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How to Really Shut Down Work and Step Away

By Sandy Schroeder

When someone tells us to go home and forget about work after a long day, we all know how unlikely that can be. If you are like I am, you may head home and do six other things. But little threads of the day may still be clinging to your memory and lurking in your mind. Then at 3 a.m., you might pop up and think about it some more. Of course this is unhealthy, tiring and unproductive. But how do you escape the habit?

Shonda Rhimes, very successful creative force behind some of TV’s most successful shows, sums the problem up beautifully. She told the Huffington Post, "Work will happen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year if you let it."

The Shondaland Solution

One of Rhimes' solutions is to add a note to all of her emails that says she does not respond to emails after 7 p.m., or on weekends. She also advises anyone reading the note to do the same.

Rhimes says this email tactic seemed scary at first, but helped her delegate, key in on what was really important, and quickly spot redundant items.

She also recommends having a plan of attack in mind as to how emergencies that accumulated from the previous evening or weekend will be solved. Once you use that plan and make it work, it should ease your mind and encourage you in the future.

If you try this tactic, or some other method of really stepping away from your job in the evening and on the weekends, you may also find yourself gaining new traction in the job.

Refresher Course

The strongest people I ever worked with were often the ones who had a whole string of separate interests that they managed to simultaneously maintain. One healthcare director who ran a huge heath center and continuously interacted with a large group of professionals, also managed to take his kids hiking in the Alps, write brilliant poetry, and pursue art collections around the world. Admittedly, he might be a rare bird, but the ability to truly separate from the job and then return fresher seems valid.

Think about your time at work and time at home. Then think about other things you might have postponed, such as hobbies, travels or special classes. By selecting one of these and adding it to your schedule you might test this theory of separateness.

Whatever you do to really step away from work is apt to reward you with fresher perspective when you return.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex. 

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