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Below is my contribution to an open call that sought guidance on How to Disconnect from Work.
Disconnect from Work - Reconnect with Yourself, Your Family & Life
On Record: June 2022
"I've learned from experience that a work-life balance is essential to one's overall growth and quality of life. When stepping away from work, it grants us an opportunity to take care of ourselves when away from our daily settings and routines. We extract value from this concept by practicing it -- when we're at work, we're working. When we're away, we are literally away from work essentials that become 'distractions' during our personal time. When we mismanage our time and energies, it only breeds frustration because we're not fully vested in our work nor our personal endeavors. It comes down to whether people truly want to disengage from work or not. Work is a blessing yet when it's present in every aspect of our life, it starts to compete with other areas of our lifestyle that can benefit from our presence. It's important to be cognizant that a work-life balance is a choice on part of the individual regardless of their circumstances because we all hold free-will to maintain boundaries. There may be seasons of life when we're working more than usual, it's okay. It gets tricky in the American work culture where it's "trendy" to work around the clock to prove one's professional character, or engage in bragging rights. I often tell people, 'don't just show up, engage'. Quality over quantity. It helps us become more self-aware humans and better contributors in life overall. It takes work to strike a manageable medium which one can live with. Sometimes it's easier said than done. Living is more important than just solely working." -- Sasha Laghonh, Founder Sasha Talks