IN FRANCE, there’s a law that makes it illegal for anyone to send anyone anything that’s work related "once the working day has ended." And that’s actually a good thing if you ask me. You won’t have to worry about getting emails or having to work on those emails even when you’re already at home.
In the Philippines, however, it’s a totally different thing. We don’t have that rule the same as that in France. Yes, we end our (normal) work day at 5 p.m. but we’re still expected to reply to emails when we receive them even if it’s past work hours. There’s that certain level of expectation from upper management that we do so, right? It shouldn’t really be that way though. The work day has ended. Work stops.
So, with that in mind, I recommend that you all enable the Do Not Disturb mode on your smartphone right after work. Or if you please, at a more specific time frame. Mine is set from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., the next day. I also set my smartphone to only receive messages and calls from a certain list of people. You know, emergency purposes. You don’t want to miss a call from your mom when she calls you to tell you that she cooked a meal for you, right?
If you’re on iOS, here’s a video tutorial I found for you on how to use and maximize the DND mode.
And if you’re on Android, things could get a bit different from brand to brand but it should be close enough. Luckily, you don’t have to rummage through the web. I found a YouTube playlist for you. The playlist contains 184 videos and, hopefully, one of those videos is for your smartphone.
The biggest benefit from enabling and using DND mode is that you get to have more quality time with your loved ones. And in the long run, that’s the most important thing.