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The tasks you tackle at the very end of the day may play an outsize role in helping you unplug.
Psychologically detaching from work is one of the best ways to reduce after-hours stress and all its harms, including burnout. This means not only refraining from performing job-related tasks, but also mentally disconnecting from the job during non-work time.
Your brain struggles to let go of unfinished business. Incomplete tasks have a unique ability to continue capturing attention.
This is usually useful but can be problematic in the context of work-related stress and burnout. Many of our jobs force us to juggle a variety of tasks that take days, weeks, or months to complete.
And all of these loose ends have the potential to distract us during leisure time.
Taking a few minutes at the very end of the day to map out how you’ll tackle any ongoing tasks or commitments is a great way to facilitate detachment.
Making a plan for where, when, and how the task will be completed seems to reduce the urgency in our brains that naturally presses for completing goals. In this case, a plan is a reasonable substitute for actually completing the goal.
Knocking out simple, completable tasks at the end of the workday — and avoiding complicated ones — is another good way to psychologically disconnect.
If you finish the day by tackling something complex and unfinishable, this creates “oose ends that have the potential to continue distracting us during leisure time. You’re better off working on these earlier in the day, and reserving the easy stuff for your final hour or two of work.
Don’t make checking your inbox the last thing you do each day.
This is the opposite of detachment. If there is nothing to attend to in your inbox, checking email is a small waste of time. If there is something urgent, a new task has now been activated in your mind, which will press for completion.
"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”- John Maxwell
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