3 Positive and Productive Ways to End Your Workday

For most Life Editors, the start of your workday is when you feel most in control.

That’s when your mind is sharp and you can plow through your tasks at lightning speed. But you tend to muck up the end of your day simply because you’re tired and your comfy couch is calling your name.

Just because the day is over doesn’t mean you should collapse into a frazzled blob!

You can feel like your best self even if you’ve been typing for hours or standing on your feet all day.

In today’s video, we’re going to edit the end of your workday so you can feel capable and organized.

Now you’ll avoid the dreaded burnout and learn to love your work even more!

The video transcript is below for your convenience.

Video Transcript

Hey there! I’m Sage Grayson, and I help ambitious career women edit their habits, routines, and mindsets to balance their happiness at work and home. I’m a Life Editor…and so are you!

Today, we’re talking about how to end your workday on a positive and productive note. Let’s go!

Most of us have some kind of job, whether you work for another company, run your own business, or do both.

And no matter how much you love the work you do and the people you help, at the end of a long, busy, tiring day, all you want to do is pack up your stuff and go.

See ya!

But instead of racing to quitting time and then leaving your projects half finished or with random piles of paper cluttering up your desk, why not take a moment to end your workday properly?

Wouldn’t it be nice to slow down, get yourself situated, make a plan for tomorrow, and end your workday like a capable human being rather than a frazzled, stressed out robot?

Believe me, creating a satisfying end to your workday will help you avoid the dreaded burnout and make you love your job even more.

Here 3 positive and productive ways to end your workday.

1. Do a Wrap-up Ritual

Thirty minutes before quitting time, stop what you’re doing and start preparing yourself for leaving the office or workspace. For some of you, this might mean getting ready for your commute, or for me, my commute involves standing up and walking 10 steps to the living room.

What can you do to shut your brain off from “work mode” and get it to switch gears?

You could clean up your desk, go to the bathroom, pack up your bag, and close down your computer.

I also recommend adding some self-care into your wrap-up ritual by listening to a favorite song or doing some light stretching since you’ve been sitting all day.

A wrap-up ritual will give you that decompression time between work and play, and help you feel calm and organized so you’re not rushing to catch the train in your high heels.

2. Review Your To-Do List

I think this is a pretty obvious thing to do, but I realize that not everyone thinks like me. It’s easy to just grab your coat, head out the door, and worry about what you’ll do next in the morning.

But if you’re now giving yourself a full 30 minutes to wind down before you leave, you absolutely have time to review your to-do list.

First, determine what didn’t get done today. Don’t beat yourself up, just be honest with yourself about how much work you can do with the little time you have.

Next, look at tomorrow’s calendar and make note of any meetings or appointments. What things will eat into the time that you need for other projects?

Finally, choose 3 main priorities for tomorrow and write them where you can see them, maybe put a Post-It note on your monitor. Do those 3 tasks before you do anything else, so if you run out of time, at least the most important things got done.

By reviewing your to-do list, you’ll know exactly what you accomplished and what you have on your plate for the next day. Now you can enjoy your evening knowing that there will be no surprises in the morning.

3. Have a Meaningful Connection

No matter what kind of job you have, your work affects other people. I’m 99% certain that you don’t work in a cave somewhere, and that means you can use the end of your workday to remind yourself that the human connection is what’s truly important.

Who can you reach out to at the end of the day?

You could talk with your coworkers about your weekend plans, have a quick meeting with your manager to make sure you’re on the same page, or text your partner about what you want to do tonight.

I’ll admit that I often get caught up in my work and forget about the people I’m doing this work for. So take a moment to have a meaningful connection and remind yourself that people are what matter.

Those are my 3 positive and productive ways to end your workday. Now I want to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let me know what you do to feel good before you leave the office.

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Thanks for watching. I’ll see you soon.

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  1. Dacia Dyer on April 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I admit, I’m not great at the wrap up of the day. I have a fairly good morning routine/ritual to kick things off, but the end of day just slips by me. Especially since I work from home now, it’s hard to really put a hard stop to the work day. I’m going to try these tips to help make it clear when the day is done!

  2. Lisa on March 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Great advice Sage! I actually have no official, dedicated work space. My work is done mostly in my living room, so it’s definitely hard to keep a separation between work time and family time. I’ve been getting by and making some changes little by little, like not opening my laptop on weekends and have a clear “end time” everyday. I like the to-do list task, since I find that I double check my work too often, and I forget what I work on sometimes.
    You are so bubbly and optimistic it’s contagious!

    • Sage Grayson on March 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Lisa. I think all of us need to keep our laptops closed on the weekends. Good advice!

  3. aishas on March 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I end my day by cleaning the desk , switch of the computer . I do my planning at home after reviewing my day and before going to bed ..

    Thanks dear

    • Sage Grayson on March 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      That sounds great!

  4. Gisele Grenier on March 1, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I never finish my “work day” without cleaning my desk and reviewing my mini-tasks for the next day. It helps me feel “complete” and the next day, I feel ready to start, not drowned out by having to cleanup and then plan what I have to do that day. Once that is done, all lights are turned off, go upstairs and it’s all about family time with Joe, Mia and Chaos.

    Thanks for sharing this Sage… seems I’m doing it right 🙂

    • Sage Grayson on March 3, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Yes, I like having that “complete” feeling too.