5 Things to Do Before You Leave Work to Have a Better Work Day Tomorrow

Many people often run out of their office door when the clock strikes 5:00 p.m. They often leave behind papers, files, and incomplete projects on their disorganized and cluttered desk. They return to work on the next morning to the same mess on their desk. This can cause the feelings of dissatisfaction and work “Groundhog Day” syndrome. Take five minutes to do the following 5 things before leaving your office each day.

5 Things to Do Before You Leave Work to Have a Better Work Day Tomorrow Divine Elements of Design Decorators Voice

  1. Get rid of all of the Post It (sticky) notes. Throughout the day, we often take a million notes on our Post Its to remind ourselves to call someone, follow-up on something, do something, etc…  We post them on our desk, calendar, file cabinet, or anywhere we can find a semi-clear surface. At the end of the day, go through all of the notes and throw away the ones you’ve already addressed. If there are things you need to do tomorrow, use the information on the notes to make a to-do list for tomorrow. You can also eliminate the use of multiple sticky notes by taking notes in a notebook. You can cross off of put a check besides each task after they are completed.
  2. Remove all of the trash and clutter from your desk. Throw away all gum wrappers, receipts from lunch containers, salt and pepper packets from your work space. Don’t forget to put used paper and water bottles in the recycle container. Don’t leave you desk filed with papers and rubbish scattered around.
  3. Make a list of the things you need to do tomorrow. Determine which things are the absolute top three things you need to accomplish tomorrow. If possible, plan on doing the hardest thing first. Mark Twain said ” Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” By getting the toughest task completed first, everything else will be easy peasy.
  4. Use folders for excess papers on your desk. Fellow blogger Nikki from At Home With Nikki, recommends using folders and binder clips to neatly organize papers on your desk. Try to eliminate loose papers floating around on your desk. When you arrive to work tomorrow, it will not look overwhelming. You will have each task or project binder clipped in a folder ready for you to tackle.
  5. Clean your keyboard, mouse, and phone with an anti bacterial wipe. Our office equipment may carry germs from daily use. Everything we have touched from shaking co-workers hands, our lunch, and the restroom door knobs all in our office. When you arrive to work for your next shift, your keyboard, mouse, and phone will be fresh and ready to use if you disinfect them properly.

I hope you are able to use these tips. Please share, in the comments section, some of the things you do to have a better work day tomorrow. Also, don’t forget to read our post 7 Things to do Tonight for a Successful Tomorrow. For additional planning & productivity strategies, home decor tips, and organizational ideas follow our blog, The Decorator’s Voice. You may also visit our main page, Divine Elements of Design to learn more about our decorating and organizational services or to visit our Online Boutique. Thank you and have a Divine Day!!!

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katybateman
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 08:52:34

    I love the list idea. I worked in the training dept. at Franklin Covey and they suggested always updating every note/to do list/schedule before you leave. It will only take a few minutes then but could take quite a bit longer the next day if you have trouble remembering. Then every morning take a 5 minute meeting with yourself to plan out your day and mentally prepare. My husband started doing the morning meetings and it’s changed the way he approaches his job.

    Love your ideas!

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  2. Aishwarya S
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:14:57

    Great post. Seeing a well organised desk can definitely be a motivator to start off the day! 🙂

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  3. Cynthia @craftoflaughter
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:03:33

    I needed this today! I love all your ideas especially to clean my desk off so I can start fresh tomorrow!

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  4. Feel Good Food Blog (@Feelgoodfoodnow)
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 14:50:41

    Nakeya,

    I love the idea of tackling the hardest task first thing! I always push out the hardest one for last.lol.. Definitely taking your advice. Thanks for the great tips.xoxo

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  5. Alicia
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 21:24:08

    This is a great list! Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I worked at an insurance agency. Every day before work ended I would write in my notebook my tasks for the next morning to complete, and organize all the papers that were in my desk. It definitely made a difference when it came to my productivity the next morning! And I loved the notebook instead of a ton of post-it notes. I would sometimes just stick a post-it into my notebook if someone brought a note on it to me. That way I didn’t create unnecessary clutter. Everyone in the office kept a notebook on their desk for this purpose.

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  6. Anna's Bananas
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 21:27:59

    I rather enjoy a neat and organized work environment. I find it more difficult to keep things that way when I share a desk with two other interns. However, I think if I can keep some of those extra tools around, like the folders and paper clips and even rubber-bands handy and within reach, that maybe I could leave the desk looking fabulous when I leave. I also have recently implemented the “to-do list” idea which has kept me rather focused.
    Excellent post!

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  7. Kim
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 08:54:45

    These are great! I never thought to clean all my things but I bet that would help. I need to try that. I absolutely love starting fresh in the morning.

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  8. foxxie52
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 09:19:07

    Good ideas. It only takes a few minutes but it helps.

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  9. Julie
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 09:27:47

    Great tips. It does reduce stress later, and you get to feel a sense of accomplishment. I’d like to leave work in a healthier mindset, so thanks for the advice!

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  10. sayersmom
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 09:53:20

    Great tips. I remember working for others before I started my business and having “Groundhog Day” syndrome. Now that I’m self employed I have a freer schedule, but these ideas are still very useful. Thanks!

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  11. workingmommagic
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:51:47

    YES!!! I was nodding my head at all of these things! 1,3 and 5 are a daily thing for me!!

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  12. Clare Speer
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 14:40:24

    Wonderful tips and ideas! I find it so depressing to get back to work early the next day to find a “mess”! It starts to the day off better to find a clean desk! And the antibacterial wipes – that’s a great reminder!

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  13. tinsel12
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 21:17:56

    I know that when I leave work I try to get as much done as possible. I like the idea of addressing all of the post-it notes before leaving work.

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  14. Nikki
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 09:37:11

    I really enjoyed this. I work both from home and in the office. The only thing I probably wouldn’t do is clean my desk every night. Maybe I c an make that a once a week or once a month task. Thanks for sharing

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