Friends. I have a question.
How do you end your workday?
Does it end with you abruptly stopping whatever you were doing, leaving everything as is, crawling into bed, and running through the list of things you still have to do or should have done… which leads to wondering what in the world you did all day because it feels like nothing got done? Then, you begin the next day feeling already behind and stressed…
I’ve been there and done that, friends.
Then I realized that William Shakespeare was onto something when he said:
“All’s well that ends well.”
Because a productive day starts with the night before.
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10 WAYS TO END YOUR WORKDAY FOR A MORE PRODUCTIVE DAY TOMORROW
I’ve practiced an end-of-day routine for almost 4 years now and can honestly say that it’s something I actively look forward to every. single. day. Not because it signals the end of my workday, but because I know (without a doubt) that it’s going to leave me feeling great about the day I just completed and totally prepared for the day that is to come.
When done correctly, I believe an end-of-day routine can help you have an even more productive day tomorrow. So today, I’m sharing what I think are the 10 essential steps for every female entrepreneur’s end-of-day routine!!When done correctly, I believe an end-of-day routine can help you have an even more productive day tomorrow. Click To Tweet
1 | SET AN END TIME + STICK TO IT
The best first step to ending your workday for a more productive day tomorrow is knowing what time your workday ends (and sticking to that end time as best as you possibly can).
If you haven’t set office hours yet, now would be a great time to do that.
Having office hours will not only help others respect your working time, it will help you respect it, too (i.e. you’ll be more inclined to make the best use of your working time when you know your cut off time is X).
Pro Tip: Set a quitting time reminder in the Reminders App on your phone or on your digital calendar to help you make stopping work at the same time each day a habit. I also write it on my schedule in my Simplified Planner as the last thing I do each day.
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2 | NICELY WRAP UP WHATEVER YOU WERE WORKING ON
This, my friends, is KEY to starting the next day off on the right foot. Because there is nothing worse than trying to pick up where you left off and not being able to remember what you were doing, where you were at, or where you were going with that thought process.
I promise you will THANK yourself in the morning if you take a few minutes to nicely wrap up whatever you were working on instead of leaving everything as is.
Pro Tip: Something as simple as saving that unfinished email to your drafts folder or quickly jotting down thoughts for that blog post on a sticky note will do WONDERS for your productivity in the morning.
3 | CLEAN UP YOUR PHYSICAL WORKSPACE
Physical clutter is mental clutter. #nobutreally. Your desk is not a dumping ground. It’s where all the hard work and magic of your business happens. So throw away the trash, put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and put away anything you pulled out.
Having a clean and organized workspace will make you a happier and more productive business owner, I promise. 👍🏻
4 | CLEAN UP YOUR DIGITAL WORKSPACE
Same goes for your digital workspace. Close out of the dozen (or more 😳) browser tabs you opened throughout the day (I know I’m not the only one, ok?!), shut down your email, clean up your desktop, empty the trash, and close out of applications. Maybe even consider shutting down your computer when your day is done so the temptation to keep working will be gone.
Pro Tip: A messy desktop may actually be slowing down your computer. Clean it up on the regular to keep it running as fast as you need it to.
5 | REVIEW WHAT GOT DONE THAT DAY
Whether you use a digital calendar like iCal or Google Calendar, a paper planner like the Simplified Planner, or a project management application like Trello, take a few minutes to go through your to-dos for the day and review what got done.
Celebrate every single checkmark and DON’T FEEL BAD about moving something to the next day that didn’t get done. (This could be a sign that you tried to fit a few too many things into your day or that a task simply took longer than you anticipated. It happens. You didn’t fail. You’ll do better tomorrow. It will all. get. done!!)
Pro Tip: I write out my schedule and list of to-dos in my Simplified Planner in black ink and then use hot pink pen to check things off. It helps me easily spot what’s been done and it looks like a celebration!! 🙌🏻 I also use the emoji checkmark (✔) to check off tasks and projects in Trello and iCal so I can see what’s been done and what I still have left to do.
6 | BRAIN DUMP
Get all of that mental clutter down on paper and out of your head!! Write down every idea, thought, person you need to email, and to-do taking up space in your brain. Going to bed with a clear head means you’ll fall asleep quicker and get better (more restful) sleep without that idea/to-do train chugging along (and keeping you up) for hours on end.
Pro Tip: I would still keep a notebook and pen by your bed for those spur-of-the-moment brainstorms that always seem to happen right before you fall asleep.
7 | WRITE OUT YOUR TO-DO LIST + SCHEDULE FOR TOMORROW
This might be the most important part of ending your workday for a more productive day tomorrow. And it is THE ONE THING that I encourage you to do no matter how tired you are or how bad your day went.
Knowing exactly what’s on your schedule for the next day means you’ll be well-aware of what’s coming up and also well-prepared. Writing out your to-do list the night before means you won’t waste any productive time in the morning wondering what to do or where you should start. You’ll be able to hit the ground running before your coffee even finishes brewing!!
8 | PREPARE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
The more you can prepare for the next day, the smoother your morning (and the rest of your day) will be.
Prep your breakfast + lunch, set out your clothes for the day, make sure you have everything you need for the gym, errands or meetings, and anything else you can think of to prepare for the next day. You could even pull together the things you need for the projects or tasks you plan to work on.The more you can prepare for the next day, the smoother your morning (and the rest of your day) will be. Click To Tweet
9 | 20-MINUTE LIVING SPACE TIDY UP
This step might seem anal to some, but I believe in taking care of both your workspace and your living space when you work from home.
Even though they often overlap, I encourage you to keep them as separate as you can. Your workspace should inspire you to do WORK, while your living space should inspire you to REST. You can’t do either very well if your space is a wreck.
Spend as little as a few or as many as 20 minutes tidying up your living space. Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, fold blankets, fluff pillows, pick things up off the floor, and put things back where they belong.
10 | SHUT DOWN + DISCONNECT BEFORE YOU GET SOME SLEEP
The final step to ending your workday for a more productive day tomorrow is stepping away from technology and getting some much-deserved sleep.
The hours you spend resting are just as important (if not more important) than the hours you spend working. So give yourself some much-needed and well-deserved rest. Shoot for getting as many hours of sleep each night as you possibly can. And don’t forget to put the technology away long before you even get into bed!!
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Friends. I have another question.
How will you end your workday now that you’ve read this post?
I truly hope it inspires you to make some changes.
Remember: How you end your workday is just as important as how you start it. End it the right way and see what a difference it makes in your life and business!!
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