Career Trends: Making the Most of Your Personal Time After Work Hours

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Edition: December 4th, 2021
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS

It is important to create a tradition to mindfully transition from your workday to personal time. (Image Credit: Shutterstock)

Excerpts from article by Abby Miller, published on

It takes practice to transition from your workday into your personal time. Work worries will spoil your time at home unless you take charge. According to a survey, a majority of working professionals feel overwhelmed balancing their work and personal commitments, with just around 40% reporting a good balance between the two.

Some amount of reflection and focus can help you find a rhythm in your workday.

Here are a few tips to do so:

1. Create a mindful transition tradition

We can transition mindfully from work into our daily lives. Recall the highlights, lessons learned, and low points of your work day, and you will be able to start preparing for tomorrow’s priorities. However, to embrace the future, you must let go of what happened today. Meditation, dog-walking and journaling can all be used to help you transition.

2. Get your play clothes on and go outside

Consider the excitement and change in pace that dressing up and changing into “play clothes” brings. What does “changing into play clothes” mean? Having a physical way to transition when you wrap up your workday to symbolically and practically move into a new mind space. You will also find that you are energised when you spend time outdoors. You can borrow a neighbor’s dog or ride a bicycle, read, garden, or swim.

3. Take a moment to reflect on the day

Do you feel energised or depleted after your workday? Break down your day and learn from it. Extroverts can recharge by taking some quiet time. Introverts will feel more refreshed if they go out socialising.

4. Practise gratitude and appreciation

Take a minute to revisit the day and reflect on a situation/opportunity that you’re grateful for. Next, I look at my team to find one person who did something I appreciated and think about how I can be grateful for the next workday.

5. Take a mental break – however you like it

We all need to take a break from our jobs at one point or another. It is helpful to plan ahead and prepare for the next day, but it is also essential to take some “me” time. A mental reset can reduce stress and help you to think clearly again. You can avoid burnout by setting aside time for yourself at the end of your workday. You deserve it.

6. Turn off the computer & temporarily resign

Turn off the computer. Spend time with friends and family. Prioritise well-being. It’s not productive to continue working just because it feels good. Overwork can lead to obsessiveness and repetitiveness. A relaxed and vibrant mind is conducive to creativity. Anxiety is often accompanied by an obsession with getting things done.

7. Relax, rejuvenate and recover

You give so much of yourself throughout the day that you begin to lose some of who you really are. You may be experiencing life-changing events during this period. If you don’t record them, they will be forgotten. You can re-energise by relaxing and writing in your journal.

8. Plan your next workday

As long as the subconscious mind is worrying about the future, it cannot let go. You will experience a higher level of confidence, efficiency and productivity if you wake up knowing what your day holds. You will find joy in your personal and professional life if you plan the working hours of your next day as the last thing that you do before you leave work.

Be self-aware: Every person is unique. Each person’s approach to unwinding and recharging is unique. It is essential to be self-aware. It is important to know what gives you energy and what drains it. Do what’s best for you!

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)

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