What is it that we all have less of in our lives? Time, money, health?
What’s on your list? For many of us, the gap is narrowing between our work lives and our home lives. We’re working in off hours or family hours when we normally wouldn’t.
- To conform; everyone else at work is doing it right?
- Job Security
- Career advancement
- Increase Income
The sad thing is, being connected 24/7 won’t get you anything but job stress. In conforming with the rest of the workplace, you are volunteering your family time, vacations, and sanity. Think of it this way, if you lose your health, what happens to your job security, career and increase in income?
Exactly. It all goes right out the window! No more job, career gets interrupted and you lose money! Not good! 🙁
The solution is simple: SHUT OFF! Shut off your smartphone, tablet, laptop….whatever technology you’re using to stay connected. It’s about being in the present for your family time and vacation. You don’t want to be half in and half out of a vacation!
The secret to detaching from work to live more of your life is to change your behaviour. Learn to shut off technology! Be in the here and now. You don’t want to have regrets later in life that you missed your kids growing up because you had a smartphone shoved in your face after hours. Remember Miranda in Sex and the City 2? Yep, she eventually shut off the phone AND quit her crazy hectic job because she realized she was missing her sons milestones in life.
Source: Kansas State University (2013, February 5). Work-life balance needed for recovery from job stress. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 8, 2013, from ScienceDaily.com As I get ready to leave for my vacation, I’m shutting off my phone for anything work related and quite possibly Twitter and Instagram may go too! Don’t worry, I’ll have my laptop for the occasional blog posts from paradise, I know you want to see those!
Detaching from work — mentally, physically and electronically — is the key to recovery from job stress during nonwork hours, according to a Kansas State University researcher.
People who are able to unplug from work activities when off the job experience lower levels of fatigue and job burnout, Park says. They also have higher levels of positive emotions and life satisfaction than those who remain connected to work-related tasks and matters outside of normal work hours.