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Ways to stop obsessing over work after office hours

Do you let work follow you home? Perhaps, more correctly, do you gladly invite it inside your house? It sometimes feels that fate has conspired very well with our employers to give us a sort of mixed blessing in our smartphones, laptops, and ubiquitous internet. Taken together, these devices make us possible to attend to work – even if it means replying to an e-mail or two – even if we’re about to sleep.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with ensuring you deliver outputs on time. Telecommuting, stay-at-home businesses, and flexible working arrangements are, in fact, beneficial in different ways. Many appreciate not having to brave interminable traffic and spend these long hours being productive instead. But like many things, too much of something is not always good. Before you know it, you are literally just going home to work. You sacrifice your health and personal time. Soon you will likely feel overworked.

Yes, you can stop bringing work home (at least twice a week)! Try these steps and enjoy being at home.

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Map out your entire week every Monday.

You will most likely have an idea of how your week will go on its first day. Study your calendar well to determine your busiest days. This will help you foresee when you will be working at home. Knowing early will allow you to adjust. You will be able to plan what dish is easiest to prepare for dinner. You can let your spouse know he or she will be in charge of helping the kids with homework. Early notifications mean less problems, making you feel less guilty that you let work interfere with family matters.

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Appoint working hours at home.

If you really must finish something, allocate a few hours to finish it. Being at home might actually mean that a lot of things can interfere with or distract you from doing work. Having a timetable will help focus and discipline yourself to do what you need to without losing sleep.

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Make a home work list and stick to it!

You are bringing home work for a particular reason. Resist doing more than what is due. That is what tomorrow’s for! Even if you have access to work mail and see something you need to respond to, put it on the next day’s list.

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Do something else other than work.

Plop down in front of the TV to take in a favorite television series or a sports spectacle. It can keep you from checking on work every minute. Consider these days sacred by not thinking about work. Do things at home that do not involve your computer or phone. Enjoy a movie, clean a drawer, or bake cookies if you must. On days when nothing is really urgent but you still work, look around your home. It’s such a beautiful place not to enjoy after a long day at the office. Relax!

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Turn the laptop off, close the app.

You can allow yourself to be disturbed by social media notifications off work. But if you check your work mail every five minutes, maybe you should have spent the night at the office. Physically turning off your work laptop or signing out from your e-mail will help stop you from doing work. Place the laptop inside its bag and hide in a closet. Out of sight, out of mind, remember?

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Adjust your time at the office.

Why not try to come an hour earlier? Choose a day when you can shorten your lunch hour by 30 minutes. You can increase your productivity and may not need to bring home work at all. Think about it: You can sacrifice an additional 30 minutes spent having coffee with workmates for a night without work spent at the gym or with family.