3 Ways You Can End The Work Day On A Positive
There is nothing worse than leaving the workplace burnt out, only to feel exactly the same when you return the following day. Although many of us do not consciously try to end the work day on a positive, it is actually very important for happiness within our roles, and future productivity. If you find yourself leaving the office feeling drained, and dreading the following day at work, try to implement the following three suggestions. If successfully completed, you should leave the office in a positive mind frame, equipping you perfectly for the following day.
1. Tidy your workspace
Working in a cluttered environment can result in projects being more stressful than they really need to be. A cleaner and more organised workspace allows you to easily access everything you need to get the job done. It also helps you mentally; if you feel like everything is in order, then you will be in a more positive mind frame to complete your work. If you take the time to tidy your workspace at the end of each day, you are far more likely to end the work day on a positive. You will also feel fresh when you arrive in the morning, and will be ready to tackle the tasks of a new day.
2. De-clutter your inbox
One of the most stressful feelings is when you have a mountain of emails building up, and no order within your inbox. To begin with, your inbox should contain a number of sub-folders in which you can file certain conversations and projects into clearly. Aside from that, you should make it your last task of the day to ensure only very important emails remain in your inbox, and others are filed into the appropriate location. This will not only de-clutter your inbox, but also your mind. Without realising, our inboxes tend to act somewhat like a mental checklist – so knowing yours is not cluttered, will provide you with mental ease.
3. Write a clear and concise list for tomorrow
To leave the office feeling like you can end the work day on a positive means that you’ve achieved a lot in your time, and that you are equipped for the following day of work. Taking ten minutes at the end of your day to write a list of every task that needs to be addressed the following day is an important step in personal organisation. If you leave knowing exactly what to expect at work the next day, there should be no stressful feelings towards work. Writing lists help you to refocus priorities, as well as know the direction you are heading in to achieve key goals.
What do you think?
Do you take the time to end the work day on a positive in your role? The above three suggestions are very simple acts, yet can contribute greatly to next-day productivity. If you have any further suggestions, please feel free to comment them below. Alternatively, I’d love to hear how you end the work day on a positive in your life?
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB