Keep Work From Following You Home by Giving Unfinished Tasks a Time and Place
If you have a hard
This tip comes from research published in the
Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
. The research studied over 100 employees pursuing 1,127 different goals. Unsurprisingly, the study found employees had a hard time detaching themselves from incomplete
To combat this, researcher Brandon Smit asked subjects to set a specific time and place for their unfinished
Creating plans at the end of the day that describe where, when, and how unfulfilled work goals will be completed is an effective, low-cost intervention that enhances psychological detachment among employees, which will ultimately improve occupational health and performance.
In other words, making the action specific helped employees stop thinking about their unfinished business during non-working hours. It's a small study, but the concept makes sense, and it's simple enough to try if you have trouble leaving work at work. For more detail, head to the links below.
Successfully leaving work at work: The self-regulatory underpinnings of psychological detachment | The Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology via The British Psychological Society
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