How do you end your business day? If you didn’t know this already, the last 15 minutes of your work day are among the most important. How you end your business day can directly affect and determine your success and productivity for the next morning.
Instead of leaving your office abruptly, try taking a few minutes of time to organize your schedule and your space for the next day. Here, some tips you may find useful.
Whether you have an actual to-do list or you use an app such as slack, review your to-do list and check off the day’s completed activities, then roll over the ones you need for tomorrow. By keeping track of your list, you’ll ensure you are continually on task and have a big picture idea of what you need to get done for the next day.
Prepare for tomorrow’s tasks, meetings and priorities. If you are not ready for the next day’s work, allocate time to get ready the next morning. Take a minute to also ask yourself if there are any non-essential meetings you could cancel. If so, do so, and free up some productive time for working.
Many offices have a clean desk policy for good reason – studies show that a clean desk helps workers stay on task. At the end of the day, if your space isn’t already, organize it in such a way that you have a clear, blank work space to begin your next morning. Extra tip: If you have any tech updates, schedule them overnight.
If you have the opportunity to turn off work-related notifications before you leave, do it. Allowing yourself to be free of work commitments provides time to truly decompress once you get home.
Mentally reviewing the day can help you organize your thoughts. Think about the day’s biggest accomplishment, the challenges and what you are looking forward to. Having this sense of mindfulness will allow you to clearly think about the tasks ahead.
By following these five tips, you can end your business day in the right frame of mind – and start the next day ready to tackle whatever comes your way.
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