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Once you decide to divorce, you’ll realize that it’s impacting your personal life in many ways. This includes everything from the way you raise your children to the manner in which you spend your money.

While your personal life is in the direct line of fire, the same holds true for your career. If you’re not careful, your divorce can harm your ability to reach peak performance in the workplace, which puts your job at risk.

Here are a few things to protect against:

  • Missing work: It goes without saying that you’ll have to take time away from work during the divorce process. Since this is the case, do your best to plan in advance. Also, if comfortable, share your circumstances with your supervisor.
  • Tardiness: Your employer expects you to show up to work on time every day. A divorce will challenge you on this front. Maybe you don’t have the energy to get out of bed on time. Or maybe the impact of the divorce on your life has slowed you down overall. Protect against this by maintaining a strict schedule, even as things in your life change around you.
  • Mentally absent: While you may physically be at work, your mind can and probably will wander from time to time. It’s difficult, but take steps to remain focused on the task at hand.
  • Short temper: As the pressure of your divorce ramps up, it’s common to have a short temper with others. But remember this: Those aren’t the people you’re upset with. Your co-workers and customers have nothing to do with your divorce. So, don’t take out your mood on them. It will only affect your ability to do a good job.

No matter how hard you try, you’re likely to find that divorce will affect your professional life in some way, shape or form. It’s up to you to ensure that this doesn’t turn into a problem, as that’s the last thing you need.

Keep in mind that your divorce will eventually be in the past. And when that day arrives, you can once again turn your full attention to your career and other things that matter to you.