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What do you think about when you leave the office? It might be what to have for tea (is takeaway two nights in a row too much?) or it could be how you forgot to send that report to your colleague.

If it’s the former, no you can never have too many takeaways. If it’s the latter, you need should maybe re-evaluate your ‘leaving the office routine’.

If you’re spending all your time at home worrying about what you have to do the next day in the office, it’s likely that you’re not leaving the office in the right way. This might sound absurd, but just a few simple steps can help you detach yourself from your work, and have an enjoyable evening at home.

Clean Your Desk

Leave your work space clean and tidy to avoid having to waste your morning energy on tidying in the morning. Simple tasks like organising documents, putting the crisp packets in the bin and straightening your desk can have a visible effect on your morning mood.

You should also take time to clear up any loose ends you might have. Sort out your inbox and organise your desktop so you can find things easily in the morning and feel like you’re starting afresh.

Head Start for Tomorrow

Having a head start for the following day is a great way to be productive, so leave something unfinished for you to pick up straight away the next day.

You might be thinking about now ‘they just told me to tie up loose ends!’ but fear not, because an explanation is on the way.

It might sound like we’re contradicting ourselves, but leaving some things unfinished can help you be more productive when you get to the office. As long as it’s not an urgent deadline, and can wait until tomorrow, leave it be!

To-Do List

Writing a vague outline of the tasks you have to do tomorrow can make you feel more organised and will help you sleep easier. Once you arrive in the office you should go over the tasks and number them in order of priority to ensure you complete the most important first.

Not only will this help you organise your thoughts, but you’ll become more productive and waste less of your time in the morning on menial tasks that could wait.

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Going over what you’ve accomplished during the day can be a real ego-booster.

You’ll be able to organise what you still need to do more easily, but most importantly it will give you a sense of progress while you are at work.

There’s nothing more discouraging than putting in a lot of time at work to feel like you’re getting nowhere, so recognising each milestone is a great way to track how well you’re doing.

Check In With Colleagues

Before you head out for the weekend, make some time to ask your colleagues what they’ll be up to. Making small talk might not be your thing, but showing an interest can go a long way to boost office morale.

Down the road you might need a favour from one of your co-workers, so making the extra effort to be friendly will serve you well.

Complete Smaller Tasks

In the time before you’re about to leave, it can be difficult to focus on important tasks and get them done to a high standard.

Instead, spend this time working on smaller and less important tasks that you haven’t had the chance to complete while you’ve been focused in the more important stuff.

Finishing smaller tasks at the end of the day will give you a sense of completing a lot of tasks in a short amount of time, and is bound to have you leaving the office with a spring in your step!

Leave on a High

It’s always a good idea to try and finish your work in a good mood, even if you haven’t had the best day.

Simple actions like a smile, thinking about something good that happened during your day, complimenting a co-worker on a nicely written piece of work or just looking forward to a few cocktails – all these small actions can help you keep positive for the rest of the day.

What do you do before you leave the office? We’d love to hear about it! Leave us a comment in the section below with your leaving the office routine!

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Karl Bilby

We work very closely with our expert accountants to bring you the latest factually correct tax and accounting news. We also enjoy writing about small business news that we hope you find useful!

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