The advent of modern technology would be the end of us.
In the old days past, a telephone was a luxury and sending messages was done through telegram, which has a rustic sound to it when spoken these days. That and some eye-brow raising questions wondering which era you are from.
Alas, today, you can send a message with a tap of fingertips and even through a shoutout in your social media account. When it comes to your professional career, you are becoming tied to it, and the rope is getting tighter.
I know the feeling because when I was working at an office full time, I would spend 14-16 hours at the office, check endless emails on weekends. I dread coming back from a vacation because I knew I would be inundated with emails. Yes, I experienced machine crashes from unread emails.
I have forgotten that I, too, had a life to live. While it is commendable to be dedicated to your work and to have such a powerful feeling that your boss needs you, you need yourself more. There is a reason why it is called a 9-5 job. Once you clock out, you are off, except, maybe for occasional overtime but other than that, you have to set the boundaries.
Your boss should understand it is off hours and so should your clients, unless, of course, it has been previously arranged, then you must honor your commitment.
What I am trying to say is that you leave your work at work, the same way you are expected to leave your home issues at home. Take care of yourself and avoid stressing over work during the time when you are supposed to be on a family or personal time.
If you do not put the boundaries up, your health and cognitive function will suffer due to stress!
Not convinced yet? Read below article from Inc.com and check out the things you do not owe your boss for. There are things you solely own, like your health and your sanity. Do not hand it over to your boss blindly and freely. Get off the grid and enjoy the quiet life away from technology once in a while. Your emails can wait and your friends won’t even notice you were offline!
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6 Things You Don’t Owe Your Boss
When you don’t have good boundaries between your work and personal lives, your health and performance suffer.
You need to make the critical distinction between what belongs to your employer and what belongs to you and you only. The items that follow are yours. If you don’t set boundaries around them and learn to say no to your boss, you’re giving away something with immeasurable value.
1. Your health.
2. Your family.
3. Your sanity.
4. Your identity.
5. Your contacts.
6. Your integrity.
Bring it all together.
Success and fulfillment often depend upon your ability to set good boundaries. Once you can do this, everything else just falls into place.
–by Travis Bradberry
To read the full text, please go to Inc.com.