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How to Leave Work at Work

We get lots of email at Dumb Little Man but this one really hit me because I tend to get in this rut too.

I love the site but I have a question (if you don’t have time, don’t worry about it). You mentioned that you are a work-a-holic and so am I. I work close to 60 hours a week to earn enough money so that my wife can stay home with the kids. Since I am so into my work, it is hard for me to leave work at work. It seems that I am always thinking about my job and it’s causing an unintentional distancing between me and my family. How would you recommend that I balance the two so that I can totally focus on work, yet know how to call it a day and really enjoy my family time?

So as many of you can imagine, this is a tough one and as far as I am concerned it’s ramifications have nothing to do with who earns what, it simply has to do leaving work at work. So how do you do that?

Here are the things that I personally do. Without them, I swear I’d be thinking of my job or Dumb Little Man 24×7.

These are things I do and they are tough at times because there are constantly urgent issues arising at work. The key for me was learning how to delegate and say no when I had to. Again, it’s not easy but with some will, you can do it.

I’d love to hear what you do to really get some work/home separation. If you have a cure that I didn’t mention, please share it in the comments. It would probably help a lot of people.


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