Since all of us are working form home, most of our work has been shifted to online modes. This might give us the feeling of always being online, which also means always being at work leads to an always-on culture; which can lead to burn out sometimes.
Even when we are online for entertainment purposes, if someone from work or an important email is sent, even after work hours we tend to respond to them.
Here are some tips:
1. Do not disturb mode: after working hours, make sure to keep your phone on the do not disturb mode. Not getting alerts can help in reducing stress.
2. Take short breaks: take short 15 minute breaks in between to do something you love away from your laptop and phone.
This 15 minute rule even helps if have to go to office too. After office come home, freshen up relax do something that you love for 15 minutes and then do work if you have any.
3. Make a quick note: if you do get an email after work hours, make a quick note of responding to the email or some other work you remembered to do. You can make a note in your phone or on a post-it note, whatever works for you.
4. Send less email: research shows that people spend a third to half of their time in sending emails. This could result in increased work load and stress. Think if email is the right one for the job, if you are looking for a quick response call or text. Make sure your email is short and includes all the key words. Such things make it easier for you and other people. Long emails are hard to read, if there is a lot of matter just call and talk.
5. No phone rule: set a time when there should be a no phone rule to encourage time with your family like in bedrooms at the dinner table etc. This gets you your time off technology you have been at for most of your day and gets you time to talk to your family.
6. If possible, take short weekend trips to some place you like in the city which relaxes you or somewhere out where you can take your mind off work and relax.
7. It is important to have boundaries and limits: till when you will work, till when you will be available to respond to queries etc. Time off is strictly time off until you get something that can't wait any longer.