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Dealing with Personal Issues at Work

Posted: 27th Mar 2018

There are times in life where so much is being thrown at you, providing the inability to focus properly...

They say work and life aren’t supposed to mix together, but I personally find that hard to believe. No matter how hard you try, there will certainly be a time when the stress in your personal life distracts you from matters of work.

Feeling distracted and unproductive is something most people struggle with. Most of us are constantly bombarded by news alerts, text messages, and other interruptions. And even on days when you might feel productive, you have to contend with what’s going on with your colleagues. When this happens, we can start to lose our way. You can’t focus on anything anymore at work, and it’s taking its toll on your performance and your sense of well being.

For the average person working in an office or from home, it’s easy to become distracted. Yet finding focus, being able to concentrate on a specific task completely helps people get more done effortlessly.

It’s important we accept personal problems and that they will always be part of life, no matter how old we are. Our pain is directly relative to the level of our resistance. So, if we find our personal issues too overwhelming and they are distracting our work life, use that as an opportunity to grow.

I’ve always believed, no matter how bad you have it, there is always someone in the world that has it much, much worse. My mother once told me that “your absolute worst nightmare is someone else’s greatest dream”. It only takes a flick through the daily news to see how real that advice is.

Spending some quiet time, being grateful for all the things you have in your life helps you focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t. It is a healthy way to stay grounded. We are complex and extraordinary human beings.

It’s crucial to perform the role that is required of you at the time. If you’re required to work, then commit to the moment and deliver your very best. Family time, personal time and social time; give each area of your life the focus it deserves and ‘switch hats’ when it’s time to.

Always remember, yesterday has passed. When all is said and done, the level of interruption your personal life can give you heavily boils down to your tolerance of allowing it.

We know that life is made up of moments.

Find the party in each.

It’s by no means easy, but nothing worth having is.

No matter how difficult things may seem, this is a chance to increase your ability to be patient, kind, and understanding; to separate yourself from yourself.