I’ve received a lot of feedback on the “Balance” blog from yesterday and most of it was coming from people having a hard time letting go of work once they are at home.
It’s a common challenge, but what works and has worked with the people I’ve coached is a couple of things:
1. Make time for YOU where you are “unavailable”. I’m not talking about if an emergency comes up, but time for you to take that nap, read your book, watch TV, or just decompress in anyway you like to and not be available for work, thinking, phone calls etc…just declaring that you are unavailable does wonders to put your mind at ease without guilt.
2. Make plans so that you replace thinking about work with other things. The plans can involve family, friends, barbecue – whatever will allow you to balance. Also declare this time to be “YOUR” time guilt free.
The fact is, the root cause of not allowing yourself to “balance out” at home by having fun or doing nothing is guilt = you think should be doing “something” to be productive, but understanding that doing “nothing” IS charging your battery so you can be raring to go back on the job and be more effective when you get there while having more fun while home!
Yours in Guilt Free “YOU” Time – Coach