand by, and take a few sips every couple of minutes.


TRY: Vita Coco, available in groceries nationwide

For every Vita Coco you purchase, P5 goes towards building a classroom or better school learning facility in a community.

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List down every single thing you have to do before you start your day.

It's one thing to know what you have to do, but a proper visualization will help you be more strategic with your flow. Bullet journaling may be intimidating and confusing, but "at the end of the day, the Bullet Journal is all about you: it reflects your schedule, your list of tasks and, as [product designer Ryder] Carroll puts it, how you find clarity and answers to questions you may not have answers to."


TRY: Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal, available at National Bookstore


No corporate woman is an island. While it's good to show your value at work, sharing what you know with your team goes a long way. As HR practicioner Sheena Abellera wrote, "a skilled person’s output is great, but if that person teaches another and demands the same quality output, the results are immediately doubled."

Exercise for productivity

Exercise is usually the first thing a busy woman sacrifices for work, but doing so just leads to longer hours in the office. You don't need to go big, and you don't have to dedicate hours of your day to working out, either. "Exercising to boost your productivity is about sticking to shorter bursts of physical activity, either in the morning, at lunch, or during a break during the day," writes Josh Davis on Fast Company. "The key is to do just enough to mentally and emotionally refresh."


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