How to keep a so-so day from coloring your thinking.

No job is perfect. But don’t let a bad day at work bleed into your life outside the office on a regular basis. That’s not good for anyone.

It’s an easy trap to fall into. But it’s also much simpler to avoid than you may think. Abby Wolfe, writing on themuse.com, offers four ways to leave work happy.

  1. Review your accomplishments. At the end of each day, set aside time to write down what you achieved that day.
  2. Get ready for tomorrow. Before you go home, prepare for tomorrow. Outline your main action items and review your schedule.
  3. Organize your space. When your desk is cleared, so is your mind. You can head out the door confident that you can handle anything.
  4. Have something to look forward to. One way to set yourself up for happiness is to have things you’ll eagerly anticipate.

Ending your day on a positive note is well worth the effort. And taking these four easy steps can put you well on the way to leaving work with a smile on your face. Read the four steps Ms. Wolfe happily outlines in the full article.