The art of finding work-life balance with your smartphone

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Mashable shows us that smartphones offer numerous apps to tackle tasks quickly both inside and outside the office. Often, though, that comes at the expense of your work-life balance.

Employees are accessible 24/7 through their smartphone, creating many workplaces where you’re expected to be available to answer questions all the time.

The same technology that allows us to distract ourselves at home with work messages also often distracts employees in the office.

Here are some steps to help you

  • Make office time more productive

“Our days are being occupied by things that don’t matter most of the time,” says Jason Fried, the founder and CEO of Basecamp and the author of The New York Times best-sellerRework. “We’re just talking. There’s a big difference between constant conversations and meetings and actually getting work done.”

  • Set a fixed work schedule

“People tend to worry that their colleagues and bosses won’t respect them if they leave the office before everyone else,” Ettus says. “But when people know that you leave at a set time every day, they tend to respect it.”

  • Lock yourself out

“You never want to touch your email twice,” Ettus says. “If it’s urgent, respond right away. If you’re not available to respond right away, don’t respond." For instance, Freedom, free for iOS, and Flipd, free for Android phones, will allow you to block certain apps or devices on your phone for a given period of time.

  • Just put down the phone

Ettus also suggests that you work "do not disturb” hours into that schedule. So, if you need to spent two hours a night with your kids or partner, let your colleagues know they shouldn’t expect a response during those hours — unless it’s truly urgent.

What are your strategies to work well? Do you worry about distractions? Does this mean you are less productive? Do you have personal methods of “shutting down” to concentrate? We want to read your thought on the comments.

(This post comes from our Designing Deeper blog
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