Today I’m linking up with The B Bar to share how I find balance between work and the rest of my life.
I need to preface this post with saying that I’m lucky. My job really doesn’t interfere too much with my social life. I have a normal 9-5 type of office job. I do work in consulting, so I often receive emails after hours, but unless there’s a huge issue, there isn’t the expectation that I’ll be working throughout the night.
These are some simple tips that work for me to create that balance and distinction between my work life and day life. I am not perfect and don’t follow these rules all of the time, but they help me keep some semblance of normalcy.
1 // Turn off automatic email notifications
The first thing I do in my iPhone settings is to change the email notifications to manual, not fetch or push. Outside of office hours, I check my work emails when I want to – not at all hours of the day and night. The last thing I need is the stress of an urgent 11PM email, when I can’t even give a good response to it until the morning when I’m back at the office.
2 // Set up your out of office reply
This is something I actually need to get better about. I’ll often not set my out-of-office reply email when I’m on vacation and instead just try and answer the important emails as they come in. Bad idea. I’m working on always setting my reply to better manage my clients’ and co-workers’ expectations. If I don’t give myself that break and let others know that I’m taking the break then I’m not fully enjoying my time off and my balance is missing.
3 // Take a coffee break
Even while I’m at the office I try and find moments to take a “brain break”. One of my favorite ways to avoid too much screen time is to take a short walk to go get a coffee. These walks give me the opportunity to call family or friends to catch up and get some fresh air. By the time I get back to the office I’m reinvigorated and ready to tackle my next project. The coffee also helps, of course.
4 // Exercise or Meditate
When things get a little too stressful at the office, and a coffee break just won’t do, I like to either stretch, have a quick work out, or meditate. Refocusing my energy helps calm me down if I’m stressed and often helps me look at my problem from a new perspective.
Need more tips? Can’t relate to my work environment? Well, check out all of the great blogs below for more practical tips on how to create a working balance between the office and home.
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