It’s well past 6 pm and your family is waiting for you. Your paper and digital inboxes are still overflowing. You don’t feel like you have accomplished your goals for the day. It’s time to close down and rejuvenate for the next day. Take the last 30 minutes of your day to successfully end your work day.
End your day with a mind sweep
Be true to your productivity plan with a mind sweep at the end of the day. Much information has come in so capture it. By keeping it in a trust spot like your paper or digital tool, you know you can come back to it with a fresh perspective, place it in a time line, and work with others. With the fatigue of the end of the day, giving ideas a holding spot help you.
End your day with your Most Important Tasks
Jump start and front load tomorrow with your 3 Most Important Tasks. It’s a head start to the work of tomorrow. Not sure what the 3 MITs for tomorrow are you? Write down where you are leaving off in a project you worked on today.
End your work day with by freshening up your environment
Freshen up your desk, computer and work space at the end of the day. Not unlike an artist, even though you are returning to this spot tomorrow to continue, a cleared desk brings you a blank canvas. It’s sort of what our parents always reminded us, to pick up and put away at the end of the day. If doubt this, try it for a week. It’s like making your bed.
Creative ways to end your day
- Set an alarm with a special sound or music to herald the end of the work day.
- End your day an hour earlier to pack your work into a smaller time frame. Your work expands to fit the time you give it. Give your work less time and give yourself more time.
- Travel by public transportation and give yourself a deadline to get on that bus or train.
- Give yourself a reward as you return home. Listen to an audio book, podcast or music you love.
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