We all know that one self proclaimed “workaholic”. Maybe it's you, your friend or eager beaver Allen who sits at the desk behind.
In fact, just today, one of the We Are Gntlmen team received an email telling him “you need to enjoy some down time.”
This got us thinking, for us workaholics out there, how do we actually switch off?
Whether you work a 9-5 or not, it's important for your health – both mentally and physically – to take some time off.
So with that in mind, here is our (flexible) evening schedule to give you some ideas on how to power down from work mode.
4:45 PM First thing's first, before you finish work make a to-do list for the next day. That way if you didn't get everything done that you wanted to you can prioritise it for tomorrow.
Commute tip: if you do commute, don't do anywork on your way home. Instead, read a book or listen to music, a podcast or an audiobook if you're driving.
5:30 PM (or whenever you get home) Change out of your work clothes as soon as you get in, whether you're in your everyday wear or not. Getting out of the clothes you've been working in will help strip away (get it?) any residual “work mode” feelings. It will also help you to relax and get comfy.
5:35 PM Switch off your work mobile or mute your emails. Once you're out that door, you're off the clock.
6:00 PM Cook yourself a proper meal. Yes, gents, ditch that microwave! If you're strategic, you can prep some things the night before so it makes it easier and quicker to cook when you're feeling like you really can't be bothered.
7:00 PM onwards Do something that will occupy your mind. Most workaholics tend to keep working because they have nothing else to do, so indulge in a hobby or a workout, head out on a date night or if you feel like just doing nothing, DO NOTHING! You'll find no judgement here.
9 PM Avoid looking at mobile devices. Studies have shown that the blue light from LED screens such as mobile phones and laptops can affect your sleeping pattern. In a nutshell – and not to get too sciencey – the blue light stops the production of melatonin, the hormone that tells you you're sleepy. So, switching off your devices a couple of hours before bed not only stops you from checking your emails but will also help you get a good nights sleep. Ready to smash your next work day.
We've found that a routine is great to help switch off, so next time you're thumbs are itching to answer that just one email, step away from the phone and think about this blog post!
“This is all well and good, but what about that holiday I'm being forced to take?”
Well gents, we have three rules when it comes to holidays.
Rule #1: Send an Out Of The Office email. Whether you're self-employed or not, people will know not to expect a response post-haste.
Rule #2: For those self-employed gents out there, we know how hard it is to run your own business AND take a break. Whilst away, give yourself 2-3 hours in the morning to do any work related things but as soon as that clock hits the cut off point, stop. That way you've got the rest of the day to yourself.
Rule #3: Hotels have bars. Bars are fun. Head to the bar.