Set clear boundaries
Ever notice how quickly colleagues who need to pick up children from daycare (and pay for every minute they are late) usually manage to get out the door? Think of your own time outside of work the same way — as a necessary, not optional, commitment that needs to be honored.
Likewise, respect your work hours by making it apparent when you need to focus. Close your office door or hang a “do not disturb” sign. Set up specific times to check in with co-workers and superiors. As people come to know the flow of your day, you can accomplish more in less time. Next
Promise results, not time
Offer specific times for when you will deliver reports, products, etc. “I will have that to you at 10 a.m. tomorrow," may be better than "I will work late tonight to get that to you." Next
Use technology as a tool, not a leash
Texts, e-mails, and voice messages can be both best friends and worst enemies when it comes to life outside of work. They can free a worker to be out of the office yet still connected, but they also can be intrusive interruptions to private time and a source of stress.
Boundaries again come into play, and they are different for each individual. Find what works for you, whether that be shutting down completely after hours, setting aside a certain time for electronics, or scanning only for select correspondence. Next
Don’t skip lunch breaks
Defending your right to a life outside of work doesn’t apply only to hours spent at home. You owe yourself a workday respite as well. Taking a break at lunch also gives us a mental break so that we can come back to our projects with renewed energy and creativity. Next
Use your vacation days
Likewise, don’t be tempted to think that the office can’t survive if you take a vacation. Prepare colleagues and clients beforehand to ensure things run smoothly in your absence. Then, use that time off wisely. Back to the beginning
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