It is Friday. The back to school emails have started. They are popping into my mail box with the inevitability of a Monday which follows a Sunday.
I have very mixed feelings towards looking at work email when I am at home. First of all, it does interrupt your home life. As a profession, we need to try really hard to switch off sometimes – which is often an impossible task. This is made harder if you have those pesky emails popping up.
On the other hand, if you don’t check them, then you may miss an important notice and end up looking unprepared when you go into work. Also, looking at the mail today started a sick kind of rolling and knotting sensation in my stomach which I was powerless to prevent.
Being in special measures adds a extra element. With a new acting head starting with us, we once again find ourselves in the position of having to prove ourselves. We did that last year. It was hard, scary and sometimes quite exciting. And now we are having to do it all over again. I am sure that anyone who has been in special measures with lots of management changes is very familiar with this situation. So, there is that extra pressure to open those mails…you want to make a good impression.
So, what is the solution? I tried switching off my school account during holidays/weekends. I found this created more anxiety than it prevented as I was scared I was missing out, or would appear ignorant to anyone sending me a mail.
I decided to blog about it instead. To see if anyone had a solution. Funnily enough, while I was writing this, I thought of an idea. To achieve a balance, I could designate certain times to switch on/off that work email account. For example – turn it off after 8 on a weekday – only turn it on for an hour on a Saturday afternoon…
If anyone out there has any other solutions I would love to hear about them…it’s something we all need to think about in this work/life balance conscientious world.