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I'm Asking: When Are You Not Available?

I'm Asking: When Are You Not Available?

Finding a happy medium between work and your personal life is a complicated balancing act that can take years to perfect.

The fact that 46 percent of you recently said you have trouble saying "No" to work got me thinking about when I chose to draw the line on what's my time.

I carry my BlackBerry with me in the evenings and on weekends and try to keep up with important emails from work, but I'm not afraid to click "mark as unread" when an email is non-urgent and deal with it at a more appropriate time. When are you not available?

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Jeny Jeny 8 years
Before 9am or after 7pm during the week.. I have to be available on Saturdays because I'm a Realtor and most people need to look on Saturdays and I rarely come in on Sundays and if I do, I better be making a commission lol!-
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
I don't check my email when I'm not at the office, but I'm available by phone 24-7. That doesn't mean I'll answer, but I do get work related calls on my off hours.I also get phone calls when I'm on vacation - Again, choosing when I answer is up to me!
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
I don't check my email when I'm not at the office, but I'm available by phone 24-7. That doesn't mean I'll answer, but I do get work related calls on my off hours. I also get phone calls when I'm on vacation - Again, choosing when I answer is up to me!
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
I'm with hippie cowgirl. I am unavailable about 10 minutes before the end of day ;)In my opinion, until they pay me like my skills and my time are so freaking valuable to them, I'm not going to drop everything and do something for someone that can wait until next day, next week, after lunch, whatever.If I'm so important to my job, then they need to show me the money first!
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
I'm with hippie cowgirl. I am unavailable about 10 minutes before the end of day ;) In my opinion, until they pay me like my skills and my time are so freaking valuable to them, I'm not going to drop everything and do something for someone that can wait until next day, next week, after lunch, whatever. If I'm so important to my job, then they need to show me the money first!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'm paid to work 8AM-5PM. That is the time I am available. However, I don't have a problem is someone calls me while I'm on vacation to ask an urgent question. I usually let VM get it when I see it's a call from work. I'll check the message and return the call if it's something that truly needs my attention.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm definitely trying to find the happy median there. while i was on vacation for a week i still checked all my emails - and i'm sure that i would have survived without doing so - but i didn't want to miss something major or come back to 300+ emails.
nv27 nv27 8 years
Im always available, Im committed to my work and my coworkers so if anybody needs me I can always be reached.
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
Anytime between 6:00 PM and 7:00 AM on weekdays and the whole weekend. I can be bad about consistently checking my work e-mail, though.
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
I really try to not be available once I leave the office or shut down the office computer. However, some of my coworkers are on my facebook, gtalk, etc so if something really urgent comes up, they can, and do, get a hold of me that way. Luckily it hasn't been too much of a nuisance yet....
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I'm still trying to find a balance.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Basically weeknights after 5:30pm (classes) and weekends (I'm always out of town every other weekend or partying with my friends. :D
rannew rannew 8 years
between 445 pm and 845 am M-F I'm not available for work, also Saturday and Sunday
cmill38 cmill38 8 years
when i am at work from 6:30-5, my work has my full attention. however, when 5 o'clock hits, there is nothing that is so important that it can't wait until 6:30am the next day. 5pm to 10pm is my time the rest of the time is for sleep.
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