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After a long day at work, it can be easy (I’m talking, VERY easy), to bring the day home with you. I love what I do, so I find myself wanting to think about it all the time. It’s hard for me to simply "turn off" my entrepreneurial brain and it’s passion for work at 5pm. Yet, I have a husband, two kids, extended family, friends and plenty of other aspects of my life that deserve my attention after work, so I have to proactively train myself to shift gears.

Then, There’s Folks That Don’t Like Work…

While I like my job, I know that 70%+ of Americans are dissatisfied with theirs. Given how much emphasis we place on our professional identity as a way to make us happy, it’s no surprise a bad day at the office can spill into a person’s after-work activities. The problem is, that’s not fair to ourselves or the folks in our life who have to put up with us.

I Caught Myself "Checked-Out"

Recently, I came home from a particularly crazy day at work and caught myself going through the motions. I was making dinner, listening to my kids tell me about their day, and realized I was really still thinking about work. I was "checked-out" – and that bothered me. I needed to create a better way to remind myself to be more present in my post-workday activities. That night, I sat down and created a simple three-sentence statement I wanted to condition myself to review and internalize each night before I got home. The result was the picture you see above. I wrote it on an envelope and clipped it to my car visor with my garage door opener. That way, I’m guaranteed to review it as I pull in the driveway so I can shift my mindset before I step through the door. Here they are, my 3Bs:

Business is over.

Be with your family.

Because you can!

It has definitely helped me transition better post-workday.

Yes, there will still be days when I can’t let it go and will need to carry it over into my evening. But so far, I’m happy with the results.

So, what’s your post-workday transition tip?

I’d love to hear what routine works for you below.

P.S. – Have we met yet? If this is your first time reading my

posts, thanks for taking the time to stop by! Not only do I write for Linkedin, but I’m also founder of a pretty good sized career advice site with 1M+ pageviews per month, CAREEREALISM, and I currently run the career coaching program, CareerHMO that has over 2,000 active members. I hope you’ll check them both out!

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Posted by:J.T. O’Donnell

via 3Bs = My New Post-Workday Transition Routine | LinkedIn.


Born in 1964, business owner, from Woodbridge, VA, owns ExcitingAds! Inc. ( and blog ( He was born in Mirpurkhas, Sind, Pakistan. His elementary school was ST. Michael's Convent High School, Mirpurkhas, Sind, Pakistan. Graduated high school from ST. Bonaventure's Convent High School, Hyderabad, Sind, Pakistan. His pre-med college was S. A. L. Govt. College, Mirpurkas, Sind, Pakistan. Graduated from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Sind, Pakistan in 1990. Earned equivalency certification from Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Philadelphia, PA in 1994.

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