You have worked hard to balance your career and personal life only for a divorce to throw your work routine into chaos. You know you have to manage your divorce, yet you do not want it to overwhelm your time at the office. Without some careful planning, your divorce could negatively impact your productivity.
It is possible to stay on track at work during your divorce if you know how to balance your divorce and work matters. Forbes offers some tips that may help you out at the workplace.
Be as cooperative as possible
Ideally, you and your spouse would work things out amicably, but in many divorces, couples have to go to court to resolve certain issues. However, not everything in divorce has to result in a court fight. If you are as transparent as possible, producing documents and information when needed, you can cut down on litigation and subpoenas that can divert time away from your work.
Alert your attorney of blackout dates
Your job likely requires you to take meetings or to travel. If so, notify your lawyer of these dates ahead of time. You want to avoid any conflict with a court date that you must meet or any crucial meeting that involves your divorce. If you suddenly have to cancel a meeting or a trip to head to court, it can damage your reputation in the eyes of your clients, superiors or colleagues.
Create a personal email account
If you receive personal emails through your business email account, you are likely to end up with a mess in your inbox. You will find yourself sorting through messages to find the ones your lawyer sends you. Receiving a divorce related email is also likely to distract you when you need to focus on your job.
To try to prevent these distractions, consider setting up a personal email account to take in all of your divorce correspondence. It may not only keep you organized, but storing your divorce documents separately might keep them from getting on your business computer or a business network where a colleague might discover and read them.