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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The Ups And Downs Of Working For The Weekend

The idea of a work/life balance differs for everyone. And I think most people never really get as much life as they do work. We all just end up working for the weekend.

But that’s the reality of most jobs these days, when we accepted our positions we accepted the time commitment. We grind for five days straight, then try to relax and shake it all off in two. Unfortunately, work often blends into the life time. That’s why the separation is so important.

If you work too much, you’re making money to essentially do nothing with it. If you live too much, you probably won’t have any money to do all the things you really love.

It’s okay to work for the weekend – as long as you are making the most out of your weekends.

As long as you are sincerely creating a barrier between work and life, then it’s okay to let work consume you for the five days out of the week. Because you’re going to make up for it after 5pm or on Saturday and Sunday.

It’s never a bad thing to work towards something. Whether it towards a goal or towards your next nap. It’s something that keeps you motivated, something that allows you to dedicate yourself to your job so you can happily dedicate yourself to, well, yourself.

Make sure you are taking the time you need for yourself. You won’t be successful at work if you’re not successful in your home life. If you’re not sleeping enough, not having enough fun, not taking enough time off – you simply will burn out before you can even prove how great you can be in your career.

Work for the weekend, but make the weekends count.

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