How To End A Day Of Work

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.

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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?

 

11 Comments

  1. August 23, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I’ve found ringing people on my drive home really helps unwind and discuss the day so that by the time I’m back I don’t have to think about it any more. Either that, or stick on a funny podcast and it makes me entirely forget the stresses of the day! Alice xxx

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    • August 25, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Good tips! Thanks Alice. Hopefully we have a stress free weekend ahead of us.

  2. August 23, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Will be using these tips! Switching off can be difficult for me sometimes but I go to the gym twice a week after work which really helps me forget about it all (mostly because I dread actually going to the gym, until I get there!) Haha!

    • August 25, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      Haha I know how you feel. The major struggle with going to the gym or going out for a run is actually getting off the sofa and getting out there. Once you’re past that, you’re fine!

  3. August 24, 2016 / 10:57 am

    Love the tips! I follow them but in the end my laptop and cellphone are always part of the equation. It’s a day to day struggle to cut the cord.

  4. August 25, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Yasss agree with all those tips, especially the first one. It is far more important to use time wisely then be able to shut everything off and close down those emails by 5. Such a fan of that book! Immy x

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    • August 25, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      I’m loving the book at the minute. I’m half way through and am continuously quoting from it throughout the day haha. I might even write a post on it!

  5. August 25, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    I have to put my workout clothes right by the door so that I get changed into them straight away! If I have to go upstairs to my room to get changed there’s no way that I’ll do it, that’s how lazy I am when I get home. Then as soon as I get changed I do a 30 min circuit workout and then that’s it done and I can relax for the rest of the evening (watch Game of Thrones)

  6. August 25, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Haha good idea. The danger of sitting down when you get home is real. It’s very possible to get stuck to the sofa or bed without doing any exercise!

  7. September 3, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Great tips! I also find it helps to be clear with people about how you see your out of work time. I know far too many people who will respond to work emails in the evening, or do work, but part of the reason they do is because they know their colleagues will be too. I don’t have my work emails on my phone, and leave my work laptop in the office so I’m not even tempted!

  8. January 4, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Good tips, I didn’t know about that Denmark thing about staying late at work. I try to get home quickly and leave everything work related there. Helps with the unwinding time in the evening and resting. I tried overtime at home in the past but it’s better to just work at work. Although I like the idea of working from home from time to time.

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