As a working mom, I make work-life balance a priority, so I always leave the office on time. Learn how you can do it with these six easy hacks in this post.
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If you are a working mom, then you likely have to pick up a child from a childcare center, an after school program, or an extracurricular sport or activity. If you don’t always leave the office on time, you might be rushing (read speeding!) to pick them up, arrive late, or worry your child that you have “forgotten” about him or her.
I get off work at 5 and live about 45 minutes away from the office. My kids’ schools, seven-year-old daughter’s after school program, and 14-year-old son’s extracurricular programs are all on that side of town.
Sports practices end at 5:30 and the afterschool program closes at 6. So, I HAVE to get out of the office on time. If I’m not, then I’ve got a teenager sitting on the sports field and additional fees to pay to the afterschool program for being late.
It’s important to draw a hard line between work and home. It really helps with work-life balance. Are you wondering how can I leave work on time?
1. TO DO LIST
I start the day with a to do list. Do the most important things first. Once you have completed your priority work, your goal is just to make progress on other tasks or projects, without the pressure of needing to finish them. Keep it simple.
Your To Do list should have NO MORE THAN THREE THINGS on it for a given day. If you could only do one thing today to move your business forward, what would that thing be? Make this the #1 item on your To Do list.
“Giving every hour a job typically lets you make much more efficient use of your time.” “It allows you to schedule work for the time where it makes the most sense—batching together small things, tackling hard things when you have the long stretches to make progress, and so on.
The other advantage is that it provides you more accurate feedback on how much free time you actually have most days and how long certain recurring tasks actually take,” he says. (Source)
Stop wasting your time during the day. Stop checking your email every five minutes. Set aside a morning block and an afternoon block to work through and respond to any emails. Unless you are in customer service where all emails need a response immediately, this should work for you.
3. LUNCH BREAK
Lunch breaks are important, as they give you enough downtime to refresh yourself and focus for the rest of the day.
Start using your lunch break in ways that can help you feel better, be more productive, and buy you free time later in the day. Read 5 Ways to Use Lunch Breaks More Effectively.
If you make it a habit to always leave the office on time every day, your boss and colleagues will come to expect it. Otherwise, leaving 15 minutes late becomes the norm and when you leave “on time,” it will look like you are leaving early.
Create an end of day ritual. Review your calendar for the next day. Create your list of three most important priorities. Gather files you will need. Set yourself up to hit the ground running the next day.
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