3 Ways to Disconnect after Work


Have you ever had a day at work where you get so caught up in what you’re doing that you lose track of time? You’re so focused on your tasks and projects that when the clock strikes 5 pm, it feels like the day has gone by so quickly that you can’t disconnect from work-mode.    

These days the lines between the beginning and end of the work day are increasingly blurred.  Receiving emails at odd hours, even ones that aren’t urgent, can make it hard to fully disconnect.  And working from home or meeting hard deadlines can make that disconnection almost impossible.  

When this happens, it’s easy to feel like there’s no separation between life and work — but, there absolutely is one.  

Here is how you can achieve that according to Harvard Business Review: 

1) Keep a to-do list

One of the most important things you can do to disconnect from work is to keep a to-do list. If your to-do list is unrealistic, poorly organized or not updated regularly, it will be hard for you to do this. That’s why it’s so essential that you make sure that:

  • Your list of tasks is realistic.
  • The tasks are well organized in order of priority and importance
  • The list gets regular updates throughout the day/weekend
2) Write a plan for the next day 

To make sure your work doesn’t follow you home, it helps to plan your next day, so you know exactly what needs to be done and when. Make a list of everything that needs to get done and set deadlines for each item. 

This will help keep you focused on what’s most important at the office, which in turn keeps you from bringing home unnecessary stressors and distractions.

3) Find a hobby

Find something that you enjoy doing outside of work. Hobbies are a great way to relax and de-stress after a long day of work, as well as provide a healthy outlet for your creativity! Hobbies can also be a great way to meet people with similar interests or goals in life. 


At the end of the day, it’s all about finding an healthy balance and knowing when to disconnect. You want to make sure that you don’t work too much and get burned out, but also don’t work too little and let your skills go stale. The most important thing is to stay on top of your workload so that you can keep up with everything going on in both your professional life and personal life.  An HRIS like HRWize can help you help your employees strike that balance. Take a look at our features and see how HRWize can help your employees!