Shonda Rhimes is one of the most successful people in television. As the creator of hit shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" she's known for being extraordinarily prolific.
But that doesn't mean that she works 24/7.
In an interview with Fast Company, Rhimes, shares trick for staying productive that every professional can use.
"I do not answer phone calls or emails after 7 p.m. I do not work on the weekends, which I have to tell you is incredibly difficult," she tells Fast Company. "I mean, I write. I just don't answer phone calls or emails."
For Rhimes, author of bestseller "The Year of Yes," saying "No" to dinnertime calls and past-midnight emails is crucial to her career. It ensures that she has time to relax, be with her family and avoid burnout.
Rhimes takes this rule so seriously that she makes sure everyone knows.
"My email signature says, 'I do not answer calls or emails after 7 p.m. or on weekends, and if you work for me, may I suggest that you put down your phone.'"
The strategy of having "off" hours where you don't answer emails can help every professional, career experts say.