It’s no coincidence that the most successful career girls have an end of workday routine. You want to draw a line under a super productive day and make way for tomorrow, clearing your mind of all the things that might prevent you from sleeping properly or give you worries and instead focusing on what you can do tomorrow to stay productive and build a productive day every single day.
REVIEW YOUR DAY
The last hour of your day is scary important to your day-to-day success. The first essential step in your end of day ritual is to review your day. Glance over your to-do-list, check in with your goals, and celebrate each small achievement. Reviewing your day’s progress will help you process your day and turn the page ready for a new one. This is the most important step in your end of workday routine.
Shift your mind to tomorrow. Write down your MITs (that’s the most important tasks). This way you will have a clear focus as soon as your day starts. No slow-morning necessary. Thinking about tomorrow might not seem like the most relaxing step in your ritual, but by dedicating a short amount of time to doing so you won’t find yourself dreaming about it instead.
Journaling is an essential step in closing one day before starting the next. The process of writing down your dwelling thoughts will help clear and settle your mind. Oh, and the simple act of writing releases happy hormones in your brain if you weren’t already convinced. Declutter your mind by writing, declutter your desk by putting rubbish in the bin, and stacking papers neatly.
RELAX AND UNWIND
Your thoughts are at peace and you can now dedicate the evening to yourself – blissful. Indulge yourself in a great book, a luxury pamper, a session of bed yoga; the choice is yours. Put your phone far away and unwind technology-less. You will gain the night’s sleep you need to fuel your tomorrow.
Avoid your days blurring into one another without a clear focus or goal. The key is to declutter, rebalance, and prepare for your morning in a way that promotes health and avoids stress. It’s that simple.