Before you read this, check your phone. More than likely, you have your company email on your personal phone or are using a company-given phone. Trends in technology have meant that the separation from work and a personal life has skewed. Add in the possibility of being in contact with coworkers globally and suddenly your personal life has to take a backseat to your work. Does it have to, though?
Let’s start with email. Yes, your coworker or manager may send out an email at 9:30 PM or 3:00 AM. Do you have to answer it that very second? Not necessarily, depending on your role. If someone deems their email as a priority, you should be able to respond to it when you start your work day rather than while you are off. Setting certain times when you aren’t glued to the company laptop or handheld device shows that you are in control of your work.
Moving from email to the actual office, telecommuting can be a great way to balance work and extra activities. Setting up a home office helps to reduce the stress of commuting to and from work. Telecommuting is something that would have to be discussed with your manager and approved by your company. If you are able to work from home, make sure you have minimal distractions and are able to get your work done.
Finally, plan out your week in advance. Make sure you have activities or time for yourself that you wouldn’t want to break. Leave work behind you and focus on enjoying yourself taking a cooking class or going to a park with your kids. Separating work and personal time helps to increase productivity while working and will get you more excited for the planned out activities you’ve scheduled.
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