I really like to have 30 minutes at the end of the work day to wind down and prepare for the next day.
It doesn’t always happen but my days always go smoother if I have that bridge time.
During that time (and it doesn’t take 30 minutes), I
- quickly check if I have any emails in drafts I need to quickly finish off and SEND (I get interrupted a lot in my job)
- make sure people aren’t waiting for something I’m ready to send but just haven’t got around to yet
- take cups/ glasses to the pause area
- make my * eat the frog list for the next day
- if I didn’t have such a love for tossing paper, I’d clear my desk during this time of any extra paper too
* What’s the eat the frog list, you say?
It’s my 5 most important things to get done the next day list.
Again, those 5 don’t always happen either but I do get at least two big things done daily.
Making that list is the best way for me to clear my mind from the current day, remind myself that I did get some things done (a day full of meetings often feels like nothing got done) and prepare mentally for the next day.
Do you have an end-of-workday routine (other than just grabbing your bag and going)?
Please share what’s on your list.