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Great Expectations: How to plan a healthy work day

By Lauren, on 10th November 2021

How do you stay productive, and keep a healthy work-life balance whilst working from home?

Imagine starting your career in a world where hybrid and remote working are the norm. How do you stay productive whilst only ever meeting people via a screen? Or switch off after work when you only move from one room to another?

As we transition back into a more stable world of work, it’s important to acknowledge that it probably isn’t ever going to be like it was before the pandemic. It is essential that we pay fresh starters, in particular, some attention and support them in this new world of work.

Taking time out to plan your day/week can be a motivating way to ensure you stay productive without burning out. It takes away some of that anxiety, stress and pressure because you’ve got a plan together and you can be sure you’ve captured all the urgent stuff you need to cover off. But what is really important in these new hybrid working times is to include a combination of a work to-do list and all the things you must do to keep your personal life going, along with the stuff you want to do to make life fun and keep you healthy, to create some work-life balance.

So that might look like:


Fixed Slots

Whether you plan for the week or the day ahead you should always start by plotting out your fixed meetings, appointments, and other tasks. And make sure you include time to prep, travel, and follow up.

To Do

Write a to do list for both work and home life, so you can keep on top of your tasks and fit in your personal life errands within your day.

Checking your inbox

Set yourself time to engage with your emails so it doesn’t become a constant drain on your energy and time. A common choice is first thing in the morning, midday, and at the end of the day. This helps to manage time more effectively and allows you to focus on tasks that need to be done without distraction.

Just in case

You should allow ‘slush’ time in case anything urgent comes in that needs to be tackled quickly, so you’re always prepared, and you factor in time to deal with unexpected tasks.   


Everyone’s needs will be different, but to help get the ball rolling we’ve created a ‘Daily Productivity Planner’ which you can download here.  Planning your day to improve your work-life balance can include plenty of different things, from meal plans to daily walks, so use this planner as a template.

Find out how our Partner, Paul Ainley plans his working week here.

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