Want Work/Life Balance? Turn Off Your Phone

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Confession time: every evening at dinner, when I’m done and the kids are still slowly working through their meal, I “have to go to the bathroom.”

It is a funny feeling that’s making me go to the john, but it’s not the usual “call of nature;” it’s a phone vibration in my pocket that makes me retreat to the little boys’ room.

Like most of you, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Too often I’m “that dad” at the park flipping through Twitter instead of running around the slide and climbing the ropes. I’m an engaged parent, but I’m also a multitasker – I try to do lots of things at once. My life is busy, but it’s not unmanageable. I mea,n I hardly have the sort of empire that Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran has to look after each day.

Which is why I’m so impressed by her secret to work/life balance. She spills it, after the jump.

Tech writer and speaker, Amber Mac, contributes to Fast Company‘s Work Flow series, where she talks to influential people about how they get things done.

For many busy parents, achieving a balance between work and family is a struggle. If you’re trying to find a balance between the two, Corcoran suggests you forget about it.

“I gave up years ago on the concept that you could actually have balance in your life,” she says in the interview. “I think it’s a phantom chase.”

The best thing Corcoran can do is make her family a priority when she’s with them. To that end she has a strict rule, the phone goes off the moment she gets home. “I’m totally a mom, and a wife until I hit the sack at 11,” she says. “I never turn on my phone again from the moment I leave the office, and I turn it on again at 6.”

Wise words, and I’ll try it tonight. The moment I get home, the phone goes off. The computer goes off.

How do you focus on your kids?

Here’s Corcoran’s full interview with Amber Mac:

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