4 Tips to Keeping Your Personal & Professional Lives Separate

At work, there’s always a thin line between professional and personal lives. While it’s good to have a little chit chat once in a while with your co-workers, it’s best to leave out certain details about yourself.

So just how can you keep both these lives separate but still be able to succeed in each? Here are some of our top tips.

1. Don’t give out too much information.

It’s okay to have a few photographs of your loved ones by your desk. There’s also no harm in small talks about family. What you need to preserve are personal information that don’t need to be known by your co-workers.

While you may be seeing them and talking to them every day, it doesn’t mean it’s okay to be all out with them. This is why you have long-time friends, community or even your church group.

2. Try not to open up about personal problems.

There are a lot of people who end up opening to their co-workers about spousal fights. This is a big no no because when the time comes they meet your spouse, s/he has now been easily judged. It will become very awkward for your spouse and to you as well.

3. Don’t be around gossiping colleagues.

The worst thing you can ever do is to surround yourself with the gossiping bunch in the office. It won’t do you anything save from becoming the talk of the town. As much as possible, just be light around them and talk to those whom you really trust.

4. Leave the problems at home.

Consider your work as your alone time. It should be a place where you can be away from your personal troubles at home. So try not to bring any of those at home and be at your best self at work.

The next time you feel like divulging too much or bringing too heavy personal burdens at work, think again. If you choose to do so, your work will be greatly affected.

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