Front-end developers – 5 tips to improve your work-life balance

It’s no secret that today’s society demands a lot from professionals. Your professional and private life can often get mixed up, especially for front-end developers. Some front-end developers find it hard to stop coding, even when they’re at home. While it’s great to be pro-active in advancing your technical skills, it’s important to make sure you don’t become a workaholic! Huxley has over 20 years of experience as a recruitment agency, so we decided to put together 5 tips to help front-end developers improve their work-life balance.

Tip #1: Beware of your work hours

Depending on your contract, you’ll need to work a certain amount of hours a week. Some front-end developers get so caught up in their work that they lose track of time, or end up taking on too many projects at once. It’s important to keep track of your work hours though; you’re the person who decides to arrive at 7am in the morning and to stop at 8pm. It’s okay to work late when a project needs some extra attention, but overworking yourself isn’t healthy on the long run. To remain a focussed front-end developer, it is important to keep this in mind.

Tip #2: Tune out

Technology allows people all over the world to communicate with each other easily, and offers a global platform for you to expand your professional network. Amongst developers, there are multiple communities such as Github, and Google Developers, where codes and learning programmes are exchanged. While it’s tempting to be constantly accessible, and send e-mails from home, it’s also important to switch off when you’re out of the office. Turn off your phone, shut down your laptop, and allow yourself some time to re-charge your own batteries!

Did you know... that some of the best ideas actually occur when you’re not working? Albert Einstein came up with his special relativity equation E=mc^2 when he was staring out of the window. According to him, ‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.’

Imagine what front-end development could become when all developers take some time to tune out.

Tip #3: Speak to your manager

You might find yourself in a situation when you’ve worked sweat and tears on a front-end development project, and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. You tell your friends about your concerns, and end up taking your problems home. Rather than losing sleep over it, why not schedule some time to speak to your manager? Most of the time, your worries will be worse than the reality. By talking to your manager, you’ll get help with your front-end development project, and really improve your situation. Not only will this relieve you of stress, it will allow you to improve your performance at work.

Tip #4: Evaluate your front-end development job from time to time

Work-life balance is something that is easily forgotten when you’re busy. Time flies, and before you know it, you’re celebrating a five-year front-end development anniversary with your current employer. While this can be a great thing, make sure to evaluate your position from time to time. Are you still up to date with the latest industry for instance? Would you be able to hit the ground running with a new employer? It’s important to make sure you don’t get too complacent and miss out on exciting front-end development opportunities.

Read: When you should quit your front-end development job

Tip #5: Huxley can help you to find the perfect front-end development job that fits your work-life balance

Life’s too short to stick around in a front-end development job that compromises your work-life balance. The difficulty about work-life balance is that you can’t determine whether you’ll get this from a job advert. But this is where Huxley can help you! Thanks to the relationships we’ve established with industry partners, we know which jobs will be available before they’re even published. We take time to get to know you too, and ensure your next project works for you on a professional, and personal level. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to take a look at our available jobs. Or, contact us with your wishes, we’re happy to assist you!

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