It doesn’t matter if you enjoy your work or not, the fact is everyone needs a break. Research has shown that people who log excessive hours actually accomplish less. Therefore, a clear separation between the time you’re at work and the time you’re not is clearly beneficial for you, for your boss, for everyone.
Here are 4 steps I take on a daily basis to separate my work time and my chill the fuck out time.
1. Leave work on time. ‘Answering an email at midnight or staying at your desk until 8pm in considered a badge of honour in the UK. If anyone plays the martyr card in Denmark, by staying late or working too much, they’re more likely to get a leaflet about efficiency or time management dropped on their desk than any sympathy’. (The Year of Living Danishly). In other words, staying late is a culture thing, and we’re getting the raw end of the deal.
2. Use your commute to unwind and reflect on the day. It may be positive or it may be negative. Either way, this is a great chance to accept and learn from today’s events and remind yourself there is a clean slate awaiting your return. So cycle out your frustration, run home in celebration or wipe away those tears on the tube. Feel what you need to feel & then let it go.
3. Get home. Get changed. Work clothes and work uniforms are clearly all associated with work, so don’t lay about in them for hours when you get home. Instead, get changed as soon as you walk through the door. Remind yourself that this is your time and you can do whatever the hell you want.
4. Do what makes you happy. Have dinner, go for a run, spend time with your family. Embrace your evening and don’t think about work until tomorrow morning. You’ve only probably got a few hours to do what you want to do after all, so why waste it on thinking about work?