Back at the start of the pandemic in early 2020, I made the decision to more clearly delineate between my work and personal lives. Working from home made it far too easy to be “working” all the time.
One of the first things I did was to “personalize” my iPhone. I don’t mean adding a wallpaper and rearranging my app icons. I deleted and removed anything that was work-related from my personal phone.
That meant signing out of my work Slack, removing my work email, getting rid of the VPN app and removing all other apps that were only there in case I needed them to work. I signed out of my work 1Password account and Google Workspace (or whatever they call it these days).
My phone is now only used for personal communications and not for work. If my co-workers need to reach me after hours (which is pretty rare), they send me an SMS message and I log into my work MacBook Pro to handle whatever needs handling.
Speaking of that MacBook Pro, I also purchased my own MacBook Air (the 2020 M1 model) in late 2020 and removed anything personal from my work computer and never installed anything work-related on my personal computer. I’m fortunate that I can afford to have a nice personal computer.
The only work “crutch” I have on my personal computer is that I can remote into my work MacBook Pro if I can’t be bothered to go down to my basement office. Other than that, it’s completely free of work. In fact, if I’m out of the house and not connected to my home network, I can’t remote in.
It’s a privilege to have the work-life balance I get with my employer. I get that some are on-call or have different needs when it comes to their jobs. But for me, separating out my work from personal life on my computing devices has been an important part of staying sane as we navigate the pandemic and all that comes along with it.