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How to acquire a proper work and life balance while working overseas


The prospect of working overseas can be a tough one in regards to a proper work/life balance as your family aren't there with you unless you happen to have relatives in the country you've been sent to. Otherwise, it can be a boring time. The key is to balance work and life to produce a healthy lifestyle. Here are some ways to achieve this:

Organise a schedule

This is probably the first thing you have to do to be productive but don't let work-life be your only life, dedicate some leisure time for your hobbies and interests. Without proper organisation, you can just work all the time and soon enough, you'll be burnt out. It's important to have a detailed plan set out. For example, 8am to 5pm could be your work hours so it would be wise to set 5:30pm to 8:30pm as your own "fun" period and 8:30pm to 10pm as a time for work-related revision or homework if you will. This is theoretical, set accordingly to your own work time.

Work hours are for work

It can be tempting to go on the old Facebook/YouTube grind when you're bored at work but in the end, you're just creating more boredom for yourself as you would have to go back, revise and play catch up to your already educated colleagues. Most bosses wouldn't appreciate an employee slacking off and it could get them into trouble.

Online trading may be more convenient for you

Thanks to the invention of the Internet, trading in person is no longer your only option. You can trade online via a plethora of platforms and this can allow for more productivity and energy depending on the person. You don't have to make long commutes and that can lead to more energy for yourself to use on actual work. Sites like CMC Markets and EToro offer stable platforms for online trading. Online trading can give you a more flexible timeframe to organise work and hobby-related tasks.

Explore your new home

You're not in your home country anymore, that's alright though. It's best to set aside a day or two to take in the surroundings of your new home. Go visit some well-known landmarks, eat at a reputable restaurant, acquire hobbies according to your destination like fishing in the USA or outback camping in Australia, go to the park and throw ball. Do whatever you can to fully immerse yourself in the new country as it is now (at least for some while) your home.

Meet other people

As I said before, it can be daunting being somewhere you don't know anyone. It's recommended that you chat with work colleagues and make a friendship with them. These are the people you'll be working with daily, so it's important that you maintain a friendly relationship with them. Outside of work, bars and clubs can be a good way to meet new people however be wary as clubs are a breeding ground for negative people. Your senses will elude you to whether a person is the kind you want to be hanging out with, just trust your instincts.

Divide work and leisure

We all love trading but we have to know to draw a line between the two, many have trouble mixing up work things in their leisure and vice versa. Like I stated before, a schedule is important so you don't check 24 hour trades in your leisure time or doze off during your work period. Trade is an exciting practice and in the beginning, it may not have the feel of a regular job but as you progress and strengthen your trading skills, the grind will start to hit you mentally. This is why you must divide a line between the two, give yourself time to reset with fun hobbies and such.

Improve your trading methods to minimise workload

The old saying "Work smart, not hard" rings true here, mastering certain trade techniques will lead to minimised time consumption. Automate repetitive tasks for more time to do your own stuff and work on advanced trading techniques. CMC Markets have a vast amount of guides on trading in general, read up on these books for a better understanding.


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