7 Ways To Leave Work on Time
Now the sun’s started shining, it’s time to make the most of it. We can help you leave the office more quickly…
1 SET AN ALARM When you’re in the middle of a piece of work, it’s very hard to just shut down when the clock strikes five – you tell yourself that you’ll leave after one more task. Set an alarm 15 minutes before the end of the day so you can start clearing your desk.
2 TRICK YOUR BRAIN if you set a deadline 30 mins before you actually need to leave, you’re more likely to finish, as something always ‘crops up’. this time allows last-minute things to be sorted and you’ll still go home on time.
3 MAXIMISE YOUR HOURS Because you’ve set your deadline, you have limited time, so you’ll need to focus on the minutes you have left in the office. Take fewer coffee breaks and apply yourself – when you leave at 5pm you’ll feel accomplished and appropriately tired.
4 GET SOME FRESH AIR don’t work through lunch if you can help it. ok, we understand, but even if you only manage 10 minutes of ‘outside time’, do it. it resets your brain.
5 LEARN TO SAY ‘NO’ It’s OK to be assertive if you think you’re being overloaded with work. Say ‘no’ to those extra ‘immediate’ tasks in a firm but polite manner and explain why. You’ll be respected for it.
6 DEFINE YOUR TIME it can be hard to switch off and focus on one task if your emails are constantly flowing in. Check them every 30 minutes, or set yourself a half an hour period every two hours to blitz through a bulging inbox.
7 THERE’S VERY LITTLE THAT CAN’T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW Few things are as urgent as we make them out to be. Patience is a virtue and as soon as you start prioritising what’s worth giving your life up for, you’ll find yourself closer to achieving an idyllic work-life balance.
Still checking work emails? Tut tut…