Every person needs to rest – you can’t argue with that statement. Even the computer, behind which you spend the cherished eight hours, periodically needs a reset (in the literal sense of the word). Read about how to “reset” and learn to switch quickly between work and rest in this material.
Have you ever dreamed of such a magic elevator, which would activate every time at the end of the working day – it is only necessary to press the call button, and the person immediately forgets about who he works and what urgent matters remained unresolved. He simply gets off on the first floor, determined to devote the evening hours to the things he loves (besides work, of course) – friends, hobbies, family, sports, and perhaps volunteering.
Alas, such an elevator has not yet been invented, but the smartphone, which allows a person to be in touch 24 hours a day, is already in your pocket and is constantly trying to notify you about something. Urgent presentation, urgent brief, urgent revisions – do you still remember the old days when work was non-urgent? What about your friends, family, children, hobbies? What about your life – is it non-urgent?
The second law of dialectics states that quantitative changes always turn into qualitative changes. And since this is the case, answer this: are you sure that a 24-hour workday will have a positive effect on this quality? Are you confident that your life and career will be better because of it?
We have written many times that the key to happiness is balance. If the balance shifts toward work, then there is a great risk of emotional burnout (in addition to promotion), and if it shifts toward rest and entertainment – a personal crisis and a total lack of money. Thus, the ability to smoothly transition from solving work issues to relaxation, rest and idleness (may the workaholics forgive us) will help you not only maintain psychological (and possibly physical) health, but also to enjoy life and its diversity.
How to learn how to quickly switch between work and rest, we tell you below – we found four cool ways.
Create your own transit zone
In an interview with our website, Alyona Zavarzina, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist snowboarder, told us that even after a super-heavy day of competition she always gets on her bike and rides around town for a few hours – it helps her “get the blood flowing”, recover and recuperate. Take this tip for good, because it is suitable not only for professional athletes, but also for ordinary people. And if you do not have a bike, you can limit yourself to a short walk. Go to the park, find a longer walk to the subway, or get off the bus a couple of stops early – experiment, and then ask your family if they’ve noticed the change. You’ll be surprised, but they’ll probably tell you that you’ve (finally) become the quiet person who’s more involved in home life than checking work email.
Yes, yes, you’ll say it’s a platitude, but damn it, as long as your phone is on, it will constantly receive alerts for “urgent” tasks. The decision to put it into air mode is a decision that is entirely up to you. In other words, no one is going to arrest you for not checking your email for a full (oh horror) 45 minutes.
When you’re driving home in your car or on the subway, the best thing you can do is turn your smartphone into a player and listen to some relaxing music or find some funny podcast. After all, nobody cancelled a good old-fashioned book either. In general, reading in transport is not only an “el clasico”, but also the best way to distract yourself from pressing matters.
Make up a ritual
Some take a bubble bath every night, some cook dinner to Sam Cooke songs, and some can’t wait until the end of the day to run to the gym for a workout. These habits not only have a positive effect on your body, they also help you relax. So much for personalized meditation. And mind you, no email or work chats. Just food, jazz, and sports. Frankly, even watching TV helps to take a breath and abstract from the hard work of everyday life. Just decide in advance what programs you’re going to watch, so that you don’t spend a free evening thoughtlessly flipping through channels and even deeper into your own thoughts. And by the way, leave your phone and laptop on the charger in another room – you won’t need them tonight.
What do you do in the evening? What activity keeps you anxiously awaiting 6:00 p.m.? Where do you rush off to after work?
Now tell me, when was the last time something scary, irreparable, and urgent happened while you were having fun with friends, reading a story to your child, or just watching a movie? Let’s rephrase the question: has it ever happened in principle? Let’s be honest, the decision to work at night and constantly monitor email is your decision, not a manager’s demand. No one is arguing that there are force majeure circumstances when you do have to work overtime, but those situations can’t constitute one hundred percent of the workflow. (And if they do, it means that one of you two – either you or your boss – isn’t very good at organizing that very process.) More often than not, the initiative to prolong the working day comes from you – perhaps you banal have no other activities, maybe you are a hyper-responsible person who needs to control everything, maybe you want to curry favor with the boss and get his approval. Whatever your true motives, keep in mind: the world is not going to get better or worse from the fact that you give a report in the evening and not in the morning. Nor will it make you better or worse.
If there are no deadlines and urgent projects that were due yesterday, you have every right to devote a free evening to rest and relaxation, without feeling remorse. But it must be your conscious and conscious choice.