Although many people find nothing wrong with the practice of taking home unfinished work, many also don’t like the idea of letting work intrude their personal lives. If you consider home as an extension of your workplace, it is likely that you won’t be able to reach your full potential. It is also a misconception that being productive means being willing to let go of your free time just to complete your unfinished tasks.

Below are the reasons you should never bring home your unfinished work:

1. You’re going to bring home spilled over problems.

Why do you have to bring your work home in the first place? Were you given too many tasks that you cannot handle? Or perhaps you were too tired to get them all done? Whatever the reason may be, for sure it is something that gives you so much pressure and stress. And when you bring home work, this means your other family members will also have to put up with the tensions and stress that comes with your work.

2. It makes you vulnerable to and at risk of depression.

Studies show that people who work more than 11 hours a day are more vulnerable to depression. This makes a lot of sense because after a long day of work, our home is where we take a rest, both physically and mentally.

3. It causes family stress, which affects job performance.

If you take work home, chances are you will not be able to perform your duties within the household, and this can lead to tension and misunderstandings between you and the people you are living with. This kind of stress that you think you are getting from your family can certainly have a negative effect on your performance at work.

4. It prevents mental and physiological recovery.

Home is a place where we regain energy and recover from all the stress and exhaustion you get from work. We are no super-humans, so physical and mental rest is a necessity. By taking your unfinished work home, you are depriving yourself of this benefit.

5. It destroys the balance between work and personal life.

If you focus too much on earning money to provide for your family, you are likely to deny them something they need more – attention. Success doesn’t only mean getting a good job and a great career, but also having the ability to keep a happy family and personal life.

6. It ruins your self-esteem.

We all need a sense of self worth and respect – that’s a fact! This is actually what a home allows us to have. Home lets us maintain our personal values and identity. By leaving all your work in the office, you allow yourself to build confidence by knowing that it is you who actually is in control of your own life.

7. It doesn’t make you the best employee.

While it is true that you may get more things done by taking home your work, this doesn’t necessarily mean you are more productive than other employees. The mere fact that you need extended hours to complete your tasks indicates that you are poor at prioritization and time management, which is equivalent to being unproductive.

It’s true that sometimes, the simplest things are the hardest things to do. In this case, spending some quality time with yourself and your loved ones seems really hard to do especially if you are too concerned about your career advancement. What you have to realize is that proper career planning is not about spending all your life building a career. It means knowing your priorities, especially when it comes to dividing your time between professional and personal life.

Author's Bio: 

Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Centre, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe.