As the demand to be a productive asset for your respective employer never seems to diminish, many professionals are tasked with executing on the highest level daily.
Being held to a high level of performance on the job is nothing new, especially the higher the salary an employee may be provided. What has transformed greatly over the past 20 years is the separation of work and our personal time.
In a digital age of smart phones, hot spots, laptops and a myriad of time organization apps to remind you of that next item on your to do list, is there any true separation from work and our personal time?
The responses may vary for all, but the issue of work-life balance resonates for practically all professionals to some degree.
The metaphorical see saw to keep our work priorities and performance on the highest level often tends to challenge our ability to maintain an equally high level of time spent engaging in personal activities. Many often associate work-life balance with spending time with family.
In many ways that may be true, but how many professionals hold off on having a family all together per their commitment to work and career endeavors. How much vacation time rolls every year per our willingness to focus on the job? How many last minute cancellations have been made per personal commitments being supplanted by work commitments?
Most workers simply don’t have enough time in the day to engage in all the activities that they may desire. With a limited resource of time, it’s vital that employees limit the distractions that may stem from their employer once they leave work. Being distracted by a work email while having dinner with a loved one is not the most productive way to spend time, yet the “most productive employees” are probably guiltiest of these types of scenarios.
The healthiest thing an employee can do is block out a few hours each day that will be strictly personal time. Whether that’s spending time with family, watching your favorite show, or heading to the gym, finding some type of personal time is essential to the overall mental health and productivity of an employee. Being able to allow your mind to shift to things that are non work related often leads to less stress and being less mentally fatigued.
In a world where information is literally at our fingertips, the ability to put down the smart phone and disregard emails popping up may require some significant mental restraint but it’s essential we manage our time away from the office and not be managed by the office while we are away.