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A robot explains how to achieve the perfect work-life balance

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Articoolo is an artificial intelligence system specialising in ‘content creation’. We commissioned it to tell us how to achieve the perfect work-life balance - but how did it do and what did our editors make of the results?

“In today’s world, it may seem impossible to balance your work with life balance. Your smartphone makes everyone accessible 24/7. Fears of losing your job make you work longer hours, and surveys show people are working more hours per week than ever. It is agreed by experts: to much stress from the never-ending workday can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness. Work-life balance means something different to every individual and not all tips suit everyone. Yet, it is important to find and adopt the set of tips and rules that will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance. Here are some:

1. Disconnect – phone notifications interrupt your free time and increases the level of stress in your system. shut off your phone and enjoy the time you spend with your loved ones without all those ringing, pinging and tweeting sounds.

2. Don’t be a perfectionist - As you climb the ladder at work and as your family grows, your responsibilities increase. Perfectionism becomes out of reach, so forget about perfection because it can become harmful.

3. Leave work at work – teach your self to leave not only your computer and commitments at the office, but also your thoughts. From the minute you left your work place don’t think about work.

4. Start jogging – or meditating, or ice-skating, or whatever exercising activity that makes you feel good. Exercise is an effective stress reducer. It feels-up your body with feel-good endorphins and helps lift your mood.

5. Stop time wasting activities – find out what are your time-wasting activities. For some it’s internet browsing, for others, reading emails or having endless and pointless meetings. After identifying those time wasters, stop doing them. Take them out of your schedule.”

Associate editor Anna Fielding says: “You make some good points and you’re right to say not all suggestions will suit everyone. I also like your tone in places – that’s a nice rhyme on “ringing, pinging” and the suggestion of ice skating is original and fresh. That said, I feel I’ve read these tips before – could you look into ideas our readers won’t have seen? Also, I need to know which experts and which study. And watch the spelling and grammar.”

Based in Israel, Articoolo was created in 2014 by a group of content writers, mathematicians, marketers and computer scientists. When given a topic that’s described in two to five words and a word count (maximum of 500), the algorithm generates a unique ‘accurate and articulate’ article within minutes. It can also rewrite articles to optimise them for SEO.

We also asked Articoolo about feminism and spring fashion trends 

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