Personal Life Issues - Leave The Drama At Home
In Personal Business By davidporter

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Focusing on work even when your life is a mess.


Boyfriend/girlfriend trouble?  Dead-beat best friend?  Roommate from hell?  Drama happens to everybody.  Still, personal problems and work do not get along.  At all.  So it’s important to learn to leave the drama at home to maintain professionalism when you’re at work.


Stay FocusedI know, it’s not easy.  When personal problems are feeling overwhelming, it can take a lot to stay focused at work.  But you have to make the effort so that those issues don’t start spilling over into your professional life.  Focus on specific tasks or projectsConcentrate on the positive things going on at your job when you start getting overwhelmed by other issues.


Avoid The Messy Phone Calls – If your cell phone rings, and you know the call is going to get messy or loud or both, let them leave a message and call back later.  Trust me.  The people in the cubicles and offices around you do not want to hear the drama. 


No Personal Visits – If you’ve got drama with someone, do whatever you can to keep them away from the officeBlow up situations never sit well with your boss or co workers. And often end up in the “gossip talk” of the day, month or sometimes, even year.  Seriously, people don’t forget!  Plus if it violates office conduct in a serious way, there could be a sudden loss of paycheck.


Kiddies - If you have any kiddies (8 and under)… unless they are well behaved and/or there is a kid friendly policy in the office and/or you have a space, room, or office to accommodate them, this is probably something to avoid.  Try to always be on schedule with the babysitter, day care, school, and pickup/drop off family members and friends.  That will allow you to be at work without having to bring your kids unless it’s, of course, for the company picnic.


Keep Personal Things Personal – Remember that your personal and professional lives are two distinct entities.  Simply put, keep your personal problems out of the office.  If you must confide, make sure it’s someone you trust.  You don’t need anymore headache by once again being part of the gossip train.


Control Your Worrying – Personal problems are not easy, and you’re probably going to worry.  But you need to get this stress under control on the job.  When you feel overwhelmed, try to distract your mind with a different task.  Or get up and go to the breakroom or bathroom for a quick breather.  Take your break outside instead of at your desk.  And be sure to grab some awesome comfort food for lunch! 


Drama is always imminent.  Train yourself to be tough and the maker of smart decisions.  This way you KEEP THE DRAMA AT HOME.  That way you focus on doing a good job and keeping your professional life intact.

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