(Closed) Anyone with a job they take home with them? Advice?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I teach and unfortunately one of the downsides of this job is that I almost always have to bring work home with me. Sometimes it’s grading, sometimes planning, sometimes it’s report cards or creating materials…I set aside Saturday as a mandatory “me” day…so that’s one day where I don’t worry about anything work-related. Never feel guilty about taking time for you. If you don’t, you’ll burn out and won’t enjoy what you do. And..though I don’t know what your profession is, I’m sure it’s okay if you devote one hour to be business-phone-free.

Post # 4
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mstre269: No advice, but I am in the exact same boat and am interested in whatever advice other bees have to offer…

Post # 6
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

The only time I am not available to my work is when it closes…and then security has my number to call me if there are any issues. I ask that employees text or email me whenever possible so I dont have to answer or talk on my phone as much because then it feels less like work. It helps to be able to put my phone down at a specific time and stop worrying, so if you can’t take a full day away or even if you can and just want some extra time, I would say pick a time and after that there is no more work allowed (7 pm, 9pm, whatever works best for you). You need time to relax and recharge too and that is nothing to feel guilty about!

Post # 7
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mstre269: Thanks! Sticking to it is the hardest part, but as you said: it wears you out if you don’t. I hope next Saturday is a relaxing one for you!

Post # 8
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m a scientist so when there are days where I don’t have to work in the lab, I’m usually at my desk doing paperwork. So I do have the ability to work from home on those days.  I’ve done it a bunch of times.

I don’t know about the stress part because I’m a workaholic so I work a lot and it does get stressful because I work so hard. Yeah, I don’t know.

Post # 10
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

my husband feels im on 24/7 – we were on vacation on a remote 3rd world island and at low tide i would wade out to a rock to stand on so i could get phone signal to take calls from work.  i really enjoy what i do so im not fussed but hubby hates it

Post # 11
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Luckily, my job isn’t always like this, but summertime is the “busy season” for us. Unfortunately, that’s when I most want to be outside having fun! I had to start keeping my blackberry in the other room when I went to sleep, otherwise I would wake up in the middle of the night or early in the morning before I woke up – and then I would just stay awake until going to work early. So putting the phone/laptop aside is a good start.

When I did decide to take some “me” time, I made sure that I’m doing something – going for coffee, shopping, walking my dog or going to the dog park.  Something to keep me occupied but still be relaxing. Otherwise, if I was home trying to relax, I would just look at the blackberry. There’s a reason it’s a crackberry! lol

Post # 12
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I work from home a lot, and just finished up two proposals I needed to send out.  I usually try to keep Sunday as my no work day – catch up on housework, go out to breakfast, spend time with the hubby, etc.  He ended up going into work at 7, so I worked after that.

It’s definitely hard, I am always “on” my phone is always with me, etc.

Post # 13
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The first year at my job, I brought a lot home with me. The second year, I separated my tasks into what MUST be done, and what could wait until the next day. It has really allowed me to focus on what I needed to do at home (chores Fiance etc), and have some me time.

Post # 14
1251 posts
Bumble bee

I work with at-risk teenagers, and I work in a building where there are kids in county placements, so there is way too much to think about at work. 

The best thing I can think of is going to the gym between work and home.

Post # 16
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m a writer and work at home and it’s really easy to just keep work through the evening, taking just short breaks to watch a TV show and have dinner. Sometimes I even work while I watch TV. So it can be hard to keep it separate. It helps to just turn off the phone or stop working and leave the house. It can be tricky but it definitely helps to make plans to not work and stick with it.

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