Most of us don’t think very much about how we end our workday. We simply close our laptop, run to catch our train, go home and have some dinner, and often, re-open our laptop again while watching Netflix. By not having a proper “end” to our day, we are missing out on a big opportunity to boost our happiness and engagement in our work. This mini-episode describes four quick tasks that you can do to finish your workday on a high.

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00:00:04welcome to hell I what a show about the tactics used by leading innovators to get sorry much out of that day I'm your heart stopped them at the inbox I'm an organizational psychologist the C. R. I mean Pentium and I'm obsessed with finding ways to optimize my work
00:00:18day today's show is another mini episode where I she has some interesting research about how you might be able to improve the way you work sign my average work day used to have several ends so I would end my day at the office by closing my laptop putting
00:00:35it in my bag and saying goodbye to my work my but I have to put in my daughter to bed I would take my laptop back out of my bag and squeeze in a tiny bit of work before dinner and then I because it again grab some food
00:00:49and pretend to my laptop and finally when my flex notification pop back up to tell me I needed to get off old devices to prepare for bed I'd and my work day once more not surprisingly I never felt a sense of closure on any one way day they
00:01:07simply started to blend together not be deliberate about how we end I worked I can have a hugely positive impact on how we feel about it and also how we feel about the next week day ahead of us many of us suffer from blood work day seem during
00:01:25and miss the opportunity to improve I think age when in productivity so to create the perfect into your work day trying these for tasks that can be done just a few minutes to shut down your day and these next four tasks begin with the letter is S. H.
00:01:41you take sorry S. stands for saying thanks and this is where you should take one to two minutes wherever possible to send someone a credit she knocked this thank you might be in the form of an email or a text message and express gratitude for something that they
00:01:56did attitude is being shown time and time again to be an effective mood elevator so it's an excellent strategy to make sure you enjoy a day on a hot so for example research led by professor Joshua brown from the university of Indiana found that the simple act of
00:02:14writing a letter of thanks to someone just once a week for three weeks the mental health for up to twelve weeks after the writing task clued now H. stands for half way halt sorry something you might not have nori about Ernest Hemingway is that he used to end
00:02:32his rising sessions me to sentence and allowed for an easy stop the next day because he could simply complete the sentence and keep on going really it's the equivalent of packing on a downhill slide it sometimes tricks that you kind of lazy brain into starting because it's standing
00:02:52firm in easy base I now finish almost every day midway through approach it might be an article that I've structured bit not fleshed out or it might be in the middle of a new product strategy I'm working on went by I know exactly when to pick back up
00:03:08the next day so long as I'm in a meeting point starting work the next day becomes five easy now the next lettering shot easy use which stands for unconscious pondering side if you're particularly I'm comfortable with the idea of not working well into the night take advantage of
00:03:27the power of your unconscious mind this will allow the unconscious pot of your brain to be working WYO conscious brain can relax to do this think of a problem that requires creative thought to self and asking mind to work on it overnight alternatively think about a big decision
00:03:44that you make because research is showing that when we switch off from consciously thinking about the problem out unconscious mind takes very fat and is a very effective creative thinker and decision making and then up to having a good night's sleep and then starting work the next day
00:04:00it's very likely that a solution will present itself to you and quite possibly when you least expect it such as in the shower %HESITATION while commuting to what now the final thing to shut down your day starts with the letter T. and that is too done not to
00:04:16do to done now making progress on projects that matter is the biggest contributed to a motivation of what according to professor to raise Avenel from have it days where we kick some goals on I'm most important projects be that major or minor tend to be the days when
00:04:33we feel most engaged energized about our work rather than just writing to do lists of everything that you need to get done try rising eight to done list of everything you've accomplished during the day to ended on a high reflecting on all the great work you've done will
00:04:49maximize your engagement and motivation to what's your what so that's how to shut down your day officially say thanks to a halfway house or stop mid way do some I'm conscious pondering and finally credit to done list Hey dead that's it for today's episode if you liked it
00:05:08there are plenty of others that you might also enjoy such as my chat with Matt Mollen wake founder of wordpress where we talked about how he organizes his fighting to create healthy habits and my conversation with Adam grad where we talk about the two things he does at
00:05:21the start of every week to make sure he stays on track with what really matters finally it's great getting feedback from within such as yourself so you feel free to give this broadcaster view in iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts and if you like this episode make
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