After Hours … I mean after 5 p.m.

SuccessJennifer Cohen published an article entitled, Five Things Incredibly Successful People Do Before 8 a.m. This article suggested some suggestions such as visualizing your day and making your schedule top-heavy. But there is another outside of work window that is available to help you get a fast start “tomorrow.” Amy Levin-Epstein contributed an article to Money Watch entitled, 5 Things Successful People Do After 5 p.m. and offered these suggestions. You can find the original article here.

Here is my take:

Wrap up your day
Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management From The Inside Out, suggests that you respond to every email you received during the course of your day. She suggests that you “Do this, even if just to tell the sender that you’ve received their email, and will get back to them within the next day or so with an answer.” I also suggested some techniques for handling your email in my February 11, 2016 post entitled, Email Strategies … but be careful!

Plan for tomorrow
Review your next two days work and assemble prep documents and files, and have everything set to hit the ground running the next morning. Next, prioritize your To Do list so you can identify the top 3 (to 6) priorities for the next day-to ensure you proactively complete those priorities. Help your team to organize in a similar and proactive fashion.

Take time for friends and family
Invest time in your personal networks. Actively listen to their issues and share similar experiences and the techniques you used to resolve the issues.

Take care of yourself
Investing in your health is always a smart personal, as well as business decision. Eat healthy meals and appreciate the value of nutritiously investing in yourself. Exercise to reduce stress and strengthen the body. Also keep your personal finances healthy to avoid a stressful distraction.

At times, it is necessary to work late, because there are some circumstances that warrant it. However, you must make use of your secret weapon, a good night’s sleep. In the short-term, inadequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, and the ability to learn and retain information. In the long-term, sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems.

These five behaviors can help you to become more efficient and successful over time.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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