How To Disconnect From Work

I used to never have an issue with a work/life balance until I was promoted and took on more responsibility.

I didn’t spend the hours after work thinking about my day and what my next day would look like. I wasn’t brainstorming ideas for a project. I wasn’t thinking about how I was going to answer those emails, but now work follows me home and it’s extremely exhausting.

If you’re like me and need to disconnect from work, here are some things that have helped me:

Set your hours – unless I have a special event or something, my hours are 8:30 to 5. There is wiggle room, but anything outside of those hours I am not doing work.

Delete email from your phone – I don’t sync up my work email to my phone. I can check it if I log in online, but that’s a much lengthier process than just opening an app. I don’t let myself check email outside my working hours.

Take the PTO – I never had a problem taking my time off until now. Even though I know things will continue just fine without me, there is a level of guilt when taking time off and shirking responsibilities.

Stop talking about work – when I’m not at work, I don’t talk about work. Sometimes my boyfriend and I will exchange complaints. But we don’t harp on the topic of work after work hours.

Unplug in general – after work is a great time to leave your phone in the other room. My work temptation stems from my phone so I try not to stay with it after work is done.

Remember your job is important, but your mental health is more important. Don’t get too caught up in living to work.

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13 thoughts on “How To Disconnect From Work

  1. These are all such great tips!! Having a work/life balance is just so important for your health. I love what you said about unplugging and also taking PTO! When I get home from work, I try my best to push aside whatever happened during the day and give myself enough time to unwind. Amazing post! x

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  2. I had to get out of my previous position because I couldn’t not leave work at work. It was turning me into a horrible version of myself and it took a toll on my relationship.

    Walking away from that job was the best thing I’ve done for myself career wise, but to be honest, I learned the most from that job too–not so much in skill, but about my professional self. The biggest take away was: even if you can, doesn’t mean you should. I was in a managerial position and I was great in my role, but it took a toll on me both professionally and personally.

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  3. Thanks for this! What a great reminder (and very helpful tips) when dealing with work. Sometimes i feel a bit guilty if im not thinking about my tasks/responsibilities at work. Makes me feel like im not being a responsible employee hahalol. But good thing i’ve come to realize that it’s so unhealthy to always be thinking about it! Haha thanks for this post for reminding me to take a chill pill 😁

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