Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can prove quite the challenge for anyone. Ever since portable electronic devices began to emerge and evolve, people’s work has had a growing tendency to follow them home and creep into their personal lives. While some office work may certainly need to be completed outside of standard office hours, it is important to set boundaries so that you do not find yourself becoming overwhelmed.
First off, you can alleviate stress by simplifying your tech usage. Capitol Technology can show you and your business how to use an app that will enable you to sync your office desk phone to your cell phone. But how ought you to handle all the work-related texts and calls you receive outside of your traditional office hours? Our Washington DC IT consulting firm can show you how to program your personal phone so that it will only accept calls from your office phone between, for example, the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This way, you can enjoy spending time with friends and family or taking care of yourself without having to worry about so many interruptions.
If your company has a BYOD plan and therefore you use one phone for all your personal and business matters, perhaps you can set your phone to the side during dinnertime or family game night, or whenever else you need to “unplug.” If you feel comfortable, consider letting your coworkers know that you will refrain from responding to non-emergency work-related inquiries and texts between the hours of whenever to whenever. Our IT consultants can advise you on the best way to set up and execute this plan for optimal workplace rejuvenation.
Taking this kind of personal time for yourself during which you can build friendships, create strong family ties, and practice self-care is not at all lazy; rather, it demonstrates a strong sense of organizational skills and self-worth. Being able to budget your time appropriately can help show that you are a diligent worker and a balanced individual. “Unplugging” from your office life gives you a chance to explore your interests, which can help enable you to bring new ideas to the workplace. Setting aside some personal time each day will help prevent you from burning out and keep your innovative spirit strong.
Don’t be afraid to communicate your needs. Chances are, some of your coworkers may feel the same way about needing a better way to manage the ever more blurry line between their work life and their home life. Establishing healthy habits of your own can provide them with an example of how to lead a more balanced, productive life.