The start and end of the workdays can be some of the most important of the day. Start your day well, and it can set you up for the rest of the day. Finish the day strongly, and you can leave the workplace feeling good about your efforts and be in a better state to switch off and refresh yourself for the next day.
But such periods can also be quite intensive, as emails build up and unplanned meetings or calls can serve as distractions. And this, at a time when the brain can either still be warming up at the day’s start or becoming fatigued at the day’s end.
A good way to maximise your productivity during these periods is to make sure that, in the final hour of the workday, you make a clear to-do list for the following day.
By listing the next day’s main activities, you can go home knowing you have a good oversight of the key areas you’ll need to work on, which can stop overthinking out of work, while seeing a written list can also help you decipher which activities need to be regarded as priority. In turn, when you come back in the next morning, you will have an immediate platform with which to start your work and attack the day without get bogged down organising yourself.
Many of us write to-do lists – but having one clearly focused on the next workday specifically can ensure it is relevant, focused and reliable. If you feel you need a boost towards the start and end of the working day, think about always taking care of tomorrow.