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Working long hours

Working long hours

Working long hours is an inconvenience, and here is why you should take a pause:

By working long hours you are increasing your risk for cardiovascular diseases, generally poor health, and fatigue.

The boundaries between work and life are becoming more blurred and the ability to carry our work diminishes in return. Having busy schedules don't allow us to fully turn off, thus sacrificing the time we need to replenish our energy for our healthy and productivity.


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Build an end-of-day routine

Build an end-of-day routine

Developing an end-of-day routine helps us wind-down and get ready to go home. It gets you motivated even when you don't feel like it. Routines let us fall back on our everyday habits to make sure that, in this case, we leave the office on time without having to rely on willpower or memory.

Here are some things you can do for your end-of-day routine:

  1. Tidy up your desk and close out every tab open
  2. Review your completed tasks at the end of the day and plan out tomorrow's to-do list realistically
  3. Leave open one tab for your "most important task" in the morning
  4. Have a quick-win ready


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Set a hard finish time

Set a hard finish time

If you don't have a real "go-home" time, you'd easily forget to leave work and often stay late, and while some may commend that, it can cause a toll on your health.

One way to solve this problem is to have an appointment that will force you to get out of the door after work hours. This will structure your day to leave on time.

Here are some ideas for events you can schedule after work:

  1. Meet a friend for dinner
  2. Go to the gym and exercise after work
  3. Sign up for a class

Make sure to put the event on your calendar and treat them as events that are ugent.


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Parkinson's Law

Parkinson's Law

When working from home, have you ever felt like you couldn't do anything after lunch because you know you have the time to work on it later at night? 

This phenomenon is called Parkinson's law where work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. It basically means that your work will take as much time as you have to complete it.


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Plan your day more realistically

Plan your day more realistically

Planning more than what you can do in a day is setting yourself up for failure, why would anyone do that to themselves, right?

We often underestimate how much we'll be interrupted throughout the day and overestimate how much we can actually do.

The secret to planning is to:

  • Underestimate how much you can get done in a day
  • Overestimate how long each taks will take
  • Overestimate how much you'll get interrupted during the day

You can also try to plan your day backwards so that your day isn't more full than you an handle, or just shorten your task list.


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Re-frame your "leaving work" mindset

Re-frame your "leaving work" mindset

There's nothing wrong about leaving work on time. Yet, you get this nagging feeling that it's not okay... here's what you can do about that:

Reframe your mindset from "I'm leaving work now" to "I'm going home to spend time with my family/friends/dog."

Framing your next activity as something important to your life can make it more obvious as to why it's important why you leave work on time.


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