You are successful at work, have time for your family, great hobbies and appear totally balanced at the same time. How do the high-flyers do it? FOCUS online reveals the secrets of the successful all-rounders.

Our ability to concentrate is particularly high in the morning. If you have complex tasks to complete, it is best to do so during this time. The further the day progresses, the more power is already used. In addition, important meetings and appointments are usually scheduled around lunchtime.

E-mails, calls, questions from colleagues: In everyday work, distractions lurk on all sides. If you focus on the essentials and ignore external influences, you can achieve a lot in a short time. Some companies have extra rest rooms where employees can work undisturbed. Freelancers can also sit down in the park or a café with their laptop.

Anyone who loses track of all the appointments in their calendar is better off planning conscious time buffers. If a meeting ends earlier, there is more time for the little things. Fixed rituals such as a regular lunch break or a fitness class every Wednesday help to structure everyday life.

A folder system for e-mails is clear. However, it also takes a lot of time to search for e-mails again at a later point in time. Replying to messages immediately after opening them saves time. It can help not to open every incoming email immediately, but to take time every 45 minutes to reply.

When the work piles up on the desk, so-called “super achievers” always have the upper hand. Anyone who lets themselves be driven into endless overtime by their tasks is tense, dissatisfied and no longer fully productive. Better: have the stress under control, prioritize tasks and sometimes say “no”.

Nobody is perfect. If you know your weaknesses, you can delegate tasks accordingly – or you have to learn to make compromises. Particularly conscientious employees tend towards perfectionism. A result that is 80 percent good can sometimes be completely sufficient.

Anyone who has a great career is successful everywhere? A fallacy. Top performers in the office don’t have to be super athletes or gifted cooks after work. Don’t let acquaintances impose the wrong role model on you. They certainly don’t get everything perfect either.

Effective employees are fully focused on their job. Only when the project is complete do they tick off the topic and concentrate on the next order. If too many open tasks are running in parallel, none of them can do full justice.

It seems to be the mantra of the young generation of workers: the “work-life balance”. For a career, the interplay between job and free time must be right. Sport, nutrition, hobbies and social contacts create an important balance for body and soul and make you fit for success in your job.

You’ve actually been off work for two hours, but e-mails keep pouring in on your work cell phone. And the important presentation is not finished yet. If you drag your problems home from work, you can never really switch off. Better: consciously prepare for the end of the day and don’t work until the last second.