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20 Work-Life Balance Jobs You Want to Get

20 Work-Life Balance Jobs You Want to Get

Walking the tight rope between being a dedicated member of your company and a dedicated member of your family seems harder than ever. With rising living costs and job cut backs, being able to show that you are a star employee seems like more of a priority than even enjoying life. However, all jobs don’t have to be that way. There are a ton of careers out there that allow individuals to be a beast at work while also enjoying life outside of the office. Today, we will take a look at 20 jobs that’ll allow you to maintain your mental health, physical health, family, and social life.

1. Data Scientist

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    Data Science is the art of taking complicated analytics and information from a variety of aspects of a company, from SEO to website performance models, and putting it into easy to understand terms. The results of data science research and their job allows companies to become more productive and create even more products. The use of data science in almost any sector makes job availability higher than many other fields. Data Scientists consistently rank number one in work-life balance.

    Median Salary: $90,000 – $120,000 (2013)

    2. Game Designer

    The individuals who are behind the creation of some of your favorite video and iPhone games also have some of the best work-life balance totals. They should be differentiated from game developers, who are tasked with implementing the operation of games, one of the most difficult jobs in tech creation. Game designers simply sketch and implement the user experience and interface of games. The use of creative skills, having a hand in tech innovation, and consciousness of worker well-being that tech and gaming companies strive for contribute to high work-life balance.

    Median Salary: $50,000 – $80,000 (2013)

    3. Social Media Manager

    Social Media Managers are the individuals tasked with ensuring that the digital marketing aspect of a company is in tip-top shape. In the past, such a career wasn’t as well developed and was even seen by some as a freelance task rather than a full-fledged career. However, with the face of social media being that of not simply sharing what you ate this morning, but the use of advertisements and marketing campaigns, Social Media Managers are being given a second look. The digital-focused aspect of the job allows for multiple telecommuting opportunities and a great work-life balance in the end.

    Median Salary: $55,000 – $70,000 (2013)

    4. Investment Advisors

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      Investment Advisors are individuals who ensure that the investment portfolio of individuals the bank is representing is under tip top shape. Through their knowledge of the markets, the financial level of their client, and their specialties, the Investment Advisors can inform individuals on the best choices. Investment Advisors, due to the calibre of their undergrad degree, usually need no more than a Bachelor’s in Economics or Finance. Aside from tight deadlines that could keep you some days, you’ll rarely find that work-life and home life mixes, with most work staying in the office. Unlike Investment Banking, that comes with gruesome hours, advising is usually set with hours.

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      Median Salary: $65,000 – $75,000 (2013) + Bonuses

      5. Web Developer

      Web Developers are individuals who work to create websites and other content for the web that makes use of programming, designing, and in some cases team management. Web Developers can be multi-facet “full-stack” developers or can simply be a developer in one aspect of the process. Web Developers are known as great examples of work-life balance due to the myriad of opportunities, with some hands-on experience, to excel to the level of a freelancer or telecommuter. This is where you can truly tailor your own schedule.

      Median Salary: $65,000 – $80,000 (2013)

      6. Message Therapist

      Through improving the well-being of their clients, massage therapists are able to make use of the skills learned in vocational school to relive their clients of pain, stiffness, and muscle aches. Message Therapy is also a well paying field as well. The ability to either work for yourself in freelance or professionally taking appointments through working at a spa or hotel, you are able to truly create your times of availability.

      Median Salary: $46,000 – $55,000 (2013)

      7. Bookkeeping

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        In other words, the career as a Bookkeeper technically entails ensuring that the company you work with is able to keep their records updated and in tact. The amount of work the job entails is usually predictable, due to how there are known high points and low points in the amount of work you will receive and deadlines you’ll have to meet. This promotes high flexibility, while also providing low stress despite increased responsibility and accountability.

        Median Salary: $38,000 – $45,000 (2013)

        8. Optician

        Opticians are medical professionals who ensure that their patients are able to maintain eye health through assistance in choosing the right eyeglasses and corrective lenses. This presents the pay that comes with those in a similar field, while also offering the flexibility and stress level that comes with others in a more retail industry. Similar to those in specialized fields of medicine and private practice, hours are almost always part-time.

        Median Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 (2013)

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        9. Sports Coach

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          Being a sports coach is the optimal example of time flexibility. As a leader for a little league or school team, you are able to have a myriad of time off to pursue other skills during off-season while having a more full-time schedule during the sports season. Those with experience in multiple sports that have differing playing seasons can balance multiple teams at once. Stress level is quite low as well. Compared to other jobs, the stress you’ll get from not having a compliant team is manageable.

          Median Salary: $28,000 – $45,000 (2013)

          10. Tour Guide

          Making use of the skills and knowledge you have of a particular location, attraction, or college can translate into a career as a tour guide. Tour Guides escort guests around a particular location, explaining the significance and history of various aspects of the place, and providing answers and guidance when needed. Schedules as a tour guide ultimately depend on the industry you choose. Archeological and animal reserves depend a lot on the season, colleges have peak times being during the summer, while other industries operate year-round.

          Median Salary: $26,000 – $35,000 (2013)

          11. Fitness Instructors

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            Through helping individuals reach their fitness goals, Fitness Instructors are one of the careers that have a great work-life balance due to the ability, like other health and personal care professionals, to set your own hours with appointments. This is a field that depends more on adequate certification rather than a specific degree. The perks are also a great aspect of the job, including free gym membership and access to certain parts of the gym others would pay top dollar for.

            Median Salary: $43,000 – $55,000 (2013)

            12. Sales Engineer

            As a Sales Engineer, your job is to acquire enough knowledge of complex products and services to sell to companies shopping for their company’s needs. This is a sales job, more complex and put in overdrive. However, while it does come with the hours typical of other sales positions, you need to have an education in Engineering to get this high-paying job. Being a sales job, you are able to set your own hours, but the amount of hours put in correlates to the amount you make.

            Median Salary: $81,000 – $90,000 (2013)

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            13. Registered Nurse

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              Becoming an RN, or Registered Nurse, is a great way for individuals to get into a fulfilling career in the medical field without the debt and time needed to become a doctor or other medical professional. Registered Nurses inform patients on proper medical care and health conditions. Registered Nurses usually require participation in a nursing program in combination with your Bachelor’s Degree or Associates Degree.

              Median Salary: $65,000 – $85,000 (2013)

              14. Law Clerk

              The pressure that lawyers have to ensure that the case of their clients ends with the best verdict possible can put a lot of stress on them. Having a Law Clerk, an individual to assist lawyers in research and organizing files, is a great way to reduce the stress that lawyers are under. To make deadlines, Law Clerks may find themselves pulling in longer hours, however many times this work can be telecommuted in situations where such an arrangement is needed. Education can come in the form of a degree or certificate in Paralegal Studies or simply on-the-job training.

              Median Salary: $33,000 – $45,000 (2013)

              15. Firefighter

              Firefighters certainly do more than rescue cats from the top of trees. From assisting in rescuing individuals from fires to informing the public of proper protection and use of hazardous materials, firefighting can be a very rewarding job for those willing to encounter the risk of the job. Firefighting also comes with a flexible schedule. While you will find that you are working certain weekends and even holidays, you can find yourself with a lot of days with free time as well.

              Median Salary: $45,000 – $50,000 (2013)

              16. Project Manager

              When a company has a certain plan or project that are looking to execute, they will tap a Project Manager to ensure that teams are organized, specifications are in order, and that the project is able to successfully get completed in a timely manner. Project Managers usually have extensive experience in the field that their company is in. It is usually the next step after their previous respective position. For example, a software engineer may rise to become a Project Manager, and later a senior Software Engineer. This means that this position is achieved through a certain number of years of work experience. Project Manager’s duties can usually be achieved in a mix of telecommuting and office time.

              Median Salary: $89,000 – $95,000 (2013)

              17. Curriculum Developer

              Engaging students and ensuring that they are getting the most out of lessons are the main goals of teachers. However, it can be difficult to do this, not due to a weak lesson plan, but due to a weak curriculum. The difference between both is that a curriculum is usually set by a school or a district that are the basis for lesson plans. Curriculum Developers ensure that students are learning at a level that is in keeping with the current times. They can be telecommuting, and in many cases, are also freelancers.

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              Median Salary: $55,000 – $58,000 (2013)

              18. Speech Pathologist

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                Speech Pathologists are individuals in a great field of ensuring that their patients are able to overcome speech and communication disorders, to live a more fulfilling life. Speech Pathologists usually work in a larger company, but many times, well trained and skilled Speech Pathologists can also work in their own companies. In either case, you can take patients based on your own schedule, making for a great work-life balance.

                Median Salary: $69,000 – $75,000 (2013)

                19. Online Tax Advisor

                Filing taxes can be a very stressful task for individuals every year. In addition, during the year, there are individuals who may have questions about how their specific situation translates into taxation (freelancers, home offices, etc). As an online Tax Advisor, you are able to work from home to offer your expertise. For those not looking to freelance, you can work with a tax filing company such as H&R Block. Business picks up during tax season, however, you’ll find yourself with part-time employment during the rest of the year while you take on another job.

                Median Salary: $65,000 – $79,000 (2013)*

                *Higher for full-time professionals in a wealth management firm.

                20. Account Manager

                As an Account Manager, you are responsible with ensuring that clients accounts are kept in order and that they are updated with the times and availability of services. Account Managers can work with a company, full-time, in the office or freelance with your own hours. The flexibility is what makes this managerial position sought over for its work-life balance.

                Median Salary: $50,000 – $90,000 (2013)

                Thinking of making a career change? Let us know in the comments below on how you hope to do so while continuing to maintain a strong work-life balance.

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                Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

                How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

                We all have those days when completing our assigned tasks seems beyond reach. With the temptation of social media, mobile games, and the internet in general—not to mention the constant bustle of people in the office—it’s easy to fall prey to disruptions and distractions at work.

                So, what can we do about it? How to be productive at work?

                While we don’t have a foolproof system that can completely eliminate disturbances and diversions, we do have 9 ground rules that can be applied to help give your productivity levels a boost.

                Keep reading to find out our tips on work productivity.

                What Does It Mean to Be Productive?

                How to be productive at work?” is the age-old question plaguing employees and employers alike around the world. Regardless of where you work and what you do, everyone is always looking for new ways to be more efficient and effective.

                But what does being productive actually entail?

                Completing more tasks on your list or working longer hours doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being more productive. It just means you’re more busy, and productivity shouldn’t be confused with busyness.

                Productivity means achieving effective results in as short amount of time as possible, leaving you with more time to enjoy freely.

                It involves working smarter, not harder. It means refining processes, speeding up workflows, and reducing the chances of interruptions.

                Productivity is best achieved when looking at your current way of working, identifying the bottlenecks, flaws, and hindrances, and then finding ways to improve.

                9 Ground Rules on How to Be Productive at Work

                1. Avoid Multitasking

                Multitasking can give the impression that more tasks can be accomplished as you’re doing multiple things at once. However, the opposite is true.

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                Research has shown that attempting to do several things at the same time takes a toll on productivity and that shifting between tasks can cost up to 40 percent of someone’s time.[1] That’s because your focus and concentration is constantly hindered due to having to switch between tasks.

                If you have a lot of tasks on your plate, determine your priorities and allocate enough time for each task. That way you can work on what’s urgent first and have enough time to complete the rest of your tasks.

                2. Turn off Notifications

                According to a Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of US smartphone owners admit to checking their phones a few times an hour.[2]

                Switching off your phone—or at least your notifications—during work hours is a good way to prevent you from checking your phone all the time.

                The same applies to your computer. If you have the privilege of accessing social media on your work desktop, switch off the notifications on there.

                Another good tip is to logout from your social media accounts. Therefore when you feel the urge to check it, you might be swayed because your page isn’t so easily accessible.

                3. Manage Interruptions

                There are certain disruptions in the office that are unavoidable such as your manager requesting a quick meeting or your colleague asking for assistance. In order to deal with this, your best approach is to know how to handle interruptions like a pro.

                Be proactive and inform the people around you of your need to focus. Turn your status on as “busy/unavailable” on your work chat app.

                If you’re on a deadline, let your colleagues know that you need to concentrate and would really appreciate not being interrupted for the moment, or even work from home if that’s a feasible option for you.

                By anticipating and having a plan in place to manage them, this will minimize your chances of being affected by interruptions.

                4. Eat the Frog

                Mark Twain once famously said that:

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                “if it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

                What this basically means is that you should get your biggest, most urgent task out of the way first.

                We all have that big, important task that we don’t want to do but know we have to do because it holds the biggest consequence if we don’t complete it.

                Eat the frog is a productivity technique that encourages you to do your most important, most undesirable task first. Completing this particular task before anything else will give you a huge sense of accomplishment. It will set the ball rolling for the rest of the day and motivate you to eagerly complete your other tasks.

                5. Cut Down on Meetings

                Meetings can use up a lot of time, which is time that can be used to do something useful.

                You have to wait for everyone to arrive, then after the pleasantries are out of the way, you can finally get stuck into it. And sometimes, it may take a whole hour to iron out one single issue.

                The alternative? Don’t arrange a meeting at all. You’ll be surprised at how many things can be resolved through an email or a quick phone call.

                But that doesn’t mean you should eliminate meetings altogether. There are certain circumstances where face-to-face discussions and negotiations are still necessary. Just make sure you weigh up the options prior.

                If it’s just information sharing, you’re probably better off sending an email; but if brainstorming or in-depth discussion is required, then an in-person meeting would be best.

                6. Utilize Tools

                Having the right tools to work with is crucial as you’re only really as good as the resources you have at your disposal. Not only will you be able to complete tasks as efficiently as possible, but they can streamline processes. Said processes are essential to a business as they manage tasks, keep employees connected, and hold important data.

                If you’re the manager or business owner, ensure your team has the right tools in place.

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                And if you’re an employee and think the tools you currently have to work with aren’t quite up to par, let your manager know. A good team leader understands the significance of having the right tools and how it can impact employee productivity.

                Some examples of tools that could be used:

                Communication
                • Slack for team chat and collaboration.
                • Samepage for video conference software.
                • Zendesk for customer service engagement.
                Task Management
                • Zenkit for task and project collaboration.
                • Wunderlist for listing your to-do’s.
                • Wekan for an open source option.
                Database Management
                Time Tracking
                • Clockify for a free tracker.
                • TMetric for workspace integrations.
                • TimeCamp for attendance and productivity monitoring.

                You can also take a look at these Top 10 Productivity Tools to Help You Achieve 10x More in Less Time.

                7. Declutter and Organize

                Having a disorganized and cluttered workspace can limit your ability to focus. According to researchers, physical clutter can negatively impact your ability to concentrate and take in information.[3] Which is why keeping your work environment well ordered and clutter-free is important.

                Ensure you have your own system of organization so you know what to do when the paperwork starts to pile up.

                Being organized will also ensure that you know where to find the appropriate stationery, tools, or documents when you need it. A US study reveals that the average worker can waste up to one week a year looking for misplaced items.[4]

                Here’s a useful guide to help you declutter and organize: How to Declutter Your Life and Reduce Stress (The Ultimate Guide)

                8. Take Breaks

                Taking regular breaks is essential for maintaining productivity at work. Working in front of a computer can lead to a sedentary lifestyle which can place you at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Even a 30 second microbreak can increase your productivity levels up to 30 percent.

                As well as your physical health, breaks are also crucial for your mental and emotional wellbeing. That’s because your brain is like a muscle, the more it works without a break, the easier it is for it to get worn out.

                Ensuring you actually take your breaks can prevent you from suffering from decision fatigue. It can also help boost creativity.

                Take a look at this article and learn why you should start scheduling time for breaks: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                9. Drink Water

                Although we know we should, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water during the working day.

                Many of us turn to tea or coffee for the caffeine hit to keep us going. However, like taking breaks, drinking water is essential for maintaining productivity levels at work. It’s simple and effective.

                Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and also headaches, tiredness, and weight gain.

                A good tip to avoid dehydration is to keep a water bottle at your desk as it can serve as a reminder to constantly drink water.

                If you find the taste of water a little bland, add some fruit such as cucumber or lemon to give it a better taste.

                You can also get more ideas on how to drink more water here: How to Drink More Water (and Why You Should)

                The Bottom Line

                The preceding 9 ground rules on work productivity aren’t the be-all, end-all. You and the company you work for may have other tips on how productivity is best increased and maintained.

                After all, it’s something that can be perceived differently depending on the exact job and work environment.

                In saying that, however, the 9 ground rules serve as a good foundation for anyone finding themselves succumbing to disruption and distraction, and are looking for ways to overcome them.

                A good tip to keep in mind is that change doesn’t happen overnight. Start small and be consistent. If you slip up, just dust yourself off and try again.

                Developing habits happens gradually, so as long as you keep up with it, you’ll soon start to notice the changes you’ve been making and eventually enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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