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3 End-of-Workday Habits for Success

Over the last few years, one of my biggest goals was to make sure that I was maximizing productivity, streamlining my business, and simplifying things as much as possible.  Like so many of you, I believe that the beginning of the day can set the tone for the rest of your day.  So in order to achieve maximum productivity, I make sure that I know exactly what is needed to get done for the day.  But for me, that all starts at the end of the previous workday.

 

 

3 End-of-Workday Habits for Success

 

Here are 3 end-of-workday habits that I use in order to increase productivity and to stay on track.

  1.  Re-evaluate my to-do lists.  If there are things that were on my to-do list for the day that did not get done, I simply move them to the following day’s to-do list.  Being a mom, working part-time outside of my home and running a business, and having a husband who is frequently traveling I have learned to be ridiculously flexible and realistic.  I used to beat myself up if I did not get all the items on my to-do list done and would end up working after my kids were in bed.  And then burn-out hit me hard.  Now I just simply move those items to the next day and I enjoy the rest of the night with my family knowing that I did as much as I could for that day and move on.
  2. Reach “Inbox Zero”.  Because it just feels so damn good!  I give myself 30 minutes each morning to answer emails from the previous night.  I also then set aside the last 20-30 minutes of my day to reply to those that have emailed me during the day, or those that I need to follow-up with on their projects and/or deadlines.
  3. Schedule/Update Social Media.  I typically try to schedule all social media for the following week every Thursday or Friday.   I love using Later to schedule social media posts.  But if there is a post that needs to be updated, an image changed/added, or if I was just unable to get that day done for whatever reason I make sure that I am scheduled out at least a day ahead of time.  That way I don’t have to worry about what I need to post for the day – all I need to do is just publish the posts on IG and the rest is taken care of for me.

 

What are some of your favorite end-of-workday tips and tricks that you love to use in your own business? Comment below!

19 Comments

  1. Jacinta Grand on September 26, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I love these end-of-workday tips! Re-evaluating your to-do list and making a plan for the next day is so critical for staying focused and having a productive week. Do you use an app to manage your to-do list?

    • WFSAdmin on September 26, 2018 at 9:54 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! It really is so helpful to know your plan for the day before the day hits! I really wish I could say I use an app, but I really don’t. I have all my main project tasks in my CRM (Dubsado) but I am totally old school and love being able to physically cross things off my to-do list so I have a handy-dandy notebook or post-it notes! 🙂

  2. Sadie Hedge on September 26, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I love #2! Reaching “inbox zero” is the best feeling!

    • WFSAdmin on September 26, 2018 at 9:55 am

      It really is!! There is SO much satisfaction in it!

  3. Alyx on September 26, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Love these ideas! I feel like I often fall apart at the end of the day and lose focus: these are great ideas to give myself a positive end of the workday!

    • WFSAdmin on September 26, 2018 at 9:55 am

      So glad these enjoyed these, Alyx! I hope they help you! 🙂

  4. Nicole on September 26, 2018 at 10:02 am

    These are wonderful tips! I need to start getting into a consistent end of day routine – I think that would help me so much!

    • WFSAdmin on September 26, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Yes, building a consistent end-of-day routine has been a game-changer for me and I know you’d benefit from it, as well! 🙂

  5. Casey on September 26, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Good advice! Forming good habits is essential to a healthy mindset.

    • WFSAdmin on September 26, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Absolutely! Glad you enjoyed it & thanks for stopping by!

  6. Karoline Rose on September 26, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Very handy tips! I find my to-do list overwhelms me more than a few times a week and I just need to remind myself that it’s okay to just take it at my own pace.

    • WFSAdmin on September 26, 2018 at 11:08 am

      I think that is a struggle for so many. It’s always disappointing when you do not get everything you wanted to get done, but it’s so freeing when you just let it go and simply move it to the next day’s list!

  7. Phil on September 26, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Getting a head start on tomorrow by simply jotting down the “to-dos” helps me separate from work for the evening, and makes sure that I’m most productive when I start work in the morning so I can hit the ground running. It’s a great practice!

    • WFSAdmin on September 26, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Yes, it absolutely helps with that separation for sure, and sets you up for starting your day off on the right foot!

  8. Christina Formico on September 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Great tips!
    I am so bad with emails! I also think it would be good for me to schedule “social media” because I get so lost in the rabbit hole sometimes, it takes up a few hours in the day!

    • WFSAdmin on September 27, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Yes, absolutely! Scheduling social media has been so helpful for me & after I schedule them, I just need to worry about engaging instead of “what should I post today”.

  9. Amy on September 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Great tips!! I find having a to-do list for the next day essential! That way I know exactly what I need to get working on and don’t lolligag in the mornings (so not a morning person).

    • WFSAdmin on September 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Haha, YES! I am the exact way. My brain just needs something to tell it what needs to be done when I start my day off! 🙂

  10. Julie on September 27, 2018 at 9:53 am

    This was a really helpful post! As a partially work-from-home, partially work-in-the-office, side-hustling mom, I can relate to having to manage so many different facets of life!

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