4 tactics for avoiding the never-ending workday

Work/life balance means just that: balance. Here are some smart, simple ways to get the downtime you deserve without shirking your professional responsibilities.

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Despite this, you can almost guarantee that some people will get back to you long before they’re scheduled to return to work.

Much has been written on today’s 24/7 work culture and how it’s eradicating the already blurred line between personal and work time. Whether we work at our company’s headquarters or at home, we’re never really “off the clock” anymore thanks to mobile devices. We know we shouldn’t interrupt family dinners, weekend activities, vacations and even our sleep with constant work communication, but we do it anyway.

I recently read a piece on The Muse about how to stop obsessively checking your work email. The author, Dr. Suzanne Gelb, outlined four root causes of this behavior:

1. Fear of missing out

2. Worrying about what others will think

3. Wanting a distraction from boredom or stress

4. Wanting to fill an emotional void or seeking human connection

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