5 Tips for Leaving Work at the Office


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Wind Down the Workday
Music: It's great for tuning out noisy strangers, but less effective in terms of odd subway odors.
Music: It's great for tuning out noisy strangers, but less effective in terms of odd subway odors.
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So, how to make the transition between hard-working employee and fun-loving adult? Well, it starts while you're still at work. Keep a list of what you've got in the docket and update it at the end of each day. Take a few minutes to review and relax, going over everything you've accomplished and considering everything that's still left for you to do. Being organized can help settle any nagging feelings that you've left some tasks undone, which can fuel those impulses to check up on things once you arrive home.

Then during your commute, take it easy. Sure, it's tempting to start yelling at the guy who cut you off or fuming at the woman talking loudly on her cell phone on the subway, but that's not the best way to enter your evening. Try jamming to some music, soaking in some news or reading an engrossing book to get your mind off the day and any unpleasantness associated with the trip home.

When you get home, you'll be less tempted to get an update on what's going on back at the office, and ready to implement your next work-defying tip.