Mia Gardner | 21 Feb 2018
While it remains important to have proper downtime, completely away from all the stresses of work, it seems that when flexibility between work and life boundaries is allowed, within reason, people are less stressed and more productive. There seems to be a shift from aiming for a work-life balance, in the modern world, and trying instead for work-life flexibility. We’re busier than ever in every area of our lives, so we need to be able to take care of different tasks at different times of day – whether they’re related to our families or our jobs.
You can make phone calls at the times that you need to, and squeeze in an hour of work early in the morning if it’s your most productive time. Since individuals differ on when they are most productive in different areas of life, you need to find the rhythm that works for you. If you experience a slump in the afternoon and need to take a break to revive yourself, for example, that could be the perfect time to catch up on your favourite mobile casino games without even having to move from your desk.
In keeping with the idea that everyone needs to design their own schedules in the ways that optimise their use of time, the new buzzwords in time management and avoiding procrastination are temptation bundling. The phrase basically refers to the pairing of something unpleasant that you don’t want to do, with something that you enjoy.
You might, for example, enjoy a delicious meal with a family member that you find difficult, or listen to an exciting audiobook while you work out. You could even play a few games of Blackjack or Baccarat, spin the reels of a few pokies games or engage in other casino entertainments on the treadmill. The key is to find tasks that go well together, and have the pleasant activity take the sting out of the horrible one. Reading an important document while listening to the audiobook from your workout, for example, would be very difficult and probably ineffective. Temptation bundling seems to work well for people who are generally very busy, and if the tasks you put together are well-matched.
When you engage in temptation bundling, you run the risk of tainting the activity you enjoy with your strong dislike of whatever you’ve paired it with, so that in the end you just avoid doing both. The “want to do” activity may also be easily overindulged; while doing tedious paperwork it’s easy to eat a whole pizza rather than a few slices.
The association of the two things that you’re bundling may also ultimately make you dislike or resent what you once loved. At this point, there is not enough research and more studies are needed. What does seem clear is that it is worth trying and seeing if it works for you. If you notice that you’re overindulging or developing an aversion to what you enjoy, you can stop. Remember, managing your work-life ratio in the modern world is all about flexibility.