Keeping Work Life and Your Personal Life Separate

For us as millennials, social media dominates our lives these days. We are constantly tweeting, posting, sharing, Instagram-ing or YouTube-ing. We really have no limits to what we share and it can cause parts of our lives to cross without us even knowing it.

We forget that our boss follows us on Twitter and share things that aren’t really necessary. Not that it will necessarily make or break anything (though it has happened before), but your private life deserves to be private. 

Depending on what you do for work, it is really difficult to not bond with your co-workers.

Take my job for example: I’m with my co-workers more than I see anyone else in my life, including my fiancé. When you hang around people that much, it’s effortless and simple to become friends outside of work as well.  It’s easy to become friends, go for drinks after work, or start adding each other to Facebook, Twitter, etc. 

When the line starts to get blurry, it can be tough to then separate your work life from your home life. Here are a few ways to add a distinct line again:

1. Turn your social media off – Those photos that you post and those venting tweets allow your co-workers to see what you are up to outside of work. It’s not that big of a deal, but if you want to disconnect from work a bit, then pump the breaks on social media. You can also create separate accounts that are strictly for you and your home life. That way you don’t have to explain anything to your fellow staff the next day.

2. Take time for yourself and the friends and family around you – As tempting as it might be to hangout with your co-workers after work or go for a lunchtime latte, there is nothing wrong with giving that time to your mother and father, or going on a date with your sister.

It allows you to disconnect from work and finish off the day with a clear head. Nobody likes be kept awake by the scrolling to-do list in your mind for the next day. We need as much beauty sleep as we can get. The days only get longer as we get older.

3. Be sparse on the details – When a co-worker asks you how your night was, there is nothing wrong with telling them. However, you don’t need to give them every last detail. 

There is no harm in chatting about the restaurant you tried the night before, but going into detail about your brother’s dating life is going a little too far. There are things that your fellow office mates are okay with knowing, but there are things that happen after work that they don’t need to know.

With that, they will appreciate the fact that you don’t talk their ear off and it allows you to hold onto your home life a little more.

4. Put down the cell phone when you are at home – When you walk through the door, take your shoes off, and put your keys down for the night, put your cell phone down as well. It gives you time to check out and clear your head from the day’s stresses. Your family will also appreciate it. You can give them your undivided attention and you will get to enjoy their company a lot more than sitting there tapping your nails on your phone screen writing your hundredth email for the day. You don’t realize how refreshing it is to reset yourself after a long days work.

With all of that being said, keeping work life separate from your personal life is something that everyone should strive for. Your co-workers don’t need to hear about the dinner that isn’t sitting well and you deserve a break from work with the amount of time you dedicate to it. So, take a deep breath and enjoy your personal life when you should and work life when you should. It’s better for the mind, body, and spirit. 

How do you maintain a balance between your work life and your personal life?