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How are you able to disconnect and take time off work?

I have enough work for 5 Tiagos (specially now with the freelance…). But I feel that I am missing out in other important aspects of life (I barely leave my house….). Do you have the same issue? Any tips to force myself to disconnect and to accept that some work won’t be done?

author Tiago Ferreira

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I might have work for 2 Luises only and a boss, but for me it is crucial to have fixed times in the week when work is not an option… In my case that’s Yoga class, Flamenco class, dive training, Sunday routine. When I have so much to do that I could work more than ten hours a day (which would not be paid and has really bad impact on my productivity and wellbeing), I invite friends for dinner or ask my colleague to have an Afterwork coffee, so I cannot continue working. If I had a less fixed working schedule, I would maybe have a coffee in the afternoon or go to the swimming pool in the morning, but I would still make sure to have those slots scheduled and undebatable (either because someone is waiting for me or I have to pay for it).

writen by Luise Haack

As Luise said, it comes down to planning and priorities.

writen by Philip

Get a family Seriously it helps to at least disconnect from work since I just have to. Not so much about the chores in general, though :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: Apart from that: I know the feeling and sometimes feel the pressure (or just want to) continuing/finishing what I was doing. I guess it’s a bit related to my ADHD as well :see_no_evil: It helps to make the hard plan to have to do a good walk outside and do something other than work to fight this.

writen by Benedikt

My body forces me to

Do NOT let yourselves get to that point please

writen by LaLa Artica

I absolutely agree

writen by Benedikt

I currently work at 90%, sometimes at 150%. There were times when I really needed a clone at my day job, because it sucked all my energy.

Working on own projects gives a lot more motivation.

To keep up with personal work, I have a backlog. There are some goals for 2-3 months ahead. I know that everything I start doing will likely take much more time than estimated, therefore, I try not to stick to time, unless there are specific events I need to prepare for (such as Black Friday or Christmas).

Then I use some of these principles to choose what to do from the backlog:

• Is there an opportunity (that supports my goals) I would miss if I don’t do it right now? • What is the 1 most important thing I can do to get ahead? • What are 20% of tasks that would bring 80% of impact. • Get things done (don’t start too many new things until the old ones are finished) • Are there critical-path tasks that I need to do before all others (usually related to laws or third-party-service regulations) One more Tip that Luise already mentioned: schedule some time for rest, socialization, relaxation.

writen by Aidas Bendoraitis

Great insights Luise Haack did you feel pressure from your boss to work the extra hours or is it your own pressure?

writen by Tiago Ferreira

Actually I am afraid that by getting a family I would have no time for them. But you are right kids definitely change your priorities :) Benedikt

writen by Tiago Ferreira

You raise a lot of questions for which I don’t know the answers to Aidas Bendoraitis I wish I knew what of my tasks will have the most impact in the future

writen by Tiago Ferreira

It’s all about how they support my end goals.

I know what legacy I want to leave about myself, when I leave this material world, and then I adjust my actions for those goals.

writen by Aidas Bendoraitis

There is a saying that you can only control the effort, not the outcome.

On the other hand, there is a compound effect for all the consistent actions that you take. (I proved that to myself with @|DjangoTricks)

writen by Aidas Bendoraitis

Tiago Ferreira, my boss wants to be free of any hustle with international students and thus, she is expecting from me to deal with all of this. I approached her some weeks ago telling her that it was too much. Her answer was: ‘I don’t get any additional support when it’s too much for me either.’ So it’s kind of expected, but also pressure I put myself.

writen by Luise Haack

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