In order to start your day successfully, you need to end your previous day properly. The end of your day is as critical as the start of your next day. The manner in which you end your day sets the stage for tomorrow. And the start of your day sets the stage for the day ahead. If you can end your day on a high note will also give your a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, and encourage your get the next day and start all over. Ending your day on a good note will also have an impact on your health, family and social life, and help you sleep better.
Listed below are some tips and advise to end your day:
- Go over your to-do list.Evaluate and make sure you have accomplished everything you could have during the day. If you feel you have not accomplished everything you needed to, then plan and strategies what you need to do in order not to fall further behind.
- Scrutinize your schedule for the next ahead. Review any meeting or calls you have to make for the next day. Use this time to adjust your schedule to make time to complete all items on your to-do list. It is sometime a good idea to visualize your day ahead and what you need to do first thing in the morning. Understanding what lies ahead for the next day can help you to put a full stop to your working day.
- Clean out your email inbox. Set time aside at the end of your day to go through your inbox and make sure that you have dealt the important messages, replied to any invitations, and delete all the spam.
- Check in with your boss and colleagues. Check in with your boss to discuss the status of any on-going projects and get updates from your co-workers. This is also a good way to check that all deadlines are being met and that everyone in your team is on the same page. It is also a good time evaluate how to assist a co-worker who might need assistance.
- Clean up your workspace. Nobody likes to walk into an office that is a mess. Prior to leaving take the time to organize your paperwork, tidy up your desk, and toss out any garbage.
- Create a new to-do list. Make a list of what you need to do the next day and plan how you will manage your time to take care of any priorities. Based on what you have accomplished during the day, will determine how you create your to-do list for the next day.
- Finish any non-peak hour tasks. The end of your day is the best time to complete and take care of any paperwork and tasks that don’t require direct contact with customers and co-workers. The best time to answer non critical emails, reports, memos are best handled when you don’t have any distractions. Use peak hours of your day to make contact with people you need to, thereby making time for yourself to complete all your admin work with input you have received during the day. If anything has been overlooked, this will assist you to make a memo what you have to do first thing the next day.
- Tie up any loose ends. Get closure and take care of any loose ends so that you can walk out of the office knowing that everything you needed to do has been accomplished. Take care of anything that is still hanging and can be quickly taken care of. Send that email that you have been meaning to send all day, respond to any requests that can be done quickly, and touch base with any co-worker that you have been meaning to do all day.
- Refrain from last-minute low priority calls or emails. Never be drawn into last-minute and non-essential email sand calls. Even though you might want to start your next with a clean slate, last-minute call or emails cause you to enter into long-winded projects or dialogue of low priority.
- Evaluate your day. Taking the time to look back at your day is something that most people do not do. Most people will run out of the office the minute they have finished their work day. Evaluating your day and achievements will help you leave the office with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Writing down your accomplishments can help with your level of happiness. It is not enough just to reflect on your achievements but it is important to write them down.
- Bid your farewells. Creating routines and rituals at work helps you feel fulfilled and happy after a long day, and help us to feel energized and inspired. One good routine is to make part of your day is saying proper goodbye’s to your co-workers. Saying goodbye is as important as your mooring greetings. This is even more important if you are in a supervisor role.
- Leave your office stress at the office. Make sure that you walk out of the office and leave your stress behind. Taking your work stress home is of no benefit for your health and personal life. You need to be able to disconnect from the office and be present with your family, children, or friends.
- Always leave on a positive note. Take the time to reflect on something that went well for you during the day. Compliments a co-worker or drop a tank you note to a client. By doing this will give a sense of accomplishment and make you feel good about your job. If you are in supervisor role, complimenting your team will make them feel appreciated and inspire them to come to work the next day energized.
- Shutdown and disconnect. There is nothing wrong to shut down your smartphone or, at a minimum, turn off your email alerts. Let your co-workers know that you will be ‘offline’ and stick to it. When you get home it is important to be present for your family and friends.
Never try to be last in the office for the sake of face time. This philosophy will only war you out and your productivity will eventually start to slip. It is good to be a hard worker but not advisable to the person in the office who is trying to get brownie points. Do this will achieve nothing. Never stay late to try keep up with your boss. Never leave because you can. Remember your co-workers need and depend on you. Do things right and do the right thing.