How Entrepreneurs Can Develop Healthier Holiday Work Habits

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  • Don't let email and other work tasks eat up the time you should be spending with family.

Source | | John Boitnott

With year-end holidays less than two weeks away, how are you planning to spend time with family? Will you be logging off of your business entirely during that time, or will you try to steal away a few minutes here and there to respond to “important” emails? 

Entrepreneurs and business owners are often in the habit of being a little overly connected to their work. After all, if an after-hours emergency occurs, they need to be the ones to answer it. But with this constant connectivity, many find it difficult to truly log off, even on popular occasions like Christmas. Cloud-identity firm Okta recently compiled data from more than 7,000 customers and 6,000 apps and integrations on this topic, and the results revealed some surprising information. When compared with other holidays, Christmas Day is the most work-free. On Christmas, the use of apps like Box, Zoom and Slack dropped to nearly zero, but the use of Office 365’s email continued, particularly later in the day when workers sign in to prepare for the upcoming workday. This hints at the compulsion that entrepreneurs and business owners feel to constantly check their email.

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