5 Tips for Leaving Work at the Office

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You've just had dinner and are settling in on the back porch with a glass of wine and a good book, when all of a sudden you hear a blood-chilling sound: the nagging chime of your BlackBerry. Apparently, someone from work is blissfully unaware of the fact that you're at an absolutely gripping spot in your story and want nothing more than a break from all the office madness that plagued your day.

Sadly, clocking out at 5:00 these days is often nothing more than a technicality that allows human resources to square the books. Work follows tired employees home and spoils what ought to have been perfectly relaxing evenings. But if you're one of those people who can't seem to unshackle themselves from the demands of the job, there's still hope. Sure, during crunch time, you may find yourself needing to clock a few hours working from the couch at night. But for most people, it's just a lack of boundaries that makes work pile up on the bedside table. If you follow a few simple tips, you'll regain your free time and enjoy a more carefree personal life.

Ready to get your freedom back? Then read on.