The average American spend 44 hours working between Monday and Friday, and 59% of them use their mobile devices to work outside of normal business hours. These fancy statistics are just nice ways of saying that Americans are always plugged in. Whether you should be working outside of the standard 9 to 5 depends on your personal preferences and your job, but if you aren’t careful, overworking can affect your health, your psyche and your productivity.
Below our team shares their favorite way to unplug outside of work.
Get Active – Let’s be real, most of our working hours are spent sitting behind a desk so don’t spend hours of your free time sitting. Get up and go outside. Take your dog for a walk, go on a bike ride, start a garden. Your body will thank you for the Vitamin D.
Get those creative juices flowin’ – Put down the phone and pick up a guitar, paintbrush, or pen. Creating something with your own two hands is a great way to direct your focus to something productive, fun, and unrelated to whatever is happening in your inbox.
Cook Something – Whether you have a favorite dish or decide to pull out the ol’ cookbook, spending time in the kitchen is a great way to step away from the phones and email and focus on the present.
See your friends – One of our favorite ways to step away from our phones and stop thinking about work is to meet up with friends. Grabbing a bite to eat after work or meeting friends for a weekend brunch is a fun way to connect with the people you don’t usually get to see during the workweek.
Just don’t force yourself to go cold turkey if you find a little extra time online to be beneficial.
If you’ve got FOMO and are used to constantly checking your inbox, it may be helpful to give yourself sometime in the morning or afternoon on weekends to sweep through your emails and make sure there is nothing that needs to be taken care of before 9am Monday morning. If it gives you peace of mind, go for it. Just leave any responses that are not urgent for the work week.
How do you unplug after work?