Leave Your Bad Day at Work

Posted on: May 31st, 2011 by bobmorris

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

We all have them: those days when nothing goes right.

To avoid taking the stress home, try doing three things at the end of a bad day:

Clear your mind. Take a few deep breaths. Think about the things that matter to you outside of work. Prepare yourself mentally to walk out the door and leave the day behind.

Do something easy. Send off a report, reconcile a balance sheet, or reply to a few straightforward e-mails. Get some things off your to-do list to restore a sense of control.

Get up and leave. Once you’ve completed the task, don’t check your email once more or stop by someone’s desk. Just leave.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from HBR‘s “Guide to Managing Stress.”

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