So I was thinking about how much I absolutely LOVE my computer, my tablet that I travel with, my smart phone, social media; basically everything that gives me the ability to connect with the world in a quick second. But I also thought about how things have changed so dramatically over the years, that at this point, my professional time and personal time often blend into one another. So I ask you the same question as I have asked myself. Do we ever REALLY disconnect from work? This is definitely a work in progress for me as I am sure it is for many of you. In this very technology based world that we live in, it is SO important for us to take control of our life and set the right boundaries between work time and personal time. No one else will do it for us, therefore we must take control of it or it will take over us (if it already hasn’t).
Why do we need to do this? Well, it’s all about recharging! And getting more balance in life. It isn’t healthy or really ‘smart’ to always be ‘on’. It’s not a good way to live, by being in work-mode all the time. There are other important things for us to attend to in life. Life is speeding on by and in order to be at our best, we must watch-out for burnout and fatigue and really take the time to spend time with loved ones and do other things that are important to us.
Do you have some challenges disconnecting from work at the end of the day? You are definitely not alone! So here are some ways that I disconnect from work! Maybe one or some of these will work for you!
10 ‘Smart’ Ways to Disconnect from Work at the End of the Day
- Tie up any loose ends at the end of the day. Organize your work area at the end of the day. Get your to-accomplish list ready for the next day.
- Set clear boundaries on when you will disconnect from work. The time and location.
- Make a commitment to not continually think about work once you get home. You have to focus on knowing you can’t control work on your off time and you deserve some personal time.
- Take a long hot shower as soon as you walk in the door.
- Put your walking or running shoes on and do something really healthy for yourself.
- Design hobbies, things that are not work related.
- Have a network of friends outside of work.
- Spend time with loved ones.
- Do some writing in a journal. Be creative and have fun with it.
- Shut off the electronics. You can do it!
So which of the 10 ways to disconnect most resonate with you? Which ones are you taking action on or plan on doing as we move ahead? What other ways do you use to disconnect from work? I would LOVE to hear from you!
Cynthia Bazin is absolutely passionate about YOUR success and happiness. She will teach you very ‘smart’ strategies for you to SOAR! If you’re ready and committed to invest in yourself, contact Cynthia today to start a conversation! Cynthia@smartchic.me
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