Getting Back Your “Off Switch”
We live in a time whereby we are connected 24/7 to our work – our emails impatiently wait on our mobile device (which is usually attached to the palm of our hands), enticing us to open them. Before we know it, we can’t help ourselves and we are checking them in the evenings, on weekends and even when we are on holiday.
Our own “off switch” no longer exists.
As our work encroaches into our personal time more than it ever did in previous decades, is it reasonable to wonder if work has completely taken over our lives? What does this mean for who we are?
We might be achieving in our careers, but are we achieving in the other roles we play? That of a partner, a parent, a child, a friend, etc… And what about our health? How is our health holding up with the constant focus on our work leaving us very little time to properly rest and rejuvenate?
Is life passing us by as we are glued to our mobiles? Are we missing all the little moments in life as we aren’t being truly present in the moment?
I firmly believe that our job must only be a component of our lives and not dominate our entire life nor be our identity.
I respect that it is sometimes difficult for us to switch off from work as we have many reasons why we work the hours we do – whether it be for employer expectations, client demands, we like to perform at a high level, or to even maintain job security.
But the way I look at it is what’s the point of focusing all our energy into our work if we are missing out on the life that is happening around us while our heads are engrossed in our mobiles, or we are neglecting our relationships – or our success has been at the detriment to our health and wellbeing?
What I encourage you to do as you start 2018 on a positive note is to be mindful about how your work impacts your life, and that of those around you – and also your health.
Finding that magic formula for work-life balance might seem impossible right now, but are there some small changes you can introduce which will enable you to switch off from work a little bit? Perhaps it’s a no phone rule after 8pm, or on the weekends not checking work emails after 10am on Saturday morning.
What small changes can you make to switch off?
Be healthy and be present. Don’t miss the life that is going on around you.