Working from Home: Setting Boundaries to Reduce Stress

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 12:00pm


Do you find yourself working even longer hours since you’ve started working from home, even though you no longer have a commute?  Does it feel like you are working during every waking hour, even though you expected to have so much more time to yourself?

One of the biggest challenges of working from home is maintaining clear boundaries—between work time and family time, between work space and personal space, and between work tasks and personal tasks.  These blurry boundaries can lead to difficulty staying focused on work, spending work time doing personal tasks (laundry anyone?), and conflicts with family members.  All of this can lead to increased stress and a sense of decreased productivity--real or imagined.

In this session, lead by MIT alum, Robert Plotkin, you will learn how to introduce and maintain boundaries while working from home, in order to stay focused on work while working and on your personal life while not working.  Learn how to use mindfulness (no meditation experience needed) to create routines, for workspace organization, and targeted use of technology to keep yourself on track and keep your sanity.

As a computer scientist, MIT alumnus, and patent attorney specializing in computer technology, Robert Plotkin has been immersed in the tech landscape for decades.

Almost equally as long, he’s been a mindfulness practitioner and Japanese martial artist. This unique combination of expertise sparked Robert’s fascination with the relationship between technology and mindfulness.

He’s written seven books on the social impact of technology, co-founded the Hack Your Mind series at MIT, and trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. In 2015, he launched Technology for Mindfulness based on his unique O.R.D.E.R. methodology and his passion for helping people to break free of the grip of digital distraction.

Today, in addition to leading Technology for Mindfulness, he’s the creator of Tap Into Mindfulness, a course that teaches people to take control of their smartphone use, and a sought after speaker and expert on using technology mindfully.