You reach your desk at 4:00 on a Wednesday afternoon and place your tablet and your third cup of coffee by your computer. You are undoubtedly exhausted
from the string of meetings, conference calls and interactions that have occurred even before you took your first steps into the office. You open your
internet browser and briefly agonize over the decision as to whether you should check your email or your social media notifications.
Instead of providing other people in your life to dictate what you do for the next hour or so of your work day, take the time to focus on your own set
of tasks that will help make things easier tomorrow.
1. Create tomorrow or next week's to-do list: Depending on how much time you have or the amount of ambition you possess, go ahead and write/type
out the tasks you know you have to complete and save yourself ten or twenty minutes in the morning. Your preferences can vary from notepads and sticky
notes to digital applications such as Word or Evernote. Highlight and prioritize which tasks need to be completed first.
2. Knock out a simple task before you leave the office or workspace: Once again, the level of effort or ambition is completely up to you. Go ahead
and make copies for that 9:30 a.m. presentation with the marketing team, take out the trash from the break room, or transfer files to your company's
Google Drive. Leaving your desk with that one to two tasks accomplished gives you a boost of energy as you head out the door.
3. Read industry news: "Leaders are readers" has been a popular saying around the web and other avenues for the last few decades now, and for good
reason. While reading a book every now and then is ideal, you can also subscribe to email newsletters from niche websites and industry leaders related
to your small business or company. These newsletters even give you exclusive content like videos and other tips/trends not found on their original
For more information on how you can be more productive during the end of your work day, email firstname.lastname@example.org!