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Stop Dragging Work Home with You

You'll find that your work life and your home life will be more productive and enjoyable if you can confine work to the office.

Here are some tips that will help:

  • Gripe about work for no more than 10 minutes. If you've had a bad day, keep it from invading your evening at home. Set a timer if you have to. Return the favor by listening to the other person's gripes.
  • Tie up loose ends. To keep your mind off work, write down any nagging, office-related matters as soon as possible after arriving at home. Example: "Remember to call Jones tomorrow before noon, re: contract renewal." Then forget about it until the next day.
  • Take 20 minutes to clear your mind. Create some ritual that marks the transition from work to home. Examples: Take a walk, meditate, shoot baskets or read a section of the newspaper.

 

Source: Manager's Edge, as adapted from Secrets of Executive Success, Mark Golin, Mark Bricklin and David Diamond