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Work–life balance

Listen to a radio interview about maintaining a good work–life balance to practise and improve your listening skills.

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I try to mix my work and free time, however sometimes i just take time to relax, because the work routine becames very stressful.

I'm happy because I'm the boss in my work and in these environments, I can manage my work-life balance. I usually work a couple of hours per day, often in the evenings, at the weekends and holidays, so my work is flexible. These give me the ability to do different stuff per day without work.

As I am a student sometimes it’s difficult. I try to manage my Study- life balance but sometimes it isn’t as easy as I would like. Nowadays it’s quite better cause I have class through my computer and I have more time in my schedule.

I like to work very much, I love my profession, but I like to practice sports too, so I try always to have a work-life balance, I prefer to work in the morning and work out in the evenings, but I like to change my routine sometimes, in this way, some weeks I work out early in the morning and go to work later and work until before 4:00 or 3:00 pm.

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I depend on the traditional way in my work-life balance. We work for fixed hours from 7 am to 3 pm or from 3 pm to 11 pm or from 11 pm to 7 am. We have only one day off duty. This is only our weekend. We can use it to play sports, cook, sleep or go shopping. We cannot be flexible in our work hours. We can not use the recent way as to work from home. We are nurses. So our work life and private life are completely separated.

It's really interesting to hear you say something about work in your country. In my country, Vietnam, with traditional works they work likely the essay. Nowadays, with high technology they can work flexible more than before only for people work in the office. However, government workers have two days off, but employees depend on their company. We usually celebrate small party on the weekend for cooking, playing games, singing karaoke together.
I think work balance is extremely important for everybody, we should keep in balance. Even though, we have to work hard for expensive life. If we don't do that we can't live longer.

The best line this morning.. I noticed that the last year 2020 went by very quickly. I hope that expectations change.

It’s more easy now to manage my work-life balance since I work in smart working. I can practice home fitness in the morning before I start my work. I can do my daily tasks with flexibility. For example, when I have to go for a medical examination, I take agreements with my manager and I can catch up my work in other hours.
The risk is to work more than your working time, because you don’t check the clock, above all when you are very involved in your job.
It’s also important to give clear limits to your boss when he/she takes advantage of your availability, in this case it’s necessary to defend the right to disconnection

I usually manage work life balance by spending 7 hours on work from 8 to 3 pm . Then I usually play cricket or football to fresh my mind and to stay healthy .

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