This year I made a New Year’s resolution to not use my phone in bed. I was noticing that Steve and I would wake up and immediately check our phones. I would look at e-mail and Instagram, and Steve would play Clash of Clans. This would go on for about 10-15 min and then we would get up. Steve and I have enough going on where quality time isn’t always easy to come by. Between house projects, his sporting events, and spending time with friends and family we don’t always have quality alone time. Then I realized that during the time we actually were alone, we were on our phones instead of communicating. After realizing this, I decided my resolution would be “no phones in bed” and it’s been wonderful! We actually chat in the morning and I feel even closer to him.
Now that I was paying attention to my phone usage, something else occurred to me. I was spending the evenings we had together checking my work e-mail to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. If an e-mail came in I responded to it without even thinking about it, even if it wasn’t important. Finally last week I realized that between checking my e-mail right when I woke up, during breakfast, while I worked out, during the work day, while I was making dinner, right after dinner, while I’m relaxing with a glass of wine, and before I went to sleep, I was working 100% of my waking hours. I was a slave to the little ding I get when I receive an e-mail.
As soon as I would hear that ding I would be on my phone checking it because I didn’t want to miss anything and 99% of the time it was nothing urgent. But even then I was responding right away because I didn’t want my clients thinking I wasn’t able to help them. Finally after all this realizing and thinking I came to a decision. I am not checking my work e-mail unless it’s during work hours.
This was a promise I made when I first started working from home because it’s so easy to blur the lines between work and home life, and having access to e-mail and phone calls the entire time was blurring the lines even further. I didn’t want to do it anymore.
And you know what I’ve found? I love it! I am more productive during the day, I can fully relax during my non-work hours, and I am less stressed about responding to e-mails as soon as they come in. The message is always waiting for me in the morning and my immediate response wasn’t needed. It is truly a game changer. I don’t know why I strayed away from this idea in the first place, but I can promise that I will try my hardest to maintain the home/work boundaries.
What do you guys think? Is this idea crazy in this day and age? Should I let go of my pre-historic ideas and give into the idea that work will follow me everywhere or is this something you guys are going to try/already abide by? Let me know in the comment section below!