Lesson 20: Leave work at work

How many times have you heard this one?  What does that even mean?  Leave work at work?  It sounds a bit cliche, I admit, but this is an issue that, no matter how well you think you have a handle on it, is always difficult to accomplish.  Emotions are difficult to control and even harder to forget or ignore.  There are a lot of different ways to go about this, but you have to find what works best for you.

I have found that having some kind of outlet between getting off work and getting home has worked in the past for me.  It creates a separation between work life and home life.  For me, it is going to the gym and spending time focusing on a task that is not frustrating to me.  Lifting weight takes a lot of concentration, focus, and physical exertion.  All of that built up energy gets put to good use while also taking your mind off of the office.

This accomplishes more than just feeling and looking better.  You get home and work isn’t so fresh on the mind.  You have had time to focus on something you like or enjoy and your mood is significantly improved.  Looking back on the workday is done with some time of reflection in between and you are more likely to not potentially download what might have been a bad day in a place that is meant for love, rest, and relaxation.

Rather than taking out your anger towards a difficult customer or colleague on your significant other, you throw that fuel into a few extra sets on the weight room floor.  Or maybe you spend an extra 10 to 15 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical machine.  Instead of allowing difficulties at work to spill over into your home life, put them to good, productive use at the gym, or in dance or karate class.  Anywhere but home.  Leave it anywhere else.  Don’t bring it home with you.

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