When it comes to work schedules, few of us have it as tough as CNN International correspondent Anna Coren. She spills on how to cope with the unpredictability and strike a balance between work and life.
What’s an average workweek like for you?
There’s no such thing as an average workweek for me. I can be sent anywhere around the world at a moment’s notice. I’m based in Hong Kong and cover all of Asia, but last year I covered news events in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Iraq. Every day is so different — I think that’s the best part of my job. It can be challenging but very rewarding.
What do you do to help yourself make efficient use of time?
I make lots of lists and when I cross off a job, I always feel like I’ve accomplished something. As a journalist, I always carry a notepad and pen with me so it’s easy to stay on top of what needs to be done. It stops me from feeling overwhelmed. There are yellow Post-it notes around my house, reminding me of things I have to do.
What else do you do to keep your cool?
I always make time to contact my partner and family every day when I’m on the road, travelling for work. It’s really important I stay connected. On returning, I reconnect with friends and spend time with the people I love — those relationships nourish your soul.
Exercise is essential — it keeps me sane! I take my dogs hiking to get away from the city and also try to go for yoga at least once a week. I also make time just for me — which is easier said than done! Don’t overload your weekends with social events. Factor in time to sit on the couch and just hang out, or get a massage.
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