At the end of a long workday, you may just want to close out your email, turn off your computer, and flop in front of Netflix. But spending 15-30 minutes at the end of your day prepping for the next will make the following morning much easier.
Pause your inbox
I love Inbox Pause, and it’s a lifesaver when it comes to enabling me to relax. Hit that pause button, reply to any emails that need a last-minute response, and close your inbox.
Why? Instead of checking your phone every time an email comes in all night, or feeling tempted just to “check in” you’ll be able to relax. And sleep. And those things are essential to starting the next morning in a good mood.
Make a list for tomorrow
What are the top three things you MUST complete tomorrow? Write them down. You can add more than three items if you want, but you should always have at least three and no more than seven things to accomplish each day. This gets you in the habit of focusing your priorities.
Why? When you don’t have goals for the day it’s easy to get lost on Pinterest, check in on Facebook, and waste hours. By making a list, you know what’s on tap for the day, and by keeping the list short, you’re likely to get it all done.
Clean your work space
Spend a few minutes cleaning up, straightening your desk and putting things away. This applies to files on your computer too. Recycle things you don’t need, and file things you do.
Why? A messy space is distracting. Straighten up your work space at the end of each day. This will allow you to start the next day with focus, instead of shoving notebooks out of your way, or digging through files. It’s incredible how much of a difference this can make your productivity.
That’s it. Three simple steps to end your work day that will make your mornings easier. A fourth bonus tip: get your coffee ready to brew the night before. Because coffee.