Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Work/Life Balance

I have the type of job where I'm expected to be checking my Blackberry and answering emails all the time.  It can be hard to draw the line between work and my personal life.  One of my coworkers has been noticing my constant stream of emails and hung a copy of this flow chart on my desk:

I took this advice to heart last night, put the Blackberry away for two hours, and it was glorious.

Do you struggle with a work/life balance?  Where do you draw the line?


  1. I struggle with balance in general I think! But yes to work and life...

    I'm reading a time management book now. A nd after spending a week in Haiti, completely unavailable, I've really cut back the constant staring at my phone dreading my e-mails.

  2. Don't overwork yourself!! Then you'll get miserable & we don't want that :(
    I love that flow-chart, though!!
    Are you expected to work while you're "off the clock?"" I'm not sure what your line of work it :)

  3. Bahahaha, I need this flow chart in my life.
    But seriously. i suck at the whole balancing thing - it's bad.

  4. When I had that type of job, unless I was expecting an important email I would turn the blackberry over (so I couldn't see that blinking light) and have set times I would check, such as when I got home from work and then again before I went to bed. On the weekend I checked once in the morning, once around noon, and once around 5. Also you need to implement a "don't respond to work emails after two drinks" rule.

  5. Ughhh girl I feel ya. I'm in the same boat. I'm literally attached to my iPhone. It's hard cause I love what I do but I know it's hard for my bf and my friends cause i'm always working! I'm trying to practice putting my phone away for 30 minutes a day. So far I've been able to do it twice. let me know if you figure anything out!

  6. I am so lucky to have a good boss who is all about work/life balance. I hope that you can get a bit more balance soon enough, sounds you are off to a good start.