Have you ever been accused of working all the time? Are you accessible to everyone even while you are enjoying some ”down time”? And are you always checking your phone for messages and texts so you can respond quickly?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re part of a growing trend in the United States. According to Pew Research, almost 70 percent of cellphone owners check their phones even when it doesn’t ring or vibrate, and almost half of cellphone owners have slept with their phone so they don’t miss any calls or text messages.

I certainly can admit to at least one of the above. As I travel extensively, most weeks I eat at restaurants much of the time. Businesspeople often check their phones while meeting with clients. Even families sitting at restaurants all text and look at their cellphones instead of talking with each other.

As I grow wiser, I find it pivotal to strike a balance between work and home life. I find myself ”disconnecting” from my cellphone during the weekend. I will check it occasionally, but definitely won’t have it with me 100 percent of the time anymore. It’s important to recharge and spend time with your friends and family and disconnect from work.

Although it’s still hard for me to leave my cellphone, it actually helps me be more productive. I’ve found that my creativity and problem-solving skills have improved as I disengage from my cell/work. I also found that if someone needs me during my down time, I’m able to balance this by checking messages at certain times.

Someone asked me “What did we do before cellphones?” I laughed about it, as having a cellphone is so convenient and so much work can get done quickly with it. But, after all, to be successful both personally and professionally, it’s vitally important to balance work life with personal life.

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