Shutting down regularly is a good practice and here’s why
01. Reduce stress – Reduce Burnout – Improve your Wellbeing
02. Avoid the downward spiral
Leave your office promptly at 5:00! If you don’t dedicated yourself to this concept, other areas will begin to suffer, i.e. your family, friends and “alone time”. Your stress level will diminish your mental acuity and these relationships will suffer. This will create the downward spiral of guilt, and you become conflicted between your loyalty to your job and your family.
Unplug! – company email will still be there in the morning! Play a game with the kids, cook dinner with your significant other, read a bedtime story, grab a glass of your preferred drink, then settle back into some stimulating conversation with your significant other. Maintaining these relationships is important to everyone’s well-being.
03. Multi-tasking – a thing of the past?
By trying to do too many things at one time, you are not providing your undivided attention to any one thing and something, if not everything, will suffer. Your performance will not be at its peak. Time and again, constant multitasking demishes the quality of your work. If your brain is always “on”, something will eventually give – namely, your health.
According to a University of Maryland study,constant connection may be classified as an addiction. While competition at work has increased and it may be understandable that one may want to “stay connected” so as to be “in the know” at any point in time, staying connected leads to feelings of jealousy, or even anger, and is not conducive to good health.
Exactly how important is it to know what friends and acquaintances are doing at any given moment? Would it make that much of a difference in your life if you didn’t know?
05. Taking care of #1
While it may be difficult at first, it is entirely possible to set aside time to live without our precious derivices. MAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF! By setting a cutoff time, you are ensuring that you care and respect yourself.
As discussed earlier, regularly disconnecting from work improves relationships, decreases stress, increases the quality of your work, and maintains emotional and pysicial well-being.