When you’re already prone to workaholism, living in the smartphone decade doesn’t help. If you don’t take a step back to draw boundaries between the conference room and the living room, work life-coach Sue Thompson warns, you could sacrifice your free will to a phone.
“We no longer have a work life and a home life,” she says. “We have a life and we really need to decide how we want to live that life.”
It’s important to make the time to ask yourself that existential question, agrees Careers By Design Founder Shirin Khamisa.
“Look at your habits, get a reality check,” she says. “Is the way you’re functioning really serving you? If you’re texting at the dinner table, how is that affecting your interaction with your family? If you’re a young, single person, how does always being connected affect your personal life?”
Keeping your thumbs surgically attached to the phone could hurt more than your dating career, she notes. It could destroy your actual career. Ask yourself: Is it truly worth hammering away into the deep night, before slumping to work the next morning tired, hollow and ineffective?
“Start thinking in terms of results,” she urges.
Change your clothes
“Dress professionally for work,” Thompson offers. “That way, when you get home and you take off those clothes, that’s your psychological barrier that shows you’re at home.”
If you don’t, Anderson adds, you could lose perspective.
“If you don’t make that serious effort, it’s all going to blend in,” she says. “In five or 10 years, it’s going to be even harder.”