A closing ritual can help you finish your day on a high note…
Just as I am a big fan of starting the day with purpose, I am someone who realized the importance of ending the day using the same principle…
Before you finish your day at work each day, take a few moments to reflect on the day. Look at your to-do list and compare what you need to do with what actually happened. Could you do better than you did? Have you completed all your high-importance tasks? I can say that if you make a habit of taking some time for yourself every day, that is, if you end your day consciously, you will continue to have a great day every day…
How did you end your workday today; It will of course affect your behavior outside of work, your general well-being, how well you sleep at night and ultimately your mood tomorrow morning.
Many people devote their last hour at work to low-level tasks, such as activities that keep you busy and prevent you from doing your real work. You can do better than this.
Others are buried until the last minute and start the next day with the same mindset and may even do less.
If you are not productive every day, time will pass painfully and very slowly, and the minutes will not pass.
Remember, according to the Pareto principle, 80 percent of your output is determined by 20 percent of your input.
Knowing how and for what tasks you use your time is helpful. Your last 20 minutes each day for the next business day; spend to reflect, process, measure and prioritize.
This simple habit can increase your productivity. A ritual to “closing” a workday can change everything. In his bestselling book, “Deep Work: Rules for Focusing on Success in a Distracted World,” Cal Newport describes the importance of ending each workday the same way:
“This ritual includes a review of every unfinished task, goal, or project, and for each 1) you have a plan that you trust to be completed, or 2) provide confirmation that it will be reconsidered at the right time.”
1| Take a moment to think about what you’ve accomplished
If you started your day with purpose, you would have accomplished high-importance tasks at the end of the day. So review them. Write it down. Focus yourself on achievements and progress. Keep a to-do list to increase your satisfaction level.
Celebrate your small achievements…
The events that ignite emotions, increase motivations, and trigger perceptions and occur within a workday are basically the same.
The importance of progress by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer “Progress Principle” highlighted in detail in the book. According to a study they conducted in the book, a study of 12,000 daily job entries from a total of 238 employees at 7 companies found that making progress on meaningful work internally brightens a person’s work life and accelerates long-term progress.
They explained it this way in the Harvard Business Review:
“Internally, our quest to identify the factors that trigger work life leads us to to the principle of progress took it. In the study, when we compared our participants’ best and worst days (based on their general mood, specific emotions, and motivation levels), “Best day” We found that the most common triggering event was any progress made by the individual or team involved in the study. “Worst day” The most common event that triggered it was a mishap.”
No matter how small, it’s easy to forget to stop and take a moment to celebrate our achievements. Try not to let yourself be distracted. Take time to record your progress. You can do this using a diary, for example. In this way, be sure that you will have a better mind before you end your workday.
2| Identify your high-importance tasks for tomorrow
If you’ve planned your weeks or months ahead, you already know what you’ll be working on tomorrow. It will be enough to remind yourself.
Author Peter Bregman “18 Minutes: Focus, Concentrate, and Do Right Work” He explains it this way in his book:
“Every morning I ask myself some questions: Am I prepared for this day? Am I ready to have a successful and productive day? Have you thought about it? Have I made a plan for this? Can you anticipate the risks that could lead me astray? Will my plan for today keep me focused?”
– Identify the three most important tasks you need to do for tomorrow. Write them down somewhere. Sort them on your list and set priorities.
– Aim to overcome these when you are most active, preferably in the morning.
– Review other tasks you need to do for the rest of the day.
– Imagine how the day will unfold.
In this way, you will feel more prepared, safer and less stressed when the day starts.
What kind of results do you expect tomorrow? What meetings, calls and events do you need to follow up tomorrow?
3| Clear your desk clutter
Research showing that clutter can distract you and hinder your overall productivity; reveals that you need to take a few minutes each day to tidy and clean your desk.
Use the 5-S Principles to organize your desk before you leave your job.
5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese words:
– Sort (Sort)( series ), Make your job easier by removing obstacles.
– Set In Order( Seiton ), Arrange all necessary items so that they can be easily selected for use.
– Shine( seiso ), thoroughly clean your workplace daily or adjust the cleaning frequency.
– Standardize (Standardize)( seiketsu ), always maintain high standards.
– and Sustain( Shitsuke ), self-discipline also translates as “do without being told”.
End your day on a positive note and your next workday will be incredibly awesome, you’ll see. End on a high note. Prepare yourself for a super productive day tomorrow; At the end of each day, review your completed tasks, plan tomorrow’s to-do list, and clear your desk.