I don’t know about you, but I am constantly seeking a better work-life balance. Teaching is one of the jobs that can easily take over your life, if you allow it to do so. There are a lot of things that I do to maintain a work-life balance. Many of them revolve around food prep. I previously wrote a blog post here that touches on that.
During the school year, no matter how much prep I do, it is hard to maintain a balance during the year. One thing I do to try to maintain some kind of balance is take my work email off of my phone! I especially do this on the long weekends, or over a school break.
If you aren’t ready for that step, then at least turn of the ‘push’ and the notifications, so you can check it on your schedule!
Another option would be to put it under a separate email app so that you have to choose to check it, on your schedule.
When work email is on your phone, it is too easy to feel an obligation to answer emails at all or hours, or to read an email that makes you frustrated or upset when you should be getting ready for bed, or enjoying family time.