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How To Create A Healthy Divide Between Your Work And Social Life

If you are working in a high-demand position, you might find it hard to ‘turn off’ from work and have some quality time for yourself or with your friends. Of course, you want to keep your employer happy, but you don’t want to do this at the price of your social or family life. Here are a few ways to help you maintain a healthy divide between your work and social life.

#1 Don’t Become Overcommitted

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If you’re dedicated to having a balanced life, the only way you can achieve it is if you know whether or not you are overcommitted. Although it can be hard to estimate how much time it will take to do everything you need to get done, it isn’t too difficult to recognise when too much is squeezed into too little time.

A process that gives you control over everything you have on your plate enables you to be realistic about what you can and can’t get done in a particular time frame, giving you a clear sense of how much is “too much.”  When you look at incoming projects, activities, or opportunities within the context of things to which you’ve already committed, you can make informed decisions about what to accept, when you need help, and when you have to say “no” to requests for, and new demands on, your time.

It’s hard to find balance when you are constantly overcommitted; in fact, the two are mutually exclusive.

Contributors: Maura Thomas from Regain Your Time

#2 Meet Your New Best Friend: Airplane Mode

If you are home with your family, turn your cellular data off when you are at the dinner table. This eradicates the interruption of pings, texts, annd vibrations.

Contributors: Eric Hobbs from Technology Associates

#3 Live On The Edge: Uninstall Apps On The Weekends

Social Media Monster: If you find yourself checking work forums, or impulsively engaging with social media within your business, here’s your next secret weapon: in your cellular data settings, you can turn off cellular data functions for specific apps.

So Mail and social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat— AKA everything that takes you out of the room with your spouse and family? Turn them off.

Are you a sneaker? If you’re the type that can’t resist eating that last cookie, or in this case, you have to check that ‘Gram feed — we double dog dare you: Delete the app from your phone altogether. Live on the edge, man. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter — you won’t lose anything data or memory-wise, but it takes the temptation and impulse off the table. The Cold Hard Facts: Most work emergencies aren’t truly work emergencies after all.

Contributors: Eric Hobbs from Technology Associates

#4 Keep your work life separate from your social life

I have seen, sadly, so many friends and family members destroy relationships with BFFs (former) and their own extended family members over deals gone bad -- or resentment that the deal wasn't awarded to him/her, when there was a feeling of entitlement. The flip side: I have seen so many business partnerships unravel over personal relationships that had no legit reason for encroaching into their workplace -- other than the participants' lack of self-restraint and good judgment.

Contributors: Joshua Feinberg from Data Center Sales & Marketing Institute

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Written by Zak Parker

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