Create Balance Between Work and Life with Microsoft Viva


In today’s fast-paced world, it can be challenging to achieve a healthy work/life balance. Many professionals find themselves constantly connected to work, leading to burnout and decreased productivity. Fortunately, Microsoft Viva offers a suite of tools that can help individuals achieve a better balance between their personal and professional lives. In this blog post, we will explore how Viva Insights, Viva Topics, Viva Engage, and Viva Connections can help you achieve a healthier work/life balance.

Viva Insights

One of the most significant features of Viva Insights is its ability to promote healthy work habits. By providing data-driven insights into how individuals are spending their time, Viva Insights can help people identify areas where they may be spending too much time on work-related tasks. This information can help individuals adjust their work schedule to ensure that they are not overworking themselves.

Another great feature of Viva Insights is its ability to help individuals disconnect from work outside of working hours. With Viva Insights, users can set boundaries and schedules that ensure they are not being bombarded with work-related notifications and emails during their personal time. This feature can help individuals achieve a better work/life balance by allowing them to truly disconnect from work when they are not on the clock.

Viva Inisghts from Outlook Add-In

Focus Plan

When you create a focus plan, it will block out time on your calendar every day for the next two weeks to help you focus on getting the work done without distractions such as teams chats, new email notifications, or even the cat that likes to jump on your keyboard (I wish). One of the best features about this ability is that it will also set your status to Do not disturb in Teams as well as an added layer of protection.

Set up Quiet Time

Have you ever been in a scenario where you were sleeping and ended up being woken up by your Teams notifications happening? I have and can say it was less then fun, especially when I may have been in a different time zone and getting pinged at 4:00 AM. Setting up quiet hours can help prevent you from getting messages at times when you are not working allowing you to find better balance between your work and life and ensuring that your time is respected.

Setting your Lunch Hours

In today’s fast-paced work culture, it’s easy to overlook the importance of taking breaks, especially when working from home or the office. In fact, many employees tend to skip lunch breaks or eat at their desks to keep up with their workload. However, taking time away from work for lunch is crucial for both your physical and mental health.

Benefits of Taking Lunch Breaks

Firstly, taking lunch breaks can improve your productivity and creativity. A study conducted by the University of Illinois found that when employees take short breaks, like a lunch break, it can help them refocus and increase their ability to solve problems. Additionally, stepping away from work for a while can help you recharge and come back to your tasks with a renewed sense of energy.

Secondly, taking lunch breaks can also benefit your physical health. Eating at your desk or skipping meals can lead to unhealthy eating habits and weight gain. By taking time to prepare and eat a proper meal, you are more likely to make healthier food choices and maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, taking a walk or doing light exercise during your lunch break can help improve your cardiovascular health and reduce stress levels.

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