I'm trying to figure out how to have a better disconnect between work and outside of work. Sometimes I'll get carried away on a task and I'll work pretty late on it, which negatively affects my sleep schedule. It’s all been kind of blurred, I can’t even remember when I stopped working sometimes. I'm also working with people in different time zones, so I'll work later than the traditional 9 to 5.
Overall, it's not too bad though. I'm mostly not working weekends, and this is mainly a thing on me: I don't have external pressure/crazy deadlines to overwork.
In my experience, what works best for me is to block off times on work my calendar dedicated for
I also encourage you to take a step back what is the problem you are trying to solve here. WLB is a tricky word because it's you that need to find the balance. 9 - 5 is not necessarily what you should aim for based on your circumstance.
Sounds like you are in a flow state working on something you are passionate about. That's a good thing. If it's impacting your sleep because of you cannot turn off your mind soon enough, work on that.
I totally relate to this feeling a lot - I always like to get ahead and get the task resolved now. Breaks are important when especially when stuck: 1 min video here, but helpful all the time. You've got to take care of yourself first!
In addition to having a hard "stop time" I recommend before that do a soft wind down:
You'll come back the next day with with a running start.
A few hacks that have worked for me: