Leave work at work

Sometimes its hard to switch off from work when you leave the office on Friday, and many people are still thinking about work issues all over the weekend, meaning they give less attention to their family friends, and their own downtime.

Not everyone works 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, but most of us do get some downtime, even if its a few hours in the evening.  Being self employed or a business owner can mean there is no distinction between work life, home life and social life – but we only get one life, so make the most of your down time.

If you find it hard to switch off, and are constantly distracted by work in your downtime, here are a few ideas to help you to focus on your own R&R (rest and recovery, rest and recreation, rest and relaxation, rest and recuperation).

Make a note

If you forgot to do something before you left work, instead of carrying it around in your head all weekend, make a note of it or add it to your calendar as a reminder for when you return to the office.

Fix it when you can

If you make a mistake and it can be resolved, there is no point in worrying about it all weekend, make a note in your diary to fix the error when you get back to work.

Let it go

Some things you cannot fix, some errors can not be un-done.  Sometimes you need to say sorry, or apologise for an error that has been made. If you cannot resolve something, or its too late to fix, let it go, move on and try not to beat yourself up for something that cannot be changed.  Some things are best left in the past.

Save your ideas

Sometimes your creative juices only flow when you are outside of the work environment, and its easy to get distracted or carried away with things that maybe aren’t realistic. Sketch the ideas down somewhere in a book or a ‘back burner’ file, so that when the time is right you can go back to the ideas.

Try meditation

Meditation is a great way to clear your head, even if for 10 minutes, it allows you to focus on you, and notice the small things around you that make up your life. There are plenty of apps and things to try, just Google ‘Meditation’.  Its easier than you think, and surprisingly effective.

Go outside and breath in 

Get outside into the fresh air, go for a walk.  Look around you, listen, smell.  Look up at the sky, buildings, trees, whatever is around you.  Take in your surroundings, notice the colour of things, take a photo close up and a panorama image.  This is something you can do at any time of the day, not just when you have left work, try a lunchtime walk, just be mindful of your surroundings and what else is out there.

Hopefully some of these ideas will help you get some more focus.

Remember work life, business life, social life, park life. You only have 1 life.





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