We’ve all been there. We work too much, bring home our jobs and our significant others know a little too much about how we’re spending time at work. For me, that’s a sign of me not leaving work at the office at the end of the day. But sometimes, it’s a necessity. Work is a major part of our lives, feeding into everything that we do and how we sustain. Then there are those of us that are driven to make a business impact in our jobs.
The downside to all of this is that it can seriously affect our personal lives and our people within it.
I work in one of these demanding roles in the technology industry, which is the fastest moving industry at the moment. We have to constantly adapt to new changes and new technologies. As a digital marketer, this means I need to be on top of digital marketing trends.
Though my company promotes a strong work-life balance policy (I’m lucky), this also means that my organization recognizes that our work keeps us busy. Here’s how I ensure that I leave my work in the office and give my home my full attention.
Check out at 5:00 pm
I spoke a little bit about this in my post about keeping my mental health in check, but I make it a policy every time I leave the office, that my desk is where I checked my email last. I mentally note to not check my email for the rest of the night. What is the point of checking your email at night when you won’t be able to tackle it till the morning anyway? It’s better to keep that stress out of your evening and worry about what matters more: your family and your undivided attention to them.
Manage your email
I use Office 365 as my email platform at work. The benefits of Office 365 is that you can tailor email management to your own preferences. I use Rules for Outlook to manage the vast amount of email I receive. For example, if I am CC’d in an email, it usually means I’m in that chain for my own visibility. Since the email is not directed at me, there is no urgency for me to view it at that very moment. For this, I created a rule in Outlook that all email I’m CC’d in will go into a separate folder that doesn’t increase my Inbox count.
Being constantly at my desk stresses me out – I feel a lot more pressure if I’m at my desk all day worrying about the work that I tend to not do a good job at my job. To avoid this unnecessary feeling, I always take a lunch break. Even a 20 minute lunch break socializing with your coworkers will do wonders to your productivity. Apart from lunch, you can also take walking breaks during the afternoon. Once in awhile, a few coworkers and I will take a walk down to the Starbucks across the street. I typically do this when the weather is nice, lots of times in the summer 🙂
There will be times that doing all of this will still not help as there will be days where something going on at work will affect your home life. When this happens, it’s important to have these expectations set in your family. My husband knows that there will be days I come home stressed out or in panic – on these days he completely understands and take cares of household chores for me as I continue to work at home. He wouldn’t appreciate it if this happens every night, hence why the habits above are valuable. If it’s a new job that you’re starting or your existing role being unmanageable, have a conversation with your significant other and your family. Having a mutual understanding where you are not losing sight of what is happening in your home and still managing your job is the key to successfully managing a healthy work-life balance.
There you have it. Some key habits that I pursue to have a healthy balanced lifestyle. Do you have any recommendations? Any tools that helps you in work-life balance?