How To Stop Working Late And Go Home On Time

Krystal Emerson

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If you're reading this, then chances are that you work late hours. You know the feeling of being so exhausted and irritable that all you want to do is go home. But alas, your boss expects more from you and won't let up till the end of the night.

Who doesn't love to get home and see their loved ones after a long day at work? It's no secret that many of us struggle with the guilt of not spending enough time with our families. The reality is, it doesn't have to be this way.

Many people are guilty of working late into the night, but it's not just unhealthy for you-- it's also bad for your company. It can lead to higher turnover rates and make employees less engaged with their work. If this sounds like something that applies to you, there are a few things you should know about how to stop working late and go home on time.

Have a set time you leave work every day

To live a healthier life, you must have a set time every day when you go home. Studies show that people who work more than 50 hours per week are at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems.

In fact, working long hours is similar to smoking 15 cigarettes per day! If you're feeling stressed out or tired all the time, it might be because of your work schedule. Staying late at work is a habit many people have. It's not uncommon to see someone staying behind after hours, even when they don't need to be there. This can often lead to feeling burnt out and overworked, with the added stress of having less time for their personal life.

A recent study by Project Time Off found that working more than 40 hours a week leads to higher rates of depression and obesity. It also doesn’t make you more productive. In fact, it has the opposite effect. Decide when you are going to leave work each day and stick to it.

Prioritize your work tasks for the day

How many times have you sat down at your desk intending to get work done, only to find yourself distracted by social media or a text message? It’s easy to get caught up in the latest news article or cute cat video. But before you know it, hours have gone by, and you haven't accomplished anything.

Are you struggling with prioritizing your work tasks for the day? The first step to get organized is to create a list of tasks that need to be completed.

Do you feel like you are constantly running around and never have enough time to get anything done? Prioritizing your tasks for the day can help alleviate some of this pressure. The key is to list all the things that need to be accomplished, then prioritize them by when they need to be completed, with what needs to get done first at the top.

Go to work earlier to get more done before your co-workers arrive

You may think that working later into the night is more productive. However, in a Harvard Business Review study, they found that people who work from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm were 13% more productive than those who worked from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

People often say, "It's not about the hours you put in but how hard you work." This is true. But there are a few things that can make your day more productive. One of these things is to go to work earlier than everyone else. When I wake up before my co-workers do and get dressed for work, I'm able to accomplish so much before they even arrive at the office.

Avoid unnecessary distractions during work hours

It's no secret that distractions are everywhere these days. Emails, texts, social media notifications, and more can all seem urgent when they pop up on your phone or computer screen while you're working. This is especially true for knowledge workers who rely heavily on their trade tools to do their jobs.

But it turns out that this constant bombardment of interruptions at work isn't just annoying - it's also hurting our productivity and success. We've all been there. You're in the zone, focused on your work, and then suddenly, a notification pops up on your screen from social media or an email notifying you of something that needs to be done.

It's so easy to click over for just a minute before coming right back, but this is where we can get ourselves into trouble. By avoiding unnecessary distractions during work hours, you'll get more done in less time and be able to leave work early.

Create a plan for the next day before you leave the office

Many of us have recurring days in our work lives. Whether it's meeting with clients, conference calls, or just the day-to-day grind of doing what needs to be done for your job, there are those things that never change, and you know will happen tomorrow.

Do you ever find yourself walking out of the office, or leaving your home, to realize that you forgot to create a plan for tomorrow? It's not easy, but it is possible. You have just finished a long day at work, and you are finally ready to go home. You grab your things and head out the door, but before you do, don't forget to create a plan for tomorrow.

Value your personal time

"Time is the only thing you can't get back."

This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin comes to mind when I think about how important my time is. Of course, it's important for everyone else, too. Still, as an entrepreneur who runs multiple companies with many employees, my time has become more valuable than ever before, and so should yours.

It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of daily life and let it take over. It can feel like there are never enough hours in a day or always trying to catch-up with work projects. But it's important to value your personal time rather than constantly sacrificing it, trying to get ahead at work. Your work will still be there waiting the next day.

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