What are the potential pitfalls of bringing work home and checking your work email after work hours? It has the potential to impact your anxiety levels, relationships, and your overall productivity.
In efforts to achieve that “work-life balance” that is so widely talked about, I try to empower clients to feel confident in asserting boundaries. Boundaries (in this case, turning off your work email…) are a healthy way to balance work day and other non-negotiable responsibilities while ensuring you still have enough time to allocate towards your needs, relationships, priorities, and self-care.
So how does one even start to achieve this? Try something small to start! For example, you can set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to turn off your push notifications for your email 2 days during the week with the goal of gradually increasing the amount of days per week as time progresses. It may be difficult to break from the thoughts of “I really should check my email” or “I want my boss to see how dedicated I am”, but like forming and/or breaking any other habit, the more you do it, the more you feel comfortable doing it!
Guess how many emails the average office worker receives every day? 121. And that number is expected to rise to 140 by 2018. Feeling jittery and panicked just thinking about it? You’re not alone.