8 Things you should do at the end of the work day
The last hour of a work day can significantly influence the next day’s productivity. If you develop a routine for ending your day, you will have a fresh and inspired start the next morning.
Tip 1: Is everything done?
Those who plan are more productive. That’s why you should take another look at to-do lists in the evening. Have all tasks been performed? What was added to them and what didn’t get finished? By creating a new list, you already internalize your tasks for the next day. Is there an important meeting or deadline? Naturally, you can plan that the next morning too, but it doesn’t hurt to take some notes the evening before. When you know what you need to do, you can start work much faster in the morning.
Tip 2: Perform unimportant tasks
Shortly before the end of the day is the best time to get paperwork and other lower-priority work done. Answer e-mails, write reports, or research for new projects.
Tip 3: Complete
At the end of the day, all tasks should be complete to the extent that you won’t have to mentally take them home with you. This clears your mind and helps you to start the next day fresh.
Tip 4: Reflect on the day
Unfortunately, only few do this: reflecting on the good things. Happiness researchers say that if you write down your successes and positive experiences of the day, you will start your evening with a good feeling.
Tip 5: Tidy up
Nobody likes to return to a messy desk the next morning. That’s why you should organize your papers, throw trash away, empty your e-mail in-box, and tidy up your workplace. Starting the next work day will be much easier.
Tip 6: Say goodbye
Rituals help you to feel fulfilled and happy. One simple possibility is to say goodbye to all colleagues at the end of the day. This strengthens your social relationships with those around you. And why not pay someone a compliment or leave a thank-you? This will end your day on a positive note.
Tip 7: Use commuting time
For a lot of people, commuting means stress. Use the time effectively. Relaxing music or an audio book by a comedian will help you to forget job stress and worries, and to unwind. Or why not learn a new language? Regardless what you choose, it should be something different from your office work.
Tip 8: Go offline
When you step out of the office, your work phone or e-mail alerts should be shut off. Otherwise, you are bound to have stress after your work day. Inform colleagues and customers that you are not available after a certain time. Only by going offline can you relax at home and start fresh the next day.
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